Do tennis strings deteriorate if left unused on a racket for a long period of ti

  1. mikgio profile image77
    mikgioposted 5 years ago

    Do tennis strings deteriorate if left unused on a racket for a long period of time?

    I have racket that hasn't been used for a few years, and wondered if anybody knew whether it would definitely need to be restrung?

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  2. MickiS profile image83
    MickiSposted 5 years ago

    "Detieorate" is not quite the right word, but, yes, if you have not used your racquet for a few years, you will need to re-string it before you play. Otherwise, the strings will feel dead.

    Over time, strings lose their resiliency: their ability to spring back into position while hitting a ball. There are several things that cause the loss of resiliency: hitting balls, the bending of the frame during play, the expanding/contracting of your frame and strings through warmer and colder days etc.

    As such, you are supposed to re-string a racquet that you are using regularly as many times a year as you play in a week. I play 5-6 days per week, so I re-string about 5 times per year.

    In your case, your strings will have lost their resiliency because for several years they have been held at a tension of 50-60 lbs. That, alone, will deaden the strings.

    1. mikgio profile image77
      mikgioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah I thought I would have to get my rackets restrung, thanks for the help!! smile

 
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