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Thread: Post-stringing effect question
08-02-2008, 04:01 AM #1
Post-stringing effect question
I have a small question regarding stringing.
I recently got my MusclePower 99 strung with 25lbs
This may be a stupid question but will i need to wait some time before playing with my newly strung racquet?
I am asking this because i recently got a rare string here which can only be imported from japan, which i would like to use for the longest time possible.
08-02-2008, 04:47 AM #2
Which string is it? You can play straight away.
08-02-2008, 05:35 AM #3
There's no real "danger" in playing a fresh racket (indeed, the racket will probably be at its best), but the string bed will not have settled down to an even tension until you've played with it for a while.
When I play with a fresh racket I always pat the strings against the heel of my hand between rallies to help the strings shift into their natural position. I also do this for customers' rackets (time permitting).
BTW, I'm also curious as to what this "rare" string is...
08-02-2008, 06:44 AM #4
Well It's not really rare, only out in japan
Will the tension drop dramatically if i play with it straight away?
Should I wait a couple of days before playing with the racquet?
08-02-2008, 06:51 AM #5
08-02-2008, 11:10 AM #6
08-02-2008, 11:12 PM #7
I thought I already told you what to do. .. well, Jeff told me what to do: wait for two days or so for the strings to settle. Atleast, you won't be using it until saturday when you play at BBC so it's not much of a thing to worry about, is it ?
NBG98 doesn't lose tension as fast as bg65 ( which you are used to ), so you wouldn't find tension dropping much a problem in reality. But you will find it a problem once those strings break, because you'd be back to using bg65 or something again .
08-03-2008, 01:17 AM #8
08-03-2008, 03:48 AM #9
All strings have elastic properties and they are most-elastic when they're freshly strung (flexes fast). Unless it's pre-stretched, the tension will drop rapidly if we play with it straight away.
If the tension drops quickly, I believe that they won't perform as well as the same string with little or no tension drop, even with less elasticity.
Just imagine playing with bg85 at 23lbs, and bg80 ( just a little bit less repulsion due to its thicker gauge ) at 25lbs. Which one would be better if you normally play at 26lbs ?
08-03-2008, 05:18 AM #10
Hmm... Maybe I should wait a while before playing it so the string tension maintains better?
08-03-2008, 05:39 AM #11
08-03-2008, 10:34 AM #12
A freshly strung string should play better than one that has to see through a "waiting" period of 2 days. The reason why some players feel that strings that are "worn-in" for a few days play better is because of uneven tension, usual with low to medium tensions and from poor stringing, which will take a few days of evening out. However, high tensions, provided they are not poorly strung, play best immediately after the strings are strung. Top players restring after a week or two, soley to get that fresh string crispness and punch.
08-04-2008, 05:17 AM #13
Okay I get it.
I played with it today, it felt so good hehe.
Thanks for the info everyone.
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