open string patterns?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by nickarnold2000, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. nickarnold2000

    nickarnold2000 Hall of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Does anyone know which string pattern (16/19 or 16/18) is better for producing topspin and why?
  2. Dopke

    Dopke Semi-Pro

    Feb 25, 2004
    I believe both are pretty close in producing spin, but it depends on the frame. A lot of 16x19 come in larger heads(100in) while the 16x18 you see more often in 95ish frames.

    To me the 16x19 frames gave more spin when I used them. I'm comparing them with the racquets that I personally have used, Babolat PD compared to Yonex RDX 500. I was definitely able to produce more spin with the PD, but my guess is that it has a lot to do with the frame. The yonex, altho a 16x18 has strings that are pretty close together.
  3. snoflewis

    snoflewis Hall of Fame

    Aug 3, 2006
    the rdx500 obviously has a denser 16x18 pattern than the PD because it's 10 sq in. smaller.

    to the OP, 16x18 and 16x19 won't have too much of a difference...both patterns are used on all types of frames and headsizes. unlike what Dopke stated, 16x19 is also found in smaller headsizes (ie. n6.1 tour 90). as for topspin, a 16x18 and a 16x19 pattern will have minimal differences because the mains are the ones that put the spin on the ball, so the extra cross won't do much. however, a 16x19 pattern on one racket may be more open than a 16x19 on another, so your best bet is to demo several rackets you have in mind and see which one produces the most spin.

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