Tension & Headsize

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Marcus, May 3, 2010.

  1. Marcus

    Marcus Semi-Pro

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    Guys,

    I've used mids pretty much constantly as my main frames (PS85/POG/Prestige/K90/PS88/PB10)

    I've been playing about with 95's with good results and now have gone to a pair of TGK238.1 as my main frames.... (98 headsize)

    I've always enjoyed higher tensions - usually around 60 for a mid feels good to me, mainly used multi's like exel recently, but have got into Gut of late too, sneaking the tension up to 62/3 feels about right.

    I'm looking to string my TGK's up with Babolat VS Gut and don't really want to make too many tension mistakes with this stuff..... what tension should I use on a 98 to replicate the feel / crispness of 60lb on a mid ?

    Thanks Guys

    Mark
     
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  2. pug

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    Mark,

    IMO you would want to start with 2-3 pounds extra on your mid-plus. That is, if the string pattern is the same. Was your mid 18x20 and is your TGK 18x20? Also, VS 16 states a max tension of 66, so you don't want to push that too much. You could also add string savers to get a bit more crisp feel from the slightly larger head, and they would help maintain your gut too.

    Jeff
     
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  3. Marcus

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    Thanks Jeff....

    My most recent favourite mids (Blade Tour & Prestige mid) were 18x20

    MY TGK is also 18x20

    I think i'll go for 64 and see how I get on....

    ATB
     
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  4. larry10s

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    why increase the tension??
     
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  5. hoodjem

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    Going from 95 to 98? Not that much difference. Generally, 2-3 lbs. up.

    But gut is a lot softer, maybe 4-5 lbs. up. (Gauges matter too.)
     
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  6. Marcus

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    Good point.... i'm thinking closed pattern maybe I could use a little more bite on the ball, think i'll go for 17g VS (usually use 16g) would that mean I wouldnt need to go as high ???

    ATB
    Mark
     
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  7. charliefedererer

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    The thinner the gut, the more resilient. So you might have to go a little higher with a 17g.
     
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    The TGK, like the pro tour and prestige mp line is really like 94". Head measures the outside of the frame not inside of stringbed like most other brands.
     
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  9. rich s

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    Marcus, just out of curiosity.... could you tell me the length of the longest main in your old frame and your new frame?
     
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