poly experiment advice

Discussion in 'Strings' started by anubis, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. anubis

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    I have a spare pack of BHB7 lying around (don't know why, just found it) and wanted to string it up as an experiment (full bed). I'm using a Head YT Rad MP.

    I want to do a side by side playability test between that and my usual go-to string right now, Babolat Nv. Y. I have that strung up @ 62 lbs., so obviously I like control and low power.

    What should I string my BHB7 at? I hear LOTS of different opinions, and right now the range of potential tensions run from 30 lbs to 60 lbs. Since that's such a huge swing, I need to know where to start.

    I hear lots of good things about stringing @ 30 lbs, but I'm afraid I won't be able to keep the ball in (too powerful due to trampoline effect). I'm also afraid of stringing @ close to 60 lbs since the stiffness may be too much for my arm.

    I'd like a tension that is definitely geared for control and low power (like syn gut @ 62 lbs), but not so stiff that it shreds my arm.

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. seekay

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    While I like the tension lower (mid-40's), I recommend that my customers start at the bottom of their racquet's tension range.

    With poly, you won't get a lot of additional power from dropping the tension like you would with nylon strings. It mostly changes the way the ball pockets and feels.
     
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  3. NLBwell

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    At least 10% lower, so 56 at the high end. With the tight string pattern you certainly could go 20% lower and not trampoline at all, so 52 would be good.
    If you are getting into the 40s and 30s, you are using the properties of the poly strings in a different way that isn't very usable with the Nvy so really wouldn't be a side-to-side comparison.
    I'd go with 52 lbs or so to start with as a side-to-side comparison (maybe a little safer on your arm than 56 to make sure your don't have arm issues).
    After that, if you think it might be for you, start experimenting with different tensions.
     
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  4. anubis

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    thanks both of you :)
     
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