Restring?

Racer

Rookie
Hi all,

Long time reader, first time poster. Anyway, last August I got all of my APD's strung with RPM Blast 16. A week or two after that I had to put the racquets away. I am finally getting back to hitting and am wondering whether the tension should still be good or whether I will need to restring them again. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

Franklin_B

Semi-Pro
I would vote to restring, but that might be because my arm hurts just thinking about hitting with an APD and old RPM blast. Some people seem to be ok with it.
 

esgee48

Legend
How many hours do you have hitting with each frame? How were the racquets stored? RPM blast dies rather quickly (less than 10 hours) but it hits very well before dying. Hit with the frames and see if you can hit the ball where you want to with your normal swing. If you find that the balls fly or you do not have the accuracy you thought you had, it's time to restring. 2 cents.
 

Racer

Rookie
I had a few hours on them last year and a few within the past 2 weeks. Basically just wondering if the string can lose tension by sitting in my closet for 10 months. With that said, I probably will go ahead and get them all restrung.
 

esgee48

Legend
Strings will lose tension just off the stringing machine. Then there's loss of elasticity from hitting. That type of does not happen unless you hit with the frame and or store the frames in hot conditions. Have fun.
 

fgs

Hall of Fame
strings generally lose tension within 24hrs after coming off the machine - that's called settling loss, even without any ball being hit. usually then they just stabilize and if you don't hit with them, subsequent tension loss is rather negligible. once you start hitting there will be again incurring tension loss. could be that after ten months of sitting in the closet (so no extreme temperetures to be expected), they lose tension slightly faster when taken out for a hit then they would do when "fresh", but i would not consider cutting them out.
 

gchen

New User
I agree with the above, most of the tension loss occurs in the first 24 hours or less after stringing. I string my racquets and check using racquet tune. After that, tension loss is quite slow. Synthetic gut can sit in a racquet for a year or two and keep tension relatively stable, polyester loses tension slightly faster, but I have used racquets strung one or two years ago without a large difference in playability.

That being said, for competitive playing, I would restring. Loss of elasticity, snapback, etc occurs based on the hitting time and overall usage.
 

Racer

Rookie
Thanks, all. Based upon your suggestions it seems like they should be ok. I'll put in some hours on the strings and then get them restrung when it's needed. Appreciate all of your feedback!
 
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