Causes of string breakage

03-14-2005, 01:22 AM
I use an Oversized Prince Triple Threat Bandit with Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 16 / 17 gauge strings strung at 62 pounds.

I used sixteen for about three months and playing at least three times a week broke strings about once every two to three weeks.

I broke my strings last week on Saturday and restrung them with seventeen gauge strings. I broke them again TODAY.

Granted, I played every day of the week except yesterday, but can I break my strings so often?

Until recently I have not imparted much topspin on my groundstrokes. They were definitely driven through (ie. "flat"). I don't rush the net that often, either. My serve is spin.

I just don't get how I can break my strings so easily. I've only recently started to deliberately drive through with spin on my groundstrokes (viz. the forehand). I still don't volley that often.

What are some causes of string breakage in general?

03-14-2005, 01:31 AM
1) Spin, especially topspin. Especially if you hit it incredibly heavily.
2) Sheer power coming from the way you swing.
3) Thin, non-durable strings. These usually feel great playability wise.

A more durable string is about the only thing you can do. Talk to whoever strings your racquet and ask them about getting a more durable string since you are playing with spin a lot more now. Topspin makes the strings fray very easily, you probably know what I mean. Some pros use those little string savers you can apply to strings that are close to breaking, because they like the way the frame is hitting. They help, but they aren't anything hugely special.

03-14-2005, 03:16 AM
I would reccomend what hrbatyfan said. It's tough I am in the same posistion, always re-stringing my rackets and it gets costly. My strings usually fray and wear down and then break. Just ask whoever strings your rackets for a new type of string.

03-14-2005, 04:21 AM
Prince TT Bandit OS was my first racquet 5 months ago when I started playing tennis. I broke the string 2 weeks after I play with it.

4 months later with Prince NXG Midsize racquet, I finally broke the string on it. I use Prince Synthetic 16L Duraflex string.

My advice is to try not to hit as heavily if you don't have to. Maybe look into longer lasting string like the kevlar ones if you can find.