View Full Version : What tension do you string at ?

joe sch
02-21-2004, 06:35 PM
Im curious what tensions most play ? I suspect that most are playing more tightly strung rackets in the 60's and guessing that the highest majority will be in the 60-65 range. This should be a good poll to complement the string type polll that is currently ongoing. Also dont expect to see many players in the 40-50 range and I actually find this is hidden area for improving hitting enjoyment and preventing arm/shoulder stress :wink:

02-21-2004, 06:50 PM
Well i guess im part of the majority 62

02-21-2004, 06:55 PM
I currently string my racquet (Wilson Tour 90) up at 58#. My normal string is Babolat Conquest 17, but I tend to break those strings pretty fast (like within a couple of weeks, and I only play 3 times a week on average), so at the moment, I have Wilson Stamina 17 in one of my Tour 90's and Gosen Polylon 17 in my other Tour 90. I'm only doing this because I don't have access to my stringing machine at the moment (I'm on Oahu...my machine is back home on Maui).

02-21-2004, 09:01 PM
I've been using Luxilon Alu Power on my pro staff 85 at 45 pounds, and I love it. Wondering if many people use such low tension... Used to string at 60 pounds before.

02-22-2004, 05:04 AM
tour 90 strung with dunlop max comfort at 55 lbs on a laserfibre MS200TT.

02-22-2004, 07:08 AM
FTR: I didn't really know where to post, since I string @ 60 lbs, and you put the multiples of ten in two different spots. That'll throw off your results, some.

Anyway, LF Supreme, 17g, 60 lbs, Head PT 280.

02-22-2004, 09:31 AM
Maybe we should be comparing something more like the ratio of the tension to the stringbed area instead of just the tension alone, because I know that the string in my ROK strung at 57# feels a lot stiffer than the string in my POS OS strung at 65#. The ratio for the ROK is 0.613 (57/93) as opposed to 0.607 (65/107) for the POG, which seems to support the idea.

Also there should probably be a string coefficient depending on what type of string you use where the softest types like natural gut have a coeeficient of one and the stiffer types such as poly and kevlar have increasingly higher coefficients.

All in all, isn't that the whole point of the poll? To see who strings their racquets the mosty manly ;)

02-22-2004, 11:50 AM
I currently have my POG mid strung with prince syn gut at #58, however I have had it in there for 18 months without changing it!
(there isn't many places to get it strung in England!) so basically it's dead.


joe sch
02-22-2004, 01:15 PM
Momo, I agree that the ratio of the tension to the stringbed area instead of just the tension would be the ideal stat to compare but most players have no idea of this figure but can easily post to the tension poll. It is interesting to see what rackets and head sizes are also being played and what strings are being tensioned. We have a poll going for string usage and there have been many post regarding rackets being used but it would be neat to see in a new polll, that would fit in the rackets section.

02-22-2004, 01:27 PM
Depends on the racquet. My game racquets, two Estusa PBBs, are strung right now at 60 lbs. each, one all-gut 16g, one a gut 16L/syngut 17 hybrid. Thinking of going a little higher ...

Wilson 6.0 95: all gut 16g @ 60 lbs.
Volkl C-10 Pro: multi 17g @ 60 lbs.
Bab PC Std. 97: multi 17g @ 56 lbs.

Sticks with 18 mains: lower tension

Head PC Classic 600: all gut 17g @ 53 lbs.
Wilson ROK: multi 18g @ 52 lbs.

02-28-2004, 08:12 AM
I vary a lot based on what string. Generally I float around 58lbs on my Tour 10's.

02-28-2004, 08:21 AM
Tour 90 strung with Big Banger ALU at 63

02-28-2004, 06:25 PM
PD plus with gosen Proform ( yes, it was free) at 60 lbs.

03-02-2004, 12:31 PM
PS 85 w 66 lbs.

03-02-2004, 12:36 PM
Technifibre 515 SPL 16 at 73/71.