Winter Tension

Znak

Semi-Pro
Do you guys adjust your strings to match the weather? If so what do you do? It's getting close to 0 Celsius in Paris, and wasn't sure if it's normal to make adjustments to your strings to compensate.
 

fjcamry

Semi-Pro
It’s 34 f ( just above 0 Celsius ) at night outdoors and I’m not changing tensions . I’m using the cold winter as training since there’s no spin on the ball forcing me to create more spin on the ball. This can be applied with teaching my son also . There’s no liquid in the air and it’s dry causing the ball to skid off the court rather than bounce . This is perfect conditions to train for more spin . We have to layer and wear elastane thermals to stay warm underneath .


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Znak

Semi-Pro
It’s 34 f ( just above 0 Celsius ) at night outdoors and I’m not changing tensions . I’m using the cold winter as training since there’s no spin on the ball forcing me to create more spin on the ball. This can be applied with teaching my son also . There’s no liquid in the air and it’s dry causing the ball to skid off the court rather than bounce . This is perfect conditions to train for more spin . We have to layer and wear elastane thermals to stay warm underneath .


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Interesting point, I was noticing my stringbed really stiff when warming up. Agree with you on the thermals, definitely needed!
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
My temperatures are similar and our courts are beside the sea so add in some dampness too. I would string two pounds lower this weather as I find the string bed hardens up a little when it's this cold. Roll on Spring 2018!
 
For temps between 40º-60º I drop 4-6# depending on the string for playing outdoors. Generally drop 3# for winter indoor play vs summer outdoor because the air is much cooler indoors - we are usually in the mid-80s and above in the summer - and there is less humidity in general.
 

Znak

Semi-Pro
Woah, good to know thanks all for the advice, seems pretty common to drop it a little bit in the colder month. Will test this out!
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
I typically switch from full poly or a poly main hybrid to a gut main hybrid to make up for stiffness and powerloss. I typically bump tension up a few pounds going to gut, but it is still softer and more powerful. For reference I typically play 20g tourbite mains with 17g crosses at 40 and for winter this year I'm playing Pacific classic gut 16 mains with tourbite 20g crosses at 46/44.
 

Znak

Semi-Pro
I typically switch from full poly or a poly main hybrid to a gut main hybrid to make up for stiffness and powerloss. I typically bump tension up a few pounds going to gut, but it is still softer and more powerful. For reference I typically play 20g tourbite mains with 17g crosses at 40 and for winter this year I'm playing Pacific classic gut 16 mains with tourbite 20g crosses at 46/44.
That's a good idea, my elbow has been pretty tired recently, so I just strung up my first hybrid 2 weeks ago, another good reason to do so!
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Poly seems to be a little more temperature sensitive - in my very limited experience - than syn. gut or multifiber. It's generally too firm and dead for my taste, but can be both surprisingly soft in the hottest stretch of the summer and also rock hard when I'm outdoors in the late winter/early spring when coaching my high school team.

I primarily use 17 ga. syn. gut all the time and I'll drop 5 lbs. of tension when we're outside and it's 40F or sometimes colder than that. Lots of feel comes back for me at lower tension, but once we're out there with temps in the mid 50's to low 60's, I'll go at least a couple lbs. back in the tighter direction.

No idea what the rule of thumb is for dropping tension with a poly, but I'd bet that 5 lbs. would be a good start. Also very much agree with the idea of going over to a hybrid in colder weather for anybody who generally likes a full bed of poly in the warmer months.
 

Znak

Semi-Pro
Poly seems to be a little more temperature sensitive - in my very limited experience - than syn. gut or multifiber. It's generally too firm and dead for my taste, but can be both surprisingly soft in the hottest stretch of the summer and also rock hard when I'm outdoors in the late winter/early spring when coaching my high school team.

I primarily use 17 ga. syn. gut all the time and I'll drop 5 lbs. of tension when we're outside and it's 40F or sometimes colder than that. Lots of feel comes back for me at lower tension, but once we're out there with temps in the mid 50's to low 60's, I'll go at least a couple lbs. back in the tighter direction.

No idea what the rule of thumb is for dropping tension with a poly, but I'd bet that 5 lbs. would be a good start. Also very much agree with the idea of going over to a hybrid in colder weather for anybody who generally likes a full bed of poly in the warmer months.
Awesome thanks for the input, will give it a go!
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
I can’t play poly mains if it drops below 40. My elbow says no.

Summer or winter indoors I am playing full poly.

Outside in cold temps I have Origin mains and poly cross. Gut would play a bit nicer, but can be damaged by moisture.
 
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Attila_the_gorilla

Guest
Yeah I use gut/zyex at around 45 lbs in the summer, in the winter I can't use gut, so have a frame set up with Origin/zyex. This year I used 40 lbs in the winter, but wasn't happy with it, next time I'll go lower, probably closer to 30.
 

Frankc

Semi-Pro
Use a different, far softer string in the winter here. Makes a big difference with more wind and much lower temps. Usually play anytime above 40F and not much wind. The different, much more lively string bed for the cold really helps the game and joints - balls are noticeably different with the low temps also. Often, I'll play full bed, thin natty gut only in the winter - far too powerful in the summer here, for me.
 

warney

Rookie
I can’t play poly mains if it drops below 40. My elbow says no.

Summer or winter indoors I am playing full poly.

Outside in cold temps I have Origin mains and poly cross. Gut would play a bit nicer, but can be damaged by moisture.
What is your choice of poly cross for Origin main? I am looking for alternative poly cross (currently using MSV Co-Focus) for Origin mains.
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
What is your choice of poly cross for Origin main? I am looking for alternative poly cross (currently using MSV Co-Focus) for Origin mains.
Prince Tour XC. I didn't choose it for performance reasons, it is my default only because I am still finishing off a reel of it. That being said, it's a good cross. I would also think Tourna Black Zone (the round one) would be a good choice.
 
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Do you guys adjust your strings to match the weather? If so what do you do? It's getting close to 0 Celsius in Paris, and wasn't sure if it's normal to make adjustments to your strings to compensate.

Full bed of basic nylon 57-58 lbs 98sq 16 x19 frame.
Pattern is closed enough so string movement isn't to excessive.
 

Matthew Lee

Professional
Here in SoCal it definitely feels colder, at times starting at 5PM all the way until the next day at 10-11AM. I haven't restrung my racket yet, but will be dropping tension from 50/51 to 48 or 49 pounds, as recommended by my stringer.
 

JustTennis76

Professional
Do you guys adjust your strings to match the weather? If so what do you do? It's getting close to 0 Celsius in Paris, and wasn't sure if it's normal to make adjustments to your strings to compensate.
I string one racket at 5% lower tension for cold weather and one at my normal tension. I use the lower tension in winter when it's really cold and use the normal tension one on days when it can get unusually warmer in winter on some weekends.
 
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