So this past weekend, for the first time in my life I restrung my own tennis racquet. Last Thursday, during my tennis lesson, I broke both of my tennis racquet strings. So it usually cost me around $40 per racquet to restring at the shop, for both racquet would cost me around $80 plus it would take me around 4-5 days. Oh and also COVID, closed most stringing places… so I thought maybe I should restring myself. How hard could it be? My friend has a stringing machine (KlipperMate). He was kind enough to let me borrow it. So I gave it a try.
Boy… I have very mix feelings about my stringing experience.
- it is not as hard as I thought
- it took alot longer than the 30 minutes that I saw on the video. it took me around 2 – 3 hours per racquet
- it sucks when you make a mistake on your string length. Because it means you have to re pull!!
- the finish product is good enough to play, but the string is probably not the tension that you think it is.
- string type makes a huge difference in play
So after finishing restringing my racquets, I went hitting with my friend. It was not too bad. I don’t think I can notice too many differences than the pro stringing jobs, however, there are some string slippage and I always wonder if my strings are at the right tension. I don’t think it really matters, but as I talk to my friend about it, the more I think about it.
All in all, for the amount of time it took me this past weekend, around ~5 hours, I don’t really know if it is worth it or not? I think it is great that I learn to do something new, but boy… my feet are tired.