String eater rackets


What are their characteristics? Open (drilling) patterns, big head sizes, vulnerable grommets (ports for instance). Anything else?

kevin qmto

I’ve only had one racket that broke strings on its first outing. I think it was a freak incident. It broke on a frame hit.


3 main factors:

1. stiffness - laterally and torsionally - stiffer racquets transfer much more energy and strain on the strings. Babolat Pure Aero, for example, is stiff AND kind of forces you to play with spin, so you are straining the strings 2x
2. open string pattern, Pure Aero again
3. weight and swingweight, RF97A also goes through strings quickly, if you can use it properly of course

In other words, more swinging mass in a stiff raccquet with a lot of spin, and your strings go poof quickly.

What do you play with?


Stiff wide body hoops (low energy absorption capabilities) with open pattern/ spin technology (more string movement) are the worst.

O-ports with sharp edges were bad for strings but the ones in my phantom as rounded and so very little string breakage there.


What do you play with?
I play with a Phantom 100 and recently purchased a Prokennex Ki Q+ Tour Pro (315). A guy mentioned that the latter is a string eater because, apart from the open string patttern, the racket has its cross strings evenly divided over the whole head. So, I wondered what are, in general, the factors that contribute in turning a racket into a "string eater". Thank you all for the responses so far.