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tennisfun

New User
I used Tourna stringmeter for the first time yesterday but i noticed that my mains differ in their tension. I know that the "tie off mains" normally have less tension but is it normal the 6 "centered" mains to have diferrent tension?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I used Tourna stringmeter for the first time yesterday but i noticed that my mains differ in their tension. I know that the "tie off mains" normally have less tension but is it normal the 6 "centered" mains to have diferrent tension?
The outside mains will be lower than the center mains no matter what the tension is because there is nothing to hold them from sliding on one side. Since you have lower friction the Stringmeter measures a lower tension.

Different tensions on the center mains is normal also, as you tension the crosses the tension on the tensioner side (where you clamp) of the crosses is higher than the tension on the far side of the racket and each cross is tensioned in the opposite direction.

And some people think the Stringmeter is accurate. I think so too (kind of,) but for the most part you have to take an average and not look at each individual string.

If your 'tie off' mains have less tension why don't you increase the tension so it is the same? Please don't try this as the outside mains will appear lower even though the tension is actually the same or even higher.
 
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azrael201

Rookie
I used Tourna stringmeter for the first time yesterday but i noticed that my mains differ in their tension. I know that the "tie off mains" normally have less tension but is it normal the 6 "centered" mains to have diferrent tension?
yea i think this is normal. probably will start to normalize a little bit with time and hitting, but likely it has to do with a combination of friction and the fact the middle strings are stretched the furthest.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
yea i think this is normal. probably will start to normalize a little bit with time and hitting, but likely it has to do with a combination of friction and the fact the middle strings are stretched the furthest.
It will never even out.
 
The center strings will give the exact same measurements when checked using a string meter when properly strung. If getting different readings it is because something happened with the installation process that caused them not to be uniform.
 

ARKustom93

Professional
I used Tourna stringmeter for the first time yesterday but i noticed that my mains differ in their tension. I know that the "tie off mains" normally have less tension but is it normal the 6 "centered" mains to have diferrent tension?
In terms of tension difference, how much, pattern or random, and lastly, are you talking about the 6 center mains compared to the remaining mains, or the 6 CMs string by string?
 
I am talkinh about the 6 main strings, string by string.
In case you or someone is still reading this thread..

I am a SM user, I used it on all the string jobs I do on my own sticks. And I have a notebook full of data. My observation is that few people on TT can provided qualified responses because they do not use SM.

Regarding to not getting consistent reading from string to string, the word is COMMON. Is it desirable? No. If the difference is small, does it matter, not significantly? I do strive to minimize the differences while stringing. The other way I did, on Ashaway Kevlar+ main is that, when I remove the cross string, the center mains, specially the center 2, typically would be at a lower tension. I would push down on the strings one at a time from #2 then out, 3, 4, 5... As you push, it would pull and tighten the two adjacent strings. Continuing doing so until the center tension is increased so that perhaps they are a little higher in the center or equal all the way around.

The "tuned" main adding the cross would nearly restore the string bed. It is pretty close but you cannot completely eliminate string wear and over lower tension on the main and the new cross tension.
 
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