string tension for the wilson blade 98 18x20

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  1. yharzu

    yharzu Rookie

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    Hi,

    i recently tested severel rackets and decided to go for the blade 98 18x20. Love it.

    I have a luxilon alu power 1.25mm string here, so i will try that first. But i'm unsure at what tension it should be stringed. I used to go for sth like 26kg mains and 25kg crosses (57 lbs mains/55lbs crosses). But i think i should go lower (10%?) with the alu power, right? 24kg/23kg? (53/50.5)
    Or how is it supposed to be done for the 18x20 string bed? do you string mains and crosses at the same tension? cus i always only read sth like "55lbs".

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  2. RobS

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    I played the 18x20 Blade with ALU Power at 54 lbs. Mains and crosses at the same tension. It played great but on the firm and low powered side. I personally wouldn't go past mid tension on the 18x20 with ALU Power as I imagine it would get a little too jarring outside of the sweet spot. In contrast, I played the Blade with Big Hitter Black 7 as well and at 54 lbs, it had more pop than the ALU power. Both set ups were very nice. The Blade 98 is a great frame.
     
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  3. yangster007

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    Personally I think the Blade 98 18x20 tension range should be 45-55. When I tried it I strung poly below 50 lb.
     
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  4. NorCalStringer

    NorCalStringer New User

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    With a 1.25mm poly, I would suggest 45/47 on a CP machine as a starting point.
     
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  5. yharzu

    yharzu Rookie

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    thanks for the input!


    so most of you guys are using the same tension for mains and crosses? is that because of the 18x20 stringbed or in general?

    Im not sure if i want to go below 50lbs. What was your expierience below 50 lbs yangster007?

    Maybe i'll just try 50 lbs :)
     
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  6. GaryB

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    Around 50lbs has worked really well with various co-polys. I found higher tensions made the string-bed stiff and board-like. I have some BHB7 17g and Polyfibre Hexablade 1.20 which i'm going to try next at 48lbs
     
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  7. yangster007

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    For me the racquet lacked heft hence couldn't keep the shots very deep, it would be great if you like a very control oriented feel. I used Tecnifibre Black Code 17 @48 lb.
     
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  8. c_hari_c

    c_hari_c Semi-Pro

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    I use Cyclone 18 in the mains at 45 lbs and Gosen Sheep Micro 17 in the crosses at 50 lbs. During cold weather, I drop tension by 2 or 3 pounds on mains and crosses. I like the setup so far. If going with full poly, try to stay at 50 or under for this dense pattern.
     
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  9. yharzu

    yharzu Rookie

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    ok, thank you! :)
     
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  10. anubis

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    For dense string pattern frames, I string 50/48. Always 2 lbs looser in the crosses to help out with the mains string movement
     
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  11. rusty0412

    rusty0412 New User

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    My favorite setup for the Blade 98 18x20 so far has been Cyclone 17 at 50 lbs. I tried RPM Blast, PHT, and Solinco Tour Bite 17. Awesome pocketing feel, spin, can put my full body into the shot and would always be a good deep shot.
     
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  12. ShahofTennis

    ShahofTennis Semi-Pro

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    I played around with my shops demo of the 18x20. I found myself in need of power with this frame. A 17 gauge poly strung at 52lbs seems to be the median of all the setups I liked.
     
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  13. yharzu

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    i think i will try 23kg/22kg (50.5/48.5) with the alu power first. Will talk to my stringer this evening... maybe he thinks i should go 24/23 :)
     
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  14. tyu1314

    tyu1314 Semi-Pro

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    I have been using cyclone 17g @47lb in my blade 18x20 for a while. Love it, and probably not going to change any time soon.
     
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  15. GaryB

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    BHB7 at 48 is pretty good, but probably worth going up to 50/52 as it's quite soft
     
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