String savers are generally used by tennis players who use gut strings. They are helpful at prolonging life of strings. Some players, however, criticize string savers because they tend to fall out, especially if they hit the ball with a great deal of spin. Furthermore, some players also dislike string savers because they give their rackets a stiffer feel.
Some of the advantages that you can get from using string savers are:
- String savers decrease string wear and friction.
- String savers may double the life span of your strings.
- String savers prevent the strings from moving around.
- You can draw different logos on your tennis racket using string savers of different colors.
- With the string savers you won't have to string your racket that often.
- String savers can increase the strings tension.
- String savers allow you to play with better quality strings without spending a lot of money.
Frequently asked questions about string-ating:
Is it permissible to use string-savers during a tournament?
Absolutely yes. The use of string savers is officially allowed by the ITF rules.
Do the tennis professionals use string savers?
Yes. Some of the pros like Pete Sampras, Lleyton Hewitt, Greg Rusedski and others use string savers. However, they don't use them the way players who pay for strings do. Pros get their racket strings at no cost from their sponsors. What they do is they add string savers between points of their rackets when they believe that a string will soon break but they want to conclude the game with that racket.
Do the string savers affect the weight of racket?
Strings savers have nearly no weight. 120 pieces weight as little as 1g. String holders are made of light resistant polyethylene.
Won't the entire saver drop out when strings will at last break?
Typically only about 4 pieces near the point of rupture drop out. It means that all others string savers are reusable.
If I don't break strings often, should I utilize string holders?
With string-a-lings you will have an opportunity to play with better and thinner strings. It will certainly give you more power and touch. Pros use gauge 1.10-1.20 mm. Recreational players in turn use gauge 1.30-1.40 mm.
What should I know about string saver installation?
The installation is easy. By means of the mounting tool string savers should be put in the center of the tennis racket.
A lot of sport shops do not distribute string savers because it may reduce their profits from stringing and selling strings. In some stores, however, you can find them.