Hybrid mains tension

Hi folks.

I normally string a full bed poly at 52lbs.

If I move to a hybrid of the same poly and a multi cross, do I need to increase the tension of main to get the same 'relative' feel

ie should I go to 54/56 etc

Or keep the main at 52 and just up the cross to 54?

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Cheers, Skippy.

Another quick question. Does the multi reduce the overall stiffness of the poly main?

Or will the poly, at 52 for example, still play with it's original stiffness rating/ vibration level etc?

Cheers, Paul

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uk_skippy

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It should still play the same, hence why its best to start with the same tension. If you do find a difference after a hit, then you may need to change tension. The (poly) string itself wont change stiffness, but the stringbed stiffness will change if you replace the poly crosses with a softer string. The softer string should help make the stringbed play more comfortable. eg if the stiffness of a poly is say 2, then the full stringbed would be 2+2. If you change to a syn gut cross with stiffness of 1, then the stringbed would be 2+1. The main string stiffness is still 2, but overall it should drop.

Hope that helps
 
If I were replacing the poly cross with a multi, I'd probably go up 5# on the cross only. First though, why are you considering the change? There must be something about the all poly setup you didn't like. Generally, I'd agree with skippy that you should only change 1 variable at a time, but given you know what power level basically that you want, I'd go up on the multi.
 
It should still play the same, hence why its best to start with the same tension. If you do find a difference after a hit, then you may need to change tension. The (poly) string itself wont change stiffness, but the stringbed stiffness will change if you replace the poly crosses with a softer string. The softer string should help make the stringbed play more comfortable. eg if the stiffness of a poly is say 2, then the full stringbed would be 2+2. If you change to a syn gut cross with stiffness of 1, then the stringbed would be 2+1. The main string stiffness is still 2, but overall it should drop.

Hope that helps
Awesome. Thanks so much, Skippy.

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If I were replacing the poly cross with a multi, I'd probably go up 5# on the cross only. First though, why are you considering the change? There must be something about the all poly setup you didn't like. Generally, I'd agree with skippy that you should only change 1 variable at a time, but given you know what power level basically that you want, I'd go up on the multi.
Hi Steve.

I've moved from a speed mp to extreme mp for more forgiveness on returns.

So I've gone up three pounds with the main to power down the extreme.

But found it too harsh. Hence the multi cross.

I now love the hybrid of RPM 1.3 and sensation, especially on drop shots.

But am keen to get the tension right.

Initially I had both at 56lbs, but it was too harsh.

Now down to 52/ 54.

May go to 51/53.

Have you ever had a 4lbs differential between poly mains, multi cross? Or is that too severe?

Cheers, Paul


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I've had a 10# difference before. No problem. In your case, I would switch the mains and crosses around. I'd put the multi in the mains at 55 and the poly in the crosses at 50. What racket are you using?
 

geubes

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My go-to hybrid tension recommendation for this type of setup in a powerful racket would be 52 / 55

Typically 50/52 works well for most. I find if the crosses go too high the whole string bed goes boardy. 0lbs 4lbs increase with a multi cross tends to work well.

Increasing the cross will lower launch angle, remove pocketing, but increase control.
 
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