Question about racquet string pattern - Snauwaert Hi-Ten 30

max_brat

Rookie
Hey guys,

I have a very nice Hi-Ten 30 and probably one of the last sets of string in the world for it. I only take it out on "perfect" days to hit with (or indoors), but my dad plays really well with it because he uses a lot of top spin.

I'm very remiss to risk it daily, but my dad has been playing the spin game really well lately with his usual HEAD frame from 10 years ago, and I think a Hi-Ten style racquet would only help him out more.

Here's my questions: Is there a way to string a racquet at something like a 12 x 13 pattern like the Hi-Ten 30 using normal string at a normal-ish tension (maybe 10 lb more than normal in a racquet)? What would be the ideal pattern and string gauge? What would be the best head size for such a racquet? And finally, what would the side effects be of doing that to a racquet?

I have a spare Yonex 100 sitting at home, but do you think a 90, 95 or 98 would be better?

Thanks in advance!
 

max_brat

Rookie
Great question.

A few years ago, while extremely bored, I explored this topic, and posted my observations and results at https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/take-a-banana-peel-to-a-gun-fight.553112/
Got three final questions for you: I have a 16 x 19 100 sq. in Yonex. What's the best stringing pattern for it? 12 x 13 like a Hi-Ten, or maybe something like a 14 x 16? And my last question is how long did your Prince last before it finally broke, because I know that's what will happen to my Yonex at some point.

Thanks!
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
Got three final questions for you: I have a 16 x 19 100 sq. in Yonex. What's the best stringing pattern for it?
Well, not 6m x 8c, I can tell you that much!

12 x 13 like a Hi-Ten, or maybe something like a 14 x 16?
Yes, absolutely!

And my last question is how long did your Prince last before it finally broke, because I know that's what will happen to my Yonex at some point.
I tried hitting with it, it was comically awful—the ball NEVER went even remotely where you thought it might, and realistically, one had absolutely nothing but random chance that you might return a ball in court!

I gave it to a hitting partner, who was a highly-ranked junior in Europe back in the early 1980’s, and who nowadays has a PhD in biomechanical engineering and is a racquet tinkerer like me. He couldn’t hit a thing with it either.

We couldn’t stop laughing. Eventually, though, I did cut the strings out and restrung the poor racquet as its manufacturer intended.
 

max_brat

Rookie
Well, not 6m x 8c, I can tell you that much!


Yes, absolutely!


I tried hitting with it, it was comically awful—the ball NEVER went even remotely where you thought it might, and realistically, one had absolutely nothing but random chance that you might return a ball in court!

I gave it to a hitting partner, who was a highly-ranked junior in Europe back in the early 1980’s, and who nowadays has a PhD in biomechanical engineering and is a racquet tinkerer like me. He couldn’t hit a thing with it either.

We couldn’t stop laughing. Eventually, though, I did cut the strings out and restrung the poor racquet as its manufacturer intended.
Thanks! I'll let you know how this one pans out! I'm giving it to my dad as an Xmas gift along with an Australian-made racquet that uses the original Phillips-Moore patent I believe in a modern sized frame with normal strings (the Macro Spin). You can buy one of them from Yonex Australia (if they ever email you back) even though it's not produced by them.
 

galain

Hall of Fame
@max_brat - you've got yourself a true unicorn in that HiTen 30 mate. In all the years I've spent scouring auction sites, I've only ever seen a HiTen25 and a HiTen50 come up - just once each, and for mega dollars. I have actually seen a HiTen30 at a small pro shop in Melbourne in Oz, although I don't know if they're there anymore.

I've heard your standard whipper snipper cable can be used to restring these. Not sure if that's urban legend or legit.
 
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