Low Tension Club under 40lbs

Hello fellow low tensioners Under 40lbs club. Please use this thread to discuss your set up. I have gone down to 30lbs from highs of mid 50's on Head Prestige Pros and the string bed felt amazing. Mind you this is not for your average club player but players who have been playing for a while and have total control. Enjoy
 
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joah310

Semi-Pro
I just recently tried out a string job with 35# poly. I usually string around 54# so this was a huge jump. I found extreme ball pocketing ad maye lower power than my usual tension. I may stick with 50s unless i get used to te low tension feel. but was surprised, no trampoline I came to expect.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
Recently tried soft co-poly 17 gauge on TC95/TC100/K7 Red at 33/30.
They were very nice to play with and surprisingly the control was there. Very nice pocketing feel too.
shame I am back with fb or multi/Syn gut setup now. But I think I will keep one of them like it in my bag for fun.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
-lowest ive gone was 33lbs on a wil.k.blade.tour, fb poly,
-i currently use fb poly at 49/46lbs
-now that im talking about it, I think ill see if I can dig it out of the closet again
-BTW, yonex video just reported AO-tournament had a "very low", strung racquet come through, ill see if I can find it
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Hello fellow low tensioners Under 40lbs clubs. Please use this thread to discuss your set up. I have gone down to 30lbs from highs of mid 50's on Head Prestige Pros and the string bed felt amazing. Mind you this is not for your average club player but players who have been playing for a while and have total control. Enojy
I did low tensions 6 years ago or so and revisited about 1 year ago. 1st ocassion was kev/poly at 15/30 or 20/22 IIRC. Was ok and I had te and this helped me through it. Now TE is well behind me and I will never get it again so tensions are higher. Last year I tried full poly at 35lbs. Was great for the 1st 2 min and then it was a rocket launcher.

Advantages of low tension is arm health and its hard for the opponent to read how hard you hit because it all sounds like a noodle. Strings last forever too. Slices are amazing.

Disadvantages for me at least was complete lack of control unless you change your technique and/or bunt. Inability to hit normal strokes and major major vibrations.

Now I am in the insane tension camp...
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
why would it be a doubles player? What advantage is there in doubles for high tension?
My guess that it would be a doubles player is for several reasons:

  • I can only imagine gut being strung at that tension (if it is poly I will be floored)
  • Doubles players typically are older and so more likely to come from a generation when such tensions were being used
  • Doubles players don't employ the stroke patterns that would take advantage of newer string technologies
  • Doubles players covet pinpoint control over softer hit strokes (return of serve and volleys) than singles players
  • Higher tensions result in less sensitivity to the spin on the incoming ball
I would also guess that doubles players make, on the average, less money than singles players and may not have same access to high levels of coaching and technical expertise that would guide them away from using that kind of extreme tension. Younger singles players would have grown up when poly strings and their characteristics were well known, and would never have been coached to use equipment configured like that. Older singles players playing at the AO would have had long and fairly successful careers that would have included high level coaching at some point so I also can't imagine that equipment choice.

I have to say that when I first thought about it, I wondered if it were someone older like Daniel Nestor or Leander Paes.
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
-the pro player I know is @Shroud ;), he strings in the high 8000s, with Kevlar, haaa.. ouchhh
-but seriously, the low tension player I believe is a doubles player!
Low tension player is also a doubles player? That I would not have guessed. If Jack Sock were still playing, I would have thought it was him. Or maybe Marcel Granollers who I think was also down around the 30 pound mark. Wait, is Granollers playing doubles?
 

breaknhold

New User
Read about lower tension on this forum awhile back. Tried 40 lb on my Pro Staff RF97 (Solinco Tour Bite Soft). Good pop and control, and easy on the arm. Been about a year and while I string my own racquets, I haven't been tempted to change (did switch from Hyper G to TBS).
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Kukushkin strings really low, and he plays both singles and doubles.

Nestor did too, although I think he retired.
 

Kevo

Legend
I'm half way in the club. :)
I string my sticks at 49/36 currently. I am using an 82sq in frame and if I go too low the compensation for the launch angle encourages me to frame shots more often than I want to. So I think 48-50 in the mains is the sweet spot. Will probably be about 50 in the middle of summer. For the crosses 36-38 seems to be the sweet spot.

