Discussion in 'Strings' started by Jack & Coke, Dec 24, 2009.
very informative, thanks.
Wonder shy some of the Babolat girls prefer Xcel and Powergy multis to Natty gut ?!?
I also use Xcel Power, but only when it rains or I sucK with my VS NATTY GUT........
THANKS FOR THE INFO BTW
Another interesting fact is - how low pros string their racquets these days. Mostly in low/mid 50s.
Looking back in to period of 70s- 90s, i remember pros stringing at much higher tensions. Starting with Connors, Lendl, Sampras, Agassi.
I wonder why? May be because today's game is mostly about top spin and baseline rallies? And back then they were hitting flat and it was mostly serve and volley?
Todays racquets are way more powerful and back in 70s and 80s everyone was using natural gut that was way more powerful than today polyester strings. Today with mid tensions and polyesters you can still keep the ball in taking huge cuts, but with gut you would have to string around 30-32kgs like Pete Sampras did with his full Babolat gut job. Topspin is also a factor but not the main one.
Another way to measure how "tight" your frame is strung is to measure the stiffness of the entire racquet face as a whole, taking all the strings together. With Lux, the same stiffness of racquet face is achieved at a lower string tension. I believe this is why Lux recommends stringing at 10% lower than you normally would when switching to Lux. A 55# Lux string job is really equal to a 61# tension with synthetic guts. Both are considered pretty tight, although higher tensions are used by some.
Tour players are using more powerful racquets than they would have 10 years ago (if you average the top 100 for example), but they keep the ball in the court by hitting more topspin than we saw in a typical match 10 years ago. Hardly anyone today hits flat or with minimal topsping. The best players use a ton of topspin, much more so than 10 years ago. Ten years ago no one but Agassi hit with the kind of topspin seen from all the best players today.
BS,,,,i read the article and it saids Rafa is using the Pro hurr Tour. i don't think this list is accurate...
In another similar article http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1899876,00.html it also states that Philipousis serve only 2mph slower with a wooden racket. So I dont think the rackets are that much more powerful.
It also says that the Lux strings are in fact quite powerful yet players say that they are dead and stiff. It concludes that players have changed their strokes to accomodate poly and swing faster generating more spin and are much more inclined to hit aggressively than eras before them.
Those strings are both fairly unique in some of their qualities. They are both quite soft at a reasonable tension, with Xcel being softer after wear, and Powergy having the best tension holding characteristics of any soft string I've used.
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