Q: When should I replace my strings?
A: As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your strings at least once a year, even if you're only playing sporadically. Your strings lose tension and elasticity over time, even if you haven't hit a ball in a few months.
If you play more regularly, you should have your racquet restrung more frequently. The more specific rule is to get your racquet restrung as many times a year as you play—on average—in a week. So, if you play three times a week, you should get your racquet restrung three times a year.
In the end, though, every player's situation is a little different. Following these general guidelines is a great way to make sure that your strings stay fresh and don't negatively affect your performance on the court, but it's also important to try and be cognizant of how your strings "feel." If your strings feel loose or "dead," then it might just be time to get a restring.
Did you know that we employ two professional stringers, including a Master Racquet Technician? That’s the highest level of achievement that United States Racquet Stringers Association (U.S.R.S.A.) offers. Do you have a question for one of our stringers? Ask it in the comments below or send it to us and we will provide with an answer as fast and accurate as our on-site stringing.