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    just to get a quick consensus.....are the carlton factory strings you've played with all really bad? i just want to check its the strings not the racquet

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    I strung a Carlton Powerflo 990 for a friend 2 weeks ago. The default string on that racket was pretty thick and loose. He was frustrated to get below average performance, and decided to re-string with BG65 @ 21*23lb. Seems his game is much better now.

    Not sure about cases in other region or higher end models.

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    yeah, carlton factory strings are pretty bad. they had absolutly no feel to them and loosened up quite a bit. not that durable either... the strings started to fray at the top within 2 weeks.

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    I found them OK for plastic on my AS-Ti and AS1. That's the Carlton High Tension String, 0.75mm . They usually break pretty quick on me though. I expect the factory string has been in the racquet for a long time because I wait for the racquets to be on sale before buying.
    I wouldn't choose it for a restring though (unless I wanted to go 40+ lb maybe)

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    I have never found any factory stringing to be good. For intermediate players or better, factory strings are too low-quality and factory tensions are too low. Factory tensions range from about 16-19 lbs.

    Intermediate standard players should string their rackets at 20 lbs or greater. There is plenty of scope for personal preference, with a range of sensible tensions from about 20-30 lbs, and a variety of different high-quality strings.

    To start with, I recommend BG-65 at 21lbs. This is a safe tension to try out. Most players will probably want to increase this tension. Increase the tension in increments of 2-4 lbs until you find your personal optimum tension. Experienced players with a fast swing speed will often benefit from very high tensions, but bear in mind that even the world's top players sometimes play at 24-25 lbs.

    The optimum tension also depends on the string to an extent. BG-65 is rumoured to lose its first 2 lbs of tension very rapidly (like, within a week), so it may be worth stringing BG-65 2 lbs higher than other strings. This rumour is confirmed by my limited experience.

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    cool....i'm planning to restring my airblade pro, when i can be bothered, find a good stringer, about 24lb BG65. I can't really find any specs on the pro, but can i assume 24lb is ok? carlton usually have higher manufacturer recommended tensions than yonex at least.

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    i have a carlton powerflo tt900 with factory strings and thinking of restringing of restringing with BG65ti. i was wondering if stringing it to 22lbs would have any negative effects on the durability of the racquet and/or the strings.

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