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Murray_Fan
05-03-2010, 09:43 AM
Mines around 55 also please include your string set up

Thanks

rudester
05-03-2010, 09:53 AM
To me this seems a very general question to ponder as i have found that preferred tension varies from racquet to racquet and also with different strings. So, in general i find that I string most of my racquets when using a poly between the low and moderate recommended tension range of the given racquet, when using multi filament i string between medium and high recommended tension, and for Natural Gut, my preference is in the upper range of tension.
Also I take into account the open or closed string pattern of any given racquet and the head size. One variable that seems to remain somewhat constant to my personal preference is dynamic tension in the string bed obtained by using the ERT300 computer. I have found after much trial and error that my preferred dynamic tension always seems to fall within 40 and 42 on my ERT300. I am sure the same type correlations can be found using a stringmeter.

larry10s
05-03-2010, 10:02 AM
vantage 95 16x19 63 ra. 44lbs vs team natural gut mains and crosses
no trampoline!!!!!

hoodjem
05-03-2010, 10:04 AM
Yes, preferred tension depends on head-size, type of strings, power level versus crispness and control, mains or crosses.

Lots of variables.

jjs891
05-03-2010, 10:58 AM
larry10s'

does the string move all over the place at 44lbs? I have 90" Vantages and am thinking about trying full gut but I don't want to experiment too much because of the cost of gut. Too expensive to cut it out.

skyzoo
05-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Full gosen this week. 63x61 on a Radical pro with some lead at 3 & 9

[d]ragon
05-03-2010, 11:53 AM
I'll figure that out when I find a permanent string.

rudester
05-03-2010, 12:02 PM
larry10s'

does the string move all over the place at 44lbs? I have 90" Vantages and am thinking about trying full gut but I don't want to experiment too much because of the cost of gut. Too expensive to cut it out.

Interesting that you posted this because i had full gut in my Vantage 90 and had the same problem with the strings moving, Mine was strung at 60lbs with Babolat VS. I placed many string savers in the racquet which did not completlely cure the problem. Indeed, i ended up cutting out the gut and doing a Spin x /natural gut Hybrid. I think this setup plays really nice, also did a Spin x/NRG2 hybrid in my Vantage 90 and was just as happy, no string movement.

OKUSA
05-03-2010, 12:02 PM
57 full PHT on a APDC

Consigliere73
05-03-2010, 01:08 PM
Depends on the racquet and string pattern.

Autodidactic player
05-03-2010, 01:26 PM
Depends on the racquet and string pattern.

and the weather conditions and the altitude and the playing surface and the type of string and the type of ball, etc, etc, etc ... and, most importantly, the player's preferences.

Donny0627
05-03-2010, 02:40 PM
read the signature...

TheDLink
05-03-2010, 03:52 PM
59 on my aeropro drive with pro hurrican tour string

TheDLink
05-03-2010, 03:53 PM
59 lbs* is what i meant

Ambivalent
05-03-2010, 03:54 PM
58 lbs. I use mostly 18x20 rackets, so anything tighter will start to hurt.

ODYSSEY Mk.4
05-03-2010, 04:10 PM
52lbs +-2 lbs

Consigliere73
05-03-2010, 04:19 PM
and the weather conditions and the altitude and the playing surface and the type of string and the type of ball, etc, etc, etc ... and, most importantly, the player's preferences.

Absolutely.

Which is why the original question is going to illicit rather meaningless replies....

He would have been asking replies to state:

1. Racquet
2. Head size
3. Stringing pattern
4. String type*
5. String name*
6. String gauge*

*additional second category for hybrids inc sub-category for mains / crosses

Then plug all the information into Excel, you have the basis of some useful information for analysis, reference, re-ordering of category heads by characteristics etc.

Missed opportunity.

TourTenor
05-03-2010, 04:28 PM
... sexual! Ooh, errrr ... wrong forum, ahh, right, then ... it's 53 pounds.

pheonix6579
05-03-2010, 05:32 PM
Latest setup that I like: PHT mains @52/Gamma TNT2 crosses @55

Kick Serve 14
05-03-2010, 05:54 PM
Outdoor season, 44-48 pounds. Indoor season, 50-55 pounds...

welcome2petrkordaland
05-03-2010, 07:31 PM
most variables were mentioned but i was surprised to see no mention of stroke production/technique at ball contact. in other words, how open or closed is the racket face when you contact the ball. this matters esp. if you "brush" the ball like I do, in which case you should stay lower than, say 56 lbs with a poly in order for the strings to hold the ball longer. flatter ball strikers, otoh, would tend to go higher on the tension, in general, of course.

55 lbs kirshbaum pro line 2 in an apdc (1.15 mm)

PimpMyGame
05-04-2010, 06:06 AM
Just tried RAB Endura Edge at 36lbs and liking the results.

drakulie
05-04-2010, 06:22 AM
I'm stringing at 63 right now.

ronninmaster
05-04-2010, 06:42 AM
I do 70 +/- 2 lbs on a K88 w/ M2Pro, I know what ur thinking. OUCH, ryte? wrong, actually it feels really soft for me, and the ball pocketing, especially at serve, fells like catching the ball with a butterflynet.

Tennis_Man
05-05-2010, 12:17 PM
Depends on the racket head size.

I currently use a 93 sq inch. and have the tension at 63lbs. =]

A_Chong
05-06-2010, 06:45 AM
Mine is 57 with Luxilon ALU Power 1.25 and 56 with Topspin Cyberblue.

taylorhorton4
05-06-2010, 04:47 PM
58 outdoor season. strings always NXT 16L/Enduro 17L duo hybrid

ManuGinobili
05-06-2010, 08:30 PM
Full PolyStar Energy @ 15kg in a TGK, i.prestige, Speed, PB9

58 outdoor season. strings always NXT 16L/Enduro 17L duo hybrid

If you hang around the forum enough that "always" will turn into "never again" :)

nickarnold2000
05-06-2010, 09:33 PM
I've joined the low tension club. Tornado 17/ Forten Sweet 17 at 36/38 in a leaded up tweener(Becker Pro). I get wonderful spin and great depth out of this setup.

TearSNFX
05-06-2010, 09:44 PM
I have many students who use K90's and their tensions range from 48 to 60 averaging about 54.