How string tension shattered my confidence..

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  1. luishcorreia

    luishcorreia Professional

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    Not sure if this should be on the strings forum... But the main point here is not strings. Is confidence on your strokes.

    Since last September i have been playing the best tennis of my life. I started practicing a lot more and that started to show. I am a 4.0 player.

    But since a couple of weeks ago, my confidence just got shattered. Tarted loosing some matches i feel i should have won... But ok.. Its tennis, and everyone has low phases... But now i just seem to be afraid of hitting the ball with a full swing ..afraid it goes wide. But not understanding why this started to happen. But now I realize that it started at the same time I switched from a full bed of poly solinco tour bite to a hybrid with poly and a multi..thats way..way more powerfull. I feel i have no control and then started not swinging freely... And he rest is history.

    Thoughts? Recommendations? What do you all think? is it the strings.

    I just sent the racquets to he stringer and will return to a full bed of poly...
     
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  2. skuludo

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    When you are testing new strings, try and have multiple rackets so you can see the difference. With 9 or more rackets and the racquet tune software, you should be able to test multiple strings and tensions and then compare it with your original. This method should allow you to see how different strings and tension affect your game. Having more rackets will allow you to test more strings, and then compare it with your original in the same hitting session to eliminate variables such as tension loss and your memory of how your shots are suppose to fly.
     
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  3. Power Player

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    This is why i bought a reeel of syn gut. Its a better cross than a multi for control, and quite franky it is probably all you need. You can set the tension as tight as you want. I doubt you really need to be screwing with poly at all.
     
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  4. Mick3391

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    Strings, in relation to racquets, are everything. I got a new Bab Aero with RPM blast, it was everything my K-95 was but with a little more pop, touch, nicer overall. But after a couple of weeks the RPM died. Replaced it with what I use in my K-95 and it plays like crap.

    So it's a matter of experimentation, this is why I say I wish TW would do test plays on strings. I know for example with my K-factor that NXT Tour or Control at 60+ pounds is great, can always count on it, same deal Gut, but we still have rain.

    Strings suck, what kind of string lasts two weeks? What a joke.

    But back to your point, find something that you can live with in your style, then keep on top of it. Everything matters, tension, gauge, type of string.
     
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  5. luishcorreia

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    I like polyester strings. Been using them for 5 years now. I like soft polys with thin gauge and i string them at low tension.

    I did this hybrid setup because i started to have arm truble, but its fine now... In the meanwhile my confidence went out the window. Anyway...better days will come.

    Regarding the number of racquets, nine is excessive for a 4.0 player. I have two matched vantage 100sqin, 340 strung, 6 pts HL strung and a vantage BC30. I have swveral other racquets but are collectables. Pro staff 85, pro staff classic, some estusas, POG, etc.. But playing racquets are only the vantage frames.. And sometimes I wish I only had two
     
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  6. LeeD

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    I only have 8 that I actually play with, 3 more that sits looking for irritating flys, and 2 more in PuertoRico.
    Once in a while, it's good to hit out, full power EVERY swing, to see why you went for more power, to see how much power you have, and your potential, of course.
    Don't always look to WIN as a indication of your play.
     
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  7. skuludo

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    The minimum racquets you need that are the same is two or three to perform side by side testing of different strings and tension. The more racquets you have the more tests you can do in one session. If you had less racquets, you would need to keep cutting out strings just to try a different tension when you compare with your original setup.

    I think nine racquets is ideal because you can at least try three different strings at three different tensions. One of those nine could be your original setup, and then the other eight can be used for experimental purposes.

    This means more racquets give you more flexibility to try different setups faster in my opinion.
     
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  8. luishcorreia

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    I understand that. But its not an option for me to have 9 racquets.. Too expensive..
     
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  9. colowhisper

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    Experimenting is sometimes tough on my game too, but it is part of the fun for me as a gear geek (I do not have 9 racquets!). One thing I notice is I like to practice hitting all out with a set up that is very low power to work on mechanics and footwork. Its fun to wail on the ball when I am not under pressure. Really wish I could hit like that all the time! Like most players though, I tend to tighten up a bit and swing slower in match play, so my match sticks are strung slightly lower tension (gut poly hybrid, thanks Power Player) to compensate. If I am playing a tough opponent and more defensive I use the match sticks, if I am over powering a lesser opponent I break out the practice stick and hit harder.
     
