What tension do you string at?

What tension do you string at?

  • 50-51

    Votes: 18 7.2%
  • 52-54

    Votes: 41 16.5%
  • 55

    Votes: 27 10.8%
  • 56

    Votes: 13 5.2%
  • 57

    Votes: 21 8.4%
  • 58

    Votes: 28 11.2%
  • 59

    Votes: 10 4.0%
  • 60

    Votes: 43 17.3%
  • 61-63

    Votes: 28 11.2%
  • 64+

    Votes: 20 8.0%

  • Total voters
    249
currently stringing @ 64 mains/66 crosses on my k-six-two w/ Multifeel. This is probably going to be the last stringjob on this frame until i shed it for a MG prestige next month.
 

ronalditop

Hall of Fame
ok so I strung mine at 62(was 52) yesterday... and holy crap... im playing ALOT better, I can control all of my shots exactly where I want them, and I can add ALOT more power.... awesome...
wow thats a big difference in tensions. what´s the the tension range for your racquet? .
 

ronalditop

Hall of Fame
my last stringjob is psgd 17 at 59 but looks like is going to break very soon, so for my next stringjob im going to choose psgd 16. what tension should i pick?
 
Hmm well i got a gamma x-2 and i have some gamma strings to try out so right now it is...

Gamma Zo Life- 65 lbs
Gamma gut 2- 67 lbs in k90
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
It all depends on what racquet you are using. Different tensions are recommended for different racquets. Even same models of different years have different tension recommendations. So this survey is really non relevant.
 

Storm_Kyori

Hall of Fame
Check sig, I'm pretty sure I'm at a lower tension, but I prefer to start high and lose a bit of tension before it gets to where I want
 

JohnS

Semi-Pro
I string a college player's racquet at 46 lbs!! he's from spain.

Last year, I strung a girl from belgium's racquet at 49 lbs!!

They both use babolat pure drives
 
On the APDC plus I string 63 pounds on the mains and 64 pounds on the crosses. I noticed that a lot of diehard Federer fans tend to string in the low 50's.
I'm one of them, I play an n90 at 52 lbs. However, when I play someone that hits high loopy balls I have to play around 57 lbs or else I have control issues.
 
i usually string mine at mid range and adjust from there, my rule is string with the lowest tension you can control, i might go + or - 2lbs. tighter during the summer and looser during the cold season.
 
There really should be an option for under 50 lbs. I'm currently stringing at 50 lbs, but I'll probably go lower in the future. I tend to struggle with depth on my ground strokes, so I like the extra power that the low tension gives me. Plus I like the feel around the net.
 

andreh

Professional
I've often wondered why so many people on these boards string so high? I often see stuff like 60+ lbs in K90 with full poly!!!! I string at 52-54 with gut in 95sq.in frame!

I can't believe there are so many amateurs that can generate enough pace and hit the sweetspot in a mid or midplus frame at those tension ranges.
 

Trevor

Rookie
I've been experimenting a lot and just found my new set up, Cyberflash at 58/61 w/ Powerpads and each outer most string on each side strung at 65 lbs.
 
Time to revive this thread.

Highest: 65 in a Head YTPMP (2009). Obviously i did not like this at all. Far too dead and unresponsive.

Interestingly, i found i served best at 61....

Lowest: 35 in a Wilson ProStaff 97S.... thought that with the spin effect pattern and some Solinco Tour bite diamond rough 17 this would be utlimate spin monster. How wrong i was.

Nowadays, i string at 46 with a hybrid of Luxilon BBO 17 and Yonex ATG/Wilson NXT 16. I currently use 2x Head i.Prestige MP from 2001
 

DriveKing

New User
Started out at like 55-56 lbs when I learned the game a few years back. Today, I go from 49 lbs indoors (winter) to 51 lbs max outdoors in the summer. I just love the free power. I can't stand high tension. Always full polys.
 
i always used to string at 58 in a 93sqinch, 18x20, extremely heavy tennis racket as a junior... then as i grew older (i am 23 now), i realised that stringing lower was so much better. So i went from 58 to 52, stuck around 52 for a year in my Prince Tour 100 rackets. Then i moved from 52 to 46 once i got the i.Prestiges i am currently wielding.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
My arm quivers just thinking about your 76lb tension.... May i ask how do you manage? Unless, you were joking. In which case, thank you for caring about your arms
No joke. Been doing high tension for years. Its just not an issue for me because of my handle and higher swing weight. Also I don't do locked stringbeds.
 
