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Offline TheEternalCowboy

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Racquet String Tension
« on: April 12, 2009, 10:52:39 AM »
What tension do you people string your racquet at?  I've been doing it at the lowest recommended tension (53 lbs), but I've been thinking these past few days about doing a complete 180º and going to the highest recommended tension next time.  I know the difference is between power and control, but I was just curious about what others are doing.

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2009, 10:57:55 AM »
Finances and time permitting, I think intermediate to advanced players should experiment as much as possible.
I used to run my PS 85's at 72-75 with an assortment of strings prior to using polys.
I tried the Lux ALU and really liked that in around 65 lbs.  Anytime I went below 60lbs with any string I thought my control suffered significantly.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009, 12:10:24 PM »
I need all the control I can muster.  Power is no problem so I string mine at 63 (recommended tension is 55-65).
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2009, 12:31:05 PM »
With a poly I'm around 55. I'm usually right around 60.

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2009, 12:42:39 PM »
56 with a multifilament 17 gauge string
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2009, 12:56:35 PM »
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2009, 02:30:08 PM »
58  :)

I think I am at 57 1/2 but Scott can say for sure I think. 

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 02:57:14 PM »
from 63 to 67.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 05:09:49 PM »
Would a high string tension be more conducive to extending string life?  I feel like I break my strings once every 2-3 months.  If I string them tighter, would they be less prone to movement, therefore less prone to friction, hence less prone to breakage? 

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 05:18:33 PM »
58  :)

I think I am at 57 1/2 but Scott can say for sure I think. 

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2009, 04:30:46 AM »
Would a high string tension be more conducive to extending string life?  I feel like I break my strings once every 2-3 months.  If I string them tighter, would they be less prone to movement, therefore less prone to friction, hence less prone to breakage? 
That's a great question.
I've found with the Lux at higher tensions that it just explodes after awhile and I don't think it's from notching.  If it doesn't snap it eventually just goes dead.
My guess is with multis the higher tension may help minimize string movement, just keep in mind there are a bunch of factors that contribute to strings moving.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2009, 06:58:23 AM »
That's a great question.
I've found with the Lux at higher tensions that it just explodes after awhile and I don't think it's from notching.  If it doesn't snap it eventually just goes dead.
My guess is with multis the higher tension may help minimize string movement, just keep in mind there are a bunch of factors that contribute to strings moving.

I think the biggest thing for me is my slice serve.  I take a huge cut (not in terms of power, but in terms of actual slicing motion) on my serve, and I think that's what really wears my strings down.  Next time they break, I'll try stringing at 63 lbs and see what happens.  I just don't get very much depth as it is, but I suppose I should probably try to address that problem through stroke mechanics, as opposed to trying to play tennis with a trampoline string bed. 

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2009, 09:02:49 AM »
Stringing at higher tension will wear through strings quicker than the converse.  Since I string at high tension, I go thru strings pretty fast (that along with the fact that I use synthetic gut, which isn't the longest lasting string to begin with), thus I bought a stringer and reels of string to cut cost.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2009, 01:49:25 PM »
Stringing at higher tension will wear through strings quicker than the converse.  Since I string at high tension, I go thru strings pretty fast (that along with the fact that I use synthetic gut, which isn't the longest lasting string to begin with), thus I bought a stringer and reels of string to cut cost.

I would be curious to see if the gray stuff I use would last you any longer.  It lasts me about 4-5 times longer and costs about the same.  Feels pretty similar too.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2009, 02:33:48 PM »
Stringing at higher tension will wear through strings quicker than the converse.  Since I string at high tension, I go thru strings pretty fast (that along with the fact that I use synthetic gut, which isn't the longest lasting string to begin with), thus I bought a stringer and reels of string to cut cost.

I would be curious to see if the gray stuff I use would last you any longer.  It lasts me about 4-5 times longer and costs about the same.  Feels pretty similar too.

I have used it a couple of times.  It lasts WAY longer but I didn't really care for the feel.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2009, 09:08:58 PM »
I use Luxilon strung at about 50.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2009, 06:24:05 PM »
On cue, broke my strings today at 53 lbs.  Going to try for 63 lbs and see if they last any longer. 

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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2009, 06:43:36 AM »
On cue, broke my strings today at 53 lbs.  Going to try for 63 lbs and see if they last any longer. 
It will be interesting to see how many hours you get out of the next string job.
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Re: Racquet String Tension
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2009, 06:48:35 AM »
On cue, broke my strings today at 53 lbs.  Going to try for 63 lbs and see if they last any longer. 
It will be interesting to see how many hours you get out of the next string job.

If it pushes 30 minutes, it will be a record in reliability for me.