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Ash Doyle
10-11-2004, 09:54 AM
I have played for years using racquets strung anywhere from 58 to 67 pounds. Well, a couple of weeks ago I pulled a Pro Staff 5.0 strech out of my closet that was strung with Luxilon Ace 18 strung at 50 lbs.. I loved it. It played great. It felt like the strings really pocketed the ball and gave me great control and spin. Yes, I know thats opposite from popular wisdom but thats how it seemed to me. The increased power (especially on serves) was nice too. I've enjoyed it enough that I want to try it out in a few of my other racquets. I'm thinking of sticking with Luxilon ace strung anywhere from 47 to 50 pounds. Is there anything I should keep in mind with such low tensions? Is there any other string you think works well at this tension? Any comments about low tensions?

Gaines Hillix
10-11-2004, 11:11 AM
There have been several posts in the past on here related to using low tensions on the Lux strings. As I recall, Rabbit had used this set up and was pleased with it. Although I've never tried it, my intuision says this is a playable set up because of the nature of the Luxilon strings. You may experience increased string movement, but if the strings lock in like Lux strings usually do that may not be a factor. If they stay put, then premature string breakage shouldn't occur either. If you can still control it after several sessions this sounds like a nice combination for you.

10-11-2004, 12:25 PM
At even that low a tension, your strings won't move. You should be pleasantly suprised. I move between 55 and 50 depending on what I feel like doing. Right now, I'm using 18 gauge TIMO in my C10s.

10-11-2004, 01:01 PM
Look some of the pros also string at super low tensions:

Fernando Gonzalez Babolat Pure Control + Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 20/20 kg

Giovanni Lapentti Babolat Pure Control + Babolat Ballistic Polymono 1.30 Babolat VS Touch 1.30 21/21 kg

Mark Knowles Head i.prestige Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 Babolat VS Team 1.25 20/20 kg

Guillermo Coria Prince Experimental Luxilon Original 1.30 Luxilon Original 1.30 20/20 kg

10-11-2004, 01:21 PM
What tensions are those in lbs?

10-11-2004, 01:35 PM
kg = Kilograms


Gaines Hillix
10-12-2004, 04:00 AM
What tensions are those in lbs?

There are 2.2 lbs./kilo. so just multiply!

10-12-2004, 04:19 AM
I was thinking about dropping a few kilos in tension to on my Big Banger Alu Power, from 26 to 23 or 24.
Would this be a good idea since my style of playing is not like an of those spin players from south america, but more like an Agassi or Hewitt.

lendl lives
10-12-2004, 11:10 AM
gonzalez stings that low? 44lbs?

10-12-2004, 12:59 PM
Naturally, these low tensions go hand in hand with polys. Used a 110" head Wilson Triad strung at 46# w/poly and couldn't feel any trampolining at all. Couldn't feel anything at all. Decided to stick with my Trysis 260 OS instead.

10-12-2004, 01:22 PM
Thanks Gaines.

joe sch
10-12-2004, 08:23 PM
Low tensions can be wonderful. Im always amazed that soo many players wanted to be borg like with extreme high tensions, close to 80lbs, but few wanted to be mac like with extreme low tensions, mid to lower 40lbs. Its like yinyang especially considering power and effort

10-15-2004, 01:36 AM
Henman strings at around 50lbs, or at least he did at the Davis Cup tie. I too am going to try stringing low, I have tried 55lbs before when I had a Tour-1 MP XF, but am going to try for 50-52lbs with my newly acquired X1. I want a little more pop on serve.