tension or string stiffness more important?

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  1. markwillplay

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    I amreally struggling with this question. Want to protect arm and shoulder at all times. I have a stick that does not like gut any less than 60 lbs...trust me on that..really will fly on you with gut in mid 50's...so is it better to put a lower powered string in (say a nyn gut) at a lower tension or a softer string (like nat gut) at higher tension. I swear I am beginning to think that a little stiffer string with less powerful at lower tensions is more comfy. Which makes more difference?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    I've never played with natural gut, but others seem to string it high and don't get arm problems. I'm currently playing with a multi at the lowest tension. I'd rather make a few more errors and save my arm for the next match. Good luck.
     
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  3. Meaghan

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    could go with a soft poly at low tensions.
    Polystar energy is elastic and powerful for a poly, nice feel, not stiff but has those poly qualities of spin and control.

    Its the most 'multi like' poly ive used with all the benefits of a poly without the arm ache!
     
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  4. PimpMyGame

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    I've never had a problem with natural gut at high tensions, although I have had a problem with stiffer string at lower tensions so that's my take. Although everyone's arm is different so I think you may need to experiment.
     
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  5. 86golf

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    I'm surprised more haven't chimed in on this topic.

    I'm of the believe that a poly with syn gut hybrid can play as soft as a multi or full bed of syn gut with enough tension differential. I'm not sure what that magical number is, but in my experience a poly hybrid in the mid to high forties isn't any more harsh than a syn gut mono at high 50's tension.

    I think gut stands alone and is difficult to differentiate. There are too many good synthetics for me to tinker with gut.

    I may be in the minority regarding this issue, but I think most people tension poly too much and that is why it gets such a bad rap regarding injuries. I know too many players that hit every day with poly and even kevlar and don't have any string related injuries.
     
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  6. Frankauc

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    i hit with a full bed of sp poly tornado 16g at 67lbs. never had a arm problem
     
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  7. jim e

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    My own racquets are strung with nat.gut at 64lbs. (OS racquets), and 61lbs.(MP racquets), and to me feels much more comfortable than stiffer strings at a lower tension, but that is me.Bottom line is what you feel is the best for you, and what works best for your type of play.
     
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  8. 86golf

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    I just got a twinge of pain in my elbow after reading your post. I'm going to ice it down now...
     
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