View Full Version : Is a dense string patter more appropriate for hitting a flat ball?

07-17-2009, 10:07 AM

Is a dense string pattern (i.e. 18x20) more conducive to hitting a flatter shot? I know alot has to do with technique.

07-17-2009, 10:40 AM

Is a dense string pattern (i.e. 18x20) more conducive to hitting a flatter shot? I know alot has to do with technique.

from my experience - yes...unless u hit a wimpy flat shot.

07-17-2009, 10:43 AM
I would say yes, definitely.

Technique (angle of incidence and racquet head speed) is more important.

07-17-2009, 10:55 AM
Yes. (all other things being equal between a dense and an open pattern)

the Town Sherif
07-17-2009, 12:36 PM
absolutely, assuming all else being equal with two racquets.

joe gomes
07-17-2009, 12:41 PM
I would agree 100%

Ross K
07-17-2009, 12:56 PM

07-17-2009, 11:02 PM
Forgive me if I am being stupid but what makes a dense string pattern more suitable for a flat hitter? I know an open pattern has better access for spin and gives more power. A denser pattern provides more control but does that make it necessarily better for someone who hits primarily flat? Is the difference in feel not something to consider?

07-18-2009, 08:29 AM
To each his own. I hit fairly flat but prefer an open pattern because it's easier on my elbow and has better feel than the boardy feel of an 18X20 pattern. Also, it's cool to break strings more often :)

Double bagel
07-18-2009, 08:53 AM
You could always go 18g (if you're not a string breaker) and go with a dense pattern, thus increasing your spin window while giving you power and comfort as well. 18g is a whole other world and I'll never go back to 16 or 17g again.

Then again I'm not a string breaker.

07-18-2009, 08:55 AM
I wish I could use something smaller than 16g. But I go through strings too fast as it is. And I also have no money, so I can't afford to be stringing my frames every week.

07-18-2009, 11:29 AM
In my experience, yes denser strings are better for hitting flat.

I tried using a Head FXP prestige yesterday and had to adjust my swing mechanics to a much flatter stroke in order for the ball to go in. Trying to spin the ball w/ my usual technique when using open string patterns produced a lot of mishits since the dense string pattern has such a boardy feel. Changing to a flatter stroke allowed more consistent hard hits. I noticed the ball moves a lot faster since it's flatter, however returners return the ball much easier since the shot is more flat + has very little spin. Whereas with my other open string pattern racquet when I produce a lot of spin, they tend to misjudge the ball and hit it long when they are returning.