Discussion in 'Racquets' started by fernandof002, Jun 4, 2011.
How does the ball differ from each racket? Does one has more pop or control than the other?
There is hardly any difference with the addition of one cross string... It's like having a 16x18 and adding one cross at the top/bottom of the string pattern... no significant difference.
16x20 is best
alen is true!! one cross does not make a difference.
what makes the difference is the spacing of the crosses and mains. otherwise they are the exact same. 16x20 is better but just cuz of two more crosses doesnt really do anything, its the spacing
Does not the one or two fewer strings increase liveliness even if the spacing where you hit the ball is the same?
Maybe one or 2 less strings do increase liveliness but it is almost impossible to compare. This is because a 16x18 and 16x19 racquet would be 2 different racquets. The example I am thinking about is the Blx 16x18 and tecnifibre 320 vo2 max. Their specs are pretty identical (beam width, relative weight and headsize) but the two racquets play pretty differently. I wouldn't attribute that entirely to the string pattern but it might contribute a small amount. But i think the string spacing and headshape contribute more to how different each racquet plays
I disagree slightly. I think a 16x19 will have a wee bit more control than a 16x18. The difference will be small but noticeable. I like 16x19 better especially in a 95 or 98 inch head. I owned the 16x18 blx 6.1 95 and used poly mains to tone down the power. The best way to tell the difference is to demo.
The denser the string patter the more control you get, the more spread out the pattern is the more spin it gives
Yes, but even if both patterns only differ by one cross?
Well, headsize also plays a role. Bigger the head, more likely that strings would be farther apart than smaller head even with the same pattern.
Nobody has mentioned head size in relation to string pattern. A 16x18 on a 95sq in racket can easily have the same string spacing as a 16x19 on a 98 or 100 sq in racket, especially around the sweet spot. Another example is the BLX90, which I think has similar string spacing to the 6.1 95 18x20. Clearly anything above 95 sq in with 16 mains is going to have a livelier string bed but you need to take the actual string spacing into account.
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