string for low tensions?

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Hi...
As I'm getting older and blinder, I seem to feel a need for really low tensions on my various rackets. I have from 110 to 95 sq in rackets.
But, tensions lower than mid 40's, the strings seem to shift and never come back into position, especially PSynGut and PTNylon.
So, the two strings that DO come back into original position, SpikyShark16 and STBite16, are poly's with edges, but SMOOTH at the intersects of the strings, so they slide back into position after heavy spin shots.
I'm heading for mid 30's, so looking at smooth strings with bite, as I do have couple of Dunlop Ice string jobs, which do slide freely, but don't grip much on heavy spin serves or topspin forehands.
So, should I stick with low tensions on STBite16 and SShark16?
I like the solid feel, and tension maintainance of 16 gauge strings.
 
I think if you want to try really low tensions poly is the way to go. if you want to use softer strings you need more tension or they will move all over the place.

you will have to find out what is better for your arm, poly at low tensions or a soft string at a higher tension.

if you try NG or multi at higher tensions that might be good for your arm and give you good power too.
 

TobyTopspin

Professional
Hi...
As I'm getting older and blinder, I seem to feel a need for really low tensions on my various rackets. I have from 110 to 95 sq in rackets.
But, tensions lower than mid 40's, the strings seem to shift and never come back into position, especially PSynGut and PTNylon.
So, the two strings that DO come back into original position, SpikyShark16 and STBite16, are poly's with edges, but SMOOTH at the intersects of the strings, so they slide back into position after heavy spin shots.
I'm heading for mid 30's, so looking at smooth strings with bite, as I do have couple of Dunlop Ice string jobs, which do slide freely, but don't grip much on heavy spin serves or topspin forehands.
So, should I stick with low tensions on STBite16 and SShark16?
I like the solid feel, and tension maintainance of 16 gauge strings.
LeeD! The Man! the Myth! The Legend!

My favorite poly to go low with is an oldie, but a goodie. No other poly plays as well as Luxilon Big Banger Original to me. It last a long time as well. It does feel different than other polys though so it may be an aquired taste, but you can really feel the strings snapping back. I've strung it as low as 30 lbs and it's still good. It does take a few hits to settle in though.
 
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LeeD

Bionic Poster
Thanks guys.
I do have BBO on my 3 Aero500's, but at 51 lbs., so it's too high tension for my current likes. Not sure how easy it slides, because it's a satin finish, while a really smooth finish would be shiny.
I"m thinking mid to low 30's, but would like a slick smooth poly to slide back into place, yet a shaped poly to grab the ball for spin serves and heavy topspin forehands.
 

TobyTopspin

Professional
Thanks guys.
I do have BBO on my 3 Aero500's, but at 51 lbs., so it's too high tension for my current likes. Not sure how easy it slides, because it's a satin finish, while a really smooth finish would be shiny.
I"m thinking mid to low 30's, but would like a slick smooth poly to slide back into place, yet a shaped poly to grab the ball for spin serves and heavy topspin forehands.
BBO slides pretty well at low tension. RipSpin is my favorite of the new slick coating polys (Prince XC, Tourna Black Zone, etc). It's really crisp and last a long time, but I haven't tried it at a low tension yet.
 

Aretium

Hall of Fame
Head Hawk. Great feel, with HUGE spin potential (maybe not for you). I strung it 47 but could go lower. Amazing tension maintenance.
 

SOY78

Professional
Try putting a textured main and a smooth cross. One of my playing partners loves this hybrid. But he plays in the mid 50's tension.
 
Thanks guys.
I do have BBO on my 3 Aero500's, but at 51 lbs., so it's too high tension for my current likes. Not sure how easy it slides, because it's a satin finish, while a really smooth finish would be shiny.
I"m thinking mid to low 30's, but would like a slick smooth poly to slide back into place, yet a shaped poly to grab the ball for spin serves and heavy topspin forehands.
have you tried focus hex?

it is a shaped poly that has ok power and good spin as well as arm comfort (and it is cheap:)).

for me it is too springy (have played it at 48 lbs) but you might like it (at a thin diameter).
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
A sincere thanks, guys.
I should have known I'd open a can of worms, a pandora's box, when I started this thread.
Yes, there are literally hundreds of strings that work well for someone.
I'm a simpleton, so will limit my thought to poly, co poly, syn gut, or nylon. Further, I really like STBite16, so will stay there IF I stick with full poly.
Thanks for the thought and the replies.
This thread was founded by someone asking why I would choose a poly when I"m not only a soft hitter, but want low tensions.
 

hrstrat57

Hall of Fame
I am ecstatic regarding MSV Focus Hex 18 at 40-45# on 18x20 Head Radical and Prestige frames....midplus.

Fabulous performance lacking nothing. Have not tried on any other frames so user beware on other sticks....

Not sure what you are packing these days LeeD thus the post.

OTOH did just pick up a vintage 9'6" Harbour banana Rich Chew signature model and planning on getting wet with frequency next year for the first time in 35 years.....figure should be good place to start.
 

oble

Hall of Fame
If you want to stick to the Solinco family, Solinco Outlast is a good candidate. Soft, maintains playability well, and spin-friendly.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Hey D,

My 2 cents is that from your posts you really like the tourbite. So one thing you could try is to do a full bed at your normal tensions but string the crosses less. say 10lbs less than normal. This should help with the softness of the stringbed, yet improve the snapback.

Also IME nylon and syngut dont snap back after a bit at ANY tension. Its the nature of those strings and they lock after a bit.

I like the mosquitobite as a cross if I have to pick a poly. But IMHO the best cross string is prestretched monogutzx if you want great spin and a long lasting bed.
 

hyperion99

Semi-Pro
Hi...
As I'm getting older and blinder, I seem to feel a need for really low tensions on my various rackets. I have from 110 to 95 sq in rackets.
But, tensions lower than mid 40's, the strings seem to shift and never come back into position, especially PSynGut and PTNylon.
So, the two strings that DO come back into original position, SpikyShark16 and STBite16, are poly's with edges, but SMOOTH at the intersects of the strings, so they slide back into position after heavy spin shots.
I'm heading for mid 30's, so looking at smooth strings with bite, as I do have couple of Dunlop Ice string jobs, which do slide freely, but don't grip much on heavy spin serves or topspin forehands.
So, should I stick with low tensions on STBite16 and SShark16?
I like the solid feel, and tension maintainance of 16 gauge strings.

Hello LeeD,

For lower tensions I really liked the SShark 16 and the Alu Power 16L. If you're just looking for a string(poly) that grabs more I would go with the SShark16. IMO I find both strings at a low tension to play very nice.
Hope this helps.
 

PBODY99

Legend
From one old head to another.......

Cross your 16g favorite with an 18g smooth poly. Works for me @ 18 kg in an 110 Speedport frame.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Thanks guys!
My Bio300T with SpikyShark16 at 38 lbs plays close to soft enough.
My RedOS with STBite16 at 40lbs is getting there, 3rd day coming up.
I'm sticking with STBite16 as a constant, and power, spin, and especially durability is outstanding.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I don't.
I have posted maybe 1,000 times in the racket section, as most of the posts, easily 30,000, are in the tips/instruction section.
Just because I think I know a little about how to play tennis, doesn't mean I know anything about equipment, strings, or tensions.
Like, I have posted maybe 300 times in Pro Player's section. Meaning, I don't know much about the current pros, or even care much in that theatre.
 
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