stiffness - frame vs. stringbed

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by babar, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. babar

    babar Semi-Pro

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    Will stringing a 63 RDC stiffness, 98 sq in frame with a full poly at 53 tension allow the frame to play like a 70 RDC stiffness frame?
     
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  2. corners

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    I see where you're trying to get to. But your question isn't complete. You need a bit more at the end:

    Will stringing a 63 RDC stiffness frame with full poly at 53 pounds allow the frame to play like a 70 RDC frame strung with X at Y pounds?

    But even then I don't think there is an answer for you. I'm not even sure whether the frame stiffness or the stringbed stiffness is a bigger factor in the "total" stiffness of the racquet/string system.

    But here's a question for you that might lead somewhere: What quality of the 70RDC frame are you trying to reproduce in the 63RDC frame?
     
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  3. tata

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    Excellent questioning skills there Corners!
    OP - There may be other ways, possibly more sensible and viable, to achieve the result you want.
     
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  4. kaiser

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    Nice post corners, as usual. I have a related question if the OP doesn't mind: If you string at very low tensions (e.g. poly in high 30s), would that to some extent mask the flex of the racket, i.e. would it make a stiffer and a flexier frame feel more similar than strung at high tensions?
     
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  5. tlm

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    Does the racket have a 16 main or 18? I have found that makes a big difference in how stiff a stringbed feels. I don't see how full poly at 53 lbs. is going to make a racket feel more stiff, to me in a 16 main racket that is low tension and it will feel soft.
     
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  6. fgs

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    you cannot compensate frame stiffness with stringbedstiffness.
    just think of the dynamics implied with ballcontact and stringbeddeflection and then think of it as a system. the softer stick with the tighter string will produce a completely different deflection of both stringbed and stick than the stiff stick with the low strung stringbed.
     
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