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01-09-2012, 09:22 PM #1
Confused about string tension
Ok I still can't understand how string tension works. Every website says increasing tension decreases power. I only find this true when I go above 24 or 25 lbs of string tension. If I use a racket at 27 lbs it feels harder to hit to the back. However, when I use 20 lbs of string tension it feels as though power decreases...
So does increase of tension increase or decrease power?
01-09-2012, 09:41 PM #2
so you have already found your idea tension range. which is >20lbs but <27lbs. so don;t worry too much about other tensions.
In general increasing tension does decrease power. But decreases in power only happens when you have reach your limit ( so it is different for everyone). ie in your case, anything 27 and above, you can't hit back to back easily.
Its like I find it more comfortable playing 25lbs or less.
01-09-2012, 09:46 PM #3
think of it as a bell curve.
as you increase tension, power/repulsion increases, after it reach a maximum point, power/repulsion decreases.
01-09-2012, 09:52 PM #4
01-09-2012, 10:04 PM #5
ahh ok thx guys. Didn't know it was a bell shaped curve. Guess I'll keep my tension to 24 or 25. Is there a way to shift the bell shape curve so the max point is over like 30 lbs
01-09-2012, 10:09 PM #6
as a matter of fact, as you get older like some of us, you'll appreciate lower tension
also, you can't compare playing tensions in colder countries like here in north america to those in hotter climates like mas/sg...
colder temps cause strings to be more brittle and less resilient, and so 24 lbs here will probably feel like 26 lbs in mas
Last edited by visor; 01-09-2012 at 10:12 PM.
01-09-2012, 10:16 PM #7
Ha yea I feel sorry for you old guys. If you add 3 lbs to compensate for climate there are some people using insanely high tension here in America O_O
01-09-2012, 10:16 PM #8
also depends on the power you can wield, a stronger swing can use the higher tensions but someone without that wrist power will find it difficult to generate repulsion in my opinion
01-10-2012, 10:18 AM #9
i feel that the increased in tension seems to increase the shuttle speed of my hardest smash and punch clear... anybody feels the same as well?
increased in tension also means i have to use more strength to perform base to base clear as well.
01-10-2012, 11:44 AM #10
Dun forget - higher tensions will lead to a reduced sweet-spot too, less forgiving.
01-10-2012, 11:50 AM #11
01-11-2012, 08:32 AM #12
Some may disagree, but aside from novices, I feel that low tensions is only good for smashing and long shots.
01-11-2012, 10:16 AM #13
thanks visor! for clearing my doubt. have been playing with 25lbs for quite long time until i noticed my clears ended way long with my 70-80% strength. so i increased the tension gradually from 26lbs to 28lbs, after adopting the suggestions by some fellow bc-ers here. now my clears ended nearer to the baseline, and surprisingly the increased tension actually increased the speed of my smashes and clears as well. sometimes intentional defensive clears become offensive clears over the opponents' heads.
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