Stringing crosses tighter than mains

I wanted to play polys at lower tensions (to increase ball rpm), to experience its benefits without losing control. So I was experimenting with stringing crosses tighter than mains with polys.

String : Luxilon alu power

I added a little bit of wax after stringing mains at 52. Then strung the crosses at 58. So I took it out to play and it felt like heaven. The spin was much more than usual (I string at 55/55 normally) and it felt a little crispier and I didn't lose control. I swing very hard with full swing and I wanted to swing hard without losing playability.

I think the logic is (Making a guess here) that with tighter crosses, it reduces the amount of trampoline the mains can experience and the mains are forced to move sideways along the plane of the racquet increasing the spin and compresses the ball giving the control, spin and power more than the usual. Since the mains tension is lesser than my usual of 55, it allows for more string movement and snap to generate more spin.

I was thinking if you want more control and more spin I think this is really a cool way to experience polys.

Anyone else tried something like this and experienced this? I think if you have a similar requirement you should try this.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
What happened to the overal length of your racket?

EDIT: I’m guessing your racket is now longer than what it was before. Sound like you just like a tighter feeling stringbed and might benefit from stringing the mains and crosses tighter or holding tension on the string for a little longer. The JET method holds tension on the mains for 5 seconds and crosses about 20 seconds. If you’re using a lockout string a second pull after the hold period may prove helpful. If you would like to get away from racket distortion (if you’re experiencing any) using the Stringway Online Tension Advisor May help.
 
What happened to the overal length of your racket?

EDIT: I’m guessing your racket is now longer than what it was before. Sound like you just like a tighter feeling stringbed and might benefit from stringing the mains and crosses tighter or holding tension on the string for a little longer. The JET method holds tension on the mains for 5 seconds and crosses about 20 seconds. If you’re using a lockout string a second pull after the hold period may prove helpful. If you would like to get away from racket distortion (if you’re experiencing any) using the Stringway Online Tension Advisor May help.

I haven't checked the length. But you're probably right. I don't notice the difference in length while playing.

You're right I do like tighter stringbed. But then I've heard that poly plays much better (more spin and playability) when played at lower tensions from lot of stringers. So I want to experience lower tensions benefits without losing control when hitting hard.

I use a drop weight stringing machine (Klippermate) to string. I will check out the JET method and Stringway Online tension seems pretty neat.

Edit : - It recommended me a main string tension of 56 pounds and cross string tension of 62 pounds.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
It recommended me a main string tension of 56 pounds and cross string tension of 62 pounds
Then you were close on you first guess of 52/58 - a 6 lb difference. Next time you string I’d split the difference and go 54/60. I have never thought that lower tension gave me more spin. On the contrary stiffer string gives me more spin.
 

grhcan99

Semi-Pro
I haven't checked the length. But you're probably right. I don't notice the difference in length while playing.

You're right I do like tighter stringbed. But then I've heard that poly plays much better (more spin and playability) when played at lower tensions from lot of stringers. So I want to experience lower tensions benefits without losing control when hitting hard.

I use a drop weight stringing machine (Klippermate) to string. I will check out the JET method and Stringway Online tension seems pretty neat.

Edit : - It recommended me a main string tension of 56 pounds and cross string tension of 62 pounds.
Low tensions mean high 30's to low 40's to me :)
 

Tennis_Monk

Hall of Fame
What happened to the overal length of your racket?

EDIT: I’m guessing your racket is now longer than what it was before. Sound like you just like a tighter feeling stringbed and might benefit from stringing the mains and crosses tighter or holding tension on the string for a little longer. The JET method holds tension on the mains for 5 seconds and crosses about 20 seconds. If you’re using a lockout string a second pull after the hold period may prove helpful. If you would like to get away from racket distortion (if you’re experiencing any) using the Stringway Online Tension Advisor May help.
I’m trying the tension advisor? How do we determine the length and width of the string area? Do we measure with tape ? Isn’t this constant for a given model?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I’m trying the tension advisor? How do we determine the length and width of the string area? Do we measure with tape ? Isn’t this constant for a given model?
I cut the string out of the racket and measure it with a steel ruler. I used to use a steel tape measure either is fine.
 

Tennis_Monk

Hall of Fame
I cut the string out of the racket and measure it with a steel ruler. I used to use a steel tape measure either is fine.
Isn't there any easier way? Given that most racquets are standard models, isn't this a known piece of information?.

When I cut the strings, I have many pieces of strings and I have to measure each piece? That seems like a lot of work.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Isn't there any easier way? Given that most racquets are standard models, isn't this a known piece of information?.

When I cut the strings, I have many pieces of strings and I have to measure each piece? That seems like a lot of work.
LOL Sure just cut the string out in one piece and if you’re string a 16x19 racket divide by 36. LOL

Just kidding, I cut the string out and discard it. I like to cut the string out and give the frame a few minutes to relax back to its original shape. If I’m going to string the racket with proportional stringing I measure the length of one side’s mains and all the crosses. That’s the hard way. If I’m just going to use the Stringway TA I only measure the racket’s internal height and width at the longest points. I then use either the longest mains and crosses or the racket height and width to determines tension for new string.

If I’m stringing proportionally I use a spreadsheet to record all my string lengths. Then the sheet finds the longest strings for me and the sheet is used to record all string lengths for saying. If I’m just stringing normal I don’t bother saving it I just use the h x w.
 

lwto

Hall of Fame
I wanted to play polys at lower tensions (to increase ball rpm), to experience its benefits without losing control. So I was experimenting with stringing crosses tighter than mains with polys.

String : Luxilon alu power

I added a little bit of wax after stringing mains at 52. Then strung the crosses at 58. So I took it out to play and it felt like heaven. The spin was much more than usual (I string at 55/55 normally) and it felt a little crispier and I didn't lose control. I swing very hard with full swing and I wanted to swing hard without losing playability.

I think the logic is (Making a guess here) that with tighter crosses, it reduces the amount of trampoline the mains can experience and the mains are forced to move sideways along the plane of the racquet increasing the spin and compresses the ball giving the control, spin and power more than the usual. Since the mains tension is lesser than my usual of 55, it allows for more string movement and snap to generate more spin.

I was thinking if you want more control and more spin I think this is really a cool way to experience polys.

Anyone else tried something like this and experienced this? I think if you have a similar requirement you should try this.
I go 46/50 with hard poly's on the main and soft poly on the crosses. All the benys of Poly with a plusher feel.
 

Hmgraphite1

Hall of Fame
So I was stringing both at 52, tried out 47 main and 51 cross. Big difference, really like it, but upper hoop felt a little stiff on the serve, so I think I'm gonna try some proportional up there. Bottom hoop in sweet spots no need. Used proline ii main and revolve cross both 1.25
 
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