When to Re-String your Racket!

When to Re-String your Racket!


Does my Racket need Re-Stringing? 

This is the most commonly asked question in our shop.

There’s lots of, (sometimes conflicting) advice on this. So I thought I’d go through some of the things to look out for in your rackets performance, the benefits of a fresh set of strings and the potential problems with keeping strings in for too long!

Now let's get started. 

So, when should you re-string your racket?

Well, it's like asking how often you should wash your hair - it depends on a variety of factors. But, on average, it's recommended to re-string your racket every 6-8 weeks of regular use.

Think of it as a spa day for your racket, it deserves some TLC too.

For many of you, 6-8 weeks will seem far to frequent - especially as the strings are unlikely to have broken in that time.

You may have heard the old adage that the number of times you play a week is how often you should string your racket per year.

But, tennis has moved on a lot since that phrase was first uttered.
Better technology, more durable equipment and advances in play means that a far better approach would be hours played per week = number of re-strings per year. Especially at a 'good club level'.

Based on this formula you'll quickly find that 4-5 re-strings a year will be required (minimum) for those of you playing 2-3 times a week!

So here are some points to watch out for, and you might start to notice these creeping into your game around the 6-8 week mark:

·  Reduced power: Old strings lose elasticity, which means less power on your shots. (Especially Polyester Strings) You might notice your serve getting slower... balls landing shorter.

·  Lack of control: With old strings, you may find it harder to control the direction of your shots as the tension decreases. You might notice your volleys sailing long....

·  Reduced spin: Fresh strings provide more grip and friction, which leads to more spin on your shots.You might find your top-spin shots going long and not dipping down as they were....

·  Inconsistent feel: Old strings can create uneven tension and a rough texture, which can affect the way you play. You might find your touch volleys, drop-shots and lobs hard to control...

·  Increased risk of injury: Old strings can absorb less shock, leading to more impact on your arm and an increased risk of tennis elbow and other injuries. You might start to feel some soreness in your elbow, wrist or arm...
Now, let's talk about the benefits of fresh strings. It's like getting a new haircut, you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Fresh strings provide better tension and elasticity, which means more power, control, and spin. Plus, you'll feel more consistent, which will help you make better shots and improve your overall performance.

And let's not forget, fresh strings can help prevent tennis elbow and other injuries, so not only will you play better, but you'll also feel better.

So, next time you are having a bad day on the court, your shots are going just long, you've lost your touch on your drop-shots. It might not be you. You might just be able to blame the strings of your racket.

How great is that!

If you do get your racket restrung make sure to use a UKRSA certified stringer, to ensure the quality of the work. And if you are in North London, please do bring your racket in and we'll be happy to advise and always get the racket back to you quickly so you can get back to dominating the court!

Any questions/comments please let us know!

Kind Regards,

PH Tennis