a way to lower tension on racquet by 2lbs?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by datsveryinterestin, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. datsveryinterestin

    datsveryinterestin Rookie

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    i strung my RDS001 too tight.
    the LUXILON ALU is holding tension too.
    I tried to move the strings with my fingers, and I am tempted
    to step on the strings to try to loosen them up.

    Anything else I can do to lower the tension just a bit?
    thanks!
     
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  2. kchau

    kchau Semi-Pro

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    leave it in your hot car for 5 min
     
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  3. datsveryinterestin

    datsveryinterestin Rookie

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    does it drop 2lbs for every 5 minutes in hot car????
    :rolleyes:

    i was hoping my hitting session today would loosen it up some... but geez
    still very boardy!
     
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  4. Stan

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    Hit it and sit it. Hit lots of balls and let it sit overnight. Trust me, the ALU will lose tension for you. Stepping on racquet face is not a good idea, too much potential for frame damage. Again, ALU will drop tension. Hit it and let it sit a day or two. It will drop at least 2 lbs...I promise.
     
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  5. kchau

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    i dont know, its really random though..

    its also bad for your racquet
     
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  6. looseswing

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    How fast does alu rough drop tension?
     
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  7. Court_Jester

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    Not sure for Alu exactly but polys can lose as much as 5 pounds by simply hitting a ball repeatedly.
     
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  8. MTChong

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    Just put it in a hot car; the temperature adversely affects tension and lowers it.
     
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  9. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    faster than most make it out to...

    You can gently heat it up with a hair dryer, but it's not a recommended practice. Stepping on it is not good for the racquet, but people do this... I'm not recommending it, but it's worth a try. Either way, it's not going to feel like it's "just" 2 lbs lower... It's still going to feel weird.
     
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  10. Stringer_Steve

    Stringer_Steve Rookie

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    And leaving it in a hot car is not potentially damaging?:rolleyes:
    I just have to shake my head at some of the advice I read on this board sometimes
     
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  11. kchau

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  12. La Bomba

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    Wrap a brick up in newspaper, then wrap it in a towel and reast the brick on the string for 1 night and it will drop tension by 2 pounds and not damage the racquet. Make sure you lay it on a flat floor.
     
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  13. datsveryinterestin

    datsveryinterestin Rookie

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    La Bomba --- thanks... i think I will try that as my next match is 24 hours away.
    I knew somebody would come up with a way to do this that makes sense AND doesn't mess the frame up.

    If that doesn't work I will take it into the sauna with me! :confused::rolleyes: :mrgreen:
     
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  14. equinox

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    If you leave the racket in a hot car. It will weaken the graphite fibers and melt like the wicked witch from oz.

    Bad idea, I remember when i was young, i left a plastic toy submarine with electric motor! in the car boot. When i'd opened the boot, it had turned into twisted plastic blobs. I was heart broken.
     
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  15. theace21

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    Either wait for the tension to drop (it will), or how about this idea - have it restrung. Everyone has had a racket strung that didn't feel good, that is why many people string their own rackets. A different stringer on the same machine, will string differently...
     
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  16. ShcMad

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    Let Marat borrow your racquet and let him play for 10 seconds.

    On a more serious note, there's someone on this board who put his racquet on hot water to loosen up tension.
     
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