is it possible??

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by drifterx123, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. drifterx123

    drifterx123 New User

    Sep 8, 2010
    is it possible to change the tension once the racquet has been strung without replacing the whole set??

  2. jim e

    jim e Hall of Fame

    Aug 4, 2007
    Short answer: No
    Cut a string or two will change the tension, but you will not want to hit with it.
    Some people will step on the string bed to try and decrease the tension, I will not do that, as that will also change the resiliency as well, and that effects the strings life and characteristics as well.
    Unless its a very expensive string, if you do not like the tension, best choice is to cut it out and just restring. Strings only last so long anyways, if not loss of tension then loss of playability over time anyways.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2010
  3. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    jim e is correct. Back in the dark ages, a tour player told a story of his desperation related to a nat gut string job that was WAY too tight. He dunked his WOOD Maxply in the pool, dried the frame carefully and 'said' he was able to use his looser, uncoated nat gut later that day!

    It IS possible to INcrease the stringbed stiffness by adding a WHOLE BUNCH of string-a-ling/string saver type devices. Not much science to the process...just put in a bunch until the string bed feels tighter. Not the best way to achieve proper tension but better than nothing(maybe).
  4. klu375

    klu375 Semi-Pro

    Feb 9, 2009
    Remove one top or bottom cross - it will make the stringbed softer. I learned this by accident after TW strung a 16x20 racket as 16x19. According to them warranty was not voided. Probably should not do it with the racket with small number of crosses.

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