We frequently receive inquiries about when to consider tennis racket restringing. It often depends on several factors, including your level of play and the type of string you install. There are also signs that arise during play that may suggest it is time to come to us for restringing. Here is what to watch out for when it comes to your tennis racket strings and the time to replace them:
- Less control: This is often what players notice first. As strings lose tension, it becomes more difficult to control the ball. It is common when breaking in a new racket to see changes at first, but eventually the racket settles into its own with no major changes. In fact, a new racket will lose about 10 percent of its string tension in the first 24 hours of play with no further reduction. However, months later you may find you start losing control again. That is when you likely lost the required string tension and need restringing.
- Difficulty creating spin: In advanced play, spin makes a big difference in winning sets. When strings lose tension, the ball sits on the strings for a millisecond longer, and that makes spin difficult if not impossible. You will find it takes more effort to create spin, and many of your attempts may fail. When this starts to compromise your game, see us to upgrade your strings.
- No pop: We all choose rackets and string combinations for the most “pop” from every hit. When strings are new, they snap back into place quickly and offer that response we all desire. Unfortunately, this goes away with time and play. When the “ping” gets replaced with a “thud,” that is often a good indicator it is time for restringing.
- New technique or style of play: When you start out, you will choose the best type of string and tension to help you learn to play. As your form improves and you play more frequently, those original settings may no longer work for you. Getting your racket and stringing assessed as your play advances is not a bad idea—especially if you make significant improvements or go from playing twice a week to four or five times. Even if you do not require restringing right away, that may be inevitable if you do not upgrade your strings.
- Changes in personal preference: As your game improves, you may want adjustments since you initially strung your racket. More spin, less spin, more pop, etc. all become priorities as your knowledge of the game and technique evolve. Many times, customers choose one setting as they learn, and then want more as they improve. Even if you are an intermediate or advance player, it is likely your preferences will change. When that happens, see us and learn about your options.
If it is time for tennis racket restringing, call or visit Lawler Sports. We offer many options for replacing or upgrading tennis racket strings and look forward to showing them to you.