View Full Version : Best Tensions?

10-19-2004, 07:10 PM
I was wondering how string tensions are suited to type of play, and what tension is best for an All Court player. Noting that Serve and Volley players tend towards lower tensions a'la Henman around 48 for example. Whereas Baseliners tend towards the upper extremities such as Haas, Safin, and Phillippoussis. 66-74 respectively. So does it follow that a middle tension among these suits an all-court style? Federer for the last example strings at 57. Is this a good, sorta, typecasting for racquets? or does anyone have a contradiction? :shock:

10-19-2004, 07:49 PM
I always thought S and V wanted high, and bashers wanted low..but..meh.

Marc C.
10-20-2004, 02:17 AM
Mac strung pretty low.

Gaines Hillix
10-20-2004, 08:32 AM
IMO, there is no hard and fast rule of thumb here. Pete Sampras had his PS 6.0 85's strung at 70lbs. and he certainly was mainly a S/V player. IMO, higher tension is better suited for S/V because they need control where as a baseliner would want more power. Of course, other factors enter into this such as string pattern density and string type.

10-20-2004, 09:50 AM
...and racquet. Sometimes a higher tension is needed to scale down the power of a particular racquet, or a lower tension on lower powered racquets.

10-20-2004, 11:31 AM
I have been stringing my I-prestige mid lower and lower and lower...especially now that I am playing with Luxilon TiMo, 50 pounds is the limit

Gaines Hillix
10-20-2004, 11:53 AM
arosen's case is a good example; low powered frame, dense string pattern, very stiff string = lower tension. However, a S/V player using a PS 6.0 95 with an open string pattern and nat gut would want to string a lot higher to achieve similar results.

10-20-2004, 12:19 PM
I string my HPS high (60-67) because it's a pretty powerful racquet. It all depends.