Deciphering conflicting information

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Jerry Seinfeld, Mar 9, 2004.

  1. Jerry Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    On occasion, like yesterday, you will get a racquet and the suggested tension on the racquet will read something quite different than the USRSA Digest. For instance I had a racquet that said 65 +/-5 but the digest suggested 50 - 60. When you face this and the customer has requested the top end of the range, what do you do?

    Just wonderin'
  2. Gaines Hillix

    Gaines Hillix Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    Jerry, I've also noticed some discrepancies, but I don't ever recall one that big. If it is a widebody OS(110" or larger) I would believe the 65 +/- 5. I would also try to find the tension range on the manufacturer's website as a 3rd source and pick the two that matched, if it's listed.
  3. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2004
    Many times a racket will start off with a tension range that is 5 - 10 pounds higher than later made models. I think manufacturers back tension down based on warranty claims. I don't know that 5 - 10 pounds make that much difference when stringing a frame, so if it were me and the range was printed on the frame, I'd go with that.

    The earlier ProStaffs had a tension range I believe 10 pounds higher than current ones. The C10, when it first came out, had a tension range 5 pounds higher than the ones produced today.

    Since constant pull machines string 10% tighter reference tension, what does the number mean? Let's say I have a racket with a 50-60 pound tension range. If I string on a Babolat machine and string that racket at 60 pounds, then I should string that frame at 66 pounds on a lockout to get equal results. Tension then is just a number, a guideline by which you string. If you string a frame at incredily high tensions, say 25 pounds or more over max, then you might have a problem.

    I have strung some Tour 10s at 70 pounds for some friends and never had a problem. One of my good friends used to play with a Prince Response strung at 76 pounds. He plays with the old maroon one and just recently gave them up in favor of the Tour 10.
  4. Larry Baldridge

    Larry Baldridge New User

    Mar 10, 2004
    Jerry--You might consider calling the racquet manufacuter if you see such a wide-range of discrepancy. I have found them always eager to be helpful.

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