A few questions about strings for power and grip size

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  1. D-man

    D-man Banned

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    Hi! This is my first post here and I hope it's okay to ask these questions in this category.

    First, I noticed the Catapult 10 is half price, is this a temporary sale of some sort? I'm planning on getting one, and I want a lot of power. My previous racket, a Catapult 7, was sadly broken in the heat of battle, and I'm thinking the Catapult 10 might be a good replacement... but this is the thing. When I demoed the Catapult 7 from a local shop it was full of power, but when I bought one and and tried several different strings I could never get the same feel... but at the time I demoed I didn't think to ask the string or tension. So what string and tension would give me the most power? Of course I guess lower gives more power, but to what point?

    I have one more question. I seem to be very sensitive to grip size and I can't figure out how to get the right grip size. I keep making it a little smaller and a little bigger, and it never feels right. Bigger gives my hand callouses, smaller makes the racket turn. Once, and only once, I got the perfect grip size, but even after measuring it, I couldn't seem to reproduce it when I had to change grips. What are the thinnest overgrips sold here at TW? Do you have any ideas for my grip dilemma? Maybe it's my grip that's wrong?

    Any reply would be appreciated, hope these quesions are ok. :?
     
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  2. TW Staff

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    D-man,
    Head to our learning center http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/lcfrontpage.html there's a lot of interesting info there that you should check out.
    You are right that the lower tension will give you more power. Stringing less than the mid recommended tension should give you a bit more depth on your shots. If you are looking for a powerful string then you should try natural gut. The Cat 10 is already a very comfortable racquet and if you throw some gut in there you'll get that hot knife through butter feel.
    Grip size and handle shape are extremely important (and often overlooked), as we feel everything the racquet and strings are doing through our hands. If you feel the use of an overgrip is bulking things up too much, check out the Gamma Grip 2 Overgrip 2.95
    Info at: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=GG2
    It is ultra-thin and might be what you are looking for.

    Chris, TW.
     
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  3. D-man

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    :eek: Wow, that's very helpful, thanks, I will try that grip.
     
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