If I was still playing with my PC95s I think I might be around 40-42 mains with the string I'm using now, but I'd have to go through the process to find out. That frame has a lower launch angle, is bigger, and typically has pinpoint targeting. It's probably more like the Prestige than my Rossi.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I use Cyclone at 35#. May go even lower to something like 30m/33c#.

Disagree w @Shroud that the ball sounds like a noodle. Shots come off with a large bang. I agree that slices are great however and the strings do last forever.

I feel that poly doesnt go dead as quick too at a very low tension.

For me low tension only has the best of both worlds, comfort and ball pocketing but lots of spin if you want it.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I use Cyclone at 35#. May go even lower to something like 30m/33c#.

Disagree w @Shroud that the ball sounds like a noodle. Shots come off with a large bang. I agree that slices are great however and the strings do last forever.

I feel that poly doesnt go dead as quick too at a very low tension.

For me low tension only has the best of both worlds, comfort and ball pocketing but lots of spin if you want it.
try it in the 20s and tell us how it sounds.
 

speedysteve

Legend
With Poly I could be in this club no problem.
With gut/poly no way.
With the multi hybrid I use, I'm in mid 40's one they've dropped tension after a week or two. That's how I like them..

I string at average 50lb Sergetti on a 98sqin racquet.

So I'm 10 out
 

Tennease

Legend
I used poly strings main 35 cross 30 lbs. I love the comfort, easy power and ball pocketing feeling.

Now I have my own stringing machine and can string everyday if I want to, so I have been using synthetic gut strings. I have tried synthetic gut at 50/55 lbs which is very nice, and then I tried 55/58 lbs : it is still very comfortable, still powerful and not jarring at all. I find higher tension on synthetic gut is better for control while doesn't really lose power, because synthetic gut generally are powerful strings.
 

tennisbike

Semi-Pro
I used poly strings main 35 cross 30 lbs. I love the comfort, easy power and ball pocketing feeling.

Now I have my own stringing machine and can string everyday if I want to, so I have been using synthetic gut strings. I have tried synthetic gut at 50/55 lbs which is very nice, and then I tried 55/58 lbs : it is still very comfortable, still powerful and not jarring at all. I find higher tension on synthetic gut is better for control while doesn't really lose power, because synthetic gut generally are powerful strings.
Unorthodox stringing tried 35 lb SG then 28 SG on a 18x20 ProKennex Black Ace. He reported no trampline and good spin.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
How much does pre-stretching help when you're pulling 37 kg of tension? Ouch! And 4G. . .
I prestretch 4g manually and you can get it to permanently stretch a few inches. The idea of prestretching is to use more tension than the string will see in the racquet...so in that case more tension than 88 lbs will be needed.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
yeah, but your racket weighs almost 15oz
Sure it does. Whats his sw? And well look at how athletic he is compared to me....

Also how is he not cracking every frame stringing at those tensions? Doesn't he void the warranty and how many does he go through year after year. According to this board if you go over the rated range the racquet will explode before it leaves the stringer.
 

joah310

Semi-Pro
Sure it does. Whats his sw? And well look at how athletic he is compared to me....

Also how is he not cracking every frame stringing at those tensions? Doesn't he void the warranty and how many does he go through year after year. According to this board if you go over the rated range the racquet will explode before it leaves the stringer.
btw what is your SW after adding all that lead?
 

tennisbike

Semi-Pro
Almost <40 lbs: Head Liquidmetal MP, 18x20, Forten SG 40/Kirschbaum PLX 1.25 42 lb. a bit stiff first because of tight pattern. Not bad. No trampoline if that is what everyone is asking. Actually none of my stringjob became trampoline, or I simply do not hit hard enough.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
btw what is your SW after adding all that lead?
Alright. I measured it and got 487. I thought that might be some kind of error so I figured out what would make it lower. So I redid the swing time measurements to get the time quicker. That brought it down to 443.

 

joah310

Semi-Pro
Alright. I measured it and got 487. I thought that might be some kind of error so I figured out what would make it lower. So I redid the swing time measurements to get the time quicker. That brought it down to 443.

wow. How do you swing that beast? I saw some of your hitting videos and you seem to be swinging it just as hard as I swing rackets in the 330 sw range
 
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