Tuesday, March 26, 2013

When is it time to restring my racquet?

 Kristianne Bontempo | Towpath Tennis Employee | Legit Tennis Fanatic

One of the most common questions we get here is about stringing. When is it time to restring? What kind of string do I need? What tension should I string at? Simple questions with many answers! We will answer each question in further blog posts but today we'll answer your basic question--when do I need to restring my racquet?
When was the last time you've restrung your racquet?
Well that all depends, there are a lot of factors involved. How much do you play? What's your game style like? What string do you currently use? What kind of racquet do you use? What shape is your racquet in?

The general rule of thumb is the number of times you play a week is the number you should string a year. So if you play on average twice a week then you should be restringing twice a year. However, this can change according to your style of play. If you hit with a ton of top spin then you might be coming in a lot sooner.
Or you might be the type of player that waits until the strings break. There really is no harm in waiting to restring,however your strings will lose tension and playability overtime and feel rather stiff.
Imagine your strings are like rubber bands. After a while, the bands will become brittle. The pros for instance are very picky with their strings for a reason. If stringing wasn't so important, why would the pros bother restringing their racquets before every single match!

You could also check visually to see if you racquet needs restringing. If you see increased notching in between the strings, the strings may play well but you might be subject to breaking. Obvious fraying is another obvious sign that it's time to restring. Moving of strings can be a sign, however that might also be because you hit with a lot of top spin so use your best judgement.

Finally, trust your gut. If it doesn't feel right, restring!

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1 comment:

  1. String in racquets are very much essential for us. It helps to make strengthen our tennis racquet, so that we can hit a perfect serve. Tennis racquets are playing a vital role in our playing techniques and we should choose the strong and best racquet to play. I would like to follow the instructions from here to restring my tennis racquet, thanks for such a wonderful solution.
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