Poly Tension Recommendations?

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  1. Freestyle

    Freestyle New User

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    Hi everyone.

    I've been reading a wealth of threads on the boards praising low tension polys. I just broke my strings today, and was considering trying a low tension setup. I was wondering whether you guys think it will suit me, how low to go, etc.

    I would approximately guess that I am a 3.5, as I can beat 3.5 ranked players in my state, although I have never participated in a tournament myself as of yet. I hit with topspin off of both wings, semi-western straight-arm forehand and a one-handed eastern grip backhand. Sometimes, when I go for a flat shot, my balls sail on me. I was thinking that using a lower tension would allow me to increase my spin and bite, although flat shots would get even lower percentage.

    If I choose to go with it, how low should I go? I use Golden Set Poly (1.18 m (18g) ), usually at 57 lbs. Perhaps I should go with 50? I was thinking about 48.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. lawlitssoo1n

    lawlitssoo1n Professional

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    hitting topspin or flat shots are all by technique, not by the string or tension.
    if you were using 57 try going down by 2 lbs at a time. 57-50or 48 is a big step in changing tensions.
     
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  3. joe sch

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    Agree. Especially if you have flat strokes, ie not a lot a loop. What is straight arm ? Lower tension is good if you can generate more racket head speed and generally you need circular looped strokes so hits do not trampoline.
     
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  4. nickarnold2000

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    Yes! IMO, low tension poly will most benefit those who use more topspin in their games.
     
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  5. Freestyle

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    Okay, so maybe I'll take it slow. What about a OHBH? Is low tension poly not suitable for a one hand backhand?
     
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  6. joe sch

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    Its not really an issue of OH vs 2H, its can you consistently generate spin while mantaining control ? Its stroke mechanics not type of strokes.
     
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  7. DennisK

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    Thats all down to personal preference and feel. I hit slice, flat and topspin using my OHBH with a low strung poly and really like the way it feels.

    The lower tension gives me more dwell time and power which on a single hander is all important IMO, especially when caught stretching out wide. And with it being a poly, it still gives a firm, positive feel on impact, which I prefer.
     
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  8. lawlitssoo1n

    lawlitssoo1n Professional

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    well said. i string way up there because i love the control and can give a good rip at the ball w/o worrying about having it fly out on me. i string high, and have a lot of power on my strokes. instead of lowering your tension, try using a softer poly at a higher tension? or a stiff poly at a lower tension. guess it can work both ways
     
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