Low Tension help/thoughts

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  1. kalipa

    kalipa New User

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    Originally posted this in the Low tensions thread, but got no reply in a couple of days, so I'm making a thread, and hoping for better results.

    I need some opinions.

    Strung my Original Exo3 Rebel Prince at 40 lbs.

    Used Tecnifibre Polyspin gauge 16 for the mains, and Babolat synthetic gut for the crosses.

    In case you're wondering why those strings, well believe it or not, it was the best string that shop carried. :?

    Played for a couple of hours, and I just couldn't find my game, and whilst playing doubles, I often wanted to cross court the ball, only to give it to where the netman was standing.

    Here is what I inferred:

    1. I have bad form.
    2. I am a flat hitter, since I wasn't able to generate any more spin than what I normally do with my regular tension (60 lbs).


    What do you guys think?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    You are inconsistent.
    String tension won't make a shot that is lined up to go CC, and when you hit it correct, it goes right up the middle.
    You are not adjusted to low tension. Learn to swing slower to allow the strings to hit the ball hard.
     
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  3. TobyTopspin

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    In order to get the most advantage out of low tension poly, you will need to use full poly. not a hybrid. You need the most snap back from the strings that you can get. Also, 40 lbs as strange as it sounds is a little high. Try full poly at 35 lbs to see the benefits.

    You will notice the spin difference right off the bat if you hit with spin. If you are using poly you should know before hand if you hit good solid spin or not. Poly should only be used by advanced players in order to the most benefit. Otherwise, you are wasting your money in my opinion.
     
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  4. kalipa

    kalipa New User

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    Thanks for your feedback!!

    Just to get it through my thick skull.

    If I don't play with spin to begin with, then poly isn't really my thing?

    I'm going to try out some multis then.

    Cheers!!
     
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  5. lefty001

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    Poly is used to maximize control by utilizing spin along with a long and fluid fast racquet head speed. If you don't use a lot of spin and/or swing slow/compact, the benefit of poly will just be durability.
     
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  6. ZnGuy

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    I've been hearing a lot of low string tensions from players and after reading this thread I am going to give it a go. I have always strung rackets at the higher end of the spectrum. Currently at 56/58. Reading through this thread I would like to get into the 40s. The impatience in me would have me drop 10lbs to start but I suspect it may be wise to gradually drop. Is it too much risk to drop 10# on next string job or any process you all recommend? Great thread (and blog)!
     
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  7. LeeD

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    You can drop 10 or even 15, into the low 40's, if you have the patience to allow yourself to acclimate to the lower string tension. Like at least 5 days of tennis, 2 hours a day.
    If you want instant gratification, stick with what you are using.
     
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  8. RetroSpin

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    All the low tension talk is for full poly. You almost certainly would not like the results with a multi or syngut.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    Got one of my Aero500's (Dunlop) strung with PrinceSynGut17 at 44 lbs.
    My other two are LuxillonBigBanger16 at 51 lbs.
    They hit similar, wished the 44 was really 40. Thinner gauge feels tinnier and stiffer.
     
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  10. AsianArnold1

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    depends for singles or dubs

    i'm back and forth on the low tension thing. i'll have my main racket, Steam99, on poly/syn hybrid at ~54/58. and every few weeks will do the low tension of PP Blackout at 38#(which will settles to 35#, RacketTune). once it goes into the low 30s, then i cut it.

    the spin on low poly set up is tremendous. it's best on playing singles where i need to clear the net and drive deep balls.
    but when playing doubles, i get poached on a lot! it's hard to keep the ball low. also you gotta have soft hands for net game with ELT or it pops up.
    the standard tension set up in the mid-upper 50s is best for doubles.

    i think the sweetspot for a 99sq all game poly/syn hybrid is 50/54, and full poly at 43#.
     
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  11. BMC9670

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    Did I read this right or did you write it wrong? Prince Syn Gut 17 at 44 feels tinnier and stiffer than Lux BB 16 at 51? :confused:
     
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  12. LeeD

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    On Aero500's weighted to 11 oz and 320 SW's.
    Yes, PrinceSyntheticGut15, at 44 lbs., feels tinnier, stiffer, and much less solid than LuxilonBigBanger16 at 51 lbs on my two other Aero500's.
    The "stiffer" part is relative. Since PSG17 is strung at 44, I expected it to feel much softer and mushier. Instead, it very similar in ball rebound and slightly more impact feeling than the BigBanger at 51.
     
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  13. BMC9670

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    I get that feel may be subjective, but this makes no sense. PSG17 is a very soft string while LBB16 is a much stiffer string and thicker to boot. Next add in a lower tension for the PSG and I can't see how it feels tinnier and stiffer. :shock:
     
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  14. LeeD

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    LuxilonBigBanger is going on to it's 3rd year in all 3 of the rackets.
    PSG was strung last week.
     
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