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[tennisbiz] Re: Stringing

From: Scott Baker <>
Date: Tue 19 Mar 2002 08:02:02 -0500

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Tony,

You will probably get a few opinions about string, some will differ, but
what the heck, here are my opinions.

1. I don't think there is a "best" tension for teenagers. It sounds like
if your son can recognize the difference in tension he is probably a decent
player. If he needs control, string the racquet tighter, if he needs power,
try a little looser. See what works best for him.

2. There are a lot of differences, but I am not expert in that area. I am
sure someone else will tackle that question much better than I can.

3. I suggest any set of strings that last more than 10 hours cut them out.
Mine seem to last about 3-4 hours. I am sure some will differ with that
opinion. But in Brazil the heat is really going to affect the tension in
your racquet and you are probably best not allowing the set of strings to go
much over 10 hours of play.

4. Heat really affects string. The heat will loosen the tension. Once
they lose tension they will not regain it. Prince did a study with a
racquet in 110 degrees. (less than that of a truck of a car in the summer).
The racquet lost something like 2-3 pounds per hour at first. So the heat
is certainly a factor.

5. Depending on the racquet size and possibly the type of racquet the
tension recommendation can vary. It will say ont he individual racquet. I
used to use an oversize and it was recommended 55-70. I had to string it @
72 pounds, but it is a lot tough on the frames, and I broke more racquets
over time. I had to switch to a midsize for less power and more control. A
midsize @ 65 can be like a oversize @ 70. Or thereabouts, I am not sure the
exact number, but you do not have to string a midsize racquet as tight as an
oversize to get the same effect.

I hope this was some help!

Good Luck on the Court!
Scott Baker

Received on Tue Mar 19 2002 - 13:32:53 CST

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