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Stringing?

Hi, I'm new to tennis and was wondering what is the process known as "stringing" a tennis racquet? Can all racquets be strung? And what is the purpose of stringing a racquet?

I'm also in the market for a new tennis racquet and is debating wheater I should get a racquet that comes with strings (usually cost less) or a racquet without strings (more expensive). What are the pros and cons of these 2 type of racquet?
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Re: Stringing?

You need strings to hit a ball, strings are in the middle of the racket. If you buy it non strung, you cant hit the ball.
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Re: Stringing?

The strings that come with a racquet are rubbish, doesn't matter whether you buy a $20 racquet or a $250 racquet, although if you're a beginner it might not make a huge difference.

Yes every racquet can be restrung, you'd need to take it into a shop though.
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You need strings to hit a ball, strings are in the middle of the racket. If you buy it non strung, you cant hit the ball.
Yes, I know you need strings to hit the ball. I was just asking what are the pros and cons of buying a prestrung racquet or a frame w/o strings and you pick the strings yourself.

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What is the purpose of stringing a racquet?
And can even those $20 prestrung racquet be "Strung" at a shop?
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yes the 20 dollar ones can be strung again with better strings.

Stringing a raquet allows you to change the way the raquet plays.

Think of it as putting new tires on your car. you might want to change them to better tires and every now and then you need new ones b/c your old ones wear out.
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Re: Stringing?

If your just starting out i would either
1) just get the cheap racquet untill i knew that i liked to play a lot
2) buy a nice one, get it strung. But you need to go to a tennis store not a general store so that someone who knows what they are talking about can help you with which one to get.
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Thanks for your input.
What is the purpose of stringing a racquet?
And can even those $20 prestrung racquet be "Strung" at a shop?
Some strings are better than others. If you're just starting out, I'd recommend something like synthetic gut which is solid enough and lasts a long time. The best strings are natural gut but you don't need those yet.

Any racquet can be strung at a shop, but as the other poster says I'd advise you to go to a specialised tennis store so they know what they're talking about when advising you.
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Re: Stringing?

anyone know of a directory for these specialty stores? or the name of a chain for one? Or would a regular sports chalet or sports authority do?

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Some strings are better than others. If you're just starting out, I'd recommend something like synthetic gut which is solid enough and lasts a long time. The best strings are natural gut but you don't need those yet.

Any racquet can be strung at a shop, but as the other poster says I'd advise you to go to a specialised tennis store so they know what they're talking about when advising you.
don't buy a natural gut. the synthetic ones they produce nowadays r also as good (or nearly...), last longer and don't need that care.
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