different tensions on mains and crosses

Discussion in 'Strings' started by whoopinstick, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. whoopinstick

    whoopinstick Rookie

    Feb 22, 2009
    I have heard of people using different string tensions on mains and crosses. Does it really make any difference at all? If you string a racket with 58 on mains and 60 on crosses wouldn't it be the same as stringing a racket at 59 pounds. Do any pros do this?
  2. beckham

    beckham Semi-Pro

    Apr 27, 2008
    Yes, I have Lux in the mains, which is a fairly firm string and it is strung slightly looser than my multi cross, which is a softer string and is strung tighter. Pros who use hybrids such as gut it the mains and lux in the crosses will string their racquets at varying tensions to increase the playability and such to their preference. does this help??
  3. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Feb 11, 2004
    I've been stringing my frames with Natural Gut int he mains at 57 and with a thin poly in the crosses at 52. I guess it depends on what you want from your stringjob. In mine, I still want some power, so I string the poly lower to allow the gut to feel like gut. But, I don't want to be hitting long all the time when I take a full cut at the ball, so the stiffer poly only lets the gut stretch to a certain point. If I strung them at the same tension, I might not get the same playing characteristics as what I want. There really is some method to the madness.
  4. Valjean

    Valjean Hall of Fame

    Mar 17, 2004
    North Carolina
    The mains and the crosses do different things; upping and reducing the tension of each accentuates/de-emphasizes its contribution. And there is the matter of making two strings of different construction compatible in the same frame, as Steve's said. Yes, the pros do this; it helps them take better account of who they're playing, what surface they're on, how hot it is, and so on.
  5. RD 7

    RD 7 Rookie

    Feb 12, 2009
    mains and crosses always tend toward a natural equivalence as load impact varies until they reach similar stiffness
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011
  6. Blade0324

    Blade0324 Hall of Fame

    Jan 15, 2007
    As others are saying differing tensions on mains and crosses will make big differences in diff. areas depending on the strings in mains, crosses etc. Also by stringing crosses higher than mains you will limit string movement. Also typically tension on crosses is lower than you would think and what you string them at. For example if you are going to string crosses at 60 you will actually only get about 50 due to friction etc. from pulling them against the mains so increasing tension gets you closer to where you want to be. You just have to experiment and find out what is best for you and your game.
  7. kashgotmoney

    kashgotmoney Professional

    Jul 30, 2008
    tighter crosses and looser mains means more spin. plus if you hybrid, polys are stiffer than multis or synthetics so you drop the tension on the poly.

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