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How long should strings last?

I have 4 Prince Air DBs and I get them strung at 60 lbs with synthetic gut. My strings break after 3 days, which seems very quick. I've took my rackets over to another place and the same thing happened. Are all of these stringers making so they break quickly or is this normal?
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Re: How long should strings last?

well if a person plays once a year, im sure they can last for years
all depends on playing time.

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Re: How long should strings last?

How much spin do you put on the ball? Just use weed-whacker string for your racket.
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Re: How long should strings last?

I use poly force since a few years. I still brake them, but a lot less than in the past(my record is within 5 hours) If you don't like to play with something stiff i don't advice them but else there very good.

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Re: How long should strings last?

Well it depends on 2 factors really:

1) What type of string you use (and)
2) What tension you use them at.


Adding to:

1) If you use real gut strings, thin type, they'll be likely to snap sooner, than the other extreme, which are extremely thick strings (everlasting )

2) If you play with a heavy racket tension (control players usually do, as opposed to power players who want as much power from the tension as possible) they'll also be more likely to snap sooner; cuz they are tightly strung.

Basically a Factor 3) as mentioned already in this thread, is the amount of time you play of course. Once a year for regular tennis play is average I was told.

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Play with a brick. It will never break.

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Re: How long should strings last?

maybe you play with too much spin. that thins out your strings sooner
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Re: How long should strings last?

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well if a person plays once a year, im sure they can last for years
all depends on playing time.
My mom eventually had to cut her strings cause they never broke, so I know they can last a while. What I'm wondering about is my situation, and whether or not my racket is being strung properly.

I play 5-6 times a week for 1.5 to 2 hrs at a time. As I mentioned already I'm using synthetic gut with a tension of 60 lbs. Is it normal for them to break after 3 days? I hit with my brother and he breaks the strings just as often. This gets to be very expensive and requires weekly trips to to pickup/drop off rackets, which is also a pain.

Is there a similar string that won't break as often? I tried a really thick string one time and I hated it.
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Re: How long should strings last?

try kevlar and use a lesser tension like 55...?
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Are you a high school student, MaxPowers?

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Re: How long should strings last?

i used to have the same problem, and the costs we're really shitting me.

so believe it or not, i tried using the cheapest string - nylon and it lasted for a month. although i only play 3 times a week with each session lasting 3-4 hrs...

try using diff kinds of strings until you see which one lasts. or then consider getting a different racquet...

you last resort is to change your strokes (not recommendable though)
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Re: How long should strings last?

Mine last forever. I don't play a LOT though.


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3 days at 60lb and gone? Hard to believe. Check your racket, check that all grommets are still in place, check that it does not have any sharp edges because of cracks or anything..
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Re: How long should strings last?

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I have 4 Prince Air DBs and I get them strung at 60 lbs with synthetic gut. My strings break after 3 days, which seems very quick. I've took my rackets over to another place and the same thing happened. Are all of these stringers making so they break quickly or is this normal?
I used to sting racquets so I know a fair bit about this....

Synthetic gut does break reasonably quickly, but I would say if they're breaking after 3 days that's not right. I would try 1 other place, my guess is it probably isn't being strung well.

Another possibility is that your game just isn't right for synthetic gut strings. Use strings which are slightly more durable, although the playability might not be quite so good. There isn't a huge difference though.
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Re: How long should strings last?

I change my strings (as often as I play weekly) about 2 to 3 times a year; and break them at least every 2 months (Do the math).

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