Stringing Kevlar mains

Discussion in 'Strings' started by tennisphotog, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. tennisphotog

    tennisphotog Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    Question: when stringing with Kevlar, it obviously does not have much give. How do you really know what tension it is?? Just seems to stop the tensioner immediately. Also, on the Ashaway crossfire (kevlar hybrid), they recommend 5-lbs less on the kevlar mains. Does this sound correct?
  2. PBODY99

    PBODY99 Hall of Fame

    Aug 17, 2005
    Trust your machine. If a material doesn't have much give, it comes to tension quickly. Yes, many people find that this decrease is needed to allow them to use kevlar.
    I have found that the 5% decrease to work folr most players iI've strung for.Don't expect to dial in the perfect tension the first try every new type of string you try.
  3. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    If you want to experiment, try a 20% decrease in tension on the mains with normal tension on the crosses. I have enjoyed different 18 or 17ga strings as low as 45# on the mains. At high impact, the Kevlar-type strings will bottom out even though the tension was 'low' by normal standards...still plenty of stiffness to be felt at high impact while reducing the shock at low power input.

    This non-elastic experience was once reserved for Kevlar-based strings while, currently, many polys exhibit the same lack of stretch at normal tensions.

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