Different tensions/strings in crosses and mains

Discussion in 'Strings' started by m-tone, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. m-tone

    m-tone New User

    Aug 8, 2009
    I was just curious what happens if you string your racket with different tensions in the crosses and mains.

    I was also curious as to why a stiffer string is usually put in the mains with a softer string in the crosses when doing hybrids. What would be the effect if you switched it around?
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    As long as the tensions are only a few pounds different, this would not be a problem.

    The string you put in the mains has the dominant effect. It seems most players want the poly in the mains for increased control and spin potential.
    Putting a softer string, like natural gut or a multifilament, would give a softer feel, more power, and be easier on your arm.
    Federer strings with natural gut in the mains and Big Banger Alu Power Rough in the crosses. He seems to have had reasonably good success with this set up.
  3. Supracool94

    Supracool94 Semi-Pro

    May 8, 2007
    Oxnard, CA
    I string my Prestige Racquets at the following tensions:

    Mains: Gut or Multi @ 58lbs

    Crosses: Co-Poly @ 52.2 lbs (10% difference)

    I never had a problem!
  4. Blade0324

    Blade0324 Hall of Fame

    Jan 15, 2007
    I string my prestiges with Poly mains at 60 and multi or syn gut crosses at 63. HIgher tension in the crosses creates much less string movement.

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