How to know when to restring

Types of tennis strings

How often do you need to change or replace your tennis racquet strings?

One of the most common questions asked about tennis string is:” How often should they be replaced?

The Pro tennis players restring every day. The tennis club level players restring anywhere from every three or four time they place to once a decade until the string break.  But the pros’ frequent restringing tells us something: String–especially fresh string–matters a lot. What possible difference could be restringing your racket every day make?

Your tennis strings begin to lose their tension very quickly after you string. In the first 24 hours after stringing strings can lose roughly 10% of their tension and this reduction in tension continues as time goes by and you get out on the court and start hitting.

The worst thing that can happen to a player is they begin to adjust their technique or are told to adjust their technique to compensate for a loss in tension with their strings.

Since the tension of your strings can have a big impact on the power and control you generate when hitting it’s worth replacing your tennis strings on a consistent basis to make sure you can perform your best.

When should you change your tennis string?

There is a rule which call rule of thumb. Somewhere along the way there was a general rule of thumb established that said you should replace your strings as many times per year as you play per week. If you played three times per week, then you should restring your racquet three times per year. The truth is it’s going to be different for all players. Factors such as your frequency and style of play, level of competition, budget and personal preference all can influence when you should make the decision to restring your racquet.

So, rather than following some rule of thumb, you should pay attention to, to know when to restring a tennis racquet:

  1. The appearance of the strings – The easiest way to know when it’s time to restring is by noticing how your strings look. If your strings are fraying or look shaggy, the strings are starting to come apart and you’re not going to get as much spin or power when you hit the ball. When your strings get ratty-looking, it’s definitely time to restring.
  2. The sound when you hit the ball – If you notice that the sound is not normal or what you’re used to when you hit the ball, it may be time to restring. When your strings get worn, they will not be as springy and you may first notice this just in a change of sound on your strokes.
  3. The feel when you hit the ball – Because your worn strings are losing or have lost their springiness, you may notice a dull or dead feeling when you hit the ball. The ball just doesn’t pop off your racquet the way you’re used to, especially on your groundstrokes. You might feel like you have to hit the ball harder just to make it go the same distance it used to.
  4. The length of time since you last restrung:  You might feel that you need to restring just because it’s been so long since your racquet has had new strings. This could be especially true with a racquet that you haven’t played with in quite a while. And while the strings on that racquet may look fine, you’ll get so much benefit out of new springy strings that it could be worth the pretty reasonable expense.