UP YOUR GAME!
Here's What the World's Top Tour Players Say About Equipment
While pro players get new strings every match, most recreational players wait for a string to break before they get to play with a new set of strings. And rarely do rec players get or seek advice on the latest game improvement gear, which is constantly evolving.
As a general guideline to get the most out of your game and equipment ... the TIA recommends that recreational players restring their racquet at least 3 to 4 times per year to maintain tension, control, feel and power.*
- String tension affects control, power, spin and playability, all of which are lost over time with any type of string, especially polyester. These characteristics decline even if your racquet isn't used regularly.
- To compensate for a loss of string tension, players may find themselves adjusting their strokes-realizing the impact to their game performance, or to potential arm injuries.
- Strings are very susceptible to the environment, particularly to heat and humidity. Once they are affected, the strings are shot-they will not restore their tension. (So don't leave your racquet in a hot or cold car or trunk!)
- Different types of playing styles, how hard the ball is hit and the frequency of play are all factors that affect strings.
- There are many different types of strings, so knowledge about what's best for you and your game is important. For example, polyester strings are very stiff, and their characteristics over time are different from other strings-polyester strings get hard very quickly after about 15 hours of play. While polys may be a great tool for pro players, they can cause arm issues for less skilled players, if not changed out more frequently.
- Professional players are much more sensitive to their equipment-they can detect even a pound or two of tension loss. That's why they change their racquets frequently during a match.
- Every racquet comes with a recommended string tension.
Pro and tournament players may use several new racquets every match as they understand the impact of racquet fatigue on their performance. On average, most recreational players haven't replaced their racquet in the past seven years and are losing the benefit of improved play performance and enjoyment through better gear.
As a general guideline to get the most out of your game and equipment ... the TIA recommends that recreational players upgrade their racquet every two to three years to avoid performance affecting frame fatigue.*
- Carbon fibers break down in graphite racquets and although not visible to the naked eye, this results in racquet fatigue, loss of power and less control.
- Micro fractures occur in racquets over time, caused from hitting repetitive strokes, striking the ground, net cord, etc. All this gradual erosion affects racquet performance.
- Racquet technology continues to improve with every new model released, and that can help players gain more control, spin, power and comfort.
- Racquets, like strings, are also susceptible to the environment and variations in temperature.
- Players games change over time, so it's important to have the correct equipment to maximize your playing style.
Demo, Demo Demo!
Most brick-and-mortar and online retailers have a racquet demo program that will allow you to try out their frame(s) for a number of days.
If there is a charge, the deposit will generally be applied to the eventual purchase.
*Please note: Racquet and string recommended replacement times may vary per individual player depending on a variety of factors, i.e. frequency, style and type of play, court surface, etc. Suggested guidelines are general recommendations for all recreational players to achieve better performance and enjoyment of the game.
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