Before it even touches a tennis ball, a racquet begins to lose tension as soon as it is strung. Strings are reported to lose up to 10% of their value in 24 hours. So, if you string your racquet at 55 pounds but don't expect to use it for a week, it will have lost a lot of tension by the time you do play. As it loses tension, it becomes more likely to break under the stress of impact with the ball.
Once a string has broken, it needs to be replaced before further loss of tension causes further breaks. At this point, you need to decide how much tension you can live with on the new string. If it's too low, the string will probably break again during use. You should always choose a string that is one size smaller than what it replaces so there is enough strain relief for the new string. For example, if you replace the four lightest strings on your racquet and they all have 20 pounds of tension, you would choose a string that had 17 pounds of tension instead.
As you can see, losing tension over time is an inevitable part of stringing a racquet. The best way to deal with this problem is to select a string that has adequate tension from the beginning. Then you won't need to worry about it later when the string starts to lose its strength.
Loss of Tension Similarly, as soon as you thread your tennis strings, they begin to lose tension. Strings can lose up to 10% of their tension during the first 24 hours of being strung. After that, they should be adjusted periodically to maintain constant string tension.
The best way to prevent string loss is to install new strings on your own whenever any part of the string shows signs of wear-and-tear. If you don't, then you'll have to replace the string when it loses enough tension to no longer keep the ball in play. On average, a string will last about three months before it needs replacement.
Here's how string loss affects your game: If a string breaks during a match, your returner needs to know which one was removed. Without knowing this, he or she will be returning from wherever on the stringbed the ball happens to be at the time, which could mean an easy winner for your opponent.
Additionally, lost tension causes poor shot formation. When a string is losing tension, it moves through the handle of the racquet more freely, which alters the balance of forces acting on the ball and body position. The result is that your shots tend to be flat rather than rising or descending.
Finally, lost tension makes playing catchup much harder.
The way you string your tennis racquet may make or break your game. When a racquet is strung exceptionally tightly (58 pounds or more), the ball does not bounce as much off the strings. This implies you'll have to swing harder in order to produce a quicker shot. However, if the racquet is strung too tightly, it will be difficult to control the shot. Loosely strung tennis balls are easier to handle and return with more spin.
The best way to string a tennis racquet is with a tension meter. A meter will tell you exactly how much pressure you are putting on the strings while they are being tightened. If any string breaks, has no stretch, or comes up too tight, it needs to be replaced.
Strings can become loose over time due to wear-and-tear. If this happens, have your stringing service check out your racquet's tension level before recommending new strings.
You should never string a tennis racquet too tight; this could lead to pain when hitting the ball. As well, if the strings begin to crack or snap, they are likely too tight.
It is important to note that even though a stringer might tell you to string at a certain tension, it doesn't mean you have to follow their advice.
If you didn't already know, your racquet strings should be ideally adjusted to assist you in delivering top-tier performance on the court. However, as you continue to use your tennis racquet, the strings lose tension. You lose control and authority as a result of this. This needs frequent restringing. Restringing allows the stringers to redistribute the tension so that the string can continue to provide power and responsiveness.
The best way to care for your racquets is by using them. As you play your racquet more often, the strings will gradually lose their tension. This requires that the strings be rested so that they can be re-strung with new tension. A good rule of thumb is to rest your strings every time you change strings or after playing for particularly long periods of time.
Here are some signs that it's time to restring:
• Your strokes lack pace or spin • Shots hit hard at your feet or low to the ground • You keep missing short shots • The ball is not coming off properly out of your racquet • You feel like you're hitting too many balls into the net
Restringing will also help prevent future damage to your racquet. The strings are responsible for producing the necessary vibrations that allow you to execute a powerful shot. If they remain tight for too long, they will begin to cut into your palm causing pain.
Pay to get your racquet strings replaced as they wear out, or discover one that you can use for free. Calculate the length of the string. Begin by removing 35 to 40 feet (10.7 to 12.2 m) of fresh thread from a spool.
Tie the cross strings together. Finally, thread the remaining crossing threads back into the main grommets and fasten them at the end. Make care to knot it using a needle-nose plier to keep the tennis racquet looking nice. After releasing the tension, clip any extra string. Your tennis racquet has been restrung!
According to research, the speed of the ball as it leaves your strings, which the tennis racquet and speed at which it's strung does not alter with greater or lower tensions. Therefore, the higher the tension, the faster the ball will go.
The problem is that as the tension increases, so does the risk of breaking the string. The string is supposed to be tight enough so that it doesn't break under pressure, but not so tight that it creates friction or heat. If it's too tight, the string will break before you know it. If it's too loose, the string will vibrate too freely; this will cause poor contact between the ball and the string, which will eventually lead to string wear and tear.
Since modern tennis strings are designed to last about three hours in play, they are usually installed at relatively high tensions. A professional player might have 25 pounds (11 kg) or more of tension on his or her rackets.
As you can see, high tensions are important for good tennis playing technique and strategy, but also bring with them an increased chance of string failure.