Restringing a tennis racket is an important task, but the question of when to do it is a difficult one. There are many factors to consider before deciding what time frame would be best for you and your equipment, so we have compiled some helpful tips on how often to restring your tennis racket, and the benefits of regular restringing. Rest assured that by following these guidelines, you will always know when it's time!
Why should I change my tennis strings?
There are many reasons why tennis players should restring their rackets. Restringing your racket can help to increase the performance of your string, restore tension, and extend the life of your string. Restringing also helps you to achieve the desired balance between power and control. All rackets will lose the tension in the string over time, which will decrease the performance and snapback. Restringing your racket will help restore that tension, which may increase power and control. If you are struggling with arm aches or injuries, it could be due to your strings! Over time strings lose their elasticity and become stiff, which leads to higher vibrations and strain on your arm and joints each time you hit the ball. Restringing should be done often so you can always play at peak level!
When should I restring my tennis racket?
If you have been playing for over six months without restringing your tennis racket yet, it is time to restring your tennis racket!
You should change your racket strings at least the number of times you play per week, per year. For example, if you play three times per week, you should restring your racket a minimum of three times per year, even if they have not broken yet. Restringing is very important to do in order to keep your shots accurate because each hit of the tennis ball puts a lot of stress on the strings, and eventually causes breakage or loss of elasticity which makes accuracy harder to maintain. Restringing is very beneficial, which means changing them frequently enough, at least a few times per year or however often you decide to play tennis during an average week.
If you are a competitive or advanced level player, it is best to restring your racket just before or as soon as possible after an event or hitting session where it has been used extensively. If you have played multiple matches in one week and need to use it again right away, then straight after is be a good time to change out the string so that there isn't any unnecessary wear on them during later games or practices. Restringing is easy! Just visit your local VOLT Sports or order online, choose the right string for you, have it fitted to your racket and play with a fresh feel again in no time.
How do I know if my tennis racket needs restringing?
Restringing your tennis racket is essential to keep it playing its best and prolonging its life span, but how do you know when it's time?
If you see fraying then the string has probably lost tension and should be replaced as soon as possible before breaking altogether. Restring regularly to maintain performance and extend the life of your equipment!
When you can see notching or cuts in the strings it may be time to restring. This isn't always easily noticeable since the string overlaps each other, but if you move your strings and look on the side you should be able to see how have cut through the notches are. When you see this happening and the notches are cut halfway or more through, your racket is not playing its best anymore and the strings should be replaced. If you feel that there's not enough power, control, or topspin then replacing the string can help bring back performance. When tennis strings lose tension this makes them lose elasticity, making it difficult for them to respond properly resulting in poor playability. Restringing can fix these issues by resetting the tension of the strings at your preference again allowing for a proper response from each shot hit with your tennis racket!
It is important to replace your racket strings regularly to maintain performance and extend the life of your racket. If you are noticing notching, which is when the string rubs against each other and starts cutting into one another, fraying on your strings, or can't remember the last time you got them restrung, then it may be time to restring your racket. Restringing will help restore that tension on your strings, which can result in an increase in power and control for you on the court!
Let us help you keep your racket in perfect shape by restringing your strings when needed and before they wear down too much. This will ensure the best performance possible while also reducing injuries caused by overused low-performing string.
If they're notching or fraying, that's a warning sign that they need some attention now - if left unchecked, they'll snap during your match! For the best performance from your string, we recommend having your string changed every few months, depending on how often you play (or at least every 6 months). A restring will cost from $49 to $65 and usually takes less than a day for us to have it ready for collection.
If you are ready for a restring or have any questions about what type of string or tension would be right for you, please visit our Double Dot Pro Shop or send us a message - we would love to help!