Poly tensions in different head sizes.

sansaephanh

Professional
I was wondering what are the norms of stringing consensus when it comes to stringing different head sizes and patterns.

For example; I have a open 16x20 93 inch racket and a dense 18x20 95 inch racket. Are there a few general rules I can use to apply to stringing polys make sure I have a similar feel in both beds? Let's say i like the open 93@53lbs and am looking to try the same setup in the dense 95 without changing the feel too much. Do i string higher? Lower? Sideways? Purple?

How would you guys string a 100in tweener like a babo compared to your mid or 95? (with the same string setup of course.)

I'm also having a dilemma with my pog. The thing is butter with cyberBlue/ogsm. but the feedback from hitting the ball higher on the stringbed is horrible. I think lead @12 will help?
 

Up&comer

Hall of Fame
Honestly, it's very dependent on the string and racket. For example, I strung a 4d 200 tour (95 16x18 ) at 51/49, I strung the rebel 95 (95 18x20) at 43, I strung my apdgt (100 16x19) at 38/40, and I string my exo3 tour (100 16x18 ) at 47.

While the feel was different, it was what felt best to me with each racket.
 

Torres

Banned
As above really. Aside from a very general rule of increasing the tension the bigger the head size and the more open the pattern, there aren't really any specifics as each racquet is different in terms of head size and pattern. One 95 may be bigger than another 95 for instance or have a more open drill pattern. Different strings also take differently to different increases or decreases on tension. You just have to experiment and see what suits you.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
Dammit i was hoping to take some of the guess work while i experiment with strings lol. Now pockets will be considerably more empty then they are now.
 

Muppet

Legend
I have pretty much the same situation as you. I have a 90" 16x19 and 2 95" 18x20. One of the 95s is heavier, but the other two are about the same. The racquets' weight is something else you'll have to take into account. When I string full bed setups, I usually string the equal weight 16x19 90" and 18x20 95" at the same tension. I go up one pound on the heavier one. I figured that the move to a little larger head and to a more closed string pattern offset eachother.

Unfortunately, the distraction of hybriding has muddied the waters of figuring out how well my full bed tensions are working. But like PP said, the same tension for each is a good place to start.
 

TimothyO

Hall of Fame
I would try the exact same tension in the 95. Always start with what you know.
QFT!

It may not, or probably is not, what you'll end up with. But by starting with PowerPlayer's advice you have a reference point for comparison. That's absolutley crucial to figuring out what you enjoy.

It works even better if you have two matched frames since you'll always have one with your favorite setup as a reference point or "control". If you find something you enjoy more then it becomes the new standard and the other frame becomes the test bed.

Having two matched frames also reveals subtle differences in playability that may not be obvious when getting the same frame restrung over and over. It's convenient and informative to be able to swap the reference and test frames after each set or after each match against different opponents.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Several alternatives come to mind.
1) Use the same tension and then adjust.
2) Bring the racquet you like to a shop that can measure SBS. Then you can try and select a tension that mimics the SBS in you favorite racquet.
3) Use mid point of recommended range and adjust until it feels right.
 

fortun8son

Hall of Fame
As above really. Aside from a very general rule of increasing the tension the bigger the head size and the more open the pattern, there aren't really any specifics as each racquet is different in terms of head size and pattern. One 95 may be bigger than another 95 for instance or have a more open drill pattern. Different strings also take differently to different increases or decreases on tension. You just have to experiment and see what suits you.
Frame flex, weight, and balance are factors, too.
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as just head size and string density.
A Blade98 is not quite the same as a Radical MP.
Of course, all Blades and Rads are not created equal, either. K,BLX,LM,MG,YT,etc.
 
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sansaephanh

Professional
i know that frames are also a main contributor to feel as well, but I was just wondering if there were any general rules as to how to string different patterns.

Thanks though. I figured that stringing poly high in a open mid feels boardier then my dense 95. Not by much but enough to notice against bigger shots and serves.

As my diablo tour is really muted I think I'm looking for more feel. I love it though, it really feels like hitting with a 98. The sweetspot is generous for a mid.
 

Torres

Banned
^ The other thing you would probably want to consider is going up a gauge. For example if you're using 17 in a 95/18x20, you'd probably want to be switching to a 16 in a 100/16x19, rather than overstretching the poly. Again, its all racquet and string dependent.
 
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