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SelesFan70
Feb 4th, 2005, 06:23 PM
I like mine as tight as I can get it! :D I like the "pop" as I hit every stroke in the center of the racket! :devil:

kiwifan
Feb 4th, 2005, 06:35 PM
Loose, (after the first set and a half) I have a lazy wristy swing so I need that "trampoline effect" to keep my power ground-strokes going in the third set. :cool:

Venus+Serena#1fan
Feb 4th, 2005, 06:37 PM
61, pretty tight i guess. I overhit if they're loose.

alfajeffster
Feb 4th, 2005, 06:37 PM
Most people when they first meet me, think I'm tight, but it only takes a few minutes of hitting until they realize exactly how loose I really am...

¤CharlDa¤
Feb 4th, 2005, 06:40 PM
;)

I put it really loose, right now i am at 54! Too tight, i jsut lose my game completely!

akosijepoy
Feb 5th, 2005, 04:39 AM
around 63-65 lbs

Lemonskin.
Feb 5th, 2005, 04:41 AM
That's a bit personal asking if someone's loose or tight innit? :devil: :p

SzavayFi
Feb 5th, 2005, 04:44 AM
71 when i am in tyler but then i travel down to Corpus Christi for my tournament i will drop down to 67 :)

faboozadoo15
Feb 5th, 2005, 04:59 AM
tight-- 63 lbs

backhanddtl4
Feb 5th, 2005, 05:04 AM
loose, 57 lbs.

Prizeidiot
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:22 AM
pretty average.... 60

Minot113
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:28 AM
Mines is looser, around 59

Pamela Shriver
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:54 AM
Chrissie was loose

Lemonskin.
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:55 AM
Chrissie was loose
And how were you? :devil:

Minot113
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:57 AM
Levo, I don't understand why you gave me a bad rep when I said Venus's hitting coach was hot. You bitch, I ain't trying to steal your man! :lol:

Lemonskin.
Feb 5th, 2005, 07:00 AM
Levo, I don't understand why you gave me a bad rep when I said Venus's hitting coach was hot. You bitch, I ain't trying to steal your man! :lol:
Well if you don't understand, I'm certainly not going to tell you ;)

Brian Stewart
Feb 5th, 2005, 07:06 AM
I always went for tighter strings, for control. 66-70.

Pamela Shriver
Feb 5th, 2005, 07:15 AM
And how were you? :devil:

As tight as the Bank of England security.

MLF
Feb 5th, 2005, 07:50 AM
I always have my restrings done at 55/56 lbs.

Chunchun
Feb 5th, 2005, 08:21 AM
I want to ask : What is the difference between hitting a ball with loose & tight string?

:worship:

smarties
Feb 5th, 2005, 11:26 AM
I want to ask : What is the difference between hitting a ball with loose & tight string?

:worship:

loose=power

tight=control

Chunchun
Feb 5th, 2005, 11:40 AM
oic :cool:

tennis4you_com
Feb 5th, 2005, 11:44 AM
60 lbs on a midplus, 95 sq. inches.

Post your racquet head size too, it makes a huge difference with the tensions you are posting. :) OS racquets need strung tighter to equal the same effect frm a midplus.

K.U.C.W-R.V
Feb 5th, 2005, 02:29 PM
60 lbs on a midplus, 95 sq. inches.

Post your racquet head size too, it makes a huge difference with the tensions you are posting. :) OS racquets need strung tighter to equal the same effect frm a midplus.


65lbs, 93 sq. inches. My volleys suffer from a lack of punch but perfect for groundstrokes & I play from the back so....

xr6turbo
Feb 5th, 2005, 03:24 PM
61lbs. 110 sq. inches :)

tennis4you_com
Feb 5th, 2005, 05:01 PM
65lbs, 93 sq. inches. My volleys suffer from a lack of punch but perfect for groundstrokes & I play from the back so....

65 pounds is very tight for a racquet that size. How long have those strings been in your racquet? I recommend any player 4.0+ cut their strings out after 15 hours of play if they have not broken. Strings lose their tension and they do nto gain it back once it is lost. My strings break in about 4 hours of practice or 5 hours of match play. But if you leave your racquet in the trunk of the car you better believe you will be losing several pounds of tension. Even a hot day on the court will take it's toll.

What racquet are you using? Is it flexible?

Rtael
Feb 5th, 2005, 05:07 PM
64 with an oversize head.

okaythen
Dec 2nd, 2012, 07:52 PM
before I always string the tension at the middle of the racquet's recommended tension, does the racquet break easier or anything bad if you string it the max/min of the recommend tension? does anyone go over the min/max? and by how many kg/lbs can you feel the difference?

Stonerpova
Dec 2nd, 2012, 07:56 PM
Nice and tight.


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akosijepoy
Dec 2nd, 2012, 08:33 PM
pure Gut at 50lbs. 95sqin PSLtd. Thinking of even going lower. Just easier for my arms with looser strings.

Aravanecaravan
Dec 2nd, 2012, 08:42 PM
Mains strung with PHT at 53#
Crosses strung with VS gut at 57#

oliverbecken
Dec 2nd, 2012, 09:13 PM
pretty loose comparing to other irish people, 54-55

moodin0931
Dec 2nd, 2012, 10:16 PM
Around 58ish :p

okaythen
Dec 2nd, 2012, 10:27 PM
hi guys I got a racquet that I rarely use, the string is about 6 years old....can I still use that racquet? will the string not good for my arm or something?

miffedmax
Dec 3rd, 2012, 01:51 AM
It won't hurt your arm, but you won't have any feel, or control. You need new strings.

I have my strings at 48lbs on a 100 inch head. Yeah, I can also use it to chase butterflies.

okaythen
Jan 8th, 2013, 02:31 PM
hi guys I use prince syn gut and after playing with it for awhile the mains and cross will have a notch click thing. I will move it down or up a little bit to get away from the notch so maybe string will last longer. My question is will it affect the ball hitting since it's not exactly at the right spot. I just got my racquet strung I am thinking about move the cross up a little, then later when the notch develops I will move it down some.

ivanban
Jan 8th, 2013, 10:34 PM
25kg/24kg (97 sq. inch head), not sure how much that is in lbs

Yoncé
Jan 9th, 2013, 07:14 AM
52lbs :rolls:

Sammo
Jan 9th, 2013, 08:50 AM
24/25 usually

Payam
Jan 9th, 2013, 11:52 PM
60 pounds

Kairi
Jan 10th, 2013, 06:38 AM
63 lbs.

semprelibera
Jan 10th, 2013, 06:48 AM
Have 2 racquets. Loose one is at 57lbs, tight one is at 62lbs

Sam L
Jan 10th, 2013, 09:20 AM
58 pounds.

crazillo
Jan 21st, 2013, 06:56 PM
I actually never tried tight strings. I have always played at around 26/25 kg (I use a 98 sq. inch Yonex racquet). I don't lack power though, maybe I should go up a little bit?

moodin0931
Jan 21st, 2013, 07:46 PM
I can't get any power off of 58 lbs with the type of string in wind :tape:

Uranium
Jan 22nd, 2013, 01:17 AM
60 pounds. I like the strings to be a bit tight. When they get loose, shots start flying:lol:

Sam L
Jan 31st, 2013, 09:54 AM
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.

Aravanecaravan
Jan 31st, 2013, 07:49 PM
^ 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.

Sam L
Jan 31st, 2013, 07:59 PM
^ 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.

Aravanecaravan
Jan 31st, 2013, 08:58 PM
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.