Why and how is tension measured in lb's?

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I've been wondering why tension is measured in lb's. And how this is calculated.

Lb's are a unit of weight, yet stringing at a higher tension doesn't give me the impression that the strings/racket feel heavier, especially by >10kg.

Say I string a racket @ 24lb, this is equal to roughly 11kg. What is "significant" of this added 'weight' to my racket?

I do seem confused, but I hope the OP makes it clear what I want to know.

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tension is the measurement of how tight a string is. it has nothing to do with how heavy the racket is.

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But lb is a unit of weight. How does it measure tension?

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if you tie the string, one end on the ceiling, and the other end you hang a 10lbs weight, then the string has a tension of 10lbs.

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That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

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april fools'd

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maybe. or maybe he feel asleep during secondary school physics class!

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lets just hope its not the latter hahah

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Lol, I was actually being serious. I genuinely didn't know how it was measured.

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