Why does Head Youtek Graphene Speed Pro 18x20 only allows tension to 57lbs

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  1. victor.romannieves

    victor.romannieves New User

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    I was concerned with this due to the fact that I always string my rackets to 58-60. I didn't want to lose that feel that I had with my Prince Rebel 95 but I liked everything else about the Head racket.
     
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  2. zapvor

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    you can do whatever tension you want.
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    Don't really know, but the new Graphene Instinct's recommended tension is to 57# also. They are probably taking into account that most people are switching to poly strings, but that's just my guess.
     
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    I felt that it would but the tension recommended was way to low. It was the first time that I had seen that. But thank you for replying.
     
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  5. Lukhas

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    Because co-poly and stiff frame. So you can lower tension safely. Moreover, those are s-gut recommended tension, so in fact in co-poly, it's around 10%/2kg lower.
     
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  6. Carefree

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    I noticed with the IG Rad Pro that the recommended tension range was about 10% lower than usual. That suggest to me that they are expecting people to use full poly. Probably the same for the Speed Pro.
     
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  7. PKfan1

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    all new head racquets aside from the PWR series and the extreme 2.0s recommended tension is 48-57. Probably due to the prominence of poly.
     
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  8. tball

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    I think this is because if they recommend 60, people will string at 60, and then complain that the racquet is horrible -- stiff, boardy, low power, unforgiving and hurts their elbow.
     
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    This is correct at least from Heads rep here.
     
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    Graphene could be bit brittle...
     
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    I'm currently playing with the Graphene Speed Pro 18x20, as well. Funny that you started this thread. I was thinking about the tension range earlier.

    I am now using a full bed of Volkl Cyclone Tour 17. It's softer and more powerful than Original Cyclone. I have seen tons of comments referring to the power of this string and suggested increasing the tension 4 to 6lbs higher than Original Cyclone. I strung it at 57lbs and it's great. Still powerful, with more control.
     
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  12. 3fees

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    Head Gmbh has recommended tension for the strings they make.

    YouTek™ Graphene™ Speed Pro 18/20

    The 18/20 string pattern provides optimized control and feel which aggressive players are looking for.

    Control strings:

    >Sonic Pro Edge™
    >Sonic Pro™
    >RIP Control
    >FXP™
    >IntelliTour™
    >Master
     
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  13. parasailing

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    This racquet is quite stiff plus add to that the very dense 18x20 string pattern and you will have arm problems stringing poly that high.

    I currently have it strung around 50lbs for gut mains and 46lbs for poly cross and thinking I can go a bit lower due to teh dense string pattern.
     
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  14. Nojoke

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    I just ordered 2 pros and strung them with Pacific classic mains at 50 and cofocus crosses at 46. So identical to what you listed tension and material wise. Do you find it underpowered or simply think you can go even lower without losing control? How is spin?

    My demo was strung with synthetic gut in mid 50s. I figure going to this hybrid I should see markedly more spin and power.
     
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    Might also have something to do with the shared holes. Seems like that would be a weak point, and higher tensions might lead to frame failure.
     
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  16. parasailing

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    Do you mean too powerful as going lower in tension increases power? I find that tension to be a good starting range and you can go lower as needed. It has plenty of power but still maintains control due to the tight 18x20 string pattern. I probably would not go too much lower as I find that after 12 hours or so, the racquet starts to become a tad too powerful which I think tension loss is over 10% making it close to 44lbs and 40.
     
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  17. Nojoke

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    This was my experience and why I didn't string at my usual 56/52 from the beginning. I was wondering about your comment about considering going lower and was wondering what the reason for it was as I could envision two possible reasons: 1) it was underpowered at your current tensions and you wanted more power through lowering the tension; or 2) the control is so good, why not go even lower to increase an already powerful, but very controllable racket--which could be done for a number of reasons--softer racket, better tension maintenance, more power etc.

    Sounds like your thinking is along the second "theory". The 18 mains provide sufficent control to go even lower and see what benefits you gain.
     
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    It is when the racket technologies with their best
     
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