Comments for The String Expert http://protennis.us Solving the mysteries of the tennis string Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:52:04 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.6 Comment on Pro player racquets – true or false? by Ron http://protennis.us/?p=4410#comment-65 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:52:04 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4410#comment-65 Its even worse. I ve read a comment from an employee from a string company that they even tailormade strings for some pro’s under contract. So even the strings we buy are probably not the same as the strings the top pros endorse.

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Comment on Gut thickness and tension by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4486#comment-38 Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:15:05 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4486#comment-38 Hi…
I have seen equally good reviews about Babolat gut. The BT7 technology was added specifically to improve durability and the performance of the string. Whether you believe it is simply a matter of choice or, better, the result of testing one with another and seeing which you personally prefer. I see way too many ‘opinions’ that are contrary to known physical principles to take much notice of them.
Increase in diameter will lead to an increase in durability if all else remains equal, but there will be an inevitable change in playing characteristics. Whether it is significant can only be determined by personal testing. As the majority of players seem o prefer the playing characteristics of relatively thinner strings, my own thoughts are that the increase in durability is in proportion to the decrease in ‘playability’ and you should choose an increase in diameter only if you are willing to trade a similar degree of one for the other.
Gut is a much softer string than M2, so an increase in tension would be appropriate if you want to try to maintain a similar feel and response. But there is not necessarily a ‘straight-line’ relationship between stiffness and tension – such that a string that is 20% stiffer should be strung at a 20% reduced tension. The mathematics and physics don’t make sense – and rarely would you be able to create a similar feel or response: you can’t turn a synthetic string into gut just by changing its tension…
Jeff

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Comment on 4G or Original for durability/consistency by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4484#comment-30 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:39:01 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4484#comment-30 Hi Dan…

Low 40s? Allowing the frame to sit for a while after stringing? You should be stuffed and placed in the corner of your pro shop as an example to others..! Consistency is the name of the (tennis) game and you have clearly taken that message to heart.

Yes, 4G does seem like an ‘obvious choice’ for your level and stated preferences. A number of advances in technology, materials and extrusion processes have been made since Original was developed and I think that, in general, modern strings provide a better mix of characteristics than the early mono synthetic strings. 4G might be particularly beneficial because of its improved tension maintenance characteristics. But, there are still a hard-core of Original-lovers out there – in both the ranks of pro and recreational players – and most of seem to be very reluctant to switch – supporting the ‘don’t fix what aint broke” theory.

You don’t say what you are currently using and you also don’t complain about whatever it is. So, before you start introducing inconsistency into your game by switching strings, have a clear reason and objective mind for doing so.

Jeff

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Comment on Is 4G or Alu Power Rough more comfortable? by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4432#comment-27 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:17:56 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4432#comment-27 I think they are very similar and one player will find either one preferable to the other to the extent that it meets their other needs and expectations. Strings tend to feel ‘comfortable’ when they perform the way we want them to. Neither would be rated very highly int he ‘comfort’ range as both a re relatively stiff strings.

If you think this is the string for you then a 45b tension would probably be appropriate but you can reduce this by 10-15lb if you want to take the edge off its stiffness…

Jeff

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Comment on Looking for the perfect string by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4429#comment-26 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:01:08 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4429#comment-26 Don’t we all??? Unfortunately this particular string has not yet been invented and, until it is, we will have to put up with being generally frustrated by a lifetime of imperfect performance and constantly and unpredictable changing characteristics.

Sounds like the futilities of a search for the perfect wife…!

Jeff

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Comment on 4G durability less than Alu Power Rough? by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4430#comment-25 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:55:31 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4430#comment-25 Hello…

Sorry, I don’t have an explanation… This is a much bigger difference than I would expect. Has this happened consistently? If so, I would advise a shift back to Alu Power unless there is a significant difference in feel and performance. Sometimes real-world experience just does not match expectations or lab testing…

Jeff

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Comment on Should soft strings be strung at low tensions? by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4431#comment-24 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:48:42 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4431#comment-24 Good question..!

Polls rule – thanks to pros using them almost exclusively. And all others are largely ignored. Which makes absolutely no sense to me. What has a pro’s choice of string got to do with the needs of the average recreational player? usually nothing whatsoever…! It’s like a regular driver choosing rally-car suspension and tires because it’s used by the best drivers. They will be very disappointed…

Poly’s are good for those players who have good swing mechanics and can generate good pace and are looking for good control – over depth and placement. They tend to be too stiff, low powered and uncomfortable for the average recreational player. These characteristics can be modified a little by a fairly drastic reduction in tension. But why would you? A stiff string is still a stiff string at a lower tension and the improvement in power is not not going to very noticeable – approximately 5% greater if tension is reduced from 60 to 30b..!

So why wouldn’t you choose a softer, more powerful and more comfortable string? Because it aint cool..!

But who’s going to know? If you want more of the characteristics listed above, give these oddities a whirl. You’ll probably like them. If you can afford it, gut is unbeatable..!

Jeff

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Comment on Wilson NXT or Volkl Cyclone Pink? by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4428#comment-23 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:34:08 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4428#comment-23 Hello…

Volk Pink? How did you come up with this as an alternative to NXT? I have never seen a Volk string so you can discount anything I may have to say from this point on..! I do like their skis though…

From what I have read, it seems as though it will be a big change from NXT but assume you are taking this into account? And have the pace and need for what is a fairly specialized string. I have to say that I would be surprised if it would be really suitable for a 3.5 female. But what do i know of your needs….?

It seems cheap. Give it a shot….

Jeff

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Comment on Best tension for Alu Power Rough and a Pro Staff racquet by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4427#comment-22 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:24:02 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4427#comment-22 Good day…

I’m not sure if you’re asking for a tension that will take account of your elbow problem or a general tension considering your level and choice of racquet. I do not usually suggest a change (reduction) of tension as a result of elbow problems. I do suggest reduction of tensions for a variety of other reasons but there is no real evidence of tension being a significant contributor to elbow injuries. Poor swing mechanics are much more likely candidates.

I’m also not sure if I should take your choice of racquet as an indication of what you are looking for in your overall setup. The pro Staff is a heavy, low-powered racquet. You might like it because of that and want a stage, low-powered sting to complement it. In which case I might recommend a tension of 55b. Not he other hand, you might want a softer, more powerful string to take the edge of the beast. In which case I might be thinking more in terms of 35lb (yes, 35b)…).

As always, it all depends on your needs…

Jeff

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Comment on Gut/poly hybrid vs all gut or all poly? by jeffd http://protennis.us/?p=4426#comment-21 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:13:18 +0000 http://protennis.us/?p=4426#comment-21 You seem very confused about which of four (or more) options to choose. If your are so confused you should forget about the options that involve a hybrid. Choosing a hybrid and the relative tensions of each string needs a clear understanding of the characteristics of the strings, what you want to accomplish and how a particular hybrid will help you to do so. This is clearly not the case here, so stick to the ‘simpler; option of either gut in mains and crosses or Alu Power.

it should be a relatively simple choice. They are very different strings and a trial of each will clearly tell you which you will prefer. Try them both at the same tension – 18-20kg. Gut is much softer than Alu Power – or any other synthetic string. But it is less durable and is susceptible to environmental conditions like extremes of humidity and temperature. Keep it simple and you will be happy….

Jeff

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