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String your racket more often for better performance.

A quick note regarding racket stringing and the frequency of which you should be restringing.  While searching through various websites and blogs today I ran across a Prince Tennis blog titled "PrinceNextblog" and I was reminded about the phrase "string as often per year as you play in a week".  I never really spent much time analyzing this statement but found myself replaying the phrase over and over in my head.  I can't even count how many times I have seen this stated on a website from the 'experts', I too have probably said it once or twice.  But the fact is that if tennis strings lose about 10% tension within 24 hours of stringing, weather condition and ball contact will also wear strings down.  So if you seriously play twice a week I would not recommend waiting 6 months to restring your racket.... If your goal is to improve your game and you call tennis your passion than I would recommend keeping your rackets tuned up and restringing more frequently.  WHO CAME UP WITH THIS PHRASE ANYWAY?  It's been used for years and people keep repeating it because they heard it from somewhere.

Compare your tennis to that of a golf outing.  Green fees and golf equipment can be costly, each day out on the course can run you upwards of 100 dollars or more not to mention the time commitment.  Don't get me wrong I am not knocking the golf experience but wanted to compare to what many of us don't spend on our tennis game.  Remember how your racket felt after you strung it last time, how it felt crisp and the ball stayed in the court and if just felt right, well keep that feeling going more often.  Spending 20-30 dollars a month on your gear shouldn't be a big issue if you play 8 times a month!.  If you have two rackets, restring one every month so you alternate or every 6 weeks and see if this improves your game.  These are just my thoughts and I think we understate the importance of racket stringing.

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Comment by Michael Tucci on May 1, 2012 at 11:31pm

I agree wholeheartedly......it also gives you a chance to try the many different strings available on the market today as well as experiment with tensions and how they effect each of your rackets playability. In a perfect world, you would need at least the 3 (at the minimum) identical frames to rotate in and out as they are restrung and broken.(I have six) These frames, as they tend to deviate quite a bit from the factory (at least mine did), need to be fine tuned individually so they each have as close to the same weights, degree of head/handle heaviness/lightness and balance points as each other so you can keep the degree of changing variables in your rackets to a bare minimum. Time to break out the abacus and the protractor ,LOL.....  

Comment by Sandra on March 19, 2012 at 12:06pm

I can't imagine using that "rule of thumb" My kids string theirs about every two to three weeks.  Okay, he's a little nuts. 

With three kids and and nine racquets between them we found it cheaper to buy a stringer and we buy the string in bulk.  It paid for itself in no time at all.  It also gives the oldest a way to make a little money.

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