Change of tension to account for thicker size string?

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
I have searched around and read through a bunch of prior posts, but I can't seem to find an answer to what sounds like a pretty basic question.

Is there a general rule of thumb for tension when switching to a thicker size to try and achieve a similar string bed feel or stiffness?

In my case, I have been stringing multis in my racquets for the past couple weeks because I have a tender shoulder. Too many stiff racquet demos with poly I suppose. Anyway, my go to multi is Tecnifibre NRG2 17, but it just isn't durable enough in this size and it is getting a little expensive. I am going to try the NRG2 16, but I am wondering what to do about the tension to try and achieve the same string bed feel I have with my current 17 gauge size.

My gut instinct is to just lower the tension a couple pounds. Would this be correct?
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
There are those of us who would INcrease the tension to provide the same pitch/frequency/feel, given that the thicker string tends to be less ping-y. The 'rules' of engineering don't directly apply since the different gauges are not simply more/less of the same material and construction. Just a thought. I'd either install 16ga mains and 17 crosses(unless you're one of THOSE cross-string breakers :) ) OR go with full 16 at 5% higher tension.


'gut instinct' :) You a funny guy! :)
 

jim e

Legend
I would keep it the same, and therefore only change one variable at a time. If you change the tension as well as the gauge, you will not know if it is the gauge that you do not like, or the tension, but if only one variable is changed at a time, you will know exactly what was done. If you need a tension adjustment after the initial stringing, you will have a better feel on what to do. Just a suggestion.
 

struggle

Legend
agreed. i had this question not long ago (going thinner in gauge, however - 16 to 17g).

i'd start with the same tension.

i tend to think lower tension for thicker string so far, but the jury is still out (also, i'm only experimenting with cheap synguts at this time, PSG, PSGD and Gosen OGSM. make of it what you will.)
 

HitItHarder

Semi-Pro
I'd either install 16ga mains and 17 crosses(unless you're one of THOSE cross-string breakers :) ) OR go with full 16 at 5% higher tension.
Hadn't really thought of mixing and matching. I will try this if I can't find a 16g tension I like after a few go rounds. I only hesitate because the crosses get kind of shredded too, though I am popping the mains.

I would keep it the same, and therefore only change one variable at a time. If you change the tension as well as the gauge, you will not know if it is the gauge that you do not like, or the tension, but if only one variable is changed at a time, you will know exactly what was done. If you need a tension adjustment after the initial stringing, you will have a better feel on what to do. Just a suggestion.
agreed. i had this question not long ago (going thinner in gauge, however - 16 to 17g).

i'd start with the same tension.
OK -- good suggestion Jim E and tbuggle. I will try to keep the variables down to one at a time and just go to the thicker size at the same tension. Thanks for reminding me to keep it simple.

HIH
 
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