Racquet lifespan?

Ufiors

New User
Hello,

I like a lot my new rackets, Prestiges MP, i fear them will be out in production maybe in some years...

I hope the series will not discontinued... or change totally the specs... the question is, how long a racket can last for you?

Maybe 10 years? 15?
 

nicklane1

Rookie
I've played with 20 year old rackets that still respond very well, with no indication of degradation. But then again, there is no baseline for comparison.
 

Alex78

Hall of Fame
It really depends on ... you.
The way you treat your rackets, the number of restrings you administer, and - of course - your subjective assessment when they start "feeling" (and "performing") differently.
Edit: I also thought I could use just 1 type of racket for a long, long time. Turns out I'm way too intrigued by what's being introduced to the market time and again to resist ;)
 

Miki 1234

Semi-Pro
Hello,

I like a lot my new rackets, Prestiges MP, i fear them will be out in production maybe in some years...

I hope the series will not discontinued... or change totally the specs... the question is, how long a racket can last for you?

Maybe 10 years? 15?
Depends on how serious you play.
Good lvl college players that play every day and string every other time will wear out 3 of them in year but they can use them for 2 probably.
So 5 -7 years for top rec player if he has 2 and plays a lot and 10 at least for lower lvl rec players players 50 plus for 2 frames.
After 5 years there will be better frames thats for sure haha so dont wory.
 
Buy three identical rackets from the same run, don't abuse them by scraping against the ground or throwing them in anger and they could last you a lifetime. I play with POG's, people keep digging them out of their closets and giving them to me for free--I may never buy another racket again. I have three identical frames, two with gut and one with nylon for damp conditions. The gut strings with the black coating seems to be more durable and resistant to moisture. A buddy laid three of the OS Prince Tours on me recently, one brand new--if I ever switch it will probably be to them, but may never switch. Played around with some Prince "Chang" XL's and some other Prince one-off's for grins but they now collect dust, probably never touch them again.

Most people switch rackets because they get bored with their old sticks and think there will be some magic in a new stick--that placebo disappears after losing a set with the new stick. The dirty secret of the racket industry is the pros hate changing sticks and play with the same one forever with the current graphics applied. You don't want to hit the ball with the frame, you want to hit it in the sweet-spot of the strings.

I've been using gut for years and don't play around with all those new-fangled strings. When the gut wears out I tell the stringer to string it to whatever it was last time or what it says on the frame. When playing you want consistency and not to be thinking about how pretty your frame graphics look--I don't pay any attention to my opponent's rackets anymore.
 

Lphansen

Rookie
I remember having read about Yonex and Marcello Rios.
They followed one particular racket during a hole year, with lots of use and restrings.
Apperently it became 10% flexier..

My two cents
 

haqq777

Legend
Edit: I also thought I could use just 1 type of racket for a long, long time. Turns out I'm way too intrigued by what's being introduced to the market time and again to resist ;)
Haha, I can relate. If only I could count the number of times I have told myself I'm sticking to one racquet for at least "X" amount of years! It has actually become worse over time :X3:
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
I’m always amazed when I tell an accomplished player they can replace the grommets and bumper and they had no idea that was a thing.

They were just going to wear out their racquet until it broke from scrapes into the frame.

STOCK UP ON GROMMETS AND YOUR RACQUET WILL LAST A LONG, LONG, LONG TIME!
 

tennistiger

Semi-Pro
If you restring often, only the grommet will go and you can replace the grommet.
Thats wrong, by time there are more and more minicracks in the resin so the strength of the Material is reduced over time. I have good contacts to bicycle carbon frame development and production, this problem do have all carbon fibre products. The last years the resin technology has improved very much so that older products are more affected. Does not mean a broken Racket as a result but strength goes down - may be not much but it does.
 

