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I asked for stringing my tennis racquet at a badminton-specific shop. Not sure if it is a good idea, but the shop is convenient for me. I told the guy to do main/cross = 52/50 lbs. He said oh are you sure, because in badminton we string higher tension in cross than main.

I wanted that spec only because other people do main > cross in tennis. What he said was a news for me. I searched later and yes, badminton does cross > main.

He wrote in the receipt "50/52". People usually write main/cross. I asked him if it is their custom to write cross/main, he confirmed yes. But he was not the one who did the actual job! If the stringer thought the writing meant main/cross, than I got a spec which is not what I wanted.

At last I got my racquet back, it was my first time trying that string, so no meaningful comparisons could be made. My reviews: high precision, particularly on shots to the two sides. Power was a bit too low. The bright side was that I could hit very hard and the ball still landed in the court.

I was very much satisfied. So I like the spec, but is the spec 50/52 or 52/50? I have no tools to verify.

Questions
1) Any reason why tennis and badminton do it differently?

2) In tennis, for the same racquet and same string, main/cross = 52/50 vs 50/52, what will be the difference?​

Racquet = Yonex DR 98 310g
String = Yonex Pro Tour Fire 120 full bed
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
My guess is after stringing the mains the racquet becomes much less round and loses length much easier than a tennis racquet. Then stringing the crosses would give it the normal shape again.

I’ve never had an issue but the highest I’ve ever strung a badminton was 30 lbs and usually only around 20 to 22.
 

esgee48

Legend
It's due to the lack of mass in the frame and hoop. You are hitting a shuttlecock and not a tennis ball traveling at 60 MPH.
 

10shoe

Professional
I was very much satisfied. So I like the spec, but is the spec 50/52 or 52/50? I have no tools to verify.

Questions
1) Any reason why tennis and badminton do it differently?

2) In tennis, for the same racquet and same string, main/cross = 52/50 vs 50/52, what will be the difference?​
I don't think anyone has tools to verify, even those of us who have plenty of tools.

1. Some badminton mfrs but not all recommend increasing tension on the crosses. The bulk of the badminton racquets I have strung were strung at one tension because the bulk of the badminton racquets I see are Yonex racquets.

2. The racquet strung at 50/52 will feel slightly tighter than the same racquet strung 52/50. Main string tension is not that important with poly. I have mistakenly strung my own racquet 50/57 when I meant to do it 57/57. Not only could I not feel a difference, neither could my test equipment.
 
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