too low a tension?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by looseswing, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. looseswing

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    I understand that if I string too high that bad things can happen to my frame and my arm, but if I string a couple of pounds below recommended (at 52 or 53 for PK redondo mid, recommended 55) Will anything bad happen to my strings, frame or anything else. I don't anticipate anything happening, but you never know.
     
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  2. superstition

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    The only way a string tension should affect a racquet is if the tension is too high, or unbalanced. I've heard a number of people say that strings should be cut immediately out of certain racquets because an unbalanced tension can cause warping. I thought that was only a problem with wood, but people have reported it with graphite.
     
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  3. rasajadad

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    I seriously doubt it. A guy I play against strings natural gut in his frames at 14lbs! (Not a typo.) Strings last him 6-8 months playing 5 times a week rotating 3 frames.
     
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  4. Duzza

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    that's a typo right? :D 14 lbs what a joke! How is that possible to keep the ball in.
     
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  5. lefty10s

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    Have always strung my frames 3-7 pounds under lowest recommended tension. Never had any problem. Have been playing 32 years, never any arm problems and attribute it to softer racquet string bed and bigger sweet spot. Am 5.0 teaching pro, still play lot of tournaments each year. The lower tension is better for your body, and your frames. Downside is you may have some trampolining, but I think is worth it not to have the physical problems.
    Good luck.

    Lefty10s
     
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  6. alan-n

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    14 lbs is way out of the strings power range, I'd bet its pretty low powered.
     
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  7. Duzza

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    hmm ok..but whats the point then? No power and no control?
     
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  8. Mick

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    wow. that is like playing with a racket that has a broken string.
     
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  9. tempura_MAKI

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    Its like playing with a racquet strung with hands. Then again it is cost efficient.
     
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  10. dancraig

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    I string for a Senior teaching pro at 35 pounds. He says the low tension is why he has never had any arm problems. His 4.0 Senior team just got back from the nationals at Palm Springs.
     
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  11. dainova

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    What kind of racket it is ?
    What kind of motor his racket has ?:mrgreen:
     
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