Nylon string at high tension

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  1. Joakley

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    Anyone have any insight on using nylon in the 75lb range. Pros and cons. Thanks in advance.
     
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    String job will be VERY boardy initially. May hurt your arm unless you like poly-like feel.

    The tension will not be maintained for very long and will drop into the low 60-'s or 50's as you play with it; probably within 2-3 hours.

    Very underpowered.

    Why would you want such a high tension?

    Forgot to mention will invalidate warranty or possibly deform the racquet.
     
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  3. Joakley

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    I should of mentioned this is a request from a customer. He has a vintage wilson that has recommended tension of 75-80 lbs. This is new territory for me so I wanted some feed back so I could let him know what to expect.
     
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    The same racket today would likely be stamped with a lower recommended tension.

    That was likely part of the "Borg effect".

    Which racket is it?
     
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  5. anubis

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    Don't do it, no reason to. There's way more reasons not to try this than there are for it.

    You can simulate the same string bed stiffness with a lower tension polyester. If you string polyester at 60 lbs, it will have a very similar feel as nylon at 75 lbs. Plus, its better for your racquet, easier on the stringing machine, and you'll get a tad more spin.
     
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  6. Joakley

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    Thanks for the input I will suggest poly at a lower tension
     
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  7. Clintspin

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    Why not give the customer what they want? Lots of players still prefer good old nylon at a higher tension.
     
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    You made a valid point. Did nylon at 71 lbs and the customer couldn't be happier. Thanks for validating the question.
     
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    I don't know about 70+ pounds, but I have been using up some of my inventory of Laser Fibre synthetic gut at tension considerably higher than my usual soft poly and have to say I am impressed with the results. Over the years, I had forgotten what good all around performance can be had from a firm bed of syn gut. Same results with Forten Dynamix. I think syn gut, in the hands of a capable player, is very underestimated.
     
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  10. TennisCJC

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    decades ago, I used prince syn gut in the 63 to 65 lbs range in oversized racket. It was stiffer but gave more control and spin. It also breaks a couple hours sooner.
     
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    Two guys I string for ask for that higher tension. One plays with a Prince Original Graphite Mid and wants his strung at 70, 16 gauge. The other plays with a Wilson Blade 93 (18x20) and gets his strung at 66, 17 gauge. Both are quite happy. I've not had any problems stringing them. I do alternate one by one on the mains where normally I string two on one side and then alternate. With the Blade, I string them ATW.
     
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    I got a guy that plays cheap poly. "string it tight" he says so i string at the top end of the frame specs.

    he loves it.

    my arm would fall off.
     
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