Every competitive tennis player should learn to string a tennis racket. However, every tennis player does not necessarily need to string their own racket. Tennis players often think learning to string a tennis racket means buying a tennis stringer and stringing all of their own rackets because of the following benefits:
- Financial – after the upfront cost for the stringer, you no longer need to pay for the labor for someone else to string your racket.
- Fast restring turnaround time – you as the stringer have direct control over when the racket gets restrung.
- More convenient – you no longer need to drop off and pick up rackets.
However, there are two other benefits often forgotten about that come with learning to string your own rackets:
- Customize and experiment – as the person stringing the racket, you have the opportunity to experiment with different tensions. Instead of stringing the mains and crosses the same tension, you can experiment with tighter crosses than mains. Many argue online that stringing the crosses tighter than the mains increases the “sweet spot”. You can even go a level deeper by stringing the mains and crosses at the center of the racket at a different tension. Sure, you can ask your professional stringer to do this, but unless you have a string tension tester you cannot verify.
- Evaluate stringing quality – have you ever gotten back a freshly restrung racket and broken the string in less than 15 min? If so, it is likely the person stringing the racket has “burned” the strings. When weaving the string over the crosses, if you pull through too quickly in the same spot you will wear down the strings. It can be difficult to tell on poly strings if the string was burned, but if you knew how to string your own racket, you would know why the strings broke so quickly and identify when strings were “burned”.