Technology…Part Four

This edition continues with the “string” component of technology but deals with a “good string gone bad” syndrome.

What do I mean, exactly? What I mean, exactly, is that a string may have outstanding properties, value pricing, a great color, and super advertising but it simply does not work for a certain player. This string may be fine for the majority of your players but not this one!

Is it the fault of the string? Is it the fault of the stringer? Is it the fault of the application? I will go with the “application” being faulty. Some strings will not perform, durabilty wise, in the racquet of a player experimenting with a new serve, a new grip, a new top spin stroke, or any other dramatic contact with the ball!

This can be an annoying, and costly, phase for both the player and the racquet technician. We often refer to significant “miss hits” to describe the failure that occur in this “application” category. Most players will acknowledge a miss hit so you can focus on the next step. Others, however, will deny anything but good, clean solid hits. This puts the onus on the string, and by default, the racquet technician.

The best option, at this point, is to move on to a different string! No matter how much you prefer the previous string you must move on!

If the previous string is breaking due to miss hits you will consider a string that is far more elastic. If the string is wearing out in the hitting area you will consider a string with better abrasion resistance. If the string is losing tension, (string bed stiffness) you should consider a more stable material.

In summary, be up front with your racquet technician. By working together you can arrive at a perfect resolution to a frustrating problem of a “good string gone bad”.

Posted on January 13, 2014, in Good News!, Learning, Players, String and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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