No joke. Been doing high tension for years. Its just not an issue for me because of my handle and higher swing weight. Also I don't do locked stringbeds.
I mean, I consider 50 to be high and i play college tennis in the UK and Division one club tennis too. Most people around here do between 50 and 60. im a bit of an outlier in that regard.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I mean, I consider 50 to be high and i play college tennis in the UK and Division one club tennis too. Most people around here do between 50 and 60. im a bit of an outlier in that regard.
Its a long story but you get a 110" racquet and weight it up to over 400g and up the swing weight over 380, see if you don't increase your tension.

Though even in my new 99" blade I am doing that tension. All I can tell you is that stock rackets with normal tensions and strings is something I hate playing with. Its just wrong mushy noodles. UGH. How anyone can play like that is beyond me.

FWIW I once was stringing at 15lbs and unlike alot on this forum, I have actually tried pretty much everything from what I do now to 86/26 or 15lbs and points inbetween.

Only with full poly do I have limited experience. Few Polys can go over 70lbs and well the ones that can get notched super quick and break. I did try full poly at 35lbs which according to this forum is the cats meow. I lasted a few minutes till I ditched that.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
The most common error of recreational players is stringing too high a tension.
How is that possible? Most rec players don't string and no self respecting stringer will go beyond the rated max tension. Are you saying the manufacturers have it wrong?

And really man you know the biggest mistake is hitting the net or the fence...
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
How is that possible? Most rec players don't string and no self respecting stringer will go beyond the rated max tension. Are you saying the manufacturers have it wrong?

And really man you know the biggest mistake is hitting the net or the fence...
You don’t have to go above a frames recommended tension to be stringing too high for the majority of recreational players.
 
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Shroud

G.O.A.T.
You don’t have to go above a frames recommended tension to be stringing too high for the majority of recreational players.
Exactly. So you are saying the manufacturers are putting a range that is too high on the racquet.

Anyhow how do you define "too high" if its not based on the manufacturer's specs?
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Exactly. So you are saying the manufacturers are putting a range that is too high on the racquet.

Anyhow how do you define "too high" if its not based on the manufacturer's specs?
So are you now trying to argue that the manufacturers recommendation on frames should be lower?. If you are you are correct with respect to the poly strings on the market today. String companies recommend that players string poly at lower tensions as much as 10% lower than they would other strings.
Notice this thread was over a decade ago and the string tensions have come down quite a bit for players professional and recreational. However, playing at too high a tension is still the most common error.
The gentleman playing college tennis at around 50 is very consistent among players using full poly. There is no comparison between what the majority of players are using and your frame. You have created a frame that requires something very different.
I have never seen a weighted up 400+ gram 110” frame strung at 86/66 on the court in all my years of playing and teaching tennis and I would imagine the collegiate player asking you this question never has either. I’ve never seen anything remotely close to what you are using.
“Too high” is based on what would produce the best tennis for a particular player at a tension that is safe for their arm.
You wouldn’t fall into the category of the majority of players. Your frame would exclude you from any comparison to other players.
 
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You're basically an alien Shroud. you should be in Area 51 waiting for people to break you out in september.

I think tension ranges are a bit wrong. Manufacturers find out the stress limits of several rackets and take an average for the upper bound and then take something sensible which is perhaps 20+ lower than the critical point and say thats the tension range. Silly i know, but what can you do?
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
You're basically an alien Shroud. you should be in Area 51 waiting for people to break you out in september.

I think tension ranges are a bit wrong. Manufacturers find out the stress limits of several rackets and take an average for the upper bound and then take something sensible which is perhaps 20+ lower than the critical point and say thats the tension range. Silly i know, but what can you do?
They look at stress levels but also do player testing. The recommendations on most frames seem to work fairly well if they are using Synthetic Gut or Multi. If using poly they are normally on the high side.
 
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USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Just trained with some collegiate players and they were playing with 18x20’s strung in the mid to upper 40’s and a couple of 16x19’s strung at 50 and 52. Fairly normal tensions and playing in the extreme heat.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Live in AZ, hitting with the 2015 Balde 18x20 and a few other newer versions. Full bed poly YTex Square X strung 50-54 max. tried as low as 46 and as high as 60.

52 is my sweet spot.
 
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