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W1L50N=B3A5T
10-29-2009, 11:05 PM
Sampras, Roddick and Haas string their racquets over 70+ lbs. I really wonder how it feels to hit with that high of tension.

Can anyone share their experiences and why you string so high. Can you even notice a difference once you past 65lbs or so?

scotus
10-29-2009, 11:11 PM
I string my Babolat VS Team at 70 lbs. Next time I will go for 72.

Gut is very comfortable even at such high tension.

The higher tension tames power and increases control.

I think Seles used to go over 100 lbs on her super oversize frame.

AndrewD
10-29-2009, 11:16 PM
I think Seles used to go over 100 lbs on her super oversize frame.

My brother used to go up to 105lbs on his Snauwert Hi-Ten50 although I preferred it at 85-90 (both with full poly).

jefferson
10-30-2009, 04:33 AM
In my college days I kept my sticks strung at 70 - 72 lbs. I love the high tension for my forehand and serve but my backhand always suffered. But I mainly played dubs so I hit more forehands than backhands anyway.

Now that I am getting older and play less I string them at 60lbs. I find that I dont get after it like I used to you when I was younger and in shape.

Irvin
10-30-2009, 05:43 AM
I used to string an old Wilson 85 si ProStaff as high as 82 back in the early 80s. I felt as though I got more spin and control with it that tight and loved the pinging sound. No one else liked to hit with my racket.

Now I find I am on the other end of the scale. Last time I strung up my rackets I strung them at 52. The higher tensions are too boardy for me now.

Irvin

goran_ace
10-30-2009, 07:37 AM
In my junior days I used a POG OS strung around 73-75 with synthetic gut. With such a flexible racket and a large head it just didn't feel right below 70. The high tension stiffened up the string bed and lessened the trampoline feel. If anything I was more sensitive to changes in tension than I am now, but I was breaking strings so often that it was not much of an issue.

Later I switched to pro blend at 65 and got the firm feel I was looking for with much better durability. Then later yet I just switched to a mid-size head.

With todays rackets and strings I don't think there is a need to string at high tensions. There are enough options out there to find that feel in other ways (poly!)

VGP
10-30-2009, 07:51 AM
I strung my kPS88s with PSGO at 72.

It's a little (perhaps a lot) too tight.

I typically like the boardy feel, but on that frame with plasticy strings, it's a little too much.

BTW - I used to string my Prince oversize rackets and PS85s tight.

some6uy008
10-31-2009, 05:14 AM
My brother used to go up to 105lbs on his Snauwert Hi-Ten50 although I preferred it at 85-90 (both with full poly).

Wow! i didn't even know the strings could withstand that high of tension.

Steve Huff
10-31-2009, 09:57 AM
I've strung as high as 80 before too. Back in the early 80's, Prince recommended up to 80# for "more control".

2ndserveace
10-31-2009, 10:06 AM
Accidentally strung a couple of N95s with some Gamma synthetic gut at 72. I forgot to calibrate my machine, so even though it was set for 60, it came out as 72. I pulled these out when I wanted to have a little fun. Drop shots were insane with them, and a could wind up and take a huge cut at the ball without it going out.

hoodjem
10-31-2009, 11:18 AM
Not since I sold my Donnay Borg Pro.

the wise wizard
10-31-2009, 11:29 AM
i had to do ashaway crossfire 18g, at 73 and 71.... it sucked

W1L50N=B3A5T
11-01-2009, 02:23 PM
I was thinking about putting my KPS88 around 65-70 or so. Hybrid poly and synthetic. Any KPS users done this other than VGP?

alidisperanza
11-01-2009, 04:14 PM
i had to do ashaway crossfire 18g, at 73 and 71.... it sucked

Hahah I can imagine that... It would be like pushes buttoPING!

SteveI
11-01-2009, 05:36 PM
i had to do ashaway crossfire 18g, at 73 and 71.... it sucked


Kelvar @ 73#s.. wow.. I bet that hurt..:(

The_Question
11-01-2009, 06:02 PM
I still string my 83' POG at 80lbs...