Author Topic: 18x20 VS. 16x19  (Read 4134 times)

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Offline The-Raw-Edge

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18x20 VS. 16x19
« on: September 06, 2008, 04:17:55 AM »
I have been doing alot of searching on this topic.  I cannot find any well thought out answers to the dilemma of string patterns.  What are the distinct advantages or disadvantages to each.  I see alot of the popular rackets are offered in BOTH string patterns and some are not.  I understand that the more open pattern will provide more spin, and the closed pattern will last longer......but is that it.  Is there more or less power in or the other??  Any experience would be great.  I am quickly becoming a "JUNKIE" of useless tennis knowledge. ;-()

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Re: 18x20 VS. 16x19
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 06:57:49 AM »
Here are the pros and cons as I know them.

16 x 19 = open string pattern.
    Pros
      Can generate more spin with proper technique.
      Slightly more power.
    Cons
      Strings tend to slip a bit more and therefor wear out sooner.
      Less control than closed pattern.

18 x 20
      Pros
        More control.
        Less string movement = longer string life.
      Cons
        Less power.
        Less spin.
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Re: 18x20 VS. 16x19
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 09:21:55 PM »
If those are the reasons then it seems like you could eliminate the power factor as you could just string the 18x20 pattern with a looser tension.  Spin however...
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Offline John Mcenroe

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Re: 18x20 VS. 16x19
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008, 10:30:12 PM »
In Japan there are mostly only 16 19 patterns...

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Re: 18x20 VS. 16x19
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 10:31:15 AM »
If those are the reasons then it seems like you could eliminate the power factor as you could just string the 18x20 pattern with a looser tension.  Spin however...
Certainly type, tension, and gauge of the string are all a factor. 
I assumed that a certain benchmark string job to be applied to both patterns. :Confused:
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