Should I Restring My Own Tennis Racquet?

March 21, 2018

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In the past, we’ve offered helpful advice on how often you should restring your tennis racquet and tennis string care tips, but today we’re going to address a question that we’ve heard plenty of times – “Should I restring my own tennis racquet?”

When deciding if you should restring your own tennis racquet, you need to ask yourself a bigger question:

Do you want to learn how to do it yourself or do you want to pay a professional to do it for you?

Restringing your own racquet can be an intimidating task for the average recreational tennis player. However, it’s not impossible if you purchase a quality stringing machine and put in the time and effort to master the craft.

But, if you’re still on the fence, we’re going to run through the pros and the cons of hiring someone to do it versus doing it yourself.

Restringing your tennis racquet professionally

Tennis clubs and facilities likely have a professional tennis stringer on staff whose main focus is torestring tennis racquets.

Pros:

  • They use their own equipment so all you need to do is give them your racquet and string.
  • Added layer of convenience when someone with more experience is able to provide a quick turnaround.

Cons:

  • You have to pay each time your tennis racquet needs restrung.
  • Finding a reliable, trusted professional.
  • Your tennis racquet might not be restrung exactly how you like it.

Restringing your own tennis racquet

Learning to restring your own tennis racquet can add a level of personalization that you can’t get when working with a professional.

Pros:

  • Initially, the price of a stringing machine can be intimidating. However, over time this investment pays for itself.
  • When you’ve mastered the skill, you no longer have to rely on someone else to restring your racquet – you can do it on your own time when needed.
  • You’ll have more control on the feel of your strings after your racquet is restrung.

Cons:

  • While it can be seen as an investment, the upfront cost of purchasing your own stringing machine can be a deterrent for some.
  • Time is a premium in the tennis world. When your strings break or begin to lose their gusto, it’s a race against the clock to fix the problem. Learning how to restring your own tennis racquet takes time, patience and practice.

So, the next time you ask yourself, “Should I restring my own tennis racquet?” turn back to this blog and review these pros and cons to help you uncover the right answer to this question!