Tension loss vs stringing at a lower tension.

Discussion in 'Strings' started by kenshireen, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. kenshireen

    kenshireen Professional

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    Does a racket play different if a newly strung racket reads 55 on the RDC compared with a racket that was strung at 65, played with for a month or so and then reads 55 on the RDC.

    Are they going to feel the same and play the same.
     
  2. S&V Specialist

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    No, unless it's natty gut.
     
  3. ricardo

    ricardo Semi-Pro

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    No. They will not fell or play the same.

    No. They are not going to feel the same or play the same.

    A string loses tension and elasticity.
    They maybe at the same tension, but their elasticity is different.
    The newly strung racket will be more elastic while the older strung racket will be less elastic.

    Hope this helps...
     
  4. redbirdone

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    Very interesting discussion...I've often wondered this myself. What properties does natural gut have that excludes it from this as opposed to, say, a multi? I almost exclusively use multis or natural gut in full beds, and am not a string breaker so this discussion is very relevant to me.
     
  5. ricardo

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    Natural gut retains tension and elasticity better than any other strings.
    Poly loses tension and elasticity the most compared to other strings.
    Some Multi/synthetics retains tension as well as Natural gut but cannot match NG retention of elasticity.

    Tension and elasticity determines the feel and playability of any string.
     
  6. redbirdone

    redbirdone New User

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    Would it be correct to say then as natural gut loses tension it becomes more powerful because the elasticity does not drop off?

    For reference I am playing with a LM Radical strung back in September with VS gut at 55lbs...still feels good today.
     
  7. ricardo

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    It depends on the tension. The statement 'lower tension = more power' is only true to a certain extent.

    Most strings are at their maximum power around 51 lbs.
    Tensions over/under 51 lbs = less power.

    See this link and select energy return as the power parameter.
    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/reporter.php

    Also select 3 different tensions: 62, 51, and 40 lbs and compare the energy return %.
     

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