Can you change tension of strings once they're on?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Scotty_b_goode, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Scotty_b_goode

    Scotty_b_goode New User

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    I have RPM strings on my Babolat, and i am thinking i would really like to use a lower tension. Can i ask my local tennis shop to lower the tension on the strings, or will i just need to get a new set alltogether?


    I searched and couldn't find a topic on this but I apologize if there is.
     
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  2. Shaochieh

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    Use it until it loses tension or cut it all and get it restrung.
     
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  3. jk175d

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    the only way I have acheived that it by cutting out just the crosses and restring them. A LOT of people are down on the idea of just restringing crosses but I've done it a bunch and have had no problems at all. (on my own racquets only of course)

    When I'm experimenting with strings I might get out and decide the tension is too high. When I cut the crosses out (always with the frame secured in the 6 point clamps of my machine) I can feel that the mains are looser than when I strung them, so I can actually redo the crosses at the same original tension if I want and by having done this, effectively lowered the mains.
     
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  4. DrpShot!

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    Leave it in your trunk on a hot day, it'll lose some tension.
     
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  5. jjs891

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    I've heard people say to lay the racquet on the flat ground and step on the string bed. I personally wouldn't do that to my own racquet. I'd rather restring.
     
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  6. dozu

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    with gut or syngut, I can lay the racket flat on the ground, and gently step on it with 1 foot and put 1/4 to 1/2 of my body weight on it for a couple of seconds, to loosen up the tension.

    not sure it works with polys, as they are such delicate creatures... they may just die if you step on them, like they don't die soon enough anyways lol
     
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  7. sepidoel

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    Then how about increasing the tension without restringing?
     
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  8. jjs891

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    I don't think that's possible.
     
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  9. dozu

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    is this a trick question? make up your mind before giving it to the stringer lol
     
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  10. GlenK

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    lol, he tired all the tricks, now it's to loose..
     
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  11. ATP100

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    Yes, its possible, just takes some work.
     
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  12. sepidoel

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    As every string will loosen up in time IMO tighten up string is more useful to many more players.

    In my wild imagination, just for example, maybe there's a procedure to insert something under the string on the outer racquet (U-shape, outside the grommet) and somebody has calculate the effect. Who knows?
     
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  13. jjs891

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    maybe string savers
     
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  14. jim e

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    If you want adjustability after a stringing, then you need a different racquet. Get a Macgregor Bergelin Longstring c 1985
    Then with the adjustment in the handle you can change the tension to your desire.

    Otherwise pick a tension be happy with it, or have it cut out and try again.
    There are your options.
     
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  15. Mig1NC

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    Yeah. That should do the trick. By a little bit anyway.
     
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  16. Steve Huff

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    Increasing the stiffness of the stringbed is actually possible, as i'm sure people who strung wood rackets can attest. Some people used to string a sideways "V" into the string (similar to a Dunlop logo, but a little thinner). Stringbreakers did this to increase longevity by decreasing string movement, but it would effectively stiffen up the stringbed too. I doubt it's legal for tournaments, but it doesn't really add anything to your frames playing capability other than stiffen up the stringbed, which you could do with your next stringing anyway.
     
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  17. mixedmedia

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    Yeah, about 1-2 pounds I've been told, but it probably depends on how many one uses.
     
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  18. owtdoorguy

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    Tension Changing

    So either you can stand on your string bed one foot at a time while holding onto a desk/table/wall to loosen the tension....recommended by a former wimbledon winner pro at my club.
    Or you can add a ton of string dampeners to 12, 3, 6, and 9 oclock on your racquet to increase tension, seems to be only about 2 lbs or so.

    Best of luck. :)
     
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  19. mixedmedia

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    Interesting...I've never heard of using dampeners. Does the type matter?
     
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  20. owtdoorguy

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    As far as dampeners go, the multi-string dampener controls vibration best and thus can change the tension more than others.

    A typical Wilson logo W is great for vibration but it only sits on two main strings, where as a longer "snake" type any other brand that spans 4 or 6 main strings will dampen much more vibration as well as impact the tension.

    As always, these are my opinions and my experiences...not specific science I guess.
     
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  21. mixedmedia

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    That makes sense, I suppose. Personally, I don't like the "snake" ones while playing, but maybe I'll keep some around for tension purposes.
     
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  22. MayDay

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    Stop messing around with the new user you silly tennis monkies. :)

    Scotty, you will need to sell your current racket and buy a new one, something like a Wilson Prostaff 6.0 85. (Still available in 4 1/2!)
     
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