you probably already read this - pros are going LOW tensions now

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  1. Rozroz

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    Anyone know what the device is that they say Caroline Wozniacki uses to check her tension?

    Interesting article.
     
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    don't know..
    she should move to Racquetune, although it probably won't work well on the court audio atmosphere ;)
     
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    I hadn't read it. Thanks for posting. On one hand it suprises me, and then on the other hand it doesn't surprise me, as tough as poly is on the body and how it holds the ball at lower tensions.
     
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    maybe this explains Federer 'problem'?
    i mean, he has to go for more power/comfort as he's getting older, but the price is some more long ball mishits here and there?
    well i'm probably talking nonsense..
     
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    A rather misleading and inaccurate thread title OP, and a rather naive article in my view, that has examples and quotes misleadingly cherry picked to try and make a point which isn't actually there. It's very clear that the author of that article doesn't properly understand the different types of string or string technology.

    Article makes no mention of the stiffness of strings like Lux, the different stiffness of different polys, gauges, the racquet head sizes, individual playing styles, or the fact that pros tends to use the strings for 7 or 9 games or so before throwing them away. Talking about natural gut in one instance and then saying that some pros are stringing (poly) in the 40s is just silly as its hardly a like for like comparison. As for Federer, 47-52lbs CP is hardly a particularly 'low' tension given his racquet size, the fact that Lux 16 is pretty hard, his age, current level of his competitors, and the fact that the strings are hardly used for more than 50 minutes or so. Revenge 16 at 55-57lbs CP wouldn't be regarded as a low tension either.

    The number of pros who string at genuinely low tensions - and we should really be talking low DT here - are in the very small minority.
     
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  7. Rozroz

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    sorry------:oops:
     
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    Not to mention, not that many pros are going real low with tension - maybe 5 to 10% are, but they are the exception. The pro events I string at still see most racquets being asked to be strung from about 55 to 64 pounds. Both poly and gut and syn gut/multi's included.
     
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    Honestly if I could play with a freshly strung racquet for every 1 hour of hittig there is no way I would ever play with anything tighter than 50 in a full bed of poly. The only reason I go 55-58 right now is because I know I have to make it last 1-2 weeks if not longer.

    Plus how well do you see any of the Pro's doing on tour who are still stringing in the high 60s? The fact that James blake still has an arm at 68 full ALU for that many years(I don't think he's still doing that) is amazing. Anyone who's doubting using tensions like this take your favorite poly and go string it 40-45, just don't hate me when you have to cut it out 2 days later.
     
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    so you're saying stringing polys low is a bad starting point for loss of tension?
     
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    Try stringing a sixone 90 at that Federer's tension, then compare that to a pure drive strung at 58 pounds. You'll be surprised which one has more power. I think Federer's decision to stick to an older racket design forced him to adapt new string techs to compensate for the power and spin disadvantage. It's funny how people who use sixone 90 use full poly strung at high 50s think that makes them pros. At such setup I don't think sixone 90 could compete with modern rackets.
     
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    There is a huge (and old) thread on this.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=319527

    From what I've just read, i think what you read there may surprise you

    " I think Federer's decision to stick to an older racket design forced him to adapt new string techs to compensate for the power and spin disadvantage. "

    You could well be right about spin but full gut is inherently more powerful than the gut/poly hybrid he plays with. Federer's forehand is a good or better than anything I've ever seen - power has never been an issue.

    Full poly at low tensions is easier on your arm; it increases spin potential, feel and control whilst string power is pretty much the same as it is a higher tensions. If you are able to generate your own power and TE is not a consideration, it is simply the best setup I have ever hit.
     
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