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How Often Should I Change or Replace My Tennis Racquet Strings?

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  1. Michael Silver
    Michael Silver says:

    Another great way to determine if a string change is needed is to pull a few of crosses out of place. If the strings were “sticking” and there are gouges in the mains where the crosses were sitting, you may need to replace strings. This doesn’t work as well with poly’s as they don’t gouge as easy.

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    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Michael,

      You’re absolutely right – that’s a great test to check for signs of wear and tear. To your point, notches form pretty regularly with synthetic gut and multifilament strings, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the physical appearance of the strings along with how they feel.

      I appreciate your thoughts and taking the time to share them with the community.

      All the best,
      Jon

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  2. Daniel Zajic
    Daniel Zajic says:

    Thanks for writing this. There is one point I think you may have gotten wrong, however. Spin is easier, not harder, to produce the longer the ball is in contact with the strings. However, the speed at which the strings snap back into place goes down as they lose elasticity, so THAT is probably what reduces spin potential. Maybe in practice that matters more than the increase in string contact time, which may not change that much over a string’s lifetime. But it could be different for different strings, making it all even more complicated

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    • Daniel Zajic
      Daniel Zajic says:

      Actually, the reduced elasticity may also reduce contact time, even as tension drops, thereby further reducing spin potential.

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    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks so much for your insightful comment – I appreciate you taking the time to share!

      First off, it’s super fun hearing from you and great to know there are others out there as passionate about these topics as I am.

      I can definitely see how my wording could have been misleading, so I’ve adjusted to help clarify. I agree with your statement that as strings lose their resilience, they also lose their potential for spin, which is a feeling I’m sure many players can relate to and may warrant a restring.

      Hope to hear from you again sometime soon!

      All the best,
      Jon

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