Low, low tensions. 30lbs feels great. 20lbs pretty good, too

Discussion in 'Strings' started by TW Staff, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Dso

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    I think there are many variables. Racquet, pattern, swing speed, etc. I'm guessing most of us don't play like Jack Sock. For me it comes down to experimentation and what works for ME. I was dying to try lower tensions but all my peers were in the mid 50s in various configurations. I went for it and found something I love now. My partner never tried a racquet strung below 50 and was shocked at how it felt. Sometimes you gotta just give things a try. Some of this is so individual.
     
  2. Aretium

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    The problem I had was the handsy shots and the shots where you didn't have time to prepare. So if I had time, no problem. BUT, every now and then a shot would sail no matter what I tried. No way could I have that play on my mind when playing a big point.
     
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  3. Dso

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    I haven't had a control issue. At least not one that I could attribute to the strings.
     
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  4. Bender

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    I play better than Jack Sock.

    In my dreams, but that's just a minor detail, no? :D

    Anyway, back OT, low tensions are mandatory for smaller frames. I know people who string in their 50s even on 90 sq in racquets but I find those racquets perform best when strung in the low to mid 40s when going full poly. It helps preserve the feel of the box beam whilst retaining the benefits of having full poly.

    The only downside I can think of is that it trampolines a bit so touch shots can be a bit tougher, but I can't imagine that the trampolining is higher than natural gut, and people recommend that those should be strung in the mid to high 40s!

    I have yet to try stringing in the 30s, partly because strings are costly and dropping 10 lbs seems like a bit of a risk. I did try Pro Line II at 42 lbs once though, and that played beautifully for about ten hours before I stopped being able to control the ball with it. But I'm not sure if the awesome performance was because PL2 is just a fantastic string (which it is), or because of the tension (it might), or because I was playing well (which I had been for a few weeks straight, regardless of tension).
     

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