View Full Version : String pattern versus string gauge\material? Which has more effect on spin potential

07-18-2008, 10:20 AM
Which has more of an impact on spin/control? String pattern or string gauge and material?

I am getting back into playing tennis regularly after a hiatus for the last 10 years. I have only played 2-3 times a year since then. I am looking at some new racquets and it seems very confusing. I never paid attention to any of this stuff before. In H.S. I played with a Dunlop Revelation Select Pro (midplus, 12+ ounce, headlight racquet) with some lead, couple overgrips, and used Prince Syn. Gut 16 @ about 56-58lbs. These string pattern is fairly dense, probably 18x20, but I will have to check.

I am looking at the Dunlop AG100 or 200 for a new racquet. The 100 has a more open string pattern and the 200 comes in either pattern. I like the idea of being able to get more spin with the more open pattern than what I have played with. My ps85 has much more kick on 2nd serves, but is harder to play with obviously. I think I would prefer the control of the tighter pattern and was wondering...Do you think that you can replacate the spin potential of the more open pattern with a thinner gauge string or a poly or nat. gut? I used to use 16 because I played 5x a week and broke strings every 2-3 weeks.


07-18-2008, 10:40 AM
I have a racquet with an 18 X 20 pattern and I have been struggling for months to get more topspin out of it. I have tried changing grips (more western), poly strings, hybrids, and 17L or 18 g strings and nothing seems to do much good, particularly on my 1HBH. (Others on here say that they get plenty of spin out of certain 18 X 20 racquets, the Bab PS Ltd for one. Maybe the Babolat 18 X 20 pattern is different from a Wilson 18 X 20 pattern.?)

I do really appreciate the control offered by an 18 X 20 stringbed, but I think it's a high price to pay. For my money, the string pattern makes the most difference.

I am demoing the AG100 (definitely not an 18 X 20 AG200) next week, among others.

Once I find a racquet that gives me more spin and pop, then I'll go back to experimenting with 1.15 poly hybrid strings.

The holy grail is out there--I want to believe.

07-18-2008, 11:31 AM
I am not at home so I can't count them, but I found the exact specs on the internet. My Dunlop Select Pro is a 16x20! That is wierd. What does that really mean? More mains obviously, how does that effect it versus a 16x18 AG 100, or 18x20 AG200??

07-18-2008, 08:09 PM
A 16X20??? You should be getting great spin on the ball!!! :)

07-20-2008, 10:39 AM
I thought that the mains being more spread out would have more effect on topspin groundstrokes than the crosses? 20 mains is alot, no?

07-20-2008, 03:01 PM
16 mains and 20 crosses. the first number is alway mains and the second is alway crosses

07-20-2008, 06:45 PM
i hav the diablo mid 93 which has the 16x20 pattern. it gives great spin. i fluctuate between topspin drives and loopy heavy topspins. it comes down to technique at the end of the day.
focus on your swing plane.

07-20-2008, 07:10 PM
technique (50%) + swing speed (20%) + racquet characteristics (12%) + strings (8%) = topspin

%ages just to indicate importance.