How loose can you string for power?

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  1. Lawn Tennis

    Lawn Tennis Semi-Pro

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    I don't like poly cause it has very little trampoline effect, but I like its bite and spin on serves and aggressive ground strokes. How loose can I string poly to get more power or trampoline effect from it? The specific poly I'm speaking of is Cyclone original.. if that has any bearing on the topic.
     
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  2. eelhc

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    Only you can answer this question for your game. It should only take 4~5 string jobs to find out...
     
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  3. LeeD

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    I string STBite16 at 47 lbs. on a 98 sized 16x19 racket with 60 flex.
    I'm going down 5 lbs. next string job, but it won't break for me.
    There HAS to be a point were lowering the tension becomes harder to control, but I don't know what that is, and it's different for different players and different rackets/strings/gauges.
    I pride myself that I can hit a pretty big first flat serve and forehand, for a 4.0.
     
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  4. yangster007

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    Strung Tour Bite 17/Wilson Gut 16 @ 51/51, just hit with it earlier, it feels good.
     
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  5. SpinToWin

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    Stringing lower doesn't make a racquet more powerful, it simply raises the launch angle which makes the ball go longer and causes the illusion of more power. If you truly want more power try a more powerful poly. Coming from Cyclone, give Cyclone Tour a shot, it essentially plays like a more powerful Cyclone.
     
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  6. TennisManiac

    TennisManiac Semi-Pro

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    This is exactly correct. :wink:

    I used Cyclone a couple of times and went as low as 46 with absolutely no loss of control. And it seemed to have pretty decent power at that tension.
     
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  7. sm01

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    Don't think you will get that feeling with Cyclone. Too plasticky. I recommend BHBR. Spin about the same as Cyclone, but has much better explosive launch from the stringbed. Great power and spin with acceptable control at 38-42#.
     
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  8. hoodjem

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    I have seen references to people saying they are stringing down into the higher 30s, say 37 lbs.
     
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