How low can u go?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by freeez, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. freeez

    freeez New User

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    At present I am using BHBR17(which I like very much) on a pb10 295. How low can it be strung before its control properties start diminishing?
    On an 18x20 racket, when (at what approximate tension) would you lose its control benefits by stringing too low?
    Is there some generalization or is it personal?
     
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  2. 3fees

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    It depends on the string and its technology,,with luxilon strings stringing at 40 lbs -45 lbs is not unheard of,,as to tension-you experiment with low-medium-high and see what is most comfortable to your own style of play.
     
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  3. Fuji

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    With poly you can string as low as 10-20lbs and still retain moderately good control. I usually string in the high 30's with stiffer poly. :)

    -Fuji
     
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  4. freeez

    freeez New User

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    thanks for the responses.
    I have already used poly in the thirties in a dunlop 4d 300.
    what i am curious about is when does (if at all) the 18x20 string pattern (not string) lose its control orientation?
    I probably should have put this in the racquet section.
     
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  5. Tmano

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    I play with a MG prestige MP 18/20 and from 54lbs I went down to 46lbs and it plays very nice without loosing a little of control.
     
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  6. Larrysümmers

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    lowest ive gone was 10. i got virtually no power on top strokes. but slicing and dicing was crazy
     
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  7. Orion3

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    I was playing BHBR at 38lbs for a while. Really liked it, alas my elbow didn't.

    Do a search - The TW staff did a blog on this. The thread is very, very long!
     
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  8. freeez

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    thanks again everyone.
    Having come off a 16x19 racquet that I thought had great directional control, I found with this 18x20 I have much more pin point precision.
    At present playing at 50lbs and it seems I am also getting the depth control that I am looking for, just looking for a little more oomph without loss in control.
     
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  9. NLBwell

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    My rule of thumb is that an 18x20 will play about the same as a 16x19 at 10% lower tension.
     
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  10. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

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    It depends on a string. I've tried Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 19 in Volkl Tour 10 Mid (18x20) @ 39 lbs, and it had trampoline effects. I am now using Tecnifibre Black Code 18 in the same racquet @ 35 lbs, and it plays perfect. So, I will trying going lower next time.

    Pretty much the same happened with MSV Co-Focus 1.18 vs. 1.27. The thicker version had a lot more control at the same tension.
     
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  11. freeez

    freeez New User

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    I think i will stay between 48-53lbs and tinker with lead to move the sweetspot upward a bit.
    On ground strokes i hit the ss 9/10 times but on serve i hit higher up on the bed. The shock just reverberates through my arm and I seem to lose power.
    Maybe I should just string with gut and stop messing about.
     
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