Consequences of stringing outside of recommended tension range?

Went to the doctor yesterday to get a slight shoulder/elbow pain examined. He's not a tennis player or expert, but he's an arm specialist so I would guess he's had his share of tennis players as patients.

One thing he told me was to be sure to always string within the recommended tension range for the racquet. He compared it to a car's recommended tire pressure, saying that the system was designed to work under those conditions, and that if you overpressurize it it's uncomfortable/stiff, if you underpressurize you waste too much gas and causes understeer, yadda yadda yadda.

I currently play with an Ultra Tour + Hyper-G 1.15mm @ 43lbs, while the tension range for that racquet is 50-60lbs... what are the undesired consequences to doing this, if any?
 

stingstang

Semi-Pro
He's outdated with string tech. You're right to be stringing poly low, especially on an 18x20. Poly usually works best at lower tensions, even pros do that. String it in the 50's and it will like a board and make arm pain worse.

A better solution for your arm would be to use softer strings like a multi/syn gut or hybrid the poly.
 

esgee48

Legend
None. Stringing below recommend tension range means nothing except string bed DT may be lower than you like. You may also experience string/frame excessive harmonics just because the DT and frame harmonics coincide. Stringing above recommended tension range is also a non starter except if you use a very stiff string at high tensions such at max + 10#. You may void the warranty if the frame breaks. Doctors unless they play tennis do not understand that most arm injuries are related to player technique and not primarily to equipment.
 

ElMagoElGato

Semi-Pro
Went to the doctor yesterday to get a slight shoulder/elbow pain examined. He's not a tennis player or expert, but he's an arm specialist so I would guess he's had his share of tennis players as patients.

One thing he told me was to be sure to always string within the recommended tension range for the racquet. He compared it to a car's recommended tire pressure, saying that the system was designed to work under those conditions, and that if you overpressurize it it's uncomfortable/stiff, if you underpressurize you waste too much gas and causes understeer, yadda yadda yadda.

I currently play with an Ultra Tour + Hyper-G 1.15mm @ 43lbs, while the tension range for that racquet is 50-60lbs... what are the undesired consequences to doing this, if any?
It’s a general consensus that low tension does no harm. But you’re already there. There might be something different in your case. I tend to struggle with soft stringbed and develop pain in my arm. Just try higher tension once or twice.
 
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