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  10. TennezSport

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    Designed for........

    You are correct in your statement of finding the string that works for you. We all pretty much know about NG and Nylon or SG string, but poly/co-poly string have been around for about 20+ years and were designed for a specific purpose. Co-poly strings were designed for college or pro players that needed better control and durability. However remember that pro and college players do not keep string in a racquet for long, so the co-poly string were designed to perform for a short period of time and at lower tensions. Some poly strings were only designed to a 4-6hr life span in order to deliver some other benefit like spin.

    There are trade-offs when designing a string for a specific function and life span is one of them. Polys in general only live from 4-25hrs of play(approx, based on player level, racquet and tension). Now that was better for some people if they broke multi or SG string in 4hrs. Not going to go into all the varibles but if you check with the TWU Prof he has a nice article on string performance that will help. Find the string that works best for you and your game/wallet as you stated.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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  11. Mick3391

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    Yea RPM Blast in my Aero Pro is the BOMB, total controlled power, then it's like hitting a board.

    What I find interesting is that I had the Bab strung with NXT at a high tension, and it's awful, bad control unless you want to spin everything. However K-95 in NXT tight plays wonderful.

    Finding the right combination I think is huge. Now that Summer approaches I'm just going full gut 60lbs.
     
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  12. chunlimeyers

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    Wow.. this one is SIMPLE.. GO BACK TO THE STRING THAT YOU LIKE! DUH!! haha... I am simply amazed at the complexity people add to their games. You said, "I played great with this string but then abandoned it for no apparent reason, and now I don't know what to do." Sorry dude, this is the easiest post i have EVER seen to solve. Or, you can go experiment with 1000 other strings like everybody else on this forum and lose your summer.. Good luck.
     
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  13. Kenzik

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    I would say go back to whatever you feel comfortable with. Once I find something I like, I try to keep it. Sometimes we have bad days and feel like we need to adjust. Other times we feel like we need something more like power, control, or spin, so we look for a change in equipment to fix it. There's also times when we just wanna try something new. This can result in both a good or a bad way.

    I don't have the luxury of stringing once a week so if I find something I like, I'm not going to change it. I once tried out a new string before but I was having trouble controlling it. As a result, I kind of "adjusted" my strokes to help better control the ball. And then when I went back to my old string, it didn't feel the same way. It seems like you have the same problem too since you said you shorten up your swing now to prevent it from going out instead of taking a full swing at it. Maybe you can take a look at the way you're holding your racquet now and see if it's different from the way you used to hold it. It could of changed without you noticing while you were trying to find a way to control that ball.

    Everybody is different. Some people have many racquets and strings and can experiment as they wish. Others are limited to what they have. If I had 3 racquets that I like, I would of strung 2 of them with strings I currently like and have 1 to test new strings every now and then.

    We all want to find the best string that complements our game but look at how many strings are out there. There's so many different strings and set-ups you can make with all the strings that are made nowadays. Stick to something you're comfortable with until you feel like you're in a position to freely experiment without it affecting your game.
     
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  14. luishcorreia

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    It wasn't for no reason. I had pain in the elbow and switched from poly to multi
     
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  15. gmatheis

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    and yet you have not told us what poly you were using or at what tension.

    or for that matter what your new setup is.
     
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  16. luishcorreia

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    Read my initial ost again please. I say i was playing with a full bed of Solinco Tour Bite, and switched to a hybrid of Solinco tour bite and Solinco vanquish. Both setups at 22kg.
     
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  17. fuzz nation

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    The confidence issue is a tricky one, but I think that we need it, both in terms of our strokes and also our gear.

    If you need to soften up for the sake of your health, but that hybrid was too lively, I'd only offer that you sample a softer racquet in case the one you have in your bag now is on the stiff side. Whenever someone describes that feeling of needing to hold back when they swing, it makes me wonder whether the racquet is inherently too "hot". Your poly hybrid isn't taming the beast, so something more soft 'n dead might let you swing away with more control.
     
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