The "String your Poly at 40" challenge thread

FiddlerDog

Professional
I just strung my Poly at 40 yesterday and loved it.
Crushing balls at 100% with lots of spin. Nothing going long.
Best serving of my life.

This is a challenge. Not a debate.
I do not want your opinion or prediction of what you think will happen.

Please string your next poly at 40 and report your play test.
If it is truly a terrible experience, I will buy a new pack of strings for you.
Just try it once. I dare you. Then report back your experience.
 
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gold325

Semi-Pro
I just strung my Poly at 40 yesterday and loved it.
Please string your next poly at 40 and report your play test.
If it is truly a terrible experience, I will buy a new pack of strings for you.

Just try it once.
Which string and racket? What was the original tension you played at? Just curious.
 

geubes

Rookie
Did not like it. 46 was as low as I liked before it felt like a cannon, settled back up at 50lbs because I prefer to be able to hit flat when needed.

I will say that I feel shaped polys play better lower than round polys.
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Did not like it. 46 was as low as I liked before it felt like a cannon, settled back up at 50lbs because I prefer to be able to hit flat when needed.

I will say that I feel shaped polys play better lower than round polys.
Try 40 and report back
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
i do 37/34 with lower powered polys like black knight and lynx tour but even with lynx tour it still felt a bit too crisp for me. My normal is 37/36 and love it in my control racquet (vcp97)
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I did. Sorry I thought it would be assumed by my comment. I went all the way to 38 and worked back up to 54. My favourite range was 48-52
Same here. A few years ago I went gradually down to 37 then back up eventually to 53. 48-54 for me is perfect.
 

guilhermefdc

Semi-Pro
I did. Sorry I thought it would be assumed by my comment. I went all the way to 38 and worked back up to 54. My favourite range was 48-52
Whenever I experiment with tension, I always end up in that 48-54 range (currently 54/52).
I never went below 44 - but I have a racquet that needs stringing and I’ll give 40 a shot, as per OPs suggestion
 

RVT

Rookie
Please string your next poly at 40 and report your play test.
"string at" or "play at"??

I'm new to this whole Poly thing...but was gifted a bunch of string so though I'd try it out:

1) alupower 1.25 main /Yonex PTP 1.2 cross. Easter egg colors.. strung at 42 or 46 (can't remember) but playing at 38 after the first hour, 36 now. Feels awesome.

2) Velocity MLT main (16G black), Yonex PTP cross, 1.2. Strung--high.. 56/52 or something like that. Hated it, almost cut it out. Hit with it for a couple more hours, down to 46. Not bad. Couple more hours, now at 40lbs. It's incredible. Control is actually much better now that it's loosened? can't even figure that out. Made it to about 12 hours then the mains exploded--like 4 at once.

So, based on my limited poly experience, I'm guessing if I string at 40, I'll really be playing at 32 or so?
 

Yamin

Professional
Good if you're always on offense from the baseline. Doesn't work well for my serve, blocking, volleys. Going to give it another try in a clash pretty soon.
 

socallefty

Legend
Stringing at 40lbs feels good for me only on the day I string it and definitely for less than 5 hours of play time. After that, it feels too low-control for me as I try to play for 10-15 hours with full-bed soft poly. When I string at 44-45 lbs, it feels good for a longer period - the main thing I want from my strings is control as I generate a lot of pace and spin myself with my swing. I play with thin gauges like 17-18 gauge and don’t know how it would feel with thicker gauges at 40 lbs.

There are a lot of variables like stiffness of the poly, gauge thickness, tension retention etc.that makes it hard to have inflexible guidelines like the OP likes to promote. Not to mention that a huge variable is your racquet power/stiffness and the level of your technique.
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
I am down from 53lb to 46lb now (1.25 Kirschbaum PL2). On way there, then, eh? On the mobile app, showing as 35lb now, though, as I don't restring very often! :D
 

cha cha

Professional
Would the lifespan of poly be increased by stringing it lower?
I would say the opposite.
It will move around more therefore notch and eventually eat through itself faster.
And I do no know about you, but at a certain point of string movement I would rather just cut it out than adjust 10 strings every 5 seconds like a mad man.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Brought 2 fresh racquets this morning. One at my normal 50 lbs and one at 40 lbs.

