1. Topspin101

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    A client has no idea what his racquet is tensioned at. Are there any Rules of Thumb? I ask the usual questions about what they are looking for, more power or better control, etc,. I usually split the range and add 2 lbs. No complaints so far....
     
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  2. Irvin

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    I have heard all kinds of things for men, women, children, hard hitters, control, power, string breakers, etc... Where in the world do you start? Well if you are not sure why not start with the online Stringway tension advisor.

    http://www.stringway-nl.com/en/TAonline/calc.php

    I am not saying it is good bad or indifferent but it is a place to start.

    EDIT: The TA won't work for every but then player feel back will let you know where to go next.
     
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  3. cluckcluck

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    You should have a stringmeter in your tool kit. Use it before cutting out the strings to have an idea of where the tension is.

    Say it's a poly, stringmeter says 45lbs, player uses it twice a week for the last 3 months. It would be a safe assumption that it was originally strung high 50's or low 60's.
     
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  4. Lakers4Life

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    High 50's or low 60's is the typical middle tension range for most rackets.

    I would start in the middle of the recomended tension range, then work from there. Most people can't tell one or two pounds difference.
     
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  5. Topspin101

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    Thanks guys. I did not understand the SA at all. I will look at it again later.

    Don
     
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    when in doubt, just string at mid-range for the frame.
    otherwise pick 55 or 58 (just my often "go to" numbers when the client has no clue......you can make up your own).

    they will be so shocked at how it plays and if they have no clue as to tensions.......where does one start?
     
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    solid advice
     
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  8. GlenK

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    This is what I use for new customers as well. It has been almost perfect at arriving at a starting point for my new customers. Only one has not liked the tension at all.
     
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  9. diredesire

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    Except the stringmeter is not designed to measure tension... :confused:

    I would always hesitate to base any recommendations off the stringmeter. I prefer something more systematic.

    Agree -- if a client has no expectations, I tell them the general approach is to string mid range unless they are specifically looking for more power or more control. This will vary a little bit with string type, though. A full poly at mid versus a full syngut bed at mid will be a bit different, obviously.

    My main goal is to present a reference point for future string jobs with a new client. It's way easier if the client is stringing with something cheap like Syn Gut (and let's face it, someone who doesn't know their tension is probably playing with syn gut, or at the very least, likely has no basis for stringing polys). This way if they absolutely despise the job, I'm willing to adjust (and throw in labor, if necessary) to get them dialed in.
     
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