String tension recommendation

KluddKalle

Rookie
Hi!

I've decided to try a new string. Have been using a hybrid setup for the past few years or so. Currently in a Pure drive gt 2013 I use Luxilon savage and Wilson sensation, both at 55lbs.

I've bought a couple of sets of Tour Bite soft and am wondering if I could keep the same tension or if I should go up? Also if there is another multi/syn gut that better suited to go with the Tour bite soft.

I play pretty aggressively from the baseline and provide my own power so I try to get as much spin as possible from the strings.
 

SCRAP IRON

Professional
The Tour Bite Soft should be strung a little higher because it's a more powerful string. you can go 57-58 lbs. The tension will drop and you will have to re-string it frequently. As far as a hybrid, you can use any SMOOTH poly as a cross with 2 lbs less than the TB Soft mains.
 

Bogdan_TT

Professional
There are several ways to do this:

1. Keep the same tension as before. Thus you'll be able to see what the new string brings on the table, as you keep all variables constant apart of the string. Then you can vary the tension based on your rally findings.

2. String the new string at half between the min/max recommended tension on the stick. Then again, vary after hitting as you please.

I always go with 1 ;-)
 

Lukhas

Legend
Well Savage and Sensation are a hybrid. Compared to a full bed poly, even if it's as soft as Tour Bite Soft, I would not string any higher and most likely lower anyway; especially in a stiff frame like a Pure Drive.

This said, the tension range on Babolat racquets is pretty much in reference to multi or s-gut considering how ridiculously high it is. I wouldn't bother with it when stringing co-poly.
 

KluddKalle

Rookie
Thanks everybody for answering my question. I think I'll go up maybe one kg and see how it feels.

I used to play with a full bed of Savage. Got some wrist issues (not from playing tennis) and switched to the hybrid mentioned above. And it helped but still feels a bit harsh sometimes.

Do you think it's a good idea to try a full bed of Tour bite soft?

Also, someone mentioned in a review that the strings drop tension fast unless you pre-stretch them. Should I instruct my stringer to do this?
 

Lukhas

Legend
Do you think it's a good idea to try a full bed of Tour bite soft?
Well IMO not really, despite how soft Tour Bite Soft is. But you could try at a lower tension and see how it feels like.
Also, someone mentioned in a review that the strings drop tension fast unless you pre-stretch them. Should I instruct my stringer to do this?
Pre-stretching reduces elasticity for better tension maintenance and tamed "liveliness". Don't do it to co-poly, the elasticity of co-poly is too low to begin with, it only will kill the string faster. Now, some companies (including Kirschbaum IIRC) do prestretch their strings.
 
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