I guess one man's trampoline is another man's ball pocketing, but I quite like it at 40. Definitely don't want to go below 40, but I'll roll with it for a while.
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Brought 2 fresh racquets this morning. One at my normal 50 lbs and one at 40 lbs.

I guess one man's trampoline is another man's ball pocketing, but I quite like it at 40. Definitely don't want to go below 40, but I'll roll with it for a while.
Congrats for trying something new.
Don't go below 40, because with tension loss, it will be at 25 within 10 hours, and too loose

What did you notice side by side with 40 vs 50 ?
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Congrats for trying something new.
Don't go below 40, because with tension loss, it will be at 25 within 10 hours, and too loose

What did you notice side by side with 40 vs 50 ?
Most noticeable difference was that it felt softer. Slightly more dwell time on the string bed, felt like maybe my shaped poly was grabbing the ball more.

I don't want to say trampoline or loss of control, but launch angle also went up a bit.
 
cyclone tour 18g fit the bill?
cyclone tour needs to be strung at high tensions. if you start low, you’ll lose snapback as the strings lose tension even though the string is probably still good. I string it at 57 on my lockout and it drops mid-high 40s and stays there for a while in playable condition. When I tried at 50, it would drop high 30s low 40s and might play okay but strings get too loose and just starting sliding around at impact where had I strung higher it’d still be snapping back for a while longer.
 

babar

Professional
I used to play a Wilson PS 6.1 at 40 lbs with MSV Focus Hex.
I loved it in that frame. Even tried 38 lbs once and it played fine.
Since switching to larger frames, I've stuck with about 50 tensions.
Never tried 40 in a 100 sq.in. frame or larger :unsure:
Playing with a Speed MP now. . .
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’ve strung poly at 30,40,45, 50,55,60,65,70. I can play with any of those tensions especially when brand new, but do not like below 55lbs. Play much better with poly above 60lbs.

But if some like low tension and can play well with it then great go for it, the lower tension is easier on the arm and has a softer feel. But I don’t understand why those that like low tension are so obsessed with pushing it on other players.

Most guys that string themselves have experimented with many different tensions and have found what works for them personally. So just because someone finally try’s a low tension and likes it does not mean they have discovered some magic pill that others have not already used and some liked it and others didn’t.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
I’ve strung poly at 30,40,45, 50,55,60,65,70. I can play with any of those tensions especially when brand new, but do not like below 55lbs. Play much better with poly above 60lbs.

But if some like low tension and can play well with it then great go for it, the lower tension is easier on the arm and has a softer feel. But I don’t understand why those that like low tension are so obsessed with pushing it on other players.

Most guys that string themselves have experimented with many different tensions and have found what works for them personally. So just because someone finally try’s a low tension and likes it does not mean they have discovered some magic pill that others have not already used and some liked it and others didn’t.
ah but it is the magic pill…all the free power and spin you could ask for and all you need to do it brush correctly and the ball explodes off the racquet’s string bed
DISCLAIMER: I string at high 30s tension but use control oriented racquets which greatly help to tame the power of low tension poly. I would NOT recommend stringing this low in a POWER racquet
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
ah but it is the magic pill…all the free power and spin you could ask for and all you need to do it brush correctly and the ball explodes off the racquet’s string bed
DISCLAIMER: I string at high 30s tension but use control oriented racquets which greatly help to tame the power of low tension poly. I would NOT recommend stringing this low in a POWER racquet
What some think is great others will think not so great. Ive tried low tension with different strings and don’t care for it, if using a Kevlar main low tension is fine but not with any other string. I much prefer poly between 65-70 lbs.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
ah but it is the magic pill…all the free power and spin you could ask for and all you need to do it brush correctly and the ball explodes off the racquet’s string bed
DISCLAIMER: I string at high 30s tension but use control oriented racquets which greatly help to tame the power of low tension poly. I would NOT recommend stringing this low in a POWER racquet
-agree here, i feel the same!
-i find tension to be pattern and/or racquet head size dependent
-but it also has to be player compatible ( i like lower tensions, some players live in the 70-80lb range)
-30lbs on a 18/20 pattern (97"-100" h.grav.pro, w.ultra.tour) feel great 2me (y)(y)
-30lbs on a 16/19 (100" h.extreme.pro) not as good,,, im still waiting for the ball to land!! :rolleyes:(n)
 
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