Is It Time To Restring?
Although we don’t like to admit it, many of us may be taking our strings for granted. We put a lot of focus on the large and flashy rackets, and tennis clothes and shoes; who can blame us? There’s always something new being brought to our attention, things that promise better play, better style, and some of these promises are delivered. We get so caught up in these other details, however, we forget the one item that has the most actual contact with the ball: the strings.
Yes, we’ve already read about how to select the best strings, we’ve even splurged a bit to figure out what we like to play with best, and have been using it since— isn’t that enough? Unfortunately, strings aren’t as durable and long lasting as the racket frames, clothes, and shoes. In fact, the strings start to lose their tension from the very second the stringer has installed your new set of strings within their frame, and by the next day, has already lost about 10% of it; as you play, the tension declines even faster with every second and every hit. With loss of tension comes loss of control, crisp returns, and that beautiful “ping” sound when you hit the ball. So what can you do?
In a utopia, people would be restringing their rackets daily before they go on court. Regrettably, most of us cannot dedicate our entire lives to tennis, and have things like budgets to consider. Is there a happy place between our wallets and our tennis A game? Luckily, there is! Many sources quote the rule: restring in a year, as many times as you play in a week. If you play twice a week, restring twice a year. There are a few issues with following this frequency rule, though it does get the message across that a player should increase their restringing as they play more often. It does not consider different playing styles, nor does it consider that many players may not be playing as constantly as they would like. With this said, we have put together a checklist to see if you need to restring your racket. If you answer yes to any of the following, you should look into getting your racket restrung.
- You feel a loss of control in your game
- You’re having difficulty creating spin
- The sound when you hit the ball is more “thud” than “ping”
- Your strings are fraying, notching, and sliding
If you are a more aggressive player who puts a lot of spin on the ball, you should probably restring your racket more often in comparison to someone who hits softly. If you are a competitive tournament player, you may also want to restring your rackets before each tournament. Whatever type of player you are though, keep in mind that it can only help your game to become mindful of your strings.
Remember, we offer 24 hour racket restringing services at Forest Crest, and Forest Crest members receive 10% off stringing services!
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