strings for backup racquets

dave t

Rookie
I use full poly in my match sticks - where I used to need 3-4 frames to play tournaments, poly lets me get by with 2. I tend to string mid to upper 40s...

I have 2 more of the same frame that I keep as extra, extra backups (the sticks are no longer made...). I am wondering what strings you guys use for these less-used frames. Thinking about trying multifeel or rip control in these sticks... Would rip control hold tension for a long period of time?
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
No string will hold the same tension for weeks/months if that is what you are looking for. My strategy would be to leave the 3/4th racquets unstrung until I thought I needed them for the tournament. Playing hard courts where poly don't tend to break; 2 should be enough. Clay is another story; there I would go with 3. This is assuming only one match per day. If multiple daily matches, I would string up all four. Worse strategy is to string them up and use them 4 weeks later. Poly will be almost unplayable then since they will lose tension until they're 'noodles.' Just my 2 cents.

Just another thought. If your arm can stand it, you could string up your 'extra' backups with kevlar since they don't lose tension. They don't have any playability, but they certainly won't play any different when new vs. old.
 
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Autodidactic player

Professional
... Just another thought. If your arm can stand it, you could string up your 'extra' backups with kevlar since they don't lose tension. They don't have any playability, but they certainly won't play any different when new vs. old.

Actually, Kevlar is the worst string for tension maintenance! Check out the Tennis University string performance site here for loads of information about all types of string. The reason you don't notice the tension loss in Kevlar strings is because they are so incredibly stiff that a 30% reduction in tension barely registers in the feedback the strings provide to your arm. In other words, even with a 30% tension loss Kevlar is still going to feel very stiff whereas nylon would turn into a trampoline!
 

pvaudio

Legend
As said, kevlar is just so stiff, but doesn't hold tension well for the exact same reason.

My backup frames are strung identically since I don't use just one stick. I rotate through them to let the grips dry during changeovers.
 
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