The Cost of Stringing in Perspective

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!  Forty 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 forty 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 $4.00/hour.

Two movie tickets with popcorn and drinks which will last about 2.5 hours, so about $16.00/hour.

One pretty good bottle of wine ($40.00) which will last a couple of hours, so $20.00/hour

Four six-packs of beer which will last some people a weekend but 1 hour per beer so, about $4.00/hour.

Two shares of crypto stock that may last 15 or 20 seconds, so about $105.00/hour.

Thirteen gallons of gasoline that may last 200 miles at 50MPH so about $1.00/hour.

Eight cans of pretty good tennis balls that may last eight weeks, or about $5.00/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 $2.00 per hour.  But if you re-string after 50 hours your cost per hour goes down to $.80 per hour.  Let’s split the difference and say you must re-string after 25 hours of play.  It is easy to see that is $1.60 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!

Posted on January 14, 2012, in Good News!, Players, Tips and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Javi,
    You look like a gangster mate…..
    John thanks for the time you took to spell it out for us…..

  2. I just love this post! how true and it could not be clear enough.
    Tennis players are tight even the Pro’s

  3. Thanks for commenting! I think a lot of players don’t realize what a bargain stringing really is. BTW, what are you eating in your picture?

    • I recommend to all my tennis friends to invest in a stringing machine, even if it’s $100. In that picture, I was visiting family in Argentina so I was at an asado (BBQ) eating shortribs. 🙂

      • I am not going to suggest anyone use a $100.00 stringing machine for anything except your own racquet, and then only if you are not concerned about racquet distortion! It is no secret that drop weight machines will, if properly designed and used, pull the string to the correct tension at the tension head.

        The problem is that when you have 16 main strings installed at 50 pounds each there is a load of 800 pounds on the racquet. The main support bar and the way it is “locked” may not provide adequate support for the racquet, especially a racquet that is “well used”.

  4. There are plenty of variables with stringing a tennis racquet; type of string (poly, synthetic, natural gut) so the price varies, either way a very accurate argument that maintaining a racquet is a lot less expensive than many other things that we do on a regular basis. I string my stick twice a month with strings no more than $15, but I also string it myself so the cost goes down even more per hour; a small investment to get a entry level machine can save you TONS of money in the long run.

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