Low-powered racquet + dead strings = WOW!

Just bought a Textreme Pro 100P strung with multi. Love the low power and awesome control on flat shots, but the spin wasn’t there.

Today, I picked it up from the stringer - Hyper-G 18 at 48lbs. This combo has NO power - but OH the spin! Wooh! It forced me to take full swings, which caused numerous heavy winners during my match today. The harder I swung, the steeper the ball dove inside the baseline, which was gloriously fun. BUT - if I didn’t take a full swing, the ball bounced weakly at the service line. Which happened often, because I was winded after many long points and didn't have the strength for a full swing.

Conclusion: My TT 100P + Hyper G @48 lbs is too much racquet & string for me. (3.5/4 counterpuncher)
What should I do?

Plan A: Earn it! Improved my form and fitness so I can take full swings and use this racquet to its potential, and hit those amazing heavy winners which I can't do with multi strings.
Plan B: Re-string with a higher-powered string - which might cause regression (stabbing at the ball + half @$$ swings)
Any stringing recommendations?
I have a Phantom 100P string with multi that I love - maybe string it with Hyper G so it has a tiny bit more power?!
 

cortado

Professional
Smaller head, tighter pattern. You can then use more powerful (and more comfortable strings) and retain the ability to get spin and hit with full swing.
I get most spin with my PS90 with syn gut duraflex.
 

Clash Ah ah

Rookie
Just bought a Textreme Pro 100P strung with multi. Love the low power and awesome control on flat shots, but the spin wasn’t there.

Today, I picked it up from the stringer - Hyper-G 18 at 48lbs. This combo has NO power - but OH the spin! Wooh! It forced me to take full swings, which caused numerous heavy winners during my match today. The harder I swung, the steeper the ball dove inside the baseline, which was gloriously fun. BUT - if I didn’t take a full swing, the ball bounced weakly at the service line. Which happened often, because I was winded after many long points and didn't have the strength for a full swing.

Conclusion: My TT 100P + Hyper G @48 lbs is too much racquet & string for me. (3.5/4 counterpuncher)
What should I do?

Plan A: Earn it! Improved my form and fitness so I can take full swings and use this racquet to its potential, and hit those amazing heavy winners which I can't do with multi strings.
Plan B: Re-string with a higher-powered string - which might cause regression (stabbing at the ball + half @$$ swings)
Any stringing recommendations?
I have a Phantom 100P string with multi that I love - maybe string it with Hyper G so it has a tiny bit more power?!
Lower the tension to the low 40’s?
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Thanks! Would lowering tension from 48 to 46 lbs. increase the power while keeping the spin characteristics?
If I was stringing for you and you had this issue going on, I'd probably ask you about how much spin do you think you need. Churning out banana balls that turn over really hard is a LOT of fun, but it's obviously a tradeoff. If you want to add more velocity to your shots and still hit with a lot of spin, you're talking about adding more energy to the equation. That really comes from faster swing speeds, not from string selection.

If "earning it" means learning how to swing your racquet at Mach 2 all the time just to produce acceptable pace, that could put your shoulder on a countdown to disaster. A racquet/string combo that fits you well ought to give you decent pace from solid swing effort and not force you to max out on every swipe at the ball. I only say this because I've seen this issue sideline a lot more than just one or two folks in my area through recent years after they fell in love with the miraculous spin they found with full poly.

You might get more juice (by juice I mean velocity) on the ball by lowering tension - that's probably the easiest first try. But even at lower tension, a full bed of poly can be rather low-powered. After all, it's still poly, right?

If the full bed of poly is choking too much velocity off of your shots with that racquet, you may be a lot better off with a slightly more lively layout. I'd consider trying that Hyper-G 18 in your mains paired with a softer cross of either syn. gut or multi. You'll still get a lot of that poly performance (spin potential) and the other possible benefit aside from easier power is that this sort of hybrid likely won't turn dead as drastically as a full bed of poly.

I'm not a poly player myself, but several stronger kids and adults in my local circle who use me for stringing have had great success with this sort of "skinny poly hybrid". If you want some poly in your tennis diet, I'd say this could be your best bet. I often use Isospeed Baseline 1.20mm mains combined with a syn. gut cross of Gosen OGSM 16 or Prince Original SG 16.

