String Stretching

Return_Ace

Hall of Fame
Ok, quick question to satisfy my curiosity:

I've seen many times on the board that people say string stretches, obviously, mass is conserved so as it stretches, the string get thinner to accomodate the extension in length. Ok my question: so when you string a racket, at say with 16 gauge string, will the outcome will actually be thinner than 16g maybe 16L or 17 even? Or do companies already take into account the stretching and so 16g is actually 15 or 15L and will stretch to 16g?

thnx for your time and help :)
 

MTChong

Professional
The listed specifications of the string is from a relaxed position and not strecthed it; it is true that the string does get "thinner" as you pull tension on them; for some strings, it's more evident because the strings ability to stretch out.
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Return_Ace said:
Ok, quick question to satisfy my curiosity:

I've seen many times on the board that people say string stretches, obviously, mass is conserved so as it stretches, the string get thinner to accomodate the extension in length. Ok my question: so when you string a racket, at say with 16 gauge string, will the outcome will actually be thinner than 16g maybe 16L or 17 even? Or do companies already take into account the stretching and so 16g is actually 15 or 15L and will stretch to 16g?

thnx for your time and help :)
It really depends on the string, some strings are so elastic that they will thin out considerably, others will barely change (.01 mm or less). It's not like companies are consistent with their gauge labels anyways. Compare Alpha Gut 17 to other strings, it's more like a 16L, but they label it as a 17.

Kind of a moot point.
 

TennsDog

Hall of Fame
They do measure them relaxed because that is the only way they can be consistant in their measurements. Many companies give the actual diameter in mm as well as gauge.
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
TennsDog said:
They do measure them relaxed because that is the only way they can be consistant in their measurements. Many companies give the actual diameter in mm as well as gauge.
yeah, which is why i say gauge is junk, but then again, i'd rather use a faulty gauge system than judging everything by mm..

I vote you should take the "just don't worry about it" approach ;D
 
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