[tennisbiz] Re: Racket tensions
A few racquet manufacturers recommend reducing the tension on the crosses,
such as Yonex and Volkl on certain models. Some players say they have a
larger sweetspot or softer stringbed by doing this. The problem is with
distorting the frame. It is best to stay with manufacturers recommendations.
There is also a calculation wheel available through Stringway Stringing
Machines in Holland. This calculates the tension based on the length of the
longest cross and longest main, and how many mains and crosses there are.
This can calculate with a higher tension on the crosses on some models.
At Roland Garros and Wimbledon I noticed most of the players were playing
with the same tension.
You are referring to Hybrid stringing, usually placing a long lasting string
on the mains and a softer string, such as natural gut or a soft synthetic. A
popular Hybrid at Wimbledon was Babolat PolyMono mains and Babolat Natural
gut on the crosses.
In the USA, contact USRSA for more info.
Director - European Racquet Stringers Association
Received on Fri Dec 20 2002 - 10:56:53 CST