Many folks make the jump between multi and poly layouts without also trying the option that's right in between them; good ol' synthetic gut. A full bed of this string should give you a bump in your response (power) as long as it's not tensioned too high and I'd also expect it to be a little more consistent and spin-friendly compared with multi. This depends on the particular strings you try - they're not all exactly the same.

Another route to consider for getting more power out of that racquet is to add just a little weight - maybe only a few grams total to the hoop. This is easy to try by experimenting with a little lead tape. If the balance doesn't feel right after placing lead on the hoop, you may also need to counterbalance by putting a little weight on your handle. And if these attempts don't help you out, it's easy enough to remove the lead tape and go back to your stock setup.
 

eah123

Rookie
Using a stiff string to force yourself to swing harder is going to result in injury (Elbow and/or wrist) in my opinion. Stiff polys are for strong players who have trouble keeping the ball in with anything more lively. Maybe you will get there with time, but using them as a tool to get better is a mistake.

I would rather recommend staying with a soft lively string that provides power, and force yourself to learn better technique to get more spin and control with it. It will be better for your arm in the long run, and tennis is a lifelong sport.
 
Hey @fuzz nation and @eah123! Thanks for the thoughtful responses! Yes, you're right, I don't want to be swinging at Mach 2 all the time or risking injury :)
However, hitting those fun banana balls deeper in the court is an acceptable option - maybe that will come with practice - or aiming higher :):)
Will definitely discuss a hybrid combo with my stringer.
 
I'd love to try gut poly hybrid but as I live in a high humidity setting almost all year round I'm sure the gut will be ruined in a short period of time by the moisture. Thus I stick to multi poly or syn gut poly hybrids myself. Power and control and doesn't kill your arm
 

Wheelz

Semi-Pro
I'd love to try gut poly hybrid but as I live in a high humidity setting almost all year round I'm sure the gut will be ruined in a short period of time by the moisture. Thus I stick to multi poly or syn gut poly hybrids myself. Power and control and doesn't kill your arm
have you tried a coated gut ? I am testing volkl gut, they claim its double coated. So far its been super durable.
 
The last poly I used was Solinco Tour Revolution 18. I strung it at 30#. It wasn't wildly uncontrollable like I thought it would be. You might try the really low tension like that. Can't hurt to try (except your wallet a little).
 
have you tried a coated gut ? I am testing volkl gut, they claim its double coated. So far its been super durable.
I live in south africa on the coast. So high humidity.

Haven't tried a coated string. Will look into it. Going to have to order from US or EU or GB as no local stockists I can find. Will add some to my next order. Concerned about long delivery times and how this would affect string though. Can take up to 8 weeks sometimes for item to each me and I'm pretty sure it wont be stored correctly for a large portion of that time
 

Folsom_Stringer_Musa

Professional
Using a stiff string to force yourself to swing harder is going to result in injury (Elbow and/or wrist) in my opinion. Stiff polys are for strong players who have trouble keeping the ball in with anything more lively. Maybe you will get there with time, but using them as a tool to get better is a mistake.

I would rather recommend staying with a soft lively string that provides power, and force yourself to learn better technique to get more spin and control with it. It will be better for your arm in the long run, and tennis is a lifelong sport.
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Folsom_Stringer_Musa

Professional
The last poly I used was Solinco Tour Revolution 18. I strung it at 30#. It wasn't wildly uncontrollable like I thought it would be. You might try the really low tension like that. Can't hurt to try (except your wallet a little).
At that low tension, you are likely to have string misaligned issue appearing sooner than higher tension. On flat stroke, it may not be a big issue.
Lowest tension I experienced was 37lb but now I don't go under 45 on any poly.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I live in south africa on the coast. So high humidity.

Haven't tried a coated string. Will look into it. Going to have to order from US or EU or GB as no local stockists I can find. Will add some to my next order. Concerned about long delivery times and how this would affect string though. Can take up to 8 weeks sometimes for item to each me and I'm pretty sure it wont be stored correctly for a large portion of that time
Klip legend coated is fine in moist conditions. I play with it on wet clay and have no problem with durability.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
Depends on your age but I'd elect for option A always if a quick fix isn't needed.
This.
If you are young - develop the skills, strength, and endurance by pushing yourself.
Even at my age(early 50's) I still swing a fairly heavy and dead 95 sq in Yonex for singles, but I use a Clash 100 for doubles because I know my limitations.
Not having the skills or the physique at a young age is not a limitation - it is a challenge.
 
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