Rubberbands and stringing tension?

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  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Rookie

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    I've read that using a rubberband as a shock absorber adds about 5 pounds too your tension. Right now I use have my racquet strung at 57 pounds an use a rubberband as a shock absorber. I really like the feel of it so I was wondering that if I string it at 62 which would be plus 5 to my 57 that I have now. Would that feel the same as my 57 with a rubberband? Sorry if this sounds confusing?
     
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  2. PHSTennis

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    Not at all confusing... Well I use rubburband at 54lbs X's and 56 M's ... so thats like 59, 61... My other racquet string with 62 lbs (Diffrent strings) I think If I string Luxilon at 61 LBS... That would be hell... stick with the 57 and the rubber... If it works great stick with it... If you have a stringer like me... Just try it ;) Get a string BTW I highly reccomend it if you plan to play for a while, Im a 16 year old sophmore... This machine is going into college with me so no regret buying it.. had it for about 3 weeks Ive made about 60 bucks
     
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  3. kninetik

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    What in the world?! How does that little thing add so much to the tension?
     
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  4. Drizzt

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    Thanks PSHTennis. I like the feel except that you'ed be suprised by how much I hit the rubberband on volleys.
     
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  5. mvictory5

    mvictory5 New User

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    One word: PLACEBO

    Adding a rubberband does not increase the tension even by 1 lb, much less 5 lbs. The very idea is ridiculous, so let me just stop it now before any more people get confused about this. A rubberband is virtually identical to any other vibration dampener, and the tension effect is negligible.

    For those who still don't believe me, try this experiment. Get a tension meter, and measure a few points in the middle of the stringbed. (It might say something like 45 lbs for a 60 lb stringjob. This is ok.) Next, add 10 rubberbands around the edges of the stringbed. Then use the tension meter to measure stringbed stiffness again. Make sure to measure the same points on the stringbed as before, as the consistency is lower than you would guess. The reading will be exactly the same. It will not read 5 lbs greater, much less 50 lbs greater.

    I hope at this point the absurdity has become apparent.
     
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  6. K!ck5w3rvE

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    It makes it stiffer, whether or not this changes the tension is another matter, but I think it does. However, its not a 5psi change.
     
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  7. Drizzt

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    Thanks Danel
     
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