How to tell when you need to restring

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  1. eddiemon

    eddiemon Regular Member

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    What signs can you feel that you need to restring? I have a BG65 and I'm not sure if I need to string it. Its kind of loose on the top and near the sweet spot.
     
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    Wear and tear signs perhaps :D

    Not sure what you mean by it being loose in the two areas mentioned, could be from the string job.
     
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    Like the strings can slide around easily by moving them with fingers.
     
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    Seems like it could be loose. How tight was it tensioned and how long did you have the strings on your racket for?

    Wear and tear signs, would be like nicking, the jacket is torn that you can see the inside of the string - those things.
     
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    If you can't tell, then you don't need to restring.
     
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    It is factory default. Around 2 years ago.
     
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    factories string with BG- 65?
    well, if it feels too loose for you when you play, yes, restring.
    at least, thats what my coaches from school tell me.
     
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    Pretty much! Most people will restring whenever it breaks, and if I don't break them first, I'll try and cut the strings if I see nicks on the string especially if it's a higher cross string or whenever the tension drops past my preferred tension range.

    Bg65 tends to lose tension the fastest, so I recommend using a better tension holding string next time so it'll at the very least, hold longer.

    In your case, the strings being loose at the top or near the center could have been due to inconsistent stringing, but it has been 2 years, so most likely it's due to time factor. After you get it restrung, just check to make sure it's not loose in certain areas right after you get it back!
     
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    Factory string you for 2 years. Yeah your string is pretty much gone because the moisture has dried up therefore the performance would of fallen away. The strings would generally last up to a year before you notice the performance drop.
     
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    I restring my rackets for one or more of the following reasons:

    - The string is broken
    - When the string is the reason I'm not playing with the racket
    - When I believe restringing will improve the capabilities of the racket
     
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    for me, if tension drops, i will restring. if i see anything wrong with the strings (slight fraying or whatsoever), also will restring. basically i will not risk the string breaking and damaging the racket.
     
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    So if you play till the strings break it'll be bad for the racket?
    My string doesn't seem to be breaking when I play. :p
     
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    As I know, generally string tension will hold up to 30-40 playing hours. Ofcourse your milage can vary with various factors. I figured that I need to restring about two weeks to a month.
     
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    If my losing streak continues then I re-string :D
     
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    Tough one, this - the performance of most strings decreases so subtly that you can keep playing for ages (perhaps longer than necessary) before you notice, especially with low tensions. A rule of thumb I heard once is to string as many times per year as you play per week whether the string breaks or not. I really think this is an underestimate, though: IMO, anyone who plays at least once a week should wait no more than 10 weeks between restrings (reducing this appropriately if you use a high tension).

    I play twice per week at my old high school, around 3 hrs at a time and, since I string for a living, I do my rackets every time the kids break up for a holiday i.e. every four to six weeks or so (making indyko's estimate very accurate indeed:)). I play at 30 lbs, so they do snap occasionally anyway.
     
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    i got to know this from my teacher. It might be wrong, or can someone testify that it does work.

    here goes.

    you use your nails and go to the middle string, in the middle of the racket and pull it. If the sound is sharp, that means that it's still of significant high tension.
    If it sounds more hollow with much more echos it would mean tension had been lost and that the strings are quite worn out.
     
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    the sound test is not accurate, unless you can remember exactly how the strings sound like at different tensions.
     
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    izit? Cause my sting bg80 at 28lbs now it slide madly.. Till you can see the string is not straight position.. But my string is just 1 months old. :crying: I asked the shop why will like this and he said because slide too much.
     
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    When the strings are new they will slide around a lot because the mains and crosses haven't "bitten" into each other yet. After a while they will settle down and be more difficult to move with the fingers. Sliding comes back again, though, when the string loosens over time:). The degree also depends on the string surface - something smooth like BG66 will slide much more easily than, say, BG80.

    In short, a brand new string job should slide around for the first few games, and a very old one will slide merely from looseness. Incidentally, singchaii, the shop owner is correct: slicing the shuttle causes the mains to move laterally across the bed. Not a fault, exactly, just something that happens.
     
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    Easy for you to say. You don't have 30+ rackets...:p

    But I agree on restringing as needed. Even when the string is not broken.
     
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