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Re: String Tension: Are you loose or tight?

60 pounds. I like the strings to be a bit tight. When they get loose, shots start flying


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Re: String Tension: Are you loose or tight?

Do you guys have two racquets with different tensions? During hot days I find I can't control the ball as well with 58 lbs.

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Re: String Tension: Are you loose or tight?

^ I'll play with a slightly tighter strung racquet on a windy day for more control. Or dump the Aero Pro Drive for the Pure Drive with the same string setup which effectively creates the same result.

But then, I like to hit the sh*t out of the ball and I have good hands, and timing, so I don't like it too tight or I lose feel in the strings and it's like hitting with a board.

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^ I'll play with a slightly tighter strung racquet on a windy day for more control. Or dump the Aero Pro Drive for the Pure Drive with the same string setup which effectively creates the same result.

But then, I like to hit the sh*t out of the ball and I have good hands, and timing, so I don't like it too tight or I lose feel in the strings and it's like hitting with a board.
Thanks. When you say slightly tighter. By how much more?

I want to keep my current one at 58lbs which is perfect in all conditions except when it's really hot.

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Thanks. When you say slightly tighter. By how much more?

I want to keep my current one at 58lbs which is perfect in all conditions except when it's really hot.

Not alot. As I said above, my normal tension is 53/57 on the mains/crosses, and here in Florida, some days the wind can kick up over 20-25 mph. When that happens, I'll play with a racquet strung at 56/59. So a little more than 2 pounds tighter. It's noticeable, with the poly mains and gut crosses, but only because I've been playing them awhile. I'm not sure I would have been able to tell when I first started playing these strings.

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Re: String Tension: Are you loose or tight?

I have mine at 55lbs with natural gut, both in mains and crosses. I think this is what I'm going to be settling with. After playing around with different tensions and strings, this is the best for me.

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I have mine at 55lbs with natural gut, both in mains and crosses. I think this is what I'm going to be settling with. After playing around with different tensions and strings, this is the best for me.
You play with a full bed of gut? Lucky you. How often do you re-string? That must get really expensive. Though it isn't much cheaper, I really like Technifibre X-one biphase, a super multifilament string that basically replicates the properties of natural gut and has better durability.

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Tecnifibre >>>>>>>
I play with their polyester string full bed. Black code I think at 58 - 60 just depends on who I'm playing. So not too tight but a bit tight esp for a poly.

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You play with a full bed of gut? Lucky you. How often do you re-string? That must get really expensive. Though it isn't much cheaper, I really like Technifibre X-one biphase, a super multifilament string that basically replicates the properties of natural gut and has better durability.
I don't break strings so these will last me until I decide to change them or until I notice a change in tension which from the last time I had natural gut, almost lasted me for a year. But that was thicker gauge. So I'll see how I go with this. I'm basically in uncharted territory. But, for now, I'm only playing like once or twice a week so should last a good 6 months at least. Yes, they are relatively expensive but synthetic gut and other alternatives are almost the same so I figured why bother? I think I saw that Technifibre one too and I think they recommended that to me as well but I'm keen to just keep hitting with natural gut. I like the feel.

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I play with their polyester string full bed. Black code I think at 58 - 60 just depends on who I'm playing. So not too tight but a bit tight esp for a poly.
That's pretty tight for a poly, isn't it?

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Oh, you're very loose.

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Re: String Tension: Are you loose or tight?

Mine are fairly tight, I make my own power. Can't remember the exact amount though.
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That's pretty tight for a poly, isn't it?
It used to feel too tight at first, but I must've gotten used to it. If I play lower than 57 now my string bed feels like a trampoline.

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I don't break strings so these will last me until I decide to change them or until I notice a change in tension which from the last time I had natural gut, almost lasted me for a year. But that was thicker gauge. So I'll see how I go with this. I'm basically in uncharted territory. But, for now, I'm only playing like once or twice a week so should last a good 6 months at least. Yes, they are relatively expensive but synthetic gut and other alternatives are almost the same so I figured why bother? I think I saw that Technifibre one too and I think they recommended that to me as well but I'm keen to just keep hitting with natural gut. I like the feel.



That's pretty tight for a poly, isn't it?



Oh, you're very loose.

You must take pretty good care of your strings or not play that often, then. When I string with gut, I can get around 8-10 hours out of it, and then it looks like a cat scratched the hell out of it. Frayed like nobody's business. I do hit pretty hard, though. That's why I started looking into alternatives like the Technifibre Biphase and even Gosen OG Sheep Micro or Babolat N.Vy if you really want to go cheap and get a synthetic that plays something like gut.

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Pretty loose...That is until I slap on a little vinegar and I tighten right back up!
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It used to feel too tight at first, but I must've gotten used to it. If I play lower than 57 now my string bed feels like a trampoline.
When I did it too tight, I lost my ability to really feel and place the ball especially like in lobs. But yeah you don't want that either especially if you're a big hitter.

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You must take pretty good care of your strings or not play that often, then. When I string with gut, I can get around 8-10 hours out of it, and then it looks like a cat scratched the hell out of it. Frayed like nobody's business. I do hit pretty hard, though. That's why I started looking into alternatives like the Technifibre Biphase and even Gosen OG Sheep Micro or Babolat N.Vy if you really want to go cheap and get a synthetic that plays something like gut.
I don't play that often. But at least once a week. I'm trying to play more. I should really enter comps. But I always feel inadequate about my game. I'm a perfectionist. I have a friend who used to be a coach so I'm trying to get better by playing with him and others first. But I will get to it eventually. I think I hit hard too so it'll be interesting once I start playing a lot more. Thanks for the advice.

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