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Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« on: December 22, 2008, 10:20:08 PM »
Quick question.....someone at the club told me they store their rackets in their car.  I told them that I don't think that is very smart in extreme temps.  Especially in conditions like last night which was -20 wind chill.  I think that the racket could freeze and then shatter easily if you hit a ball off-center.  This is my un-educated opinion without researching it.  Can someone add anything?
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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008, 10:30:29 PM »
There's a reason racquet bags have thermal pockets for the racquets. Natural gut is really susceptible to temperature change. Most synthetic strings are not that bad. I do recommend you keep the racquets out of extreme temps.

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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008, 07:12:16 AM »
Quick question.....someone at the club told me they store their rackets in their car.  I told them that I don't think that is very smart in extreme temps.  Especially in conditions like last night which was -20 wind chill.  I think that the racket could freeze and then shatter easily if you hit a ball off-center.  This is my un-educated opinion without researching it.  Can someone add anything?
Coincentally, my opponent this past Sunday does the same thing!!!
No wonder I have to restring his racquets so often!!! :))

He says he doesn't want to 'forget them'.   :rofl_2:
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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2008, 07:13:04 AM »
There's a reason racquet bags have thermal pockets for the racquets. Natural gut is really susceptible to temperature change. Most synthetic strings are not that bad. I do recommend you keep the racquets out of extreme temps.
I'm not sure about the affect on the racquets themselves, but I think DM is right on the money about the strings.
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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2008, 07:50:19 AM »
There's a reason racquet bags have thermal pockets for the racquets. Natural gut is really susceptible to temperature change. Most synthetic strings are not that bad. I do recommend you keep the racquets out of extreme temps.
I'm not sure about the affect on the racquets themselves, but I think DM is right on the money about the strings.

I don't think it has much effect on current frames, but it's murder on wood frames.
I do think extreme temperatures can effect anything though. Especially me.

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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2008, 07:55:15 AM »
There's a reason racquet bags have thermal pockets for the racquets. Natural gut is really susceptible to temperature change. Most synthetic strings are not that bad. I do recommend you keep the racquets out of extreme temps.
I'm not sure about the affect on the racquets themselves, but I think DM is right on the money about the strings.

I don't think it has much effect on current frames, but it's murder on wood frames.
I do think extreme temperatures can effect anything though. Especially me.
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I guess embracing the cold is just out of the question for you... :(
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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2008, 11:47:20 AM »
hmmmm some interesting comments. 

I never knew those bags have thermal pockets.  I'll have to check mine.

dmas - you don't think the frames could freeze?  not doubting you but that was a concern of mine....not necessarily freezing solid, but freezing enough to fracture say you hit one off the end of the racket

I would love to keep my rackets in the car, and that's the only reason I don't (that and theft I guess), because I live so far out and sometimes a game of tennis springs up while I'm at work, so if I keep my gear in the car.........
« Last Edit: December 23, 2008, 11:48:45 AM by Jamesdster »
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2008, 03:14:38 PM »
hmmmm some interesting comments. 

I never knew those bags have thermal pockets.  I'll have to check mine.

dmas - you don't think the frames could freeze?  not doubting you but that was a concern of mine....not necessarily freezing solid, but freezing enough to fracture say you hit one off the end of the racket

I would love to keep my rackets in the car, and that's the only reason I don't (that and theft I guess), because I live so far out and sometimes a game of tennis springs up while I'm at work, so if I keep my gear in the car.........

I think, over time, frequent freezing could cause weakening the structure of the frame (faster than hitting with it, and constant restringing would already weaken it). Other than that, I doubt freezing temperatures would be that bad for the modern synthetic frames. It would be very bad for the string, however.
And you would want to get the frame and string to a reasonable tempurature before you actually start playing. I don't mean go into a reasonable temp to play, but have the racquet & string soak up the warmth before you begin. Frozen string would have very little elasticity, and would feel very dead. I'd suggest waiting 20 minutes or so at room temp before hitting.
Personally, I don't keep my frames in the car during the winter time.

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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2008, 03:20:31 PM »
hmmmm some interesting comments. 

I never knew those bags have thermal pockets.  I'll have to check mine.

Current bags have thermal racquet compartments. I don't know how old your bag is. Wilson is having to come out with a completely redesigned line of bags for next year, so Tennis Warehouse is blowing out this year's bags. There is a new law against using PVC in commercial products (or something like that) and Wilson used a lot of PVC in the shiny parts of their bags. This may also be why TW is selling them so cheap. The law may also cover selling bags with PVC, but it doesn't say anything about owning bags with PVC in them.
So right now the larger 6 and 12 racquet bags are $30.

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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2008, 05:19:04 PM »
Heat will expand the strings.  From what I have read the strings will lose their temp and not regain it.  I have never read anything about the cold.  I keep my sticks out of the car.
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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2008, 11:41:13 AM »
Thank you to all who replied...to a SERIOUS question....I don't type too many serious things in here unless I am asking monster where I can find a good pint of Irish whiskey  ;-()
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: Storing Rackets in Car in Xtreme Temps
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2008, 03:19:30 PM »
Thank you to all who replied...to a SERIOUS question....I don't type too many serious things in here unless I am asking monster where I can find a good pint of Irish whiskey  ;-()
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