Discussion in 'Racquets' started by JBLAKE_08, Mar 6, 2006.
This may sound stupid, but what does having a dense string pattern mean?
Exactly that, the strings are closer together. How it's factored is determined by string pattern (say 16x18 or 18x20) and head size.
Dense string pattern Racquets:
Prestiges mid and Volkl t10 VE mid: 18x20 in a 90 sq head
Open String pattern racquets:
Prince Graphite mid: 14x18 in 90 sq head
Prince O3 tour mp: 16x18 in 100sq
It means less spin potential, less power but more control.
Rocket, I think you're right on the control/spin, but it may equal less power in some cases. At least that's what it says here: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/BasicFacts.html
"Decreased string density (fewer strings) generates more power. "
True, all things being equal. However denser beds allow one to string lower with more control than more open ones.
Also to consider: Denser - more durablility, Open - less durability. Some really open patterned rackets like the 03 Tour (16x18 in a 100" head) can really tear through strings very quickly if you're a hard hitting topspinner.
JBlake- here's a quick guide: super dense pattern is 18x20 strings in an 85" head, super open pattern is 16 x 18 in a 115" head.
And finer string too, hence, more feel. S&V players typically go for this string pattern.
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