Tension is a measure of the force pulled by a stringing machine when installing strings, typically expressed in pounds or kilograms. When you have your tennis racquet strung or string it yourself, a specific tension is applied to the string by a machine.
When it comes to tension, the general rule is to string elastic materials like nylon or natural gut around 50-60lbs, which we’ll use as our base recommended tension. If using a stiffer string material like polyester, we’d recommend stringing looser to avoid arm injuries.
Whenever a tennis racquet is strung, be it at the factory to be sold as a pre-strung frame or by your local stringer, a specific tension is applied to both the cross and main strings. This tension measures weight being applied to the string as it’s pulled through the racket by the stringing machine and expressed in either kilograms or pounds.
In order to kick things off, here is a list of broad generalisations that will serve you well when narrowing down your string choice and assessing your set up: Lower string tensions generate more power (providing string movement does not occur) Higher string tensions generate more ball control (for ...
Tennis string and tension is a vital part for a tennis player. It helps the players beat with his/her opponents properly and win the matches. But, it is true that maximum tennis players keep in the same string and never judge the depth level of the string tension, which mistake does not do the pros (professional) player.
- Most people use the same string and tension in their main and cross strings but you can mix and match both string and tension for these. For Example... - Roger Federer uses Wilson Natural Gut for his main strings, and Luxilon ALU Power Rough for his cross strings, whereas Andy Murray uses Luxilon ALU Power for his main strings, and Babolat VS Touch for his cross strings.
It's a personal choice. First, remember that tension is really a matter of personal preference. Even the pros' tensions are all over the map -- some string as low as the mid-to-high 30-lbs range, while others are as high as 70+ lbs, with most others sprinkled somewhere in the middle. So, it's important to experiment and find a tension that works best for you and your game.
Lastly, high-tension string configurations can more easily tire the arm. The stiffer or more rigid the strings, the more responsive the ball will be to the player’s actions. Loose strings will tend to absorb more of the momentum of an incoming ball and require a bigger hit in response to keep up the same velocity.