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It may seem a bit counter intuitive at first that such a large investment for a tennis stringing machine could actually save you money, but let’s look at the difference problems and challenges that face a tennis player.  Tennis is a sport that requires a little more overhead and maintenance when it comes to the equipment necessary to play effectively.

A competitive player will hit the courts at least two or three times a week.  Depending on the style and level of the player, the abuse that they put on their tennis racquets might be very different.  The NTRP rating scale is a quick and easy (though not definitive) way to judge someone’s playing level.  Someone at or around the 4.5 level is very likely utilizing heavy topspin that puts a lot of extra stress on the strings of the racquet.  Couple this with multiple sessions each week and the strings aren’t likely to last longer than a month.

Tennis is a widely played sport, so there should be no problem for most players to find a pro shop that will be happy to string their racquet for them.  The problem is that this isn’t cheap.  You’ll be spending $15-30 for the string job itself and an additional amount for whatever type of string you prefer.  This can get expensive fast, especially if you’re breaking more than one set of strings every month.

The alternative  of course is to do the job yourself.  This requires a little bit of research into tennis stringing machines and what will work best for your particular situation.  Typically the average consumer should be looking for a personal and portable machine as opposed to the larger and more expensive commercial options.  This smaller machines are relatively cheap and can pay for themselves in less than a year.  This type of stringing machine will definitely start saving you money, but there are certainly a few draw backs.

The time you spend stringing your own tennis racquets isn’t very likely to be the most exciting part of your day.  It can be boring, tiring, and even painful for your fingers at first.  Not only does it take some getting used to, but also a solid commitment to use the machine.  You certainly aren’t going to save money if you buy the machine and then decide to never use it again.  Stringing efficiently and effectively is a skill that can’t really be taught immediately.  You’ll need to get a significant amount of experience under your belt before you’re able to crank out a high quality string job in under an hour.

If this amount of extra dedication and learning doesn’t scare you off then you’re ready to make the investment.  Once again I’d like to stress that if you’re just starting out, you really don’t need a heavy-duty machine.  Try one of the portable and efficient models like the Gamma X-2 tennis stringing machine.  This kind of machine will fit on a desk or table easily and can be moved to whatever location you prefer.  Any serious tennis player can benefit from this kind of device, especially if they are serious about putting in the extra effort that’s required.