The Cost of Stringing in Perspective
Posted by RacquetQuest
When it comes to stringing a racquet many players are reluctant to do it as often as they should. Why do you suppose that is? It may go something like this…”Wow! Thirty five dollars is a lot and I just had this thing strung about a year ago!”
Let’s take a look at some things we can buy for thirty five dollars, and how long will it last?
Ten cups of regular coffee at a great coffee shop which may be a months worth but each cup only lasts less than an hour. Therefore about $3.50/hour.
Two movie tickets with popcorn and drinks which will last about 2.5 hours, so about $14.00/hour.
One pretty good bottle of wine which will last a couple of hours, so $17.50/hour
Four six-packs of beer which will last some people a weekend but 1 hour per beer so, about $1.45/hour.
Two shares of Yahoo stock that may last 15 or 20 seconds, so about $105.00/hour.
Ten gallons of gasoline that may last 200 miles at 50MPH so about $8.75/hour.
Eight cans of pretty good tennis balls that may last eight weeks, or about $2.20/hour.
So, there a few things that we can spend our money on but none of them last as long, performance and satisfaction wise, as a good set of string! For arguments sake lets say string will play its best for about 20 hours. That is $1.75 per hour. But if you re-string after 50 hours your cost per hour goes down to $.70 per hour. Let’s split the difference and say you must re-string after 35 hours of play. It is easy to see that is $1.00 per hour and is a great bargain!
Even better than beer! Plus you enjoy the social interaction you expect from a cup of coffee, a bottle of wine, or a beer with your buddies!
It is easy to see that keeping your racquet properly strung is not expensive!