What is the effect of low powered strings in a high power racquet?

MoxMonkey

Rookie
If you put strings that are rated as low powered into a frame that is of a high powered design, would one offset the other?

How much is the power level of a racquet effected by the string setup?
 

Lorenn

Professional
Normally ,if that is your goal, you are better off getting a middle/tweener frame as it gives you better range of options and performance. Now if you already have the High Powered Frame you can easily make it act like a tweener frame. Weight/stability might become an issue.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
really depends on the racket and string in question. assuming all variables constant other than string type, you generally can't make a rocket launcher into a precision stick by changing any variable, but you might be able to make it better for you. a lot of it has to do with how string sensitive the racket is and how it responds to certain strings.

at the end of the day, it might just be easier to change the racket.
 

Dragy

Legend
This may also depend on the way the frame is powerful. Is it head size? Is it stiffness? Is it high SW? Is it wide open string pattern? Generally, tighter stiffer strings will somewhat make the rebound weaker. If you use the same swing, ball will go lower, shorter, slower. If you string tighter or use stiffer, less elastic string, it will alter the way racquet plays, however, it will also alter feel, as well as make off-center zones less responsive. Did I mention more shock transferred to the arm yet?

So, using different strings and tensions is best way to adjust how your preferred racquet plays and feels. However, it's not always an ultimate solution to make one racquet into another, as leaving some middle-ground zone you get more drawbacks than benefits, I believe.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
If you put strings that are rated as low powered into a frame that is of a high powered design, would one offset the other?

How much is the power level of a racquet effected by the string setup?
Short answer: Yes... sort of. A less resilient string like a poly hybrid can offset the relative liveliness of a racquet like a Babolat Pure Drive.

How much of an effect it will have really depends on how a certain player hits the ball, but it also depends on the specific string. A skinny poly - lets say 1.20mm can be roughly as firm as a 16 ga. synthetic gut (1.30mm), but a heavier gauge of poly (1.28mm-1.30mm) will play much more dead and clunky.

But there's a pretty big trade-off there. Less resilient string - poly and co-poly - will transmit more impact shock into a player's arm. That can make many users more prone to irritation or injury like tennis elbow or golfer's elbow compared with using softer string types like syn. gut and multifiber. Poly also loses its resilience very quickly, typically after only around 10-12 hours of use.

Our pals above are right in terms of solving the power issue in tennis equipment. Going for a lower powered racquet - perhaps one that's more flexible - and pairing it with a softer, more resilient yet manageable string is usually the smart option for striking a balance between decent performance and promoting long-term arm health. String choices can tweak the feel and performance we get from one frame or another, but they won't turn a racquet into something it's not.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
If you put strings that are rated as low powered into a frame that is of a high powered design, would one offset the other?

How much is the power level of a racquet effected by the string setup?
Isn't that the modern game? Poly strings are spin monsters but low powered and so to give them power, they made frames more powerful. Voila, modern spin-centric baseline tennis was born.

Old School tennis was the opposite. Gut was the best string to get spin with and it was powerful so rackets were lower powered to match the string.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I use high-powered frames (YT and IG Prestige MP) with low-powered strings Luxilon ALU BB. The result is good spin generation with good pace. I've used this combination for about ten years. I have tried other things now and then including changing the tension and trying softer, or thicker strings but always just come back to this combination. Tension is 51 and I restring after ten hours of play. After ten hours, my shots start going long. Then I hit more topspin to compensate and then remember that I need to restring.

The main benefit of the heavier frame is arm health as I had a really bad case of TE in 2011.
 

TheTennisNoob

New User
If you put strings that are rated as low powered into a frame that is of a high powered design, would one offset the other?

How much is the power level of a racquet effected by the string setup?
Recently I've put high power strings in a racket designed for control and speed, this made the head a little heavier I have medium control and medium power and while it feels smoother it requires me looking the racket to make sure I hit it correctly Though this might be because this is the first time I've used this racket, A dunlop CX 200 with kevlar strings(which are surprisingly comfy) but I got the string tension 2 or 3 more than it's rated for, the entire way this racket is built elimates my serve because of the lack of spin
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Recently I've put high power strings in a racket designed for control and speed, this made the head a little heavier I have medium control and medium power and while it feels smoother it requires me looking the racket to make sure I hit it correctly Though this might be because this is the first time I've used this racket, A dunlop CX 200 with kevlar strings(which are surprisingly comfy) but I got the string tension 2 or 3 more than it's rated for, the entire way this racket is built elimates my serve because of the lack of spin
Specs are always about tradeoffs. Improving one area may degrade another area.

Racquets and strings aren't magic but the best combination individually is out there. It's just a headache finding it.
 

TheTennisNoob

New User
Specs are always about tradeoffs. Improving one area may degrade another area.

Racquets and strings aren't magic but the best combination individually is out there. It's just a headache finding it.
And that's the honest truth and if you find something that works always make sure you have a backup, it took me 3 years and I finally found my match made in heaven my win % shot up in a short year
 
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