String HALF a Racquet

Over the summer, I went back to using the Luxilon strings that I liked so well last year; luxilonbut hurt my shoulder (so that I had to miss Newk’s camp). But this time, the racquet was strung as what they now call “hybrid”… a combination of two different strings on the crosses and mains.

The Luxilon, with its longevity and extra grab for topspin was strung on the mains (long verticals) and a multi-filament, softer string (like Technifiber or NXT) is strung on the crosses. The play really feels good and gives much of the benefit of the Luxilon and has NOT caused any pain in my shoulder.

When it came time to restring in September, because the NXT was “notching” and getting ready to break, my Naples pro suggested leaving the Luxilon in and just restringing half the racquet!

We did that in September; but now am thinking about restringing before Newk’s camp in one week and wonder: how long should you leave the Luxilon in before you cut that out and restring it too?

Any expert opinions?

PS For those of you coming… see you in just ONE WEEK!

5 thoughts on “String HALF a Racquet

  1. George, I tried this a while back. YMMV, but I hated the feel, or lack thereof, of the racket with hybrid stringing. (I also had Luxilon in the mains.) I have come to realize that I am more of a touch player than anything else and, so, Luxilon is not for me… either in a hybrid setting or as the only string in the racket. (I am currently using Technifibre X-One Biphase, 17 gauge, which I like a lot.)

    To answer your question about when to restring Luxilon, the guy who strings my rackets, Todd Hewish, used to be on tour with Andre Agassi stringing Andre’s racquets. The thing he told me about Luxilon that I most remember is that it always needs to be restrung much sooner than people think it does because it wears so well and long people think it is ok to leave it in the racquet for a long time. Todd maintains that you should restring Luxilon on a regular schedule for when you would restring with conventional strings, whether it looks like the strings need replacing or not. So, if you asked Todd, I think he might tell you not to be so, er, parsimonius and restring your Luxilion mains the same time you had your NXT cross strings replaced. You would get better performance.

    hi Marty – tks — see you soon and i will experience that “Judge Touch Game” first hand! geo

  2. Hi George,
    Sounds like you’ve found a string combo that works well for you. As far as cutting
    only half of the strings, since poly strings don’t hold tension as well as most other types of strings ( such as multis or basic synthetics, with naural gut holding tension the best), I wouldn’t recommend hanging on to that half string job much longer than the half set of multi that is about to break, since the poly has
    probably lost a significant percentage of its tension anyway.
    For camp. I’d start with a full, fresh string job that you won’t have to worry about,
    knowing that the string tension is accurate throughout the whole stringbed.
    Looking forward to seeing you this weekend in Texas!

    Hi Jimmy – i knew i could count of you for some words of wisdom! see you there. geo

  3. Sorry, I have no wisdom to offer regarding stringing – I just dropped off the two racquets I”m bringing to have them both restrung. My stringer is “charismatically challenged”, has been doing this professionally for tour and recreational players forever and all he says when I ask him about string, tension, pattern, etc, is “how does it feel?”. He won’t even put the date of the stringing on the racquet, he keeps it in a little book that you can’t see. Oh well, as the saying goes, “it ain’t the meat, it’s the motion”. See you all in a week!!

    lenny – when i see you, pls explain that saying!! geo

  4. Having read Marty’s comment, which I fully agree with, it reminds me that the
    durability of Luxilon type strings, and how good they may still “look” after several
    months (yet have lost tension/playability), is much like today’s ultra durable
    outer-soles on many of the top tennis shoes — while the soles may still look
    pretty good, after several months of play, their cushioning is, most likely, pretty
    much gone. Nothing like a freshly strung racquet and a new pair of shoes to
    add some much needed “spring” to our games!

    … and in the “winter of my years,” it would be good to add “spring” to my game!! geo

  5. Restring everything every time.

    The irony of polyester is that it is durable, but goes dead quickly. Funny how you never read that in any of the marketing hype or pro psuedo endorsements. Then again, the pro endorsers never put more than a day or so on any of their polyester string jobs. High quality poly will play well for at least three or four times that long.

    Get over the fear of stringing often. String and stringing is cheap as compared to surgery and physical therapy. Polyester could have been invented by some physical therapy lobby. If you’re not a teenager breaking strings every week or a touring pro with some kind of deal, there are far better choices for your arm and your game.

    The blends offer minimal spin improvement as compared to synthetics. The better 100% poly setups deliver superior spin capability because there is minimal string movement on the string bed. Many of the more practical ones are also thinner gauge.

    Of the name brand high end polyesters, Luxilon is the best. Some of the newer expensive Prince blends also play well..for about a week. My favorites are good for about three days. The others are pretty much horrible from the first hit.

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