Category Archives: Stringing Frequency

Keep it Up!

I am talking about our String Frequency Calculator tool.  As of right now, as far as I know, WordPress does not support “interactive” spreadsheets, so our calculator is far, far, away running on One Drive!

Each time you enter user information it goes to the “cloud” and the calculation is made, then returned to racqeutquest.com, and you.  It seems like a long way around but for now, that is what we have.

Here is how you can help.  One Drive puts the application to “sleep” if the spreadsheet is not “active” for a short period.  Then it has to be “jump started” which causes the blank display you may see.  The fix is to keep it active!  So every five (5) minutes or so do a calculation!

We think the information is fun and meaningful so please continue to use the Stringing Frequency Calculator!

Our Standard Stringing Process

After seeing “After the String is Strung” some of you wanted to see a “While the String is Being Strung” video.  I have several videos of the stringing process but I use them for my own review and to see if there is anything that can be done better.

So, the video(s) will not be “professional” videos and are intended for fun and maybe some understanding of what we do.

Grab a coffee, or something, and enjoy 24 minutes of stringing fun!

What is “Best Overall Performance”?

In our “Recommended Stringing Frequency” calculator we state that this frequency is to get the best possible performance from your racquet.   But, what exactly is “best performance”?

To establish this we need to take you, the player, out of the picture for a moment and concentrate on the racquet and string setup.  the reason is simple:  no two players strike the ball the same way.

We start with “Swing Weight” which is the most important dynamic property of a racquet.  So a higher swing weight will contribute to power and stability, thus performance.

Overall weight is important because you need to be able to get the racquet to the court and out of your bag!  Heavier racquets contribute to energy, stability, and comfort.

Effective Stiffness is important because it represents the stiffness of the string bed (SBS) and the racquet stiffness (xxRA, or something like that).  This number represents the impact each time you strike the ball.  The higher the number, the stiffer, of course.

Of the four (4) things mentioned above we can control the string bed stiffness with ease.  One of the easiest methods is to string your racquet regularly to maintain the effectiveness of the elongation of the string being used.  Elongation relates to energy return in a string and while strings will stay resilient for a long time a well-worn string takes a while to return energy to the ball.

You, the player, of course, determine performance so when using the SFR you can enter a high UTR or Style rating or a low UTR or style rating if maximum performance is not required.

Recommended Stringing Frequency (RSF)

We have moved the very popular Recommended Stringing Frequency (RSF) spreadsheet to the main body of our web page to make it easy for you to determine when to re-string your tennis racquet.  This recommendation is based on the very best overall performance of your racquet.  

You can use this valuable tool to evaluate a tennis racquet purchase.  If you are considering a new racquet insert those values and compare it to what you are currently using to see if your stringing frequency will be similar.

This is an interactive spreadsheet so all you need to do is put your racquet values into the fields below “Your Input” heading. The rest is calculated for you.  Don’t worry if you do not have a UTR number.  By putting a “0” in that field a value will be added for you.

In “Player Style” you can enter, “tour, club, beg, rec” and a value will be inserted for you. If you are a junior tournament player please use “tour” in this field.

It is not necessary to put a value in both the “UTR” and “Player Style” fields, just one will do.

Use “return” to move on to the next field.

The “Value/Playability Ratio”  incorporates a factor to quantify the value, or enjoyment, of each type of string.

In the “Stringing Date” box near the bottom you can enter the date your racquet was strung and your “Next Stringing” date will be calculated for you.

We hope you enjoy this update!  Go ahead, start now!

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