How do I know if my racket needs restringing?
Check whether any of the strings have frayed. A frayed string will be close to breaking.
A loss in string tension is another reason to consider restringing. A loss in tension will reduce the amount of control and power you are able to generate which will affect the performance of the racket.
Signs your strings have lost tension:
- Your racket is beginning to feel 'dead' or lifeless
- You are having to swing harder to get the ball to go deeper
- You make good contact with the ball but aren’t getting as many solid contacts
- The sound has changed when making contact with the ball
How often should I have my racket restrung?
Racket Stringer recommends:
- 1. Have your racket restrung after every 40 hours of play.
- 2. Have your racket restrung depending on how often you play.
|Number of times you play per week||1 - 2||3||4||5 +|
|When you should restring||every 6 months||every 4 months||every 3 months||every 2 months|
It is worth noting that different types of string lose tension at different rates. A polyester string such as Luxilon Big Banger Original will lose tension faster than a synthetic gut string such as Head Synthetic Gut PPS. Your style of play will also affect the lifespan of your strings.
What types of strings are there?
- A natural material from animal intestine (usually bovine).
- A very popular string as it helps to create power, control and spin.
- The most resilient material with the best tension retention (remains soft when strung at high tensions compared with other materials that stiffen).
- The most expensive and least durable of all types of strings (highly likely to break in wet conditions).
- Produced to compensate for the lack of durability from natural gut and comes in a variety of colours.
- Used in many factory strung rackets as it is well suited for many playing levels.
- Provides a good mixture of power and control but does not offer a lot of spin potential: unless used with a textured or spin synthetic, such as Head RIP Control.
- Can be used on its own or with a more durable string such as a kevlar or polyester.
- Created to replicate the characteristics of natural gut.
- Thin Strands are wound around one another to create variations of power, control, spin and durability, such as Babolat Addiction.
- Popular choice for many players as it provides a great mixture of playability and durability.
- If you suffer from tennis elbow or have any arm injuries then this is the best string for you.
- Provide the highest level of power, control and spin.
- Primarily used by professionals who want durability and tension retention during matches.
- Often used with another type of string such as a synthetic gut or multifilament creating a hybrid system.
- Has a high impact on the arm and not recommended for juniors.
- The majority of players use polyesters on the main strings and anything else on the crosses.