Lowest tension you have ever used?

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What’s the lowest tension you have ever used? Personally I play in the 50’s however I’m going to try 4g and silver 7 tour at 46-47.
 

chic

Professional
Currently using cyclone @38x36 in my vsense 10 tours

Didn't like that low with my old racquets (tried a whole range) where I was using pros pro intense heat and hexaspin twist and settled on 46x44
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Ha Shroud! When was that and how did it play? (and what does 15/32 mean?)
It was very soft back then and I played ok. Was taking lessons then and they guy said one advantage was that the sound was such that he couldn't tell if I really hit out or hit a normal shot.

Because I left out 9 crosses I upped the tension by more than double so it was at 32 lbs. LOL. Back then I was worried about racquets deforming...
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Lowest I've gone is 33.

I regularly play at 35 to 40 with full poly and it's the way to go imo.

One of these days I'm gonna try 20 or 25 lbs just out of curiosity.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
I used to play with a stiff poly at 60 pounds, but now that I know better I'm down to 40 pounds. Haven't ventured south of there yet, but I'm considering trying it out.
 
I tried Solinco Tour Rev 1.20 at 30#. I've mentioned this before--It played well, but you barely hear the ball hitting the strings. It's so quiet you really don't know how well you struck the ball. If you do string it like this, give it some time to get used to the lack of sound.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I used to play with a stiff poly at 60 pounds, but now that I know better I'm down to 40 pounds. Haven't ventured south of there yet, but I'm considering trying it out.
Same here. I used to use stiff first-gen poly in the high 60s way back when. Now I'm down to 38 to 42 range.

I'd give 30s a try sometime but what I found is that control dropped at around 35.

My favorite setup is something like Cyclone mains (or other edged poly) and a slick thin cross like Tourna Black Zone. Great spin and the thin cross gives some feel plus let's the mains slide well.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
Played Luxilon Smart string once at 44lbs. Absolutely hated it, the stringbed was like a trampoline. I switched to a gut/poly at 58/55lbs, now I’m playing all poly now at 52lbs.
 

Jonesy

Hall of Fame
57lbs. Normally in play with 60+lbs.

I'm always surprised with disgust when i try other people rackets.
 

chic

Professional
57lbs. Normally in play with 60+lbs.

I'm always surprised with disgust when i try other people rackets.
Fwiw I've found there's a 10-30# window of "feels horrible" with most strings between the ranges of "feels good"

What exactly that range is varies w/ racquet and string specs but in my set-up with volkl cyclone:
I use 38x36
I like above 50 fine
Anywhere in the middle (where I initially tried stringing it) made me think I was gonna hate the string).

So if you have a stringer it might be worth playing around with your setup
 

Doubles

Legend
If low tension is indeed so great, why do people complain about tension loss in strings?
Some strings are better suited to lower tensions than others. Some players are also more tension sensitive than others. I've found that stringing in the low-mid 40's seems to mitigate how noticeable tension loss is compared to stringing in the 50's.
 

chic

Professional
If low tension is indeed so great, why do people complain about tension loss in strings?
Different issues. Polyester strings have a low elastic modulus and the impact from a tennis ball can cause them to reach that number. Tension loss in this understanding is a problem because the strings stretch out enough they stop snapping back. This changes the spin potential, the launch angle, and the feedback.

Low tension stringing on the other hand allows the strings to move more freely. Higher spin potential, more power (but 40# poly is still far lower powered than 50# syn gut ime testing hybrids).

Tension loss that people complain about with regards to polyester is really stretching, which happens regardless of racquet bed tension.
 
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California

Semi-Pro
55 is my lowest. I use multis and sometimes gut hybrids, one in a while all gut if I have arm issues. 55 would be a winter tension, my normal range is 58 to 62. I use a Dunlop 4D 200 Tour
 

NLBwell

Legend
56 lbs with poly.
That's pretty loose for me.
Used to string kevlar at 62lbs, so I'm used to a stiff stringbed.
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
Struck some weedwacker cord at 50lbs once but its a bit stretchy and was probably around 20 with the response of a slingshot. I guestimated the ball was on the string 3-4 times longer. I was able to get control over groundstrokes, volleys were pretty amazing, return was neat...but serving was almost impossible. I Could not control it.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
30# with Solinco Tour Revolution 18. Played well. No sound. Takes some getting used to.
-i like low tensions at different parts of the court
-when playing agressive and/or defending at the beaseline, nothin-betta!,
-slicing the ball is one of the best shots imo
-coming up to net to volley, risky proposition!; low tensions and drop shots, dont mix?!
-touch volleys with ~20lb tension,,,, fuggetaboutit !! o_O
 
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