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02-27-2007, 10:12 AM #1
Skipping "mains" for more power??
With more of the recent talk about skipping last or 2nd last crosses potentially for more power, anyone try to skip some mains too? If yes, which and how many mains did you skip? and does it make a difference?
If no one's done this, I'll test this out. I'll just bring my string clamps to a badminton session, take a few hits with regular string pattern, put the clamps on to remove 1 or 2 mains on each side and retie, and test the racquet again.
02-27-2007, 10:29 AM #2
CoolDoo6 has played with just 18 mains I think
02-27-2007, 11:11 AM #3Originally Posted by jsunsun
If you really want to test it, carefully calculate the tension ratio between main and cross, and do a fresh string job based on the new pattern. Just remove 2-4 mains right on the spot, can put the racket in danger, just like continue competitive play, with a snapped string.
02-27-2007, 11:11 AM #4
if you have less strings in your racket, wether mains or crosses, what's going to be different? afaik only that your stringbed will feel less stiff...why would you want that?
why not string lower? afarid 24lbs doesn't sound as cool as 25lbs?
anways, I foudn the difference to be quite minute, but that's me..
02-27-2007, 11:15 AM #5Originally Posted by jerby
02-27-2007, 11:20 AM #6Originally Posted by azn_123
02-27-2007, 11:53 AM #7Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
02-27-2007, 11:56 AM #8Originally Posted by jerby
Last edited by jsunsun; 02-27-2007 at 12:00 PM.
02-27-2007, 11:57 AM #9
if u string the racket (main and cross) every other grommet, i assure u that you get more repulsion, a sweetspot bigger than O3 and tumble the shuttles like no tomorrow. I can't assure u how long this new pleasure would last u tho lol.
02-27-2007, 11:58 AM #10Originally Posted by azn_123
most of my yonex racquets are:
1) not CD version
2) not purchased within 6 months or have receipt
3) all strung above recommended tension
thus no warranty regardless...
Also, not all my racquets are all yonex, jumping the bandwagon and gradually migrating to SOTX now.
Last edited by jsunsun; 02-27-2007 at 12:03 PM.
02-27-2007, 12:49 PM #11Originally Posted by jsunsun
tennisrackets now-a-days love to market and "open stringign pattern" for slices..
so it might be very true you get something different...but will it be significent?
02-27-2007, 06:46 PM #12Originally Posted by jsunsun
02-27-2007, 07:48 PM #13Originally Posted by azn_123
02-27-2007, 10:14 PM #14Originally Posted by azn_123
02-27-2007, 11:34 PM #15Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
I am perfectly happy with the power I have got, and I am not going to mess with the strings any more. So I will leave the field open for you all to explore.
In any case, string bed bounce (clearance power) and string bed stiffness (smashing power) are 2 indpendently controllable variables that can be configured without resorting to unusual string patterns. If people explore enough, they may even find the way to manipulate these variables. Then they will wonder what the fuss is with all that obsession for power.
Last edited by CoolDoo6; 02-27-2007 at 11:43 PM.
03-14-2007, 01:58 PM #16
Ok, so i sort of test this out. Racquet I used was a SOTX D600, Ashaway MP ti, 27x30lbs, 1 extra cross at top and bottom. I had a couple of sessions with this, then cut 1 cross from top and 3 cross from bottom, and 2 mains from both left and right side, then tried the racquet again.
The tension does seem significantly looser, however this tension felt too loose for me (feels like ~24x26lbs or less), so I didn't feel any power increase. Also, it lost a lot of the "crisp" feeling (perhaps cuz of the decrased "felt" tension), so now feels like a much softer string.
03-14-2007, 02:32 PM #17
Picture of skipping side mains.
Here is a picture of skipping the side mains (Kason TSF 109 strung with Gosen Nano @28-30lbs.
Skipping a top and bottom cross is ok, but not recommended. A mis-hit on the top or bottom will instantly cause a string break.
Benefits of skipping 4 strings will be less drag. Tension is not a problem, I strung mine at 28-30lbs and sometimes 30-32lbs, depending on the string and racket frame type. The string bed will not feel repulsive or bouncy at all.
A good example would be Ashaway MLXL (0.73mm) with Kason TSF 300A @ 30-33lbs. Skipping 4 string would not be a problem.
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