How often should you replace the tennis frame you have been playing with? For sure it is impacted by how often you play; but I believe there is probably some inherent “shelf life” to the composite frames we all play with.
Since my frames are aging, I was doing some online research. You get answers all over the ball park… from “every six months” to “many years.” Here is one answer from TennisWorld who asked Bruce Levine, chief racquet advisor for TENNIS.com and TENNIS magazine:
“Depends on how often you play, how hard you hit and the climate where you play. It could be as little as two years for an aggressive five-times-a-week player who strings at the top of the tension range and refuses to come in from the 35-degree cold of winter; to six years if you only play once a week, hit soft bullets, string loose, and live in cold-and-humidity-free Tucson, Arizona. Of course, the quickest way to kill a racquet is the Dr. Kevorkian assisted-suicide method of smashing it on the net post after you blow an easy overhead.”
“Restringing takes a toll on the frame, particularly on the grommets, so if you have it done often that will also shorten the racquet’s life expectancy. The string machine stretches the hoop and the materials in the frame stretch with it. Insist that your stringer pre-stretch the string by hand before putting it on the machine. Also make sure your stringer uses a “six point” machine, which holds the frame securely in place and minimizes distortion of the head of the racquet.”
I have been playing with my two Volkl frames for three years now and considering my six-time- a-week schedule, they are probably “due.”
Anyone have any good information or strong opinions on this?
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