View Full Version : different tension in mains and crosses (same string)

10-06-2004, 12:21 PM
I have noticed some folks using a slightly different tension in mains and crosses (typically w/ the mains a couple of pounds higher). They are doing this using only one kind of sting (non-hybrid) and 2 piece stringing (of course).

What difference does this make to the play of the racket?

thanks for your feedback.

Steve Huff
10-06-2004, 01:19 PM
A lot of the guys I string this way for claim it makes the sweetspot bigger and the strings don't move around as much.

10-06-2004, 04:37 PM
I do it because Yonex recommends it on my Yonex.
Someone said it's related to Isometric head shape of Yonex
but I do not recall the detail. Anyone know the Yonex specific
details ?

10-06-2004, 04:53 PM
Can you do that on an one piece string job?

10-07-2004, 12:18 PM
has anyone had any experience doing this and comparing it to the same racket w/ the mains and crosses at the same tension?

William Bedford
10-07-2004, 12:36 PM
When I used a Prestige Classic, I strung my three frames with PSGW/DF 17 G. One frame was 60lbs main and crosses. The second was 60lbs mains and 58lbs crosses. The third was 60lbs mains 56lbs crosses.

I noted which frame was strung at what tension by serial number on the buttcap. That way I would be influenced by a mark or color. The most comfortable racket was the 60lbs mains and56lbs crosses. It was also the frame with the least control. I have since always strung mains and crosses the same tension.....

10-10-2004, 09:11 AM
I concur with William Bedford, I experimented on Prestige mid too and found dropping two pounds in crosses will gain some spin and confort, but at the same time, it makes the strokes less predictable.
I personally think head prestige was designed for same tension. Also, in terms of one piece string job. I don't think you have to use same tension. Coz you could always drop tensin at anytime during stringing. The friction will help holding the difference.