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Welcome to Player Help.
Helping our customers make the right choices in accordance with their needs and budget is the core of our business.
Please find below questions and answers to a range of topics outside our services. If we still haven't answered your questions, feel free to contact us for a 1:1 consultation.
What tennis strings to consider?
- For delivery of extra topspin, suitable co-polymers with edge
- Managing tennis elbow can be helped with multifilament strings
- General play can be achieved with nylon monofilaments
How long does tension last?
Once the knots are tied, tension will drop over time (known as string creep) on all racquets. Depending on the string and frequency of play, tension will drop more or less every time you play. To measure your string bed tension, their are various tools out there to help.
What patterns to consider?
- Consider "hybrid" patterns for a mix of power, spin and control
- Consider "full bed" patterns for a mix of power, spin and control
What is full bed & hybrid restring?
- A full bed refers to the use of the full string set on the frame
- A hybrid is a mix of at-least 2 different string sets on the frame
What do gauge sizes offer?
- Thicker tennis gauges offer more durability & control
- Thinner gauges will offer more spin and bite
- Lower tensions will provide more power
- High tensions provide more control
- We recommend staying in the manufacturers guidelines
Why use an RSA Stringer?
ERSA, USRSA & UKRSA certified stringers normally receive their training from master racket technicians. RSA Stringers and may have also taken exams and tests to help bench mark their ability against professional standards and strung in National and International tournaments.
We would also advise you not be led just by the marketing of strings, what others are using or going with the cheapest stringer to drive you to an immediate decision. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your style of play along with what you are looking to achieve and we can walk you through a range of options around your budget.
Why tennis strings can break?
- Continuous use of heavy or wet tennis balls
- Abrasion or friction of strings on the string bed
- Thinner gauges will be more susceptible to breakage than thicker gauges
- Temperature or climate changes
- Over stretching strings can weaken them and remove elasticity
- Excessive power play
When to restring in tennis?
Doctor google will normally tell you "the number of times you play per week is the number times per year you should restrung". As much as that may give you a general reference, there is far more to it than that. Firstly, you may play twice a week but you could play for 4 hours a day as opposed to one hour which would have a significant amount of impact stress on the strings than one hour of play per day. The second point is that string construction and types will vary depending on the player. You might have a full bed of co-polymer and your opponent might have a full bed of nylon monofilament which will both have different stress points.
Just because your racquet has been strung and has not broken does not mean it does not need a restring. All string performance has an optimum point and once you move past that point, the results can start to have negative impacts on your game. Just because your stringer has put durable strings in your racquet does not mean they are gong to deliver the same performance for ever. If you take your game and performance seriously, a common mistake is not to restring regularly.
What strings for tennis elbow?
Do dampeners stop tennis elbow?
Can I string my own racquets?
Any other help for tennis elbow?
What is racquet customisation?
Modifying one or more of following:
- Grip palette
- Swing weight
- Balance point
- Racquet weight
- Racquet paintwork
- Grip size
When to consider more tennis racquet weight:
Let's consider four scenarios:
Example 1: Let's assume you have two tennis racquets and both racquets are different models and have different weights. One racquet is 290g and you have also just gone out and bought a 305g racquet. You decide that you really like the new weight and want to mirror the lighter racquet to feel the same as the 305g. Customisation of weighting is a methodology of distributing weight to ensure the swing weight and balance points are matching within a marginal tolerance. This is not as simple as putting weight on the head of the racquet as the swing weight will be affected.
Example 2: You may want to increase power or modify the sweet spot of your racquet. Both can be achieved via weight customisation.
Example 3: You might want to purchase a heavier racquet but see what the weight might feel like before you purchase it.
Example 4: You have discovered the same model racquets you have purchased actually have slightly different weights after you have weighed them. You prefer one racquet over the other and want to mirror the weight distribution.
Contact us to discuss our customisation service pricing and options.
Adult Tennis Racquet Grips:
Choosing the right size?
There are a few ways to do this:
1. In your playing hand and with a ruler, measure in mm the distance from the tip of your ring finger (A) down to the point on the second line on your palm is horizontal with the upper starting point of your thumb (B).
Once measured, the table below will help you decide the right size:
2. A second way test is by holding the racquet in your playing hand and being able to slide your index finger between your thumb and fingers holding the grip. A comfortable fit of the finger normally indicates a healthy size grip.
How to increase my grip size?
- Heat shrink 1/16 or 1/8 sizes
- Over grips to suit your diameter