Dense string patterns

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by PowerDaddy10, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. PowerDaddy10

    PowerDaddy10 Guest

    Can a player with a western froehand really use a racket with a dense string pattern? I enjoy hitting my forehand with a lot of spin and a relatively flat backahnd. I plan on demoing a couple of rackets from the Yonex RDX line but instead of dismissing the HD I thougth I'd get some feed back first.

  2. Gaines Hillix

    Gaines Hillix Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    The grip used and racquet head speed have more to do with creating spin than the string pattern, string or tension. Given you use a western forehand grip and assuming you generate good racquet head speed and use the right low to high technique, you should be able to create good topspin. Maybe not as good as with an open pattern, but there are plenty of big topspinners out there who use racquets like a Head Prestige with a dense pattern.
  3. Tommy Haas

    Tommy Haas Hall of Fame

    Apr 12, 2004
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  4. jayserinos99

    jayserinos99 Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    I used to use the iPrestige and for a time the PT280 and LM Prestige. I have a western forehand and the closed pattern doesn't hinder spin potential. There was an adjustment period at first as I was used to using open patterned racquets, but as long as I reminded myself to swing "low to high" there was enough spin.
  5. sandro

    sandro Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2004
    IMO a loss of spin is more evident with topspin serves. No problem with groundstrokes using proper tecnique.
  6. K!ck5w3rvE

    K!ck5w3rvE Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    I saw a racquet the other day (which I didn't know). The string pattern was 20x22. The dense-est string pattern I've ever seen.
  7. Stormwolf

    Stormwolf Rookie

    Jul 2, 2004
    I would say...a Semi-Western or Western forehand should use nothing more than 16x19 / 16x20. Any more mains and the ball won't have much bite. A 18x20 with 18 guage string might be OKAY, but I wouldn't recommend it.
  8. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I play with a western forehand, and play with heavy topspin... The LM Prestige is my favorite racquet too, as I can get penty of topspin on it..
  9. brijoel

    brijoel Rookie

    Mar 9, 2004

    ya know the funny thing is, it would make more sense for a more open grip user to use a more open string pattern seeing as their natural shot is flat and it would be more advantageous to have an open string pattern to aid in manipulation of amounts of spin versus a western grip user who naturally has more spin production from the grip itself swung on any swing

    but whatever. :roll:
  10. Tommy Haas

    Tommy Haas Hall of Fame

    Apr 12, 2004
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  11. Zverev

    Zverev Professional

    Oct 13, 2004
    Eternal topic because nobody really knows for sure.

    Like "the pattern doesn't matter as long as you use proper technique and high racquet head speed. So you will be able to create good topspin with dense pattern, maybe not as good as with open pattern".

    The key words are "doesn't matter" and "not as good" - they are diametrically opposite to each other.

    That's where tennis science is - in bloody mess, despite all the clever books.
  12. ace of spades

    ace of spades Semi-Pro

    Sep 25, 2005
    No. Any string pattern is fine for eastern or semi-western. Just maybe not western, so much, but i make it happen. Also 18 guage string in a dense pattern gives ample spin, more than enough for even the loopy topspinners. I feel people should not dismis rackets just because they have a dense pattern, because with the right technique, you could spin with anything. Also, prestiges are perfectly fine with semi westerns, you a pc600er should know(maybe its just your style).

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