Diffrent string tensions in mains and crosses

Well I did use search and it brought up nothing. :twisted:

I was wondering why people pull different tensions in main and cross. Specifically which tension will do what in terms of power and control I am assuming. Any help would be welcome.

-peter
 

Eric4

Rookie
oh a hybrid setup, many string for example the poly lower on the crosses and gut gut tighter on the mains because poly is more stiff so when it is lowered in tension, the poly and gut feel about the same tension

on a normal 1 string method, people string the mains tighter because the crosses tend to stay in place better
 
A good question for Prof. YuLitle.

The answer has to do with the length of the cross strings versus the length of the main strings, assuming the mains and crosses are strung at the same tension. A main string is longer, thus it is more prone to bending and flexing by the ball at impact. By comparison, a cross string is shorter, and is less prone to bending and flexing at impact. You can experience this for yourself by playing with different lengths of dental floss.

The theory is that by stringing the longer main strings tighter than the comparatively shorter cross strings, you achieve the same bend/flex of the string at impact.

Yu will have a better explanation when he stops by this thread. Hope this helps get you started.
 

Mansewerz

Legend
I sometimes do it by two pounds on the crosses to prevent any shortening of the frame. I have an SP swing by the way. Is this a good practice, or should I just string the two the same?

(Same string too, not hybrid)
 

Azzurri

Legend
A good question for Prof. YuLitle.

The answer has to do with the length of the cross strings versus the length of the main strings, assuming the mains and crosses are strung at the same tension. A main string is longer, thus it is more prone to bending and flexing by the ball at impact. By comparison, a cross string is shorter, and is less prone to bending and flexing at impact. You can experience this for yourself by playing with different lengths of dental floss.

The theory is that by stringing the longer main strings tighter than the comparatively shorter cross strings, you achieve the same bend/flex of the string at impact.

Yu will have a better explanation when he stops by this thread. Hope this helps get you started.
This what I thought also, but SAMSTER does it the opposite way and I thinking of going that way. I use gut main and syn cross (goes sheep)..what are your thoughts?:)
 

tenis

Professional
One of the proshop here in SoCa is recommending string POLY cross tighter (about 2 lbs) than main nat. gut...the reason is, poly loose tension much quickly than nat. gut. In about week crosses are lower than mains...?
 

2nd_Serve

Professional
But in hybrid setups the strings don't lose tension too fast. Or, not as fast as a full poly setup anyways. But that's actually correct. People string mains tighter because of the longer length. They want tension to be equal throughout the frame.
 
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