Should I stay safe with String Savers?

crazy8tiger

Rookie
I just restrung my racquet with a Babolat Xcel/Hurricane hybrid and I'm going to take it out for a first run later on today, but I've heard a lot of people talking about its durability. I used the old synthetic gut for about 6 months since I bought it but never broke the string, my Radical is a 18x20 pattern. Do you guys think I should buy some string savers to stay safe and make them last longer?
 

Ripper

Hall of Fame
If you did it Fed style, poly in the crosses, install the stringsavers. If not, don't bother.
 

LPShanet

Banned
I just restrung my racquet with a Babolat Xcel/Hurricane hybrid and I'm going to take it out for a first run later on today, but I've heard a lot of people talking about its durability. I used the old synthetic gut for about 6 months since I bought it but never broke the string, my Radical is a 18x20 pattern. Do you guys think I should buy some string savers to stay safe and make them last longer?
Is the Hurricane in the mains or crosses? If mains, then don't bother. If crosses, you probably don't need to bother either, but could consider it if you're really worried.

Since you managed to make synthetic gut last over 6 months without a break, I don't think you're at major risk with Xcel and won't break poly in a million years. If it breaks, I'd be more concerned with who strung your racquet than the string itself. Which synthetic did you use previously?
 

crazy8tiger

Rookie
I have Hurricane on the mains, and Xcel in the crosses with both strung at 56lbs.
-My previous Synthetic Gut was Head Synthetic Gut 16g, with came strung on my Radical.
 

LPShanet

Banned
I have Hurricane on the mains, and Xcel in the crosses with both strung at 56lbs.
-My previous Synthetic Gut was Head Synthetic Gut 16g, with came strung on my Radical.
If you break that hybrid sooner than the Head Synthetic, I'd blame it on your stringer:) With poly mains, that string job will be 50% more durable than your old one was, regardless of the Xcel crosses. Personally, I would have done the Hurricane a few pounds lower than the Xcel, but if it feels good, it should be fine. String savers would be a waste of time in your case. They supposedly don't work that well with poly, and at best you'll lose some feel.
 

JavierLW

Hall of Fame
I just restrung my racquet with a Babolat Xcel/Hurricane hybrid and I'm going to take it out for a first run later on today, but I've heard a lot of people talking about its durability. I used the old synthetic gut for about 6 months since I bought it but never broke the string, my Radical is a 18x20 pattern. Do you guys think I should buy some string savers to stay safe and make them last longer?
You should only use string savers if you've tryed it and you break them ALOT. (and even then you have to also consider if it's the stringers fault)

String savers are not cost effective if you just put them in at the start. They cost anywhere between $6-$8 depending on where you buy them, and they take 10-15 minutes to put in. That's a huge price to pay if you dont need them.

Also they dont do much for poly. The only reason they work is by limiting the friction of the strings rubbing together. Friction is really bad for natural gut, and bad for multi's. Friction isnt such a big deal with Poly.

(that being said I put them in my Tonic+ NG racquets and my Tonic+ hybrids but that's because Im paranoid after paying $40 to have my racquet strung and because it's natural gut, if the string job was cheaper I wouldnt bother)
 

Tchocky

Hall of Fame
I only use string savers when I'm using natural gut. I don't know how effective string savers would be with synthetic gut, polyester, etc.
 
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