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[tennisbiz] Re: Stringing

From: Mark Maslowski <>
Date: Tue 19 Mar 2002 03:43:12 EST

Hello Tony,
1. String tension - This all depends on many factors, what style of play the
person is playing, the racquet, court surface, strings used, etc. Some of the
top pros have their racquets strung very tight for more control, but this
reduces the size of the sweet spot and makes the string bed very hard and
unforgiving. You have to hit the ball very cleanly toplay at high tensions
and be pretty strong. I would not recommend this for growing teenagers. If
you send me your sons racquet brand and model, his playing style and level,
and how long the strings last, I can calculate a starting point for tension
on the racquet.
2. Strings very from natural gut which are very good in playability, but
quite expensive, to monofiliments, (polyester and some variations of this)
which do not break easily but the elasticity and playability are not as good
as with a multifiliment or center core synthetic string, such as the Prince
Synthetic Gut you are presently using.
3. A rule of thumb for average players is 1 time per year for every day you
play in the week. This means if a player plays 2 times per week, they should
change their string 2 times per year. Tension loss can be measured with many
devices. I use an electronic Beers 700 ERT. I check each string job right
after stringing, then the customers can come in and have them checked when
they feel the strings have lost too much tension.
4. Because synthetic strings are basically made of "plastic", you have to
store your racquet in a cool place in the summer. Leaving it one day in a hot
car trunk can ruin the strings. When possible do not leave the racquet too
long in the direct sun.
5. The string tension varies because of string type, player type, racquet
head size, string pattern(how many main and cross strings),etc. There is a
string wheel from Stringway in Holland, that you can calculate the tension
for the player style and level and by the length of the longest main string
and cross string, which gives you a good starting point.
Mark Maslowski
General Manager
European Racquet Stringers Association

Received on Tue Mar 19 2002 - 13:32:52 CST

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