Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Joakley, Nov 15, 2013.
Anyone have any insight on using nylon in the 75lb range. Pros and cons. Thanks in advance.
String job will be VERY boardy initially. May hurt your arm unless you like poly-like feel.
The tension will not be maintained for very long and will drop into the low 60-'s or 50's as you play with it; probably within 2-3 hours.
Why would you want such a high tension?
Forgot to mention will invalidate warranty or possibly deform the racquet.
I should of mentioned this is a request from a customer. He has a vintage wilson that has recommended tension of 75-80 lbs. This is new territory for me so I wanted some feed back so I could let him know what to expect.
The same racket today would likely be stamped with a lower recommended tension.
That was likely part of the "Borg effect".
Which racket is it?
Don't do it, no reason to. There's way more reasons not to try this than there are for it.
You can simulate the same string bed stiffness with a lower tension polyester. If you string polyester at 60 lbs, it will have a very similar feel as nylon at 75 lbs. Plus, its better for your racquet, easier on the stringing machine, and you'll get a tad more spin.
Thanks for the input I will suggest poly at a lower tension
Why not give the customer what they want? Lots of players still prefer good old nylon at a higher tension.
You made a valid point. Did nylon at 71 lbs and the customer couldn't be happier. Thanks for validating the question.
I don't know about 70+ pounds, but I have been using up some of my inventory of Laser Fibre synthetic gut at tension considerably higher than my usual soft poly and have to say I am impressed with the results. Over the years, I had forgotten what good all around performance can be had from a firm bed of syn gut. Same results with Forten Dynamix. I think syn gut, in the hands of a capable player, is very underestimated.
decades ago, I used prince syn gut in the 63 to 65 lbs range in oversized racket. It was stiffer but gave more control and spin. It also breaks a couple hours sooner.
Two guys I string for ask for that higher tension. One plays with a Prince Original Graphite Mid and wants his strung at 70, 16 gauge. The other plays with a Wilson Blade 93 (18x20) and gets his strung at 66, 17 gauge. Both are quite happy. I've not had any problems stringing them. I do alternate one by one on the mains where normally I string two on one side and then alternate. With the Blade, I string them ATW.
I got a guy that plays cheap poly. "string it tight" he says so i string at the top end of the frame specs.
he loves it.
my arm would fall off.
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