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user92626
02-13-2009, 04:26 PM
What adjustment in techniques do I need when I go from 55 lbs to 50 lbs string tension?

Do i hit "harder" to have the same effect?

Thanks.

rubberduckies
02-13-2009, 04:39 PM
All else being equal (string, racquet) a lower tension will give you more power than a higher one.

Why exactly are you changing tensions?

user92626
02-13-2009, 04:43 PM
I was told that it'd be more arm friendly and more power. I had gone from 60 to 57 and definitely felt I was more "in touch" with the racket and stroke. I was just wondering if 50 is pushing the envelop.

LeeD
02-13-2009, 04:48 PM
And don't brush the ball nearly as much.
More pace, lower tensions. More string shift, more broken strings sometimes too.
Assuming same frame.

aimr75
02-13-2009, 05:33 PM
I was just wondering if 50 is pushing the envelop.

theres only one way to find out.. :) just give it a try, will only cost you one string job if it doesnt work out

Djokovicfan4life
02-13-2009, 06:04 PM
What level are you playing at currently? I don't think it'll make a huge difference at all, to be honest. I can switch tensions at will, it seems. Prefer lower tension though.

Matt

junbumkim
02-13-2009, 06:24 PM
5lb is a quite a drop. I used to get my rackets strung around 60 lb, then 57lb, then down to 53~4lb.

I haven't really changed in terms of technique. You might not have to swing as hard to get the same kind of pace.

WildVolley
02-13-2009, 08:13 PM
It may be mental, but I believe that with some string, the rebound angle changes significantly at lower tensions.

So, if you find yourself hitting long on shots that you believe were going in for you previously, don't give up all hope. Change the racket face angle slightly at contact and you might find that you enjoy the feel and spin off of the looser string bed.

Moz
02-14-2009, 12:08 AM
You'll probably find no difference at all unless you are really looking for it.

So, play normally and you'll probably get the same result.

Djokovicfan4life
02-14-2009, 02:33 AM
I see you're rocking the Comp 95 now Moz! No more arm problems for you, I guess? :)

Moz
02-14-2009, 02:44 AM
Yes, been playing with them since December. Really love them.

Elbow is in agony at the moment though unfortunately.

Djokovicfan4life
02-14-2009, 06:13 PM
Yes, been playing with them since December. Really love them.

Elbow is in agony at the moment though unfortunately.

Hard to believe that it's from the M Comp though, no? How'd you hurt it in the first place? Was a Babolat involved?

I've got to pick a few of these up before they get pulled from TW. Come to think of it, I should just buy a few of EVERY decent Fischer frame. Especially the Michael Stich model. Vacuum Pro 90, I think it's called.

Matt

Moz
02-15-2009, 12:21 AM
Yes APDC initially, got a cortisone the pain went. Started to come back after a while, changed racquets - got progressively worse again.

Cortisone next week again - it won't be Babolat's fault next time round!