Your lowest tension..

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  1. vkartikv

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    Seems like a lot of people are using high 40s/low 50s tensions on their racquets these days. Don't get me wrong, I realise there are some frames like the prestige or some volkls and some 18x20 racquets that play best at low tensions but a lot of people are doing it just coz their fav. pro uses a poly at low tension. So what's the lowest you've used and how was your experience?

    The lowest I have gone is 49 lbs on my prostaff tour 90 with PPP 17. The results were horrible and in general, lower tensions = balls flying out of control, excessive string movement (unless its a poly) and the racquet feels like a fishing net.
     
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  2. TripleB

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  3. Sebastien

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    I have been as low as 52lbs, and I would not consider any lower for the same reason you mentioned - ball flying around and low control.
     
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  4. Ronaldo

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    20 kg, 44# Babolat Super Fineplay 16 on a Head Instinct XL. Playable until the string lost tension.
     
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  5. jackson vile

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    I put NXT max 55x 50m in LMP+ not enough control as not enough spin ability and I was tired of killing myself for spin with the closed pattern.

    The racket I use now is so so much easier to get the same amount of spin.

    Open patterns do indeed increase spin
     
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  6. looseswing

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    I put in 52 with crosses of BB, and higher for the main (gut)
     
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  7. Kevo

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    I played with Liberty at 35lbs. in my RDX 500. It worked great when I was willing to swing really slowwwwwww. I hit nothing but winners with it for about 5 games. The more confident I got the more I started to hit long. In the second set I switched to my second frame with the same string strung at 60lbs., and I could hit away with that.
     
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  8. a guy

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    I've got dynamite strung at 50lbs in my slazenger x1. I would probably go for a slightly higher tension next time but this particular string has to be strung low.
     
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  9. snoflewis

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    cheap synthetic gut 16g at 53 lbs on my wilson tour 95s....i cut them out immediately
     
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  10. darkblue

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    i've tried nCode Tour 90 @ 40 lbs using Bab VS Touch => playable, but i wouldn't do it again.

    on the same frame, Lux BB Alu @ 40lbs => completely unplayable.
     
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  11. onkystomper

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    42 lbs bdenat gut on a pure storm. loads of power no control. fun though
     
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  12. TonyB

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    I strung my Yonex RQ-120 at 37M/35C with Gosen OG SM 17 and it plays great. Tons of power, not a whole lot of control; you have to be very careful with how you hit the ball.

    Although my serve has never been better!! I can really pound the ball with this setup. Volleys are awesome, as well. The only thing that's a bit hairy is hitting a hard forehand on the run. Since you can't set up the shot perfectly, it has a tendency to sail on you.

    I've always liked low tension on my racquets. I just like the way it feels when you hit the ball. Very soft, very comfortable. Yes, you have to watch your control, but otherwise there's no significant drawback to it.
     
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  13. mucat

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    Just need soft hand at the net and steep swing path at the baseline, taking full swing at the ball is unreal (hitting high ball with full swing topspin, the ball dips down at the baseline and move sideway at the same time)
     
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  14. fastdunn

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    Hmm, I had very different experiences with very low tension.

    When I started stringing by myself with a drop weight machine,
    I mis-placed the weight. I was supposed to align the bottom end
    to the reference tension. I aligned it to the top end.
    So very very low tension, something like 40#.

    Strangely, I had no power and no feel.

    So I lowered even more and maybe even lower than #40.
    (I thought I was setting it, something like #50 something,
    but it was actually lower than #40. Maybe aorund #30).

    Then I lose more power and feel.

    It looks like if you go too low, it actually starts to lose power...

    It was mostly basic synthetic mono and probably not so quality
    string job....
     
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  15. pro_staff

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    50lbs with babolat ballistic polymono 17 mains and PSGD 16 crosses on tecnifibre tfight325. Best setup i've ever tried. I used to play with high tension (60-65) and just for the hell of it, I strung it once at 50 and loved it. My shots were landing deeper, I could put more topspin on it(believe it or not) and there was more power on my shots. And i was still taking my full swing so it's not like i was just blocking the ball back either
     
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  16. BabolatFan

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    Hey mate, can u elaborate on your bb alu 40lb experience?
     
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  17. Ronaldo

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    Sounds like an explosive setup. Dynamite is a zyex string?
     
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  18. You cannot be serious !!!

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    For my spare racquet I string my old Prince synergy with Babolat Attraction 17G power @55lbs - way too little control
     
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  19. vkartikv

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    You have to be kidding me. The prostaff 85 comes to life only at tensions >60 lbs for me... To each his own though..
     
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  20. fishuuuuu

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    48# on an i. Prestige MP (strung with BBALU), good combination of control and power, but a bit more on the power side.

    Now I use a LM Radical MP (customized) at 52#/54# with BBALU.
     
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  21. The nCode nTour Guy

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    yea i know what you mean hitting w/nxt strongs and trying to poduce heavy topspin and when u switch to open patter its so much easier
     
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  22. mucat

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    I am not kidding. Its control was still holding pretty good, probably because of the small head size. I needed the lower tension for defensive situation. But it really depends on your physical build.
     
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  23. oscar_2424

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    54 on a babolat PD with luxilon BB
     
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  24. fishuuuuu

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    How is the control with that? Also, are you using BB or BBALU? I used to play my BPD+ with TIMO17 at 67# until it made my shoulder sore (go figure).
     