WilPro

Semi-Pro
Thats wrong, by time there are more and more minicracks in the resin so the strength of the Material is reduced over time. I have good contacts to bicycle carbon frame development and production, this problem do have all carbon fibre products. The last years the resin technology has improved very much so that older products are more affected. Does not mean a broken Racket as a result but strength goes down - may be not much but it does.
I play very old frames, Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 si Stretch, and I see no sign of wear. In some of them I changed the grommet as I restring often.
I am still waiting for them to break but I doubt they will break soon.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Thats wrong, by time there are more and more minicracks in the resin so the strength of the Material is reduced over time. I have good contacts to bicycle carbon frame development and production, this problem do have all carbon fibre products. The last years the resin technology has improved very much so that older products are more affected. Does not mean a broken Racket as a result but strength goes down - may be not much but it does.
Huge disparity in the weight being applied. This is not exactly comparing apples to apples.
 

d-quik

Professional
:unsure: My 17 year old Tour 90s recently RDC'd at 63 flex. New, I believe they were 66 or 67. I restring basically once a year.
errr...so what happened there? Abusive (although infrequent) stringing? Racquet abuse? Quality control? You bought a fake? You bought an international version? You can't just say that and leave it at that you cruel ****er. Even speculations are better than saying nothing.
 

golden chicken

Hall of Fame
I don't know what my own rackets RDC'd at when they were new, I'm just recalling TW's spec. For all I know they've always been 63RA. Speculate away.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Weight does not matter for durability. Effektive is the construction and the right materials in the right place. A 800g Road frame can last longer than a 1200g for example.
Sure but a 200 lb butt on it is way different than striking a ball with 50 lb string tension.
 

golden chicken

Hall of Fame
Someone with a lot of time (or who plays a lot) and dedication is going to have to take a brand new racket and test its flex and track it over time for a scientific answer.
 

FedGR

Professional
Tough to tell but my 20 years old Wilson Hyper Hammer 6.6 Rollers still plays excellent. Does it play the same as new? Probably not. Does it still play good? 100%.
 

FIRETennis

Professional
One theory is that the more you string a frame, the more flexible it gets.
There is some controversy around this as some took older frames that have been strung hundreds of times on an RDC and measured their flex to be pretty close to the original spec. Maybe 1-2 RA lower, if that.
I can confirm this and I'm skeptical of this theory as I have some older frames that have been strung hundreds of times and their RA and feeling is the same as the newer frames.

So the question is, why do the top pros go through 40-60 frames a year?
Is it travel related as frames get damaged with all the flying around?
Is it purely a marketing thing in order to have fresh looking racquets for the HD cameras?
Is it in order to auction off used frames for charity?

It would be great if @ProStringing or any other stringer that have strung on tours would chime in...
 
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Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
Federer said his racquets soften and lose some power after a couple of months. So there’s the answer for Wilson frames if you are a pro. Of course he hits a little harder and more often than most rec players, along with countless string jobs.
I’m good with buying used frames like my Ezone Xi98’s from 2012 that I only got last year and plan on using them for the foreseeable future, until yonex get there act together and release a black Vcore 95........
In all seriousness, many rec players can and do get 20 years out of a single stick. :)
 
Federer said his racquets soften and lose some power after a couple of months. So there’s the answer for Wilson frames if you are a pro. Of course he hits a little harder and more often than most rec players, along with countless string jobs.
I’m good with buying used frames like my Ezone Xi98’s from 2012 that I only got last year and plan on using them for the foreseeable future, until yonex get there act together and release a black Vcore 95........
In all seriousness, many rec players can and do get 20 years out of a single stick. :)
I found that some players even prefer the feel of racquets that have been broken in and can tolerate losing a little power for that added boost in feel.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
Thats wrong, by time there are more and more minicracks in the resin so the strength of the Material is reduced over time. I have good contacts to bicycle carbon frame development and production, this problem do have all carbon fibre products. The last years the resin technology has improved very much so that older products are more affected. Does not mean a broken Racket as a result but strength goes down - may be not much but it does.
Yikes!
Someone call Boeing and Airbus because those birds are going to start falling off the skies due to “minicracks”!
 
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