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anubis 11-01-2012 05:42 AM

poly experiment advice
I have a spare pack of BHB7 lying around (don't know why, just found it) and wanted to string it up as an experiment (full bed). I'm using a Head YT Rad MP.

I want to do a side by side playability test between that and my usual go-to string right now, Babolat Nv. Y. I have that strung up @ 62 lbs., so obviously I like control and low power.

What should I string my BHB7 at? I hear LOTS of different opinions, and right now the range of potential tensions run from 30 lbs to 60 lbs. Since that's such a huge swing, I need to know where to start.

I hear lots of good things about stringing @ 30 lbs, but I'm afraid I won't be able to keep the ball in (too powerful due to trampoline effect). I'm also afraid of stringing @ close to 60 lbs since the stiffness may be too much for my arm.

I'd like a tension that is definitely geared for control and low power (like syn gut @ 62 lbs), but not so stiff that it shreds my arm.

Thanks :)

seekay 11-01-2012 06:54 AM

While I like the tension lower (mid-40's), I recommend that my customers start at the bottom of their racquet's tension range.

With poly, you won't get a lot of additional power from dropping the tension like you would with nylon strings. It mostly changes the way the ball pockets and feels.

NLBwell 11-01-2012 08:06 AM

At least 10% lower, so 56 at the high end. With the tight string pattern you certainly could go 20% lower and not trampoline at all, so 52 would be good.
If you are getting into the 40s and 30s, you are using the properties of the poly strings in a different way that isn't very usable with the Nvy so really wouldn't be a side-to-side comparison.
I'd go with 52 lbs or so to start with as a side-to-side comparison (maybe a little safer on your arm than 56 to make sure your don't have arm issues).
After that, if you think it might be for you, start experimenting with different tensions.

anubis 11-01-2012 10:19 AM

thanks both of you :)

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