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  25. thetenniskid07

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    I think my lowest was 56lbs. Highest 64lbs.
     
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  26. a guy

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    Yeah it is, and yeah its pretty powerful lol.
     
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  27. cmb

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    46 pounds with Cyberflash on my Prestige Mid...that was on clay in europe where the play is much slower then in North America...when I am in North america I bump it up to 50.
     
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  28. str33t

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    lowest is 55 for a poly. highest is 60 with a synthetic gut.
     
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  29. TonyB

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    Darn right it is. Ashaway Dynamite is very powerful string. I strung it very high for what it should be strung at, and it was still way too powerful for my frame. It was like hitting with steel wire in the racquet, but the ball was FLYING!

    You really need a low-powered frame to handle that string. Or, you need some serious control, which I apparently do not possess. Or maybe a really soft frame with a dense stringing pattern, I dunno.
     
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  30. chair ump

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    And the magic number is........46 lbs.

    I really like low tension and have been playing with string tensions in the upper 40's range for about a year now...Through experience, I have found my cutoff point for playability is 46 lbs - - any string - - any racquet.
     
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  31. psamp14

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    my lowest is 50 pounds with my ncode 90, and 50 pounds is what i've been on for about since may of this year...
     
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  32. Ronaldo

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    And to think we strung wooden bats at 60-65# with 68" heads
     
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  33. buder

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    many people don't understand that when they string at, say, 60lbs, the resultant tension in 1 week is often in the 40's. many people hit most of their balls with a stringbed stiffness well below 50.
     
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  34. harryz

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    Lately, I'm finding that tighter is better

    in my nCode Tour 90s, I love the stability and control of 62lbs or so. Will be stringing my PS 85s this weekend with VS Tonic/ Gosen OG 16 hybrid at the same tension to see how it works. With the smaller head, I'm guessing it will feel a bit tighter....
     
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  35. Mr.Federer

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    Wilson NSix-one 95 with Lux BB original @52lbs
     
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  36. a guy

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    Which version were you using when you tried it out? the 16 or the 17 gauge?
     
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  37. gonzalocatalino

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    this week i hit with a prince magnesium pro with the ORIGINAL STRINGJOB (the racquet was stored 20 years!!!!), dont know the tension it has, but was exteeeemely low!! maybe less than 30 or even 20 pounds...

    in my normal racquets i use always something between 57 and 62.
     
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  38. tlm

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    I have strung at 40+that was to low but, 45- 50 is fine.I found this because when i went with babolat racquets they were to harsh on my arm.So i kept going down in tension+was amazed at how well low tension plays.

    I started with a pure control+ i found that i actually get better control betwwen 46-55 than i would at 57-60.Thats right better control at lower tensions, now if i brought it up to 62 or above it had more control if you call being dead better control+really hard on the arm.

    Now i am using a aeropro+it is even more harsh on the arm than the pc, but it plays great+ really improved my game.The same holds true with it, 50-54 lbs. plays great with good control, 56-60 less control+very hard on arm.

    I would have never believed you could get great contol at these low tensions, but it is true.There is a reason nadal+fed are using around 54 lbs.I use pacific toughgut natural gut strings+when you use these strings at high tensions they will play alright.

    But you will never get to enjoy how great these strings feel unless you string at low tensions.I use western grip + hit a lot of topspin+with these low tensions+gut strings you can really get a lot of grip on the ball.A lot of people will never know how thier strings are supposed to feel if they never try lower tensions.
     
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  39. dancraig

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    I have a customer that has me string his Ncodes at 35 pounds. He used to be head pro at the local club and is leaving next week for Palm Springs, as his 4.0 Seniors team is playing in the nationals. He says the low tension is why he doesn't have arm problems.
     
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  40. Voltron

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  41. quest01

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    Yes i agree, unless you are real good at around a 4.0 or higher stick with a higher tension because people at that level dont have the swing speed or the power to use tensions that low. Just because Federer uses a low tension doesnt mean you should try it. You need to be an exceptional player to use a tension that low.
     
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  42. mucat

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    I thought lower tension requires less swing speed and less htting power.
     
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  43. plarazza

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    I had my Wilson npro at 55 pounds with a synthetic gut and it was horrible.I couldn't keep them in the court at all i had it restrung a week later. I just dont know how you can play around 50lbs and even in the 40's.
     
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  44. mucat

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  45. DragonFly

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    My old kmart racquet's range was 40-50. so I strung it at 45 long time ago.. haha.
     
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  46. darkblue

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    10 years ago while in college, i had to borrow a racquet from someone since all of my racquets were not ready.
    i broke the strings on his racquet during the match... and i "hand-strung" it and gave it back (he didn't play tennis at all - so i thought who cares).

    tension was less than 5lb?? for sure. LOL


    the funny thing is - a couple of months later, he emailed me to tell me that he likes the new strings on the racquets (really)
     
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  47. LuckyIrish

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    58 that is what I use all the time.
     
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  48. boojay

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    i've strung my racquets from 50 to 60 lbs respectively (currently 53 lbs, usually 58 ). to be honest, i don't really notice a difference, although lower tensions are more comfortable.
     
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  49. tennis_nerd22

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    lol ive had my SPPP in my rds 001 MP for around a month, and had it strung at 55/53/ its probably at around 45/43 now.

    dont ask me how i control it, but i do.

    edit: i should mention that i have probably 20-25 hours on them
     
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