lower tension = better for arm/shoulder?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by joness, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. joness

    joness New User

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    if i use a stiff string, usually a poly syn hybrid, or luxilon, is it a definite that it will hurt my arm. How much can i lower the tension and help my arm out but still be able to take a full swing at my shots. Any suggestions? or are stiffs strings not for me. i like them cause they last a long while. thanks, Sam
     
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  2. louis netman

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    If you're a young guy, you may not have problems until later on. If you're using poly in addition to a light/stiff frame, then it will creep up faster...

    If you really, truly need to use poly for it's durability, put it in a flexy frame.

    Try to get in the habit of using heavier, more flexy frames with strings that are less harsh...if you can.
     
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  3. joness

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    so i use a 12 _ oz frame in the prince graphite longbody midplus, but its only strung at 57 lbs. I wasn't sure but i thought that most thin beam rackets are really flexable, is this correct?
     
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  4. Bobo Lat

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    I hear there are multis that are low on power without having the arm crunching stiffness of a poly. Maybe that's what you need.
     
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  5. killer

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    I'd suggest lowering your tension by as much as 5 lbs to decrease the 'crunch' on your arm. You'll find that you have a bit more access to power, so you may want to tinker with your swing speed a little bit. But the stiffer your string tension is, the more impact vibration will be transferred through your racquet and into your arm. Hope this helps!
     
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  6. Cruzer

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    Considering that polyester strings have a higher percentage tension loss than other string types and in general they are the stiffest strings being sold today I think lowering tension is not going to provide great results. There are a lot of other string choices besides polyester that will not put your arm at risk.
     
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  7. steve s

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    How long do you keep a poly string in your racquet? Are you a string breaker?
     
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  8. joness

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    well i string them myself, and mainly because i can't stand kevlar, or restringing my racket every few days, i have given up on all synthetic guts, as i feel polyester feels better than kevlar, and doesn't break as much as synthetic gut. i have used polyester for about 5 years (polymono/fiberfeel) (prince let er rip) (all luxilon) strung about 6 lbs looser in the lux

    the strings usually stay in my racket for 2 or three weeks
     
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