Does rotating two tennis rackets extend their longevity?

If you like your tennis racket it might be a good idea to buy another. After all, strings break, accidents happen and you could be without a racket in a really important game. Most recreational players will know the benefits of having a second racquet. I know how it feels to be serving for a big game and my strings to break. It is a nightmare pulling out a different racket and trying to get the feel for the frame and the tension.

Do you have two identical rackets?

Modern tennis rackets are made with all sorts of high-tech materials. They are designed to make you maximise your power and control of the ball. As you use a racket the racket absorbs the impact of the ball and is subjected to all the stresses and strains of the game. Over time this deteriorates the performance racket. A racket is at its stiffest out of the shop, in time it loses its performance.

If you have two rackets it would be wise to share your game time load on each frame. This will ensure that both rackets wear at the same rate. Although it is lovely to keep a newer racket in your bag for special occasions, long term for your own game it is probably best that each frame is used equally .  Both tennis rackets should have a  similar level of wear.

String your rackets at the same time

It is also recommended that rackets are strung at the same time. I have lost count of players over the years who wonder why their racket tension isn’t as it once was. A racket will lose 10% of its tension overnight, as time goes by and depending on the temperature, humidity, playing conditions will continue to go down too. If rackets are strung together with the same string and kept in the same conditions they are likely to produce similar performance.

If you like your current frame it is certainly a good idea to buy another one.  In my own particular experience I have enjoyed playing with a Head Radical since way back when Agassi was in his pomp. For me the head size, weight and balance are all on point. Despite there being many improvements made to this frame over the years it is still the one which I find fits my game most.

Share the play load of the rackets.

Tennis is an abrasive game and strings and tension will also degrade. It makes sense to share the load. This will also ensure you extend as far as possible the lifecycle of your rackets.

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