High tension vs. low tension for different opponents

Discussion in 'Strings' started by BoneyFish, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. BoneyFish

    BoneyFish New User

    Mar 22, 2010
    Hey guys. What's your opinion on using a high tension setup to a low tension setup when playing against different opponents? I understand high tension is more for control, and lower tensions are for power, so when competing against a pusher or a 4.5-5+, which should you use?

    I'm experimenting with different tension setups on my racquets, and want to know if I should settle on one setup for both, or have different tensions if it turns out to be beneficial. A reasonable justification to your opinion would be appreciated.
  2. Jonny S&V

    Jonny S&V Hall of Fame

    Apr 28, 2006
    Northern MO
    Well, if you feel that it'll help you, what do you have to lose? It's definitely easier (IMO) to control a hard-hitter's ball with a higher tensioned racquet, and easier to place the ball with looser strings against lesser-powered players. That being said, I would rather the string be a smidge too loose than a smidge too tight.
  3. nickarnold2000

    nickarnold2000 Hall of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    How many frames with diff. tension are we talking about here? If you only have 2 then I'd be careful because in a tight match if you break strings in the looser frame - suddenly playing with the tighter one will probably send your game out of whack.
    Personally, if I had unlimited $ I'd do what the pros do and bring 10 frames with high, medium and low tension and then cut the strings out after each match. :)

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