How long does a tennis racquet frame last? Not until it breaks; but how long does it effectively hold its resiliency to play with the ‘pop’ you had when you first bought it?
I just spotted a crack in my Volkl frame; and since the two racquets I play with were at least three years old, thought it would be smart to replace them both at the same time. When I tested the new one against my old one (same gut strings and tension), I could see the noticeable difference in the distance the same groundstroke produced … the new frame’s shots were 4-6 feet deeper.
So is there any real rule of thumb out there on “Lifespan of a Racquet”? Searching the web, you find a really wide range of answers, from “every year” up to 6-9 years “as long as it still feels good.”
Yahoo™ Answers had this seemingly knowledgeable comment:
“For a NRTP of 3.5 to 4.5, we can speak of two summer seasons before the racket is rendered obsolete or “dead,” as most people would say. Above the 4.5 level, the intensity is too variable to be measured this easily, but ’tis certainly faster. In simpler terms, we are speaking of 400 to 500 hours of play with good strokes; it may never break if you do not hit hard at all.”
P.S. on the proposed USTA league changes: If you haven’t read all the comments from that previous post, please check them out. Because, I think we should NOT treat this a “done deal,” but let our voices be heard before it becomes a reality in 2013.
There is no good reason why there should not be both 60’s and 70’s doubles leagues with 4.0 and 4.5 categories (with sectional and national championships).
Communicate with your local USTA rep and let them know how you feel. In Naples, our representative is Linda Kleitch, whose email address is email@example.com