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Additional Stringing Information!
CUSTOM STRINGING: Matching the right string and the right tension for your particular racquet and your particular style of play to give you the optimum performance from your racquet. We offer a selection of over 60 different strings. We utilize Prince stringing machines. These state of the art computerized machines ensure the very best in quality and consistency.
Choosing the Right String and the Right Tension: Once you've found the perfect racquet, you need to fine tune it with a string and tension that best suits the racquet, as well as your particular style of play. Finding the perfect combination of string and tension may take a little time and effort, but the end result will be worth it. Two identical racquets will play entirely different if strung with different strings and/or tension.
Generally, the more playable a string is the less durable, and vice versa. If you break strings frequently, you may have to forfeit some playability to gain durability. If you are like most players, and rarely break your strings before they "go dead", you can afford to use a more playable string.
When Should I Restring My Racquet?
Learn to pay attention to your strings. They are your most important piece of equipment. Remember, the strings are the only part of the racquet to contact the ball. At least that is our goal! If your racquet is starting to feel dead; if you have to swing harder to get the ball deep; if you are making good contact, but getting fewer solid hits; if your strings sound different when contact is made; or if it feels as though the sweetspot has disappeared, then it is probably time to restring.
Strings may feel tight, but play dead. This is because strings lose their elasticity and resilience, which is their ability to return energy to the ball. When strings wear out, the string stretches further, but rebounds slower with less force. The strings return less energy to the ball, resulting in less power to the shot.
Strings don't have to break to be worn out (dead). How often you restring depends on your racquet, string type, style of play, playing surface, and frequency of play. Generally, it is recommended that you restring after every 40 hours of play. A good rule of thumb is to restring as many times each year as you average playing each week. If you average playing four times per week, you should restring every 3 months or 4 times per year. As a minimum, you should restring every six months because strings will go dead in this time regardless of the frequency of play.
At Bowman's Tennis Shop we can eliminate the guesswork of determining dead strings. Utilizing our Racquet Diagnostic Computer, we can test the String Bed Deflection of your racquet to determine the percentage of tension remaining in your strings.
GRIPS: We offer a full line of replacement & overgrips from the top manufacturers. We can also re-size grips and create custom shape grips to meet your needs.
RACQUET CUSTOMIZATION: Utilizing the Prince RACQUET DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER, our technicians can evaluate your racquet's weight, flex, balance, and swingweight. We can customize your racquet by changing either the weight, balance, or swingweight ...or any combination of these to ensure that your racquet gives you the optimum performance possible.
RACQUET MATCHING: Most players have two or more racquets. Even though they may be identical models, there will always be at least slight differences in their weight, balance, and swingweight. We can make adjustments to assure that every racquet in your bag is identical.
RACQUET DIAGNOSTIC CENTER: The Prince Racquet Diagnostic Center (RDC) is a very sophisticated piece of equipment used by the Master Racquet Technicians in the Racquet Service Center. The RDC performs a variety of functions to measure certain attributes of tennis racquets. It also can analyze these attributes and is useful in comparing racquets. We measure and analyze every racquet model we sell. Rather than take the manufacturer provided specifications, we use the RDC to analyze each racquet.
WEIGHT: The weight of a racquet is critical. A heavier racquet will provide more power and vibrate less. The weight of a racquet will also be a determining factor in how maneuverable the racquet is. Generally you should play with as heavy a racquet as you can. Of course, a racquet that is too heavy will cause you to be late on your contact and will also cause you to fatigue in mid-match. Choose a racquet weight that is comfortable for your particular needs. Remember that a racquet's weight can be customized (heavier, not lighter) to suit your needs.
FLEX: This is the longitudinal stiffness of the racquet. A stiffer frame generates more power and has a larger sweetspot than a more flexible frame. A stiffer frame will also transmit more shock to the arm on contact with the ball and is generally more stable on off center hits. Today's sophisticated racquets are computer designed with varying stiffness in different parts of the racquet, which means that two racquets with the same flex index may feel very different. The higher the number, the stiffer the frame.
BALANCE: The balance point of a racquet is measured from the butt end of the racquet to the point of balance. This is most commonly expressed in centimeters or may be expressed by "points" head heavy or head light. A point is 1/8 of an inch. This is a static measurement and is used far less now with the advent of devices to determine the dynamic inertia or swingweight.
SWINGWEIGHT: A dynamic measurement of the racquets inertia. Simply, this is how the weight distribution feels as you swing the racquet. The higher the number, the greater the swingweight. The measurement is the determining factor in how maneuverable the racquet is.
FOR THE PLAYER WITH ARM PAIN: We are not doctors and we can not cure tennis elbow, but we have been able to help a lot of players who suffer with sore elbows or shoulders. Choosing the proper racquet, string, tension, and grip size can make a big difference in the way your arm feels. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. There are many causes. Improper stoke technique, overuse, and other things contribute to the pain. We can't help with those. We can give you some guidance about your equipment. Again, there is no ONE answer. We have "cured" some by prescribing a heavier racquet, and others with a lighter racquet. The first approach is common sense. When did your arm first begin to hurt? Did it follow a change? New strings? New racquet? New/Different Stroke technique? Often an honest answer to these questions will provide an insight to the cause of the pain. Too light of a racquet can cause the arm to take too much of the impact of the ball, while too heavy of a racquet can cause the arm to fatigue. A thorough discussion with one of our Racquet Technicians can help you sort through your problem and hopefully get you back on the court pain free. Some of our cures include customizing your racquet. However, the most common cure is utilizing a softer string bed by using a very resilient string such as Natural Gut or a Multi-filament synthetic. Your cure may be as simple as resizing your grip or just installing a new fresh grip that is easier to hold. Don't suffer in pain, let us see if we can help you get back on the court pain free.
Basic String Facts
- Lower string Tensions generate more power.
- Higher string tensions generates more ball control (for experienced players).
- A longer string length (or string plane area) produces more power.
- Decreased string density (fewer strings) generates more power and more spin.
- More elastic strings generate more power.