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Thread: Stringin tensions..
03-02-2007, 11:05 AM #1
I'm currently using kason Carbon 3.0,n i strung it to 25lbs,with a 0.66 string,which is over than the racket's suggested tension,22lbs.I know it happens alot.The thing is that when i asked the stringer,he said it's ok if it's 3 lbs over,which also means the guarantee is still valid.Moreover,whenever i wanted to try to strung it harder,my coach said.."even Taufik Hidayat only uses 26lbs tension,can u hit harder than him?"..that bothers me,to think that even some ppl,(not pros) still strung them up to 30 lbs.I still feel that i can play more than 25lbs.But how can i try if my coach always bothers me with that kind of question.I got the power,he also admits that,so why not?
I mean,is that true that Taufik only uses 26 lbs tension?How about other pro players?Then how come even some of not-pros players still uses such a high tension?
Anyway,what's also bothers me is that Yonex,esp in my place,really stood on the suggested tension.Like NanoSpeed 9000,n most of the other yonex rackets,were only limited to 19-24lbs.N they told me that if u strung it over than the suggested tension,then the guarantee will be invalid.Is that true?I mean,even Oliver,Toppro,Flexpro,n maybe some other brands can even get strung at 30lbs or over.
I wanna buy a racket which can be strung at a high tension,at least more than 24lbs.Before,i really wanna get NS9000X,but now,it's kind of dissapointing to know that i cant really play they way i wanna play,afraid of the invalid guarantees.U know..that thing aint cheap.
So,can i strung NS9000X or other YY rackets above the suggested tensions?N is it true that Taufik or other pros will not have their rackets strung at more than 30lbs?
Admit it,Pros got powers more than ordinary ppl.Then,how come ppl still strung their rackets at such a high tension?Was that just a showoff?
03-02-2007, 11:41 AM #2
1. Within a reasonable range, it's more important to do the string job correctly and carefully, rather than several lbs over the max. The recommended max is set by the manufacture, due to warranty concern, as the higher you go, the more chance the racket will break.
2. Not sure whether Taufik is using 26lb or not. However, string tension is a very personal preference thing. Whether the pros using higher or lower (very unlikely) than your own, it does not matter. You are the only one knows whether this string tension fits for yourself or not.
03-02-2007, 01:05 PM #3
Here is my take on this.
Manufactures (yonex in this case) study the mfr (mean fail rate) from the prior product (racquet in this case) with simular racquet and determine the variance. With these stats and data, they figure the chance of racquet defect and sold is about 1 in 2000 (just an example) @24lb tension. So Yonex goes out to some insurance company and buys an insurance for the cost to replace those defect. Assume it is about $1,000,000 premium per yr. To set the max tension @ 26lb and you will have 1.1 in 2000 fail rate and your premium will be $1,210,000. @28 lb max tension, you will have 1.36 in 2000 fail rate, and your premium will be $1,450,000. Guess what pretty soon Yonex will lost money due to the cost insurance. They (manufactures) have to max their profit. After a year of study with new racquet, they will have a better info of the new racquet mfr, then they adjust the max tension on the new racquet. This is just a business decision. Yes, most of the YY racquet I strung before can take at least 26lb. However, to maintain Yonex warrenty, I will not go above the recommanded tension.
Here is my suggestion, if you have a new recquet that is under warrenty, keep it under recommanded tension. If your racquet's warrenty period is over, do whatever you want becuause you do not have protection either way.
Each player has their tension preference for their own reason. For a pro, they can use a racquet with 30lb+ because they get the racquet from manufacture for free and if they break one, just get another one for free. I would like to propose a question to Smichz, if you plays best with a 0.66 string @31lb. However, the string will break every 5 smashes. you lost your point because string broke. What will you do? Get a thicker string but play not as good? Lower tension but less control? Or combination of the 2? Just like Yonex, you need to make a decision on where to stop your losses.
Also, have you tried NS9K with bg66 @ 24lb? Why not ask a friend and try it out before you spend a lot of money in it.
03-02-2007, 02:44 PM #4
Ok,ur explanations make sense,n thx 4 that.So,u're suggesting that if ppl wanna strung their rackets at a higher tension then suggested,then they have to wait until the guarantee period is over.That really makes sense,but isnt it too pity for ppl that used to play in high tension should wait for 6 more months after he bought a new racket,so that he can play the way he wanted.
I havent tried that before,n i dont mind to try it.Well,it's just kinda weird,maybe bcos i know that kason rackets allows the buyers to strung it above the suggested tension..or at least,the store told me it's ok,as long as it's not more than 4 lbs.The same guarantee,6 mths.I also heard that yonex has a more strict policy on tensions n guarantee terms as well.
03-02-2007, 10:31 PM #5Originally Posted by Smichz
03-02-2007, 10:44 PM #6
I always thought tauflik played about 30lbs+
03-03-2007, 11:43 AM #7
it doesn't matter what taufik uses. as stated above, tensions are personal preferences. they are not a measurement of skill or "man"liness.
03-03-2007, 02:00 PM #8Originally Posted by utopia_imminent
03-04-2007, 12:17 AM #9
some players i know like to compare string tensions as if it was a d*ck measuring contest
03-04-2007, 11:08 PM #10
It is not the size, it's how you use it.
03-04-2007, 11:10 PM #11
But some individual like the bigger-the-better concept .
Originally Posted by silentheart
03-04-2007, 11:33 PM #12Originally Posted by Pete LSD
Uhhh, except for CD. His motto is, the lower then tension, the better he clear.
03-04-2007, 11:35 PM #13Originally Posted by utopia_imminent
03-05-2007, 12:23 AM #14
Speaking of which, I strung a spanking new AT-800 OFF to 31 lbs X 34.1 lbs a few hours ago.
Originally Posted by DinkAlot
03-05-2007, 12:41 AM #15Originally Posted by Pete LSD
03-05-2007, 12:46 AM #16Originally Posted by DinkAlot
03-10-2007, 11:37 PM #17
Yeahh..i agree with the the fact that ppl always compare their tensions,i dont know..even my coach.
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