Why is restringing your racquet essential?
Whether you play competitively or just for fun, restringing your racquet with a string selected specifically for your needs will give you more confidence in your game. Do you find that you need extra power or added control during your game? Maybe help with topspin or slice? Or are you always breaking tennis strings and need more durability? If yes, you will certainly notice the benefits of a racquet restringing.
The next question is, how often is often enough? If you are not a regular string breaker, the tennis strings of your racquet will lose their tension over time and inadequate tension will affect your game. You’ll therefore want to replace them at regular intervals. If you have never replaced the strings, you probably still have the factory strings (sometimes not the best string or tension), so treat your game to a little tailored help. The general rule is, if you play twice a week, then restring your racquet twice a year. However, other factors such as your style of play and the number of hours you practise and even the weather will determine the wear on the strings. Take a look at your tennis strings to determine their condition and see if you are ready for a restring. Where the strings cross each other, constant rubbing tends to wear off the coating and the filaments may start to fray. As well as this, the wear of one string onto another causes a notch in the strings: just pull them apart to see if this has formed.
The string tension is also important in order in achieve your desired outcome. The looser the strings are, the more power your racquet packs. Tighter strings on the other hand give you more control. Most newer racquets have a recommended range on them, otherwise you can ask the restringer for advice. If you are a novice when it comes to choosing tennis racquet strings, check out our scale which compares the control, durability and power.