Does cross tension have more impact on string bed tension?

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  1. roman40

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    I use Volkl PB10 MP rackets and string with Silverstring 17 in mains and Gosen OG Micro 17 in crosses, although I am not sure if it matters for this question. I've noticed that increased tension in the crosses has more impact on string bed tension than increase in the mains. I assume this is due to the fact that increase in cross string tension is partially transferred to the mains, but not the other way around.

    Here's my interpretation. If I pull the crosses without mains, all the energy is going into stretching the cross string, but when mains are involved, some energy goes into elongating mains (either due to weaving or racket head deformation). Tensioning stops when a certain equilibrium is reached between cross and mains, but that equilibrium is closer to the tension I am pulling on the cross, rather than original tension of the main.

    Does this make sense, or am I missing something? I know these topics have been discussed before, so I guess I just need a confirmation if my understanding is correct, or if I should keep researching this topic further.
     
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    Makes sense to me. Another thought - when you tension the crosses you will lengthen and narrow the racket. This makes the mains longer and the cross strings deform the mains. Te longer and more deformed the mains are the greater the tension on the mains.

    On the other hand if you string the mains tighter you shorten the racket. With lower tension on the crosses the racket will be more oval and give you more of a trampoline effect.

    EDIT: The $64,000 question - which way feel best to you? That's really all that matters.
     
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    I've only been stringing my own rackets for 9 months or so, every 8-10 weeks, so I don't have much experience yet. So far I've been stringing crosses at higher tension, because that's what I saw recommended for hybrids. However, the reason I started using OGM crosses in the first place is to soften up the string bed. I think it's actually making the string bed harsher because I am using higher tension on the crosses. I'll try stringing crosses at same tension or lower, to see if I get the desired effect.

    Maybe OGM is not the right cross string to get a bit more power/comfort from a poly hybrid?
     
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  4. Irvin

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    If you want more power and comfort why not put the poly in the crosses? I would string the poly at the lower tension no matter where it was.

    EDIT: Also GOGM would not be my first choice for mains. I would prefer a multi main.
     
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    I like co-poly mains, I feel they give me more spin/control. I just want to soften them up a bit for feel/comfort, maybe a bit more power. I know natural gut or expensive multi is probably the best option, but I like what I have now, the price/performance balance is good, although it's not perfect, so I'm trying to tweak it a bit, to find the best tensions. I wouldn't mind trying a value priced multi, either in crosses or mains, that you think would work better as a hybrid with Silverstring. However, GOGM seems to be working pretty well, or at least, I haven't noticed any problems with my game, with the exception of some touch shots, that I could execute better with good multis and gut.
     
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    That's fine if you like the co-poly mains too. If you are looking for more power/control try dropping the tension.
     
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