? regarding 18x20 string pattern

Discussion in 'Strings' started by red rook, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. red rook

    red rook Rookie

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    Hello,

    I have a blade 18x20 and I was trying to dial in the strings.

    Should the tension be dropped to equal the feel of a 16x18/9 and to what degree?


    Thanks, Tom
     
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  2. SCRAP IRON

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    I think that a player MUST lower the string tension on any racket with a denser string pattern, especially when switching from a more open pattern. This in my mind is simply common sense. You will want to allow some power and playability from the frame, so the tension should be lower. Of course much depends on the player's style and ability. I would also suggest not using poly strings because there is little need to tame the power in a dense string pattern. However, if you are used to poly, that is a different story. A thinner gauge string is also something to strongly consider.

    On another note, the control that you will find from the denser string pattern on certain shots like the serve, volleys and service returns should be beneficial to your game.
     
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  3. logrock

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    You also get the benefits of going with thinner gauge strings. 17 & 18ga are ideal.
     
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  4. alanl228

    alanl228 New User

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    I string 2-3 lbs lower went from 16x19 to 18x20. I suggest to start from 3lb lower to see how it feels.
     
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  5. Muppet

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    I have a 16x19 90" racquet and three others that are 18x20 95". I'm finding that the 90" is working well with soft synth gut at 54 lb. The 95s seem to work well at 54 or 55 lb. I think the head sizes and string patterns offset eachother.
     
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  6. fuzz nation

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    I've used syn. gut in my racquets for a lot of years and I've definitely preferred 17 ga. stuff in my frames with dense patterns. Most of those were mids, but even in the case of a mid-plus, thinner strings furnish me with much better feel and performance.

    No specific advice on tension - it has to feel right for you. I even drop tension (3-5 lbs.) in the colder months with my racquets that I use outdoors.
     
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  7. zaskar1

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    denser pattern use a lower tension

    from a personal experience, i switched from the O3 speedport black, and EXO3 Black with their 16x19 pattern to the Wilson Blade 98 18x20
    with the Princes, I used 58/62 or 60/64 poly mains/multi xcrosses.

    when i strung up the Blades at 58/62, they felt like hitting with
    a 2x4, my friends who recommend that i switch to the Blades said
    i should string them down.

    they were correct as i strung mine at 54/58 and 52/56, and i have pretty good control, feel and power.

    i strung a couple of them with full poly at 52#, just to see how it plays
    i have a lot of power, but the feel doesnt seem to be there, as i cant tell if
    i hit a good shot.
    so for me, the jury is still out on the full bed poly.

    i think you definitely have to string down with the denser string bed to get the response with poly or 1/2 poly


    z
     
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  8. Michael Lesbowicz

    Michael Lesbowicz Banned

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    I got 1.20 mm / 17 gauge natural gut strings at 22 kg / 21 kg (48.5 / 46 lbs)
    low tension in my 18 x 20 Wilson Six One 95. Perfect way of compensating
    for the tight feel of the dense string pattern and achieving a blend of
    power and control.
    :)
     
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