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kittenwanabe
07-14-2011, 01:25 AM
yo tt readers .im looking to drop my tension a bit im at 55 lbs right now and want t go to 49 or 50.what string would be better out polys or multis pls help.
kind regards .kw :twisted:

mikeler
07-14-2011, 04:18 AM
At 50 or below poly will perform well. That tension will turn multis into a rocket launcher.

mixedmedia
07-19-2011, 08:27 AM
Definitely polys. I haven't heard of any multis that would work well at that tension. I'm curious why you want to drop your tension before choosing a string.

ced
07-20-2011, 08:58 AM
yo tt readers .im looking to drop my tension a bit im at 55 lbs right now and want t go to 49 or 50.what string would be better out polys or multis pls help.
kind regards .kw :twisted:

My current favorite setup is: Ashaway Dynamite Soft 17 (multi) main @ 48 and
Head Syn Gut PPS 17ga cross @ 52.

sometimes vary that with Prince PSGD 17ga cross @ 52

Have little or no control problems at those tensions, and enjoy the extra 'pop' on serves.

Boj
07-21-2011, 05:36 AM
I just did this with Wilson NXT 16. I don't know much about string at all. But I believe this would be a multifilament string, is that right? Bringing the tension down from 55 to 50 was an improvement, but still not perfect.

I thought that I would lower to 47 on my next restring, but perhaps it is choice of string at the lower tension? Would a hybrid string choice be a good fit, like Ultimate Duo(NXT & ALU)?

After 23 years of playing tennis, I am finally taking a good look at string configurations.... Better late than never...

mikeler
07-21-2011, 05:50 AM
I don't know how you guys can play full multis below 60. My balls would be going over the fence!

MambaT
07-21-2011, 06:09 AM
^^^To get the balls he hit there...

Tennis Is Magic
07-21-2011, 06:27 AM
I don't know how you guys can play full multis below 60. My balls would be going over the fence!

I don't know how you guys can play polys below 55, but you do :o lol

mikeler
07-21-2011, 06:33 AM
I don't know how you guys can play polys below 55, but you do :o lol


Totally different materials.

ATP100
07-21-2011, 06:35 AM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=319527&highlight=Low+String+Tensions

Boj
07-21-2011, 06:50 AM
I don't know how you guys can play full multis below 60. My balls would be going over the fence!

Just to confirm, is Wilson NXT 16 a multi?

Tennis Is Magic
07-21-2011, 06:55 AM
Totally different materials.

Yeah, but totally different preferences as well.

mikeler
07-21-2011, 07:01 AM
Just to confirm, is Wilson NXT 16 a multi?

Yes.


Yeah, but totally different preferences as well.

Agreed but stringing poly below 55 is much more common than doing so with a multi.

OTMPut
07-21-2011, 08:08 AM
you call 49/50 lower tensions? talk to one guy called chris from TW.

JT_2eighty
07-21-2011, 08:20 AM
It also makes a big difference what racquet is being used.

I've found that using a tight stringbed (18X20) and/or a flexible frame (~RA<62), allows one to string lower than those with open patterns and stiff frames.

In my old PT280 with 18x20 and flex 58, I could use full gut at 52, and still swing full and fast and flat without control issues.

Trying the same gut & tension in an 18x20 KBT (flex 65) was much more difficult to control, as was even moreso the case with 52# gut in the YTRad Pro (16x19, RA 58 ).

So, it's hard to generalize that "55lbs multi", for instance, is going to play the same across any racquet (yours vs. theirs vs. mine).

My current string, PS Energy was a dream at 43 lbs in the YTRMP (18x20), but in the YTRPro I have to go mid-50s.


Summary: if you want to try a lower tension, I would keep the same string you have, and try it 5 pounds lower to see what you think. If too low, then you know you can go back up a couple pounds; but if it feels good, then you can even drop a couple pounds the next time. Rinse, repeat, enjoy!

JT_2eighty
07-21-2011, 08:31 AM
Another thing I noticed, is heat really changes how polys (especially soft ones) play.

I was so dialed into a high-40 lb. setup (poly) during the indoor season (even experimented with decent success on 36-43 lbs poly indoors), yet once I started playing outdoors in the blazing heat, I couldn't hit balls in to save my life, even with freshly strung setups that I was very accustomed to otherwise.

Going back to 50-55 pounds helped me get the same feel that my old tension indoors in the winter was providing. I wonder if there's a thread about the effects of temperature on tension.... :)

djNEiGht
07-21-2011, 09:03 AM
It also makes a big difference what racquet is being used.

I've found that using a tight stringbed (18X20) and/or a flexible frame (~RA<62), allows one to string lower than those with open patterns and stiff frames.


would a 16x19 and a 16x20 be considered an open sting bed?

on one racquet i have that is 16x19, the drilling of the holes make the string pattern very dense in the middle so maybe that would be considered a tight string bed.

mixedmedia
07-21-2011, 09:10 AM
16x19 is generally considered open, I think.

mikeler
07-21-2011, 09:10 AM
Another thing I noticed, is heat really changes how polys (especially soft ones) play.

I was so dialed into a high-40 lb. setup (poly) during the indoor season (even experimented with decent success on 36-43 lbs poly indoors), yet once I started playing outdoors in the blazing heat, I couldn't hit balls in to save my life, even with freshly strung setups that I was very accustomed to otherwise.

Going back to 50-55 pounds helped me get the same feel that my old tension indoors in the winter was providing. I wonder if there's a thread about the effects of temperature on tension.... :)


Good points on the different frame types previous to this post. I really struggled controlling shots with full multi beds in the summer. It got easier in the winter.

mikeler
07-21-2011, 09:11 AM
16x19 is generally considered open, I think.


Agreed, I'd call 16 x 20 semi-open.

parasailing
07-21-2011, 09:19 AM
Another thing I noticed, is heat really changes how polys (especially soft ones) play.

I was so dialed into a high-40 lb. setup (poly) during the indoor season (even experimented with decent success on 36-43 lbs poly indoors), yet once I started playing outdoors in the blazing heat, I couldn't hit balls in to save my life, even with freshly strung setups that I was very accustomed to otherwise.

Going back to 50-55 pounds helped me get the same feel that my old tension indoors in the winter was providing. I wonder if there's a thread about the effects of temperature on tension.... :)

Interesting, I found that WC Scopion plays great in the heat, more power but when temps drop, played much stiffer not to my liking whereas WC B5E played more consistent regardless of temperature.

djNEiGht
07-21-2011, 09:25 AM
16x19 is generally considered open, I think.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5165/5265102716_fbd99ff9b2_z.jpg
16x19 90in2 61 flex

notice how the pattern gets dense in the middle.

Agreed, I'd call 16 x 20 semi-open.

not 16x20 but does this make it semi open?

btw the 16x20 i have is the ncode ntour 95

mixedmedia
07-21-2011, 09:27 AM
That does get pretty dense...Maybe semi-open?

JT_2eighty
07-21-2011, 09:41 AM
True, I forgot to mention head size, and that's a good example. There are definitely some 16x19 90-93" frames that look as dense as some 18x20 100"sq, etc. And also some with even spacing throughout the bed, and others where it does get noticeably more dense in the middle. I recall using the BB11 that was a very openly distributed 18x20 compared to the PT280, and they were both 98"s

All these are great factors to keep in mind when altering or choosing your string and tension. Good discussion so far! :)

ced
07-26-2011, 02:41 PM
I don't know how you guys can play full multis below 60. My balls would be going over the fence!

No problem, I suspect, because my natural 'power level' is low !!