for some odd reason whenever i buy a carlton racket in particular, it comes with strings, even the high end ones, and the string is painted with the carlton logo. if you notice the biggest triangle is smack right in the middle of the string bed. there is no way to avoid it. some how, whether it's a vapour trail or a razor or the new ignite, i've enjoy hitting with the factory "installed" strings with paint on it. i enjoy the "thud" sound when i hit a shuttle and i love the "stiffness" of the string not moving much.
my question is, is the paint making the string bed stiffer than it should be?
or is the string been installed on the racket too long, so the string actually settled into a groove?
or am i just fooling myself because it's a new racket?
should i buy stencil paint and try painting it once?
It probably has a very small effect in that it acts like a weak bond between the strings. I doubt it would make the strings significantly "stiffer". I mean the little effect it may have on the strings, if any, does it really matter?