Have you ever watched professional tennis on TV and wondered why players often unwrap what look like brand new tennis racquets during a changeover? Here's your answer: it's about the strings.
The pros hit the ball so hard and with so much spin that after a set or so, the condition and tension of their strings deteriorate to the point of affecting the quality of the players' shots. Those extra, plastic-wrapped racquets they carry onto the court in their gigantic tennis bags have each been strung (usually just hours before the match) at a precise tension and with the players' preferred string material(s). They're insurance that the player will have an identical replacement if a racquet's strings break or lose their performance characteristics mid-match.
Now, admittedly, most of our customers at Omega Sports aren't professional tennis players. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't take a page from the pros and bring us their racquets to restring from time-to-time. Here's why.
The physics of a tennis shot are the same for every player, no matter their ability level. When a tennis ball impacts the strings of a racquets, the strings absorb some of the force by flexing and rebounding like a trampoline. In that split second of flexion and rebound, the strings grip the fuzzy material of the tennis ball (which itself deforms a little upon impact). The speed and arc of the player's swing, and the angle and directional movement of the racquet head in that moment when the strings grip the ball, determine where the ball goes next and with what speed and spin.
How tight those strings are, what they're made of, and what condition they're in, make an enormous difference in the flight of the ball after impact. Here's how.
Considering how important strings are to where the ball goes after you swing, it should be obvious why it matters to keep your strings at the right tension and in good condition. What may be less obvious, however, is knowing when it's time to bring your racquet into Omega Sports for us to restring it. Here are some signs it's time for a restringing:
Omega Sports helps tennis players of all ability levels choose the right racquets, strings, and string tensions for their game. For all of your tennis needs, come on in to any one of our locations across North Carolina or shop our online store.