Tension advice for 18 x 20 low powered racquet?

pico

Semi-Pro
Hey guys. I was researching this and there seems to be two camps on this. I have a Gravity Pro which falls under the "18 x 20 low powered" racquet category. I am experimenting with tensions. I use Volkl Cyclone mostly. I have always strung above 52lbs but I have read ppl suggest that under 50 is better for 18 x 20 and especially low powered racquets. However, some ppl also suggest above 55 which seems harsh for a full-poly setup. Thoughts?
 

Hung.khuu

New User

pico

Semi-Pro
Thanks guys. I def have a fast and powerful swing. Hence, i am struggling to find that balance of getting the right launch angle and keeping it in.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Thanks guys. I def have a fast and powerful swing. Hence, i am struggling to find that balance of getting the right launch angle and keeping it in.
I'd say it's really about feel. The racquet has to tell you what's happening when you hit the ball - decent feel - so that you can repeat what you're doing right or make adjustments when contact is off-center or the ball flight is wrong. I'd bet that you'll know what's right for you with this string when you feel it.

If you can try one setup tensioned at 55 lbs. and another at maybe 45 lbs., that should give you some insight. Both can potentially work great, but the one that gives you the better feel should be more "right" for you.
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
Hey guys. I was researching this and there seems to be two camps on this. I have a Gravity Pro which falls under the "18 x 20 low powered" racquet category. I am experimenting with tensions. I use Volkl Cyclone mostly. I have always strung above 52lbs but I have read ppl suggest that under 50 is better for 18 x 20 and especially low powered racquets. However, some ppl also suggest above 55 which seems harsh for a full-poly setup. Thoughts?
I strung my Prince Tour 18X20 at 52 with multi. When I switched to the 16X18 Tour I found 55 lbs worked well. So I would say 2-3 lbs lower should work well for you. But you’ll still have to experiment or you’ll always wonder.
 

matchpoint9

Rookie
I put 46/43 lbs when using full poly. I also occasionally use poly / multi hybrid and for that I do 47/51.

Tension maintenance and how often you restring are also considerations.


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pico

Semi-Pro
I put 46/43 lbs when using full poly. I also occasionally use poly / multi hybrid and for that I do 47/51.

Tension maintenance and how often you restring are also considerations.


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How come you had the crosses lower when you did full poly?
 

pico

Semi-Pro
It opens up the sweet spot and increases the launch angle, which is what I want.


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That is huge! I never knew that. I am looking for a higher launch angle too. Maybe i should try 50lbs on mains n 47lbs on crosses with full Cyclone 17g.
 

Grieeegoorr

Rookie
The Stringway online tension advisor is fun to play around with, @Irvin put me onto it. It takes into account the length and width of the racquet face, because what tension feels good in a 90" frame will feel different in a 100" frame. There will still be some experimenting but you will end up finding the Dynamic Tension (DT) that you like, you can then use the tension advisor to figure out what tension to string the mains and crosses at on any racquet with any string pattern that you may change to in the future.
 

matchpoint9

Rookie
That is huge! I never knew that. I am looking for a higher launch angle too. Maybe i should try 50lbs on mains n 47lbs on crosses with full Cyclone 17g.
50 is not a bad place to start but as per the above comment, you can go down to 48 and still get plenty of control. 16x19 might be a different story.


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1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
on a 16/19 "I use 4me", 52lbs tension
on a 18/20 "I use 4me", 48lbs tension

the second problem that comes up, its the change in strings
while the chosen tension might work on one pattern, it will not feel the same when you change the string; some strings need more/less

my personal experience on this racquet, and its gonna apply to you @pico
http://instagr.am/p/B4drg58gZss/
I choose 48lbs this time, next time ill go 50/48 lbs, same racquet, same string
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
I used to be in the high 40’s to low 50’s with 18g poly in a PA.

Then I switched to the 93p 18x20. Same 18g poly. Tension 42lbs.
 

matchpoint9

Rookie
so 48lbs on mains and 45lbs on crosses?
You can do 48/45 for sure.

I do my own stringing so I personally like to experiment with one thing at a time. So another option for you is to do 48 all around. In other words just drop the tension first. If that works out then drop the crosses next time and that should give you even better results.


