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Big Server
01-16-2009, 01:11 PM
4.5 player. Big serve and forehand. Strokes reasonably flat. Been using full polys and love them but undecided on whether to go with low tension or higher for best spin. Currently using MG Extreme Pro with Unique Tourna Poly BH 17 at 49lbs. String my own rackets. Your help greatly appreciated!!

PROTENNIS63
01-16-2009, 01:14 PM
Lower tension will hold the ball on the strings for a tad longer and will give a slight increase in spin.

Big Server
01-16-2009, 01:17 PM
That's how I feel as well. How do you like your strings? I just strung one of mine up at 54# and will find out how it plays. I think it will compare to Topspin Cyber Blue.

ag200boy
01-16-2009, 01:32 PM
i feel overall, most polys perform better in the 48-50 range but spin is better with high tensions, as less string deflection=more ball deformation upon impact=more bite

Big Server
01-16-2009, 01:50 PM
Noticed you are using both Cyberflash and PS Big Ace. Which do you prefer as a full setup and which tensions?

PROTENNIS63
01-16-2009, 02:01 PM
That's how I feel as well. How do you like your strings? I just strung one of mine up at 54# and will find out how it plays. I think it will compare to Topspin Cyber Blue.

The string is very good. I personally didn't like Cyber Blue as it has too much power but Big Ace is somewhat similar with more control (it has less power).

LeeD
01-16-2009, 04:02 PM
Dunlop Mfil 200 18x20, been using the cheapest, thickest, poly now for 6 months at 62 lbs. Feels very solid on hard shots, top, flat, or sliced. Not so great on touch and feel.
I'm thinking of trying some LuxAlu 16 gauge, to get better feel for medium and hard shots, and let the weak mishits suffer.

Kevo
01-17-2009, 06:03 PM
Higher tensions will allow for more spin assuming you can manage the faster swing. ag200boy gave one part of the equation. The other is that ball deformation saps more power from the shot allowing you to swing harder, and the faster you swing the more spin you will get.