Pro racquet tensions

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  1. NHplayer

    NHplayer New User

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    This is a pretty n00b question, but I haven't found an answer for it through tt search so here goes:

    I've heard that Federer and Nadal string their racquets at a really low tension, somewhere around the 50-60 lb range (sometimes as low as 48?). I find this weird because I've always thought these guys generate more than enough of their own power. I am a pretty crappy player (3.5-4.0 is my guess) and have strung my racquets at 60-62 lbs, which is what I figure the pros would string 'em at, if not higher (like 65).

    So what gives?
     
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  2. Syfo-Dias

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    They hit with a whole lot of topspin which keeps the ball down. Also, most of them use poly hybrids or full poly now which can be strung much lower than full natural gut. Most recreational and club players string poly way too high thinking they should use the same tensions as for natural gut or multis.
     
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  3. chief wiggum

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    Agreed. Lower tension is not always a bad thing. High tension is only good if you can hit the ball in the center of the racquet every time.
     
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  4. ckledzepplin

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    fed uses luxillon and wilson gut at around 46 lbs i think
     
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  5. DrumWizOHBD

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    It is normally suggested to string Poly strings around 10% lower than an average synthetic or natural gut.
    Since Poly strings are inherently stiffer than Syn gut, Multis, and Nat Gut-they can be strung at lower tension, whilst still allowing the player to maintain a good level of control.

    Even in the past before the Luxilon Boom, many heavy-topspin hitting clay court specialists would string nat and syn gut in the 45-55 lbs range.

    John MacEnroe also used to string in the 45 lb range, due to the increased feel you get from lower tensions. And this was with of course Natural gut.

    Try stringing up a stick at like 48 lbs and hit with as much topspin as you can muster, and you will see why heavy-topspin hitting pros prefer lower tension. The guys that hit very flat, like James Blake, Marat Safin, and Tommy haas...they all still string above 60 lbs. Players like Roddick who use the PUre Drive, have to string tighter because the racquet has too much power to string loose.
     
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  6. ericsson

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    And still there is no rule in that, dont forget that Thomas Muster(known as a pure topspinner strung at 40kg and above) and that McEnroe was not known for huge topspin but hit rather flat and strung very low, conclusion: it's a matter of feel and personal preferences.
     
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  7. JediMindTrick

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    The pros string low (in the low 50 as an average) to get a large sweetspot. Djokovic also strings at 55-53.

    Amateurs string high because they think it's more "manly" to string high.
     
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  8. DrumWizOHBD

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    Well put. I absolutely agree. In the end it comes down to personal feel.
     
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  9. FedererForehand

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    Amateurs string high becuase their frames tell them to string high... most frames will to string in the 55-65# range and most people will choose mid-tension.
     
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  10. adidasman

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    I string fairly high with poly (64 lbs.) because it just doesn't feel right to me otherwise. Even that tension feels low - I went from 68 to 64 recently, and it feels like a butterfly net. I'm trying to adjust, though. :) Muster was definitely an influence on me in that regard, as in many others - but most pros do seem to string on the low end these days. I'd guess the lower tensions are much easier on their arms as well, which is important for career longevity.
     
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  11. Matty G

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    Djokovic strings his raquets at about 62
     
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  12. ronalditop

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    hahaha, when i was a beginner a few years ago, i used to string high because i felt i was a better player by doing so xD.
     
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  13. Eiffel59

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    Hehehe :) ...i remember one of the Muster sticks literally EXPLODING during stringing..it was Isospeed @ 42.5kgs and his frame cracked at mid-hoop..the stringing machine at the time was the Tecnifibre SP Procord at RG and didn't permit a tension higher than that...
     
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  14. ericsson

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    Hi Mario, yea i heard that too, did you string for him? do you know what the gauge of the Isospeed was?
     
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  15. Eiffel59

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    I WAS the one punished by such explosion..still a little scar on upper front just to remind me "never again accept to try it unless u got armor protection" :) BTW it was a Professional Classic 1.20 but as u know it was somethin'like a 17 ga. indeed..1.22 or so...
     
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  16. one2play

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    A few times I tried to play with poly strung at 65lbs and I didn't feel anything except my elbow!! No control, no feel! Now I string lower (55lbs) and it feels great!!
     
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  17. dincuss

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    Monfils, and Safin string around 64-66
     
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  18. NickH87

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    Im going to string lower next time.
     
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  19. Stewball55

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    I am currently at 67lbs but just dopped off my new racket and the are gonna do 65 mains and 67 crosses (or maybe the other way around) and see how that does. I also swithed to gamma. Cant remember what line though...
     
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  20. Rickson

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    46? Is that a fact?
     
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