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Thread: String tension.. weird feeling?
01-04-2009, 11:34 PM #1
String tension.. weird feeling?
I was using a MP Limited + 99 before strung at 25 lbs with bg 66/nbg 98 and really liked it, but my smashes could of used a bit more power. I have recently switched to the Arc 7 with BG 80 apparently strung at 22 lbs with pre-stretching.. I have used 22 lbs strings almost half a year ago and felt it to be pretty okay, but now I feel that my clears feel funny, and smashes aren't as accurate.
Should I restring my racquet to BG 66 @ 25lbs, or am I just imagining things? Also, does anyone know how much it would damage my Arc 7 if I strung it @ 25 lbs? It's pretty beat up already ><.
01-04-2009, 11:57 PM #2
There is less feel in lower tensions because the string bed is more prone to flexing, so your clears may feel like they're trampolining off the string bed and your shots will be less accurate. Also different strings may feel very different from one another.
As for stringing the Arc 7 to 25lbs, should be alright if there hasn't been any major structural damage (cracks) to the racquet
01-07-2009, 05:41 AM #3
Greater tension is simply greater control and precision. Ideally, greater tension produces less power than lower tensions. But with a player using it, the higher tension yields even more power.
If you love making difficult shots. Like net hairpin shots, higher tensions can help you. Smashes as well.
By the way Yonex and most brands always lower the recommended tension from the tension the racquet can truly handle. Playing safe I presume.
01-07-2009, 06:16 PM #4
You should try 23 or 24lbs then.
01-07-2009, 06:34 PM #5
The Arc7 can handle 25. I'm using mine at 25x27 with NGB98 and BG-85.
01-08-2009, 07:45 AM #6
People tell me that Yonex Ti-10's can only handle up to 25lbs. But my friend has his on 30lbs and it plays really good.
Haven't asked him if he'd go higher though.
Anyone know how much tension Arc 10 can handle?
01-08-2009, 08:00 AM #7
My friend set Arc10 at 29 lbs with BG 85 and no problem
01-14-2009, 02:30 AM #8
You really mean that? 29 lbs on and Arc 10 and no breakage? Amazing! Though I'm afraid to try it, there's always a chance of getting a really bad stringer. As of now, I'm still looking for a good stringer.
Hopefully when I move into the US, I get a really good one.
01-14-2009, 04:42 AM #9
All the top-rung racquets can handle 30 pounds and more.
Other makes too appear to do alright with high tensions.
The low recommendation is the manufacturer playing safe
There's probably another reason as well - these racquets (from what I have experienced) have a significantly shorter lifespan at the higher tensions.
Here's my recent usage history (with various strings):
1. Yonex ArcSaber 10 - BG-66, BG-65 - 29 lbs - shaft snapped - lasted 3 months
2. Yonex ArcSaber 10 - BG-66 - 30 lbs - head collapsed - lasted 2 weeks
3. Yonex ArcSaber 7 - BG-66, BG-80 - 30 lbs - head collapsed (in a clash) - lasted 7 months
4. Yonex Armortec 900-T - BG-66, NBG-98 - 30 lbs - head collapsed - lasted 2 months
5. Yonex Armortec 900-T - BG-66, BG-65 - 30 lbs - given away after 3 months
(the pro-player now using it has re-strung it with BG-65 at 25 lbs)
6. Yonex Armortec 700 Limited Ed - BG-80 - 30 lbs - still OK (7 months)
7. Yonex Armortec 700 - BG-80, BG-65 - 30 lbs - handle came off - lasted 4 months
8. Yonex Armortec 700 - BG-80, BG-65 - 30 lbs - head collapsed (in a clash) - lasted 6 months
9. Yonex Armortec 700 - BG-80 - 30 lbs - head collapsed (in a clash) - lasted 2 months
10. Yonex Ti-10 - BG-66 - 30 lbs - head collapsed - lasted 6 months
11. Yonex Ti-10 - BG-66, NBG-98 - 30 lbs - broke during re-stringing - lasted 6 months
12. Yonex Ti-10 - NBG-98, BG-65 - 30 lbs - still OK (4 months)
13. Yonex Ti-10 - BG-80, BG-65 - 30 lbs - still OK (5 months)
14. Yonex MusclePower 99 - BG-80, BG-66, NBG-98 - 30 lbs - still OK (more than a year)
15. Apacs NanoTec 700 - BG-65 - 30 lbs - still OK (1 month)
16. Apacs EdgeSaber 10 - BG-65 - 30 lbs - still OK (1 week)
17. Apacs NanoPower 900 - BG-65 - 30 lbs - still OK (1 week)
For me, the longest lived top-range racquet yet is the Yonex MP-99
01-14-2009, 08:16 AM #10
hoa you're Yonex killer So far i only broke 2 of my racket and all because of clash....Carbonex 15 and my beloved TC700
you're right, careful with lousy stringer and my normal tension only 26lbs
01-15-2009, 12:25 AM #11
01-15-2009, 10:13 PM #12
01-16-2009, 09:28 AM #13
is it a dangerous thing to set it to 21 / 22 lbs?
I mean, lack of power? / lack of control?
01-16-2009, 01:07 PM #14
01-16-2009, 02:50 PM #15
O_O Broke 10 arc 10s... holy crap. I just got mine strung with BG 66 @ 25 lbs, and I saw another arc10 that got its frame collapsed just the other day. The head broke into 3 pieces with the strings still on it.. scary ><;;
01-16-2009, 04:13 PM #16
Also a little while ago, I had a front row seat of someone breaking their arc10 in game play when this individual hit a plastic chair (off the court) so hard it made a huge bang sound. A lot of people looked in the direction of the sound and saw the broken Arc10.
Last edited by Matt; 01-16-2009 at 04:19 PM.
01-16-2009, 04:22 PM #17
I broke my Arc10 by means of a smash. It was strung at 28Lbs with BG-65Ti. All I did was go for a smash (OK, I put EVERYTHING in to it) and the head collapsed quite violently. It could have only been 3 or 4 months old.
I'm not trying to scare you out of stringing at high tensions, whilst it lasted, if felt great. I think the only racket I have tried that was better is the Karakal MTec70 and it's warranted to 30Lbs so that can only be a good thing.
Last edited by Danstevens; 01-16-2009 at 04:24 PM.
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