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TW Staff 03-25-2010 04:39 PM

Low, low tensions. 30lbs feels great. 20lbs pretty good, too
 
Over the last couple of days I've been experimenting with low tensions. Pro player Volandri is around 26lbs, so I started at 30lbs yesterday and then dropped to 20lbs today.

Here's my blog on my hitting experiences if you'd like to check it out:

http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=1154

Chris, TW

Pwned 03-25-2010 04:56 PM

Very interesting. I just tried 48 and thought it felt great. I may try SpinX at ~41-42 next.

Larrysümmers 03-25-2010 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TW Staff (Post 4503371)
Over the last couple of days I've been experimenting with low tensions. Pro player Volandri is around 26lbs, so I started at 30lbs yesterday and then dropped to 20lbs today.

Here's my blog on my hitting experiences if you'd like to check it out:

http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=1154

Chris, TW


I'm too nervous to drop any lower

Kick Serve 14 03-25-2010 05:01 PM

Wow... that is really low, I should try that the next time I string mine up...

Larrysümmers 03-25-2010 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kick Serve 14 (Post 4503417)
Wow... that is really low, I should try that the next time I string mine up...

maybe I'll go to 35 before 30 lol. I def wanna try this

Shangri La 03-25-2010 05:06 PM

The TW Professor is the root of all evil.

That is all.

sandflea 03-25-2010 05:10 PM

Good stuff Chris, when I read the thread title I was guessing that you had used a kevlar string. It's even more interesting that you didn't.

Nanshiki 03-25-2010 05:35 PM

I find that there is a sweet spot for string tensions, depending on the racquet.

Too high, and you can't hit flat serves well and you have to swing too fast for consistent groundies; too low and your shots spray around too much, or bounce to deep when you hit volleys, blocks, and slice shots.

Ivan Lendl's Backhand 03-25-2010 05:58 PM

Interesting!

What about your accuracy and precision play, Chris? Was that affected or were you still as pinpoint with your directional shots?

vincent_tennis 03-25-2010 11:36 PM

mm interesting..

scotus 03-25-2010 11:54 PM

Soon you will be able to string your racquet by hand!

Xenakis 03-26-2010 01:28 AM

A worthy experiment thanks Chris. What about the longevity of a full bed of poly at these much lower tensions?

Gaab 03-26-2010 01:38 AM

Most interesting, thanks for sharing your experience.

ericsson 03-26-2010 02:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TW Staff (Post 4503371)
Over the last couple of days I've been experimenting with low tensions. Pro player Volandri is around 26lbs, so I started at 30lbs yesterday and then dropped to 20lbs today.

Here's my blog on my hitting experiences if you'd like to check it out:

http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=1154

Chris, TW

Nice experiment but all depends on what type of player you are, if you hit with lots of topspin it's a lot easier to go very low then when you hit really flat just above the net. I can play with lower tensions but i have to adjust my game just as i can play with higher tensions, i have to adjust there too. So for me mid tension works out the best.
The lowest i went is 15 kg but 20lbs is extremely low...

Lambsscroll 03-26-2010 04:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scotus (Post 4504015)
Soon you will be able to string your racquet by hand!


lol,

I'm going to try 30 pounds today for the hell of it.

pingu 03-26-2010 04:22 AM

Chris, Thanks for sharing an interesting subject. Please let us know how it goes with you :)

ClubHoUno 03-26-2010 04:49 AM

I will try VS NAT GUT @ 48 lbs mains and Luxilon Alu Power @ 44 lbs crosses next time on my 2 Völk PB10 Mid - but 20 lbs and 10 lbs is a bit too low, when I use nat GUT in the mains.....

For a full poly, I could see the benefits from it thoug....interesting reading.

jrod 03-26-2010 05:12 AM

Chris-

What about string movement? Do they move all over the place or do they tend to restore their initial position?

Also, I'd be interested in how this affects the longevity of a co-poly...

-jrod

pingu 03-26-2010 05:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jrod (Post 4504330)
...
What about string movement? Do they move all over the place or do they tend to restore their initial position?
...

-jrod

I think Chris mentioned in his blog that string was fine :)

"...Another fact that surprised me was I did not have to adjust the strings at all. As usual for me with a poly, the strings returned to an aligned state after every shot..."

JackB1 03-26-2010 05:53 AM

I would think you can only do this with a poly or copoly, because of their low resiliency. A multi at 20 would launch rockets.


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