Questions about Black Widow in a PSC

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Aps1987, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Aps1987

    Aps1987 New User

    Oct 1, 2010
    Has anyone strung this in a PSC or a similar frame (any Wilson 6.1 95 16x18)?

    I'm planning on hybriding with a multi or a syn gut cross, but I'm not sure what tension to go with as I've heard Black Widow loses quite a bit of tension. Still, I don't like to string polys very high. 55 max, I'd say, though I've liked them more in the 47-52 range.

    To account for the tension loss, if I want it to end up around 48-50, what tension should I have it strung at?

    To make this clearer, I'm not doing the stringing myself, I only have one set, and I'm poor, so I don't wanna mess around too much trying to find the optimum tension. Obviously there is no definite answer, but a guide would be nice if anyone has an idea!
  2. Tennis100

    Tennis100 Rookie

    Jul 2, 2010
    Black widow Is super soft..You're supposed to string it at the same tension as a synthetic.
  3. mikeler

    mikeler Moderator

    Sep 26, 2008
    Central Florida
    I strung BW at 48 as a main string and that was just too low. The string is so soft and loses a lot of tension, so I'd say if 55 is your max standard for polys, try that out.
  4. Edgewood

    Edgewood New User

    Jul 12, 2011
    I used black widow in my dunlop 4d 200 which is similiar to your racquet but 18x20.
    I normally string with prince original synthetic gut 17g or more recently head RIP control 17g both at 65lbs.
    I strung the black widow at 60lbs and it felt great for the first match but then everything started sailing on me. It felt way too powerful. I had heard from others it loses tension extremely fast and should have strung it at 65lbs to offset the tension loss.
    Needless to say I won't buy it again. But it did feel great for that short period of time. Extremely soft for a poly.

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