Strings became brittle

Discussion in 'Strings' started by BadTemper, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. BadTemper

    BadTemper New User

    Oct 24, 2005
    After using the strings for about 5 matches over the span of 2.5 months, these strings became extremely brittle and felt like the strings were splintering. I couldnt control the ball what-so-ever and it was a very inconsistent hit. I do use a lot of topsin with my shots. I have a Babolat pure drive plus racquet (100 sq in). Is this normal for these strings? I had the tension set at 60. Here is the link to the strings I was using.

    There was a guy giving tennis lessons when I was playing about a week ago, he said he has been coaching for 15 years, and I asked him how often I should change my strings, and he said once a year because I am a recreational player and I dont play too often. Sound right?
    Thanks for any feedback.
  2. snoflewis

    snoflewis Guest

    well...first of all, why do you even have your racket strung w/ polyester? do you like the control, feel, or spin? polyester strings tend to go dead faster than other strings except kevlar, so it would be good to change them more often. if i were you, i'd probably string it w/ a synthetic gut so that it doesnt lose tension as much and it will play much better.
  3. datsveryinterestin

    datsveryinterestin Semi-Pro

    May 6, 2005
    I used eiter Luxilon Original or Lux BB ALU in full or hybrid string jobs... and they play AMAZING... for a while.

    Then they lose some pounds of tension and become too powerful and the WOOFER grommets of the PD kick in and you really have no control over your shots.

    So, I would use a "high quality" poly like LUXILON or SIGNUM and hybrid it with another multi or synthetic gut that doesn't lose tension.
    I suggest Gosen JC Micro 16g.

    But, you I would have to string 3-4 times a year with this kind of string for "maximum playability" even with multiple backup racquets.
    Maybe you could string 1-2 times a year if you are not as tension sensitive but the feeling of "fresh" strings is pretty addictive.
  4. BadTemper

    BadTemper New User

    Oct 24, 2005
    I dont know every aspect of strings. I mainly pick strings on the playability factors on the back of the package. I honestly dont know what strings to purchase. My babolat is in the trash because the frame cracked, so I just bought a wilson H Rival MP. I guess I will have to reasearch like crazy today before my racquet comes in the mail.
    Thank you for the advice.
  5. PBODY99

    PBODY99 Hall of Fame

    Aug 17, 2005
    Welcome to the wonderous world of strings. Polys will not play the same over that long of a time span. Players use polys today since the topspin game of today is very hard on strings. Try a simple 15L snygut as it will last for a while then have the decency to break when it gets too old.:cool:

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