Have you ever thought to yourself – The string in my racquet is not broken, I have had it for years, it seems fine…
Ask yourself – When was the last time you changed the strings in your racquet? Have you noticed a loss in control, are you getting less power from your strokes… Or, are you risking injury with the wrong setup?
Most experts agree the string in a racquet should be changed (on averagre) after 50 hours of play as it losses it’s tension, spring and you in turn you lose the benefit from your racquet.
…Is there a ‘Ping‘ or a ‘Thud‘ sound from your racquet…?
Most players choose a racquet with great care, but many don’t realize that their racquet’s stringing may have a more profound effect on their game than their carefully chosen frame.
So, now ask yourself – Why Get a Restring?
At a minimum, every player should understand the basic trade-offs between power and control in relation to string tension. Any decent racquet will have a recommended range of string tensions, for example tennis 58 to 68 pounds and squash 25 – 30 pounds. When we talk about low or high tension, it makes sense to confine ourselves within this range, because at extremes below this range, some of the normal correlations break down.
Within the recommended tension range, lower tensions offer slightly more power and significantly less stress on the arm, and higher tensions offer significantly more control and slightly better spin.
Looser strings hit farther in part because the ball stays on the strings longer, and because on most swings the racquet tilts upward and rises as it moves forward, a ball that stays on the strings longer leaves the racquet on a higher trajectory. The key to understanding the other reason that lower string tensions yield more power is to compare the energy return offered by the strings to that offered by the ball.