String stiffness and power question

Discussion in 'Strings' started by chadakin, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. chadakin

    chadakin New User

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    Is string stiffness the only string factor that determines power other than tension? I ask because I have recently used Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 with a string stiffness of 240 and Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 with a string stiffness of 249. The Cyber Flash seems more stiff to me, which I like, but the Big Banger generates more power, which I don't like. Is the different tension loss the only explanation?

    Thanks,
    Chad
     
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  2. TenniseaWilliams

    TenniseaWilliams Professional

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    The USRSA numbers are great to get a general idea of the string stiffness, and are accurate, but can never completely describe the string.

    Strings change stiffness with tension, and a string that may be softer than another at a low tension can be much stiffer at higher tensions.

    Check out the TW String Comparison Tool for more numbers.
     
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  3. chadakin

    chadakin New User

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the reply and pointing out the String Comparison Tool. I assume the only way to determine the string that is the stiffest at varying tensions is to try a variety of strings, correct?

    Thanks,
    Chad
     
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