maintaining your tennis racket

Have you ever seen a musician that doesn't tune their instrument? A mechanic who forgets to inflate their tyres?

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Tennis rackets, to be used to their greatest potential, need to be maintained. Discover tips for caring for your tennis racket...

IS IT A CHORE TO MAINTAIN YOUR TENNIS RACKET?

Replacing the strings, grip, and/or overgrip, or even replacing the grommets and bumper, are important parts of maintaining your racket. This also includes storing your rackets in a suitable place.

REPLACING THE STRINGS

As enthusiastic as you are, you play regularly, but you don't necessarily break your strings. Excellent! But don't forget that even without breaking, your strings will wear out and lose their elasticity. Its initial properties will weaken and could cause tennis elbow.

Stringing is the most variable part of a tennis racket. Depending on where you store your tennis equipment, your strings could change:

• Hot temperature: racket shape changes, and stringing loosens (significant loss of tension)

Information: at 60°C, a racket's frame will change shape and explode! Next to a very hot radiator or in the back of a car in full sun, your racket could become irreparably damaged.

• Cold temperature: increased tension on the strings could cause premature breakage.

Tip: rub the strings of your racket with a towel before playing in cold weather.

PROTECT YOUR RACKET WITH THE RIGHT BAG : WHY ?

Consider getting a bag with a thermobag pocket. This would keep the racket at an ideal temperature, protect it from impacts, and prevent significant temperature variations. At home, a room with an ambient temperature between 15 and 20°C is perfect.

REPLACE YOUR GRIP OR OVERGRIP

The grip on your racket is very important. This is why it is essential to regularly replace your grip or overgrip.

And grip is not the only reason. The poor state of a grip or overgrip could cause blisters very quickly.

In extreme cases, the racket could fly out of your hands and break against the ground (unless you have an Artengo racket...).

To prevent accidents and avoid losing too many points, remember to replace your grip!

REPLACE THE BUMPER

But what is a bumper?

Never heard of it? The bumper is the plastic part that protects the top of the head of the racket.

It is what allows your racket to survive when you're hitting balls close to the ground and strike the racket at the same time.

If it is worn out, replace it, because the slightest impact could break your frame.

Tip: to extend the lifespan of your bumper, you can place protective tape over it.

One more tip: when drawing lots before the match, don't drop your racket on the ground when choosing the server. The microcracks caused by that type of impact can be lethal to your tennis racket.

There you have it - all our tips for maintaining your racket. But no matter how much you love your racket, consider replacing it. The age of your racket is not something you can control, unfortunately...

maintaining your tennis racket

simon laloyaux

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I share tips from the Artengo team to help you up your game.

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