How to lower tension on string job?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by dicktracey, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. dicktracey

    dicktracey New User

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    So you got your racket strung too tight and you don't want to waste $30 getting it restrung, or you're too lazy to string it again.
    Some people put weights on the string or step on it, which is not effective and could harm your racket.

    My solution, is to put cuts or slices on the main strings/artificial notch it with a blade.
    If you're really cheap and you're using full poly. Keep moving the cross strings up and down, so you'll create natural notches in multiple locations.
    Using my tourna string meter, I've gone from 50lbs avg to 20lbs avg.

    However, I don't recommend doing this regularly, because you will never get a consistent feel if you keep moving your crosses up and down.
    Only do this, if you're trying to find/ballpark your desired tension and don't want to cut out your strings after 1 day.
     
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  2. dicktracey

    dicktracey New User

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    And if you like how your racket plays at your custom low tension and you're really cheap. Put some string savers on the deep notches, and you can play forever as long as you change out the string savers once they get worn out.
     
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  3. BretH

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    I guess. Seems kind of like adding water to your gas to see what your car woukd perform like with a smaller engine :)
     
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  4. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Of course, the strings won't break where you notch them with a razor blade.
    Stepping on the racket works great, for around 3 lbs of softer tension for 3 minutes.
     
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  5. dicktracey

    dicktracey New User

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    The problem with stepping on the racket is that's it's only 3lbs and you are deadening/killing the strings by doing so(bad for your arm). I understand some people prefer a deader string bed. However, by notching or artificially notching your strings you can lose 10lbs or 30+lbs! Because the several notches increase the length of the string and decrease the density.

    Again, I don't recommend doing this regularly. Once you find your tension, stick with it. But let's say you're playtesting, you wonder what it would play like if you dropped 5, 10, 15, 20lbs. Too poor to spend an extra $120 or the string is unreleased, here is your solution.
     
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  6. struggle

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    great info.

    next time i want to drop my tension by 20 or so pounds just after I took it off the machine, I'll give it a try...
     
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  7. Irvin

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    Just cut all the string then you can drop it to nothing. LOL
     
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  8. dicktracey

    dicktracey New User

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    Depends on the person. I can hit harder, spin more, have more control with low tension, and the playability duration increases. So for me, it's like upgrading to a bigger engine.

    However, for flat hitters it can be the opposite, because they like to hit with low throw, and punch off the opponents spin. Low tension is very bad for these people, they would lose control and power, while I gain them. And vice versa.
     
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