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Big Bagel

Professional
I would just play around with it some. I used to have full poly at 60 pounds in a 96" head. Currently I have a set of full poly on my 18x20 95" head at just 40 pounds. Experiment to see what you like. The trend lately is to go low, especially if you're using full poly, so definitely try it, but it might not work for you and that's fine.
 

t_pac

Rookie
I've got mine at 44/40 at the moment with a pretty soft poly. Love it!

Loads of power on flat shots (flat first serves are huge) but there's plenty of spin, even with a tight 18x20 pattern so I rarely sail the ball.
 

pico

Semi-Pro
Just to get a feel for low tension, I strung my Prestige Pro, which is 16 x 19, at 46lbs with Cyclone. Man it felt good. I felt i could still go lower as my shots were still aggressive and controlled. Then i did something to my calf :(
 

chrisb

Semi-Pro
i string rackets so I constantly play around with string s and tensions (as well as frames). My son who is a 5.0 player plays with the K factor 6.1s 16x19 likes poly syn at 52 , 50 if playing outdoors in colder weather. I currently play with gravity pros and secret 4s strung with the same hybrid setups at 42 to 45 depending on warm cold weather. I have one question for the more techy guys, Is there any way to get the Heads to emulate balance points of the secrets? I love the secrets feel even at age 76 lol
 

Muppet

Legend
Also consider the twist weight of the frame. If it is rigid or has more weight on the sides of the hoop, you can tension the crosses a pound or two tighter. The twist weight is the innate resistance of the hoop to twisting force. Three of my racquets are Dunlop 200 series 18x20, which are low tw @10. When stringing full poly I drop the tension on the crosses 1 lb. below that of the mains. On full SG and full multi I just string them even and let the elastic strings compensate.
 

SteveI

Legend
Hey guys. I was researching this and there seems to be two camps on this. I have a Gravity Pro which falls under the "18 x 20 low powered" racquet category. I am experimenting with tensions. I use Volkl Cyclone mostly. I have always strung above 52lbs but I have read ppl suggest that under 50 is better for 18 x 20 and especially low powered racquets. However, some ppl also suggest above 55 which seems harsh for a full-poly setup. Thoughts?
What thickness of string? Cyclone 16g? 17G?.. etc. There is a major difference between the 16G which is very dead. The 19G is very powerful in comparison. I used to string my Wilson BLX Blade 98 (18 x 20) 50 / 48 and worked well for me. Strings that worked great in that frame for my skill level and game were LF Vorso 17G and Cyclone 19G.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
Also consider the twist weight of the frame. If it is rigid or has more weight on the sides of the hoop, you can tension the crosses a pound or two tighter. The twist weight is the innate resistance of the hoop to twisting force. Three of my racquets are Dunlop 200 series 18x20, which are low tw @10. When stringing full poly I drop the tension on the crosses 1 lb. below that of the mains. On full SG and full multi I just string them even and let the elastic strings compensate.
How do you even play with a racket that has a 10 TW? Talk about a lot of shanks
 
Hey guys. I was researching this and there seems to be two camps on this. I have a Gravity Pro which falls under the "18 x 20 low powered" racquet category. I am experimenting with tensions. I use Volkl Cyclone mostly. I have always strung above 52lbs but I have read ppl suggest that under 50 is better for 18 x 20 and especially low powered racquets. However, some ppl also suggest above 55 which seems harsh for a full-poly setup. Thoughts?
I demo’d this frame and Cyclone 17 @53 felt WAY too tight. 44# felt pretty good without any loss of control


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Pro-tech

New User
Hey guys. I was researching this and there seems to be two camps on this. I have a Gravity Pro which falls under the "18 x 20 low powered" racquet category. I am experimenting with tensions. I use Volkl Cyclone mostly. I have always strung above 52lbs but I have read ppl suggest that under 50 is better for 18 x 20 and especially low powered racquets. However, some ppl also suggest above 55 which seems harsh for a full-poly setup. Thoughts?
For anything 18x20 i dont see a need to go over 50 lbs. Its common sense youre going to get less help from your stringbed going denser.
 

Muppet

Legend
How do you even play with a racket that has a 10 TW? Talk about a lot of shanks
Carefully. I'm careful to use the same footwork on each ball and train my eyes on the ball until after it has left my strings. My first racquet was a 90", 16x19, 348g, and very flexy. So I've developed good habits.
 
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