Any-one ever lower tension away from the centre?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by men8ifr, May 2, 2014.

  1. men8ifr

    men8ifr Rookie

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    To enlarge the sweetspot has any-one ever reduced the tension away from the center of the racquet on the mains and crosses.

    i.e. to try and get the same power away from the center of the racquet use a lower tension.

    I don't know if the tension would even out when you played with it or if the strings keep their own individual tensions?

    Or if it's a stupid idea? The TW power ratings show a significant drop off in power at points only 2" away from center so maybe dropping tension away from centre would help - maybe 1lb per string so you may drop 6-7lb from the center to the edge of the racquet.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    It is called proportional stringing.
     
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    This idea is called proportional stringing.
    The USRSA has a calculator where you measure the strings and proportionally decrease string tension on shorter strings as a shorter string will deflect less.
    It in theory sounds reasonable, however I tried it once a long time ago and was not impressed, and also no professional has this done as well (at least a few years back when I checked the USRSA pro's log on strings/ tensions) , as I'm sure there is a reason. That said it takes so long to adjust each string a different tension, if someone asked me to string a racquet proportional, I would decline the job.
     
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  4. men8ifr

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    Does it work? I'll try a search on it...
     
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    As your string a racket and go from the center strings to the outside the string bends at a greater angle. The greater the angle the greater the friction. The greater the friction the less the tension. Do you think we should take that into determining what tension we should pull?

    Do overthink this too much.
     
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