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Racer41c
01-19-2009, 08:39 AM
Let me know if this makes any sense to you, or if my thinking is flawed.

I've strung one of my racquets by the same stringer, same machine at 2different tensions. With the first tension, 54/58 I was hitting long. So I upped the tension to 56/60 and it seems to me like I'm hitting about 2 feet shorter.

Is it too simple? or is 1 lb of tension equal to about a foot on the court?

ThA_Azn_DeViL
01-19-2009, 08:41 AM
I dont know if tension is that significant in your strokes, but definitely higher tension will take away power, while lower tension will give it more power.

big hitter
01-19-2009, 08:45 AM
If you swing the same way with 2 different tensions meaning the racquet speed is the same, you use the same amount of power and etc, the higher tention will make your shots shorter unless you swing faster and add more power to the higher tention then it will be the same.
Makes sense?

pennc94
01-19-2009, 08:47 AM
Technically, you are experiencing a higher deflection angle off the strings (not more power).

YULitle
01-19-2009, 09:02 AM
While it is curious, it is far from significant. Rules like this, in a game full of variables, are few and far between.

hoodjem
01-19-2009, 09:43 AM
Is it too simple? or is 1 lb of tension equal to about a foot on the court?

Makes sense generally, but not to this exact formula. YuL is right: you'd have to set it up with launching and hitting machines and measuring tape to calculate it exactly. Minimize all variables.

Higher tension = lower power . . . in general.

And BTW, it's "versus."

The_Question
01-19-2009, 09:45 AM
or is 1 lb of tension equal to about a foot on the court?

I have never heard of that. Maybe you had a good day at the court?

StevenLaurence
01-19-2009, 11:15 AM
I have found that very low tensions like 30lbs gives you less power with more spin than 55lbs. Several Pro's string low for this reason.

YULitle
01-19-2009, 11:44 AM
I have found that very low tensions like 30lbs gives you less power with more spin than 55lbs. Several Pro's string low for this reason.

There is a tension (I believe it is around 44) that, once you string below it, you stop benefiting from an increase in power. ;)

Can't speak for the spin bit.

StevenLaurence
01-19-2009, 11:53 AM
Very good! This is true! I have strung as low as 24lbs on lightheaded rackets and the spin is amazing!