Now that the weather is turning colder and wetter it seemed a good time to test a softer string, I wanted to try a "shaped" synthetic string and so I have strung one of my Powerangle Centric's with what looks like a hexagonal shaped synthetic at 55Ibs.
The Dynamic Tension is DT36
"Dynamic Tension DT is a measurement of what you feel when you hit a tennis ball"
I normally play with a DT of 34 but I expect the initial DT to drop from 36 to about 34 within 24HRs.
We shall wait and see.
I will update this blog as we go !
24hours later and the DT has dropped to 35 so not a big drop in tension, about a 6% loss in tension.
(more than happy with that)
Now if only the rain would stop!
Right rain stopped off to club night!
Played mixed doubles tonight with the Shaped Synthetic really impressed, More power soft feel and still has the spin potential, not as positive as a poly string but that is what I expected and wanted for the winter, Serves are going in faster and kicking more, hit a few drives out in the warm up but quickly adjusted. Unusual for me to like the softer feel but I do like it. Dam the rain is back and heavy: to be continued.
Right played singles this morning outdoor chilly but dry, new balls Dunlop Fort.
Using the same set up Powerangle Centric and Shaped Synthetic:
Drive and serves going well, compared to Polyester a little less positive but more comfortable with more cushion, (ball pocketing) the shaped synthetic does give more control and spin.
the tension maintenance is very good still on DT 35 so no more tension loss after the initial drop.
So this set up has given me exactly what I required, softer feel, a bit more power, just right for cold and wet tennis :-)
Dynamic Tension is what you feel when you hit a tennis ball, so when you get a restring and you say I like this, this is because the Dynamic Tension (DT) is correct for you.
The factors that have to be taken into account to get to the correct DT:
Gender, age, Type of hitting (with spin or without), Type of string (string stiffness factor), Arm injuries, Racket head size, string patterns.
All these factors have to be worked out to give you the Dynamic Tension that suits you.
With the addition of the Beers ERT 300 tension tester, the Tension Advisor and my Racquet tune programs I can now work out the different string combinations / Tensions / and racket sizes to give you the same Dynamic Tension (DT) every time.
note:-The Dynamic Tension (DT) is also known as the String Bed Stiffness (SBS)
I have been using Powerangle rackets for a long time now and I have also been using them as my string test bed racket. I have come to the conclusion that if any racket was suited to polyester strings then the Powerangle racket fits the bill, because if it's specifications 18 x 18 diagonal string pattern, massive sweet spot, lots of spin and control.
The main reason is the recommended tension of the strings for this racket: it's 54Ibs (Max)
Now I normally string poly's from 50 - 54Ibs depending on the customer / racket specs, but this racket really suits the thinest gauge poly, I have never broken a string even when I go down to a 1.10 mm poly.
This racket and string combination really works, When testing with other types of string it never feels quite right, something is always missing, but when strung with any poly it's like coming home :-)
I have been using the Pointfore Premier PU grip on both my Tennis and Squash rackets, notice they have the ventilation holes which help dry the grip.
I have been very pleased with these grips and will stock these as well as:
Karakal PU grip
Pro's Pro Aero Cushion grip (can be used as an overgrip or as a replacement grip
All prices are the same £2.50 fitted
October 2014 "Your Favorite Tennis String"
Pro's Pro Devil Spin
Pro's Pro Devil Spin: This latest shaped co-polyester string has been created for the modern aggressive player who demands the most extreme spin and control. In a patented method, Devil Spin features a twist that is about 250% tighter and more pronounced than conventional twisted strings The rough texture increases ball bite while being very comfortable and playable.
October 2014 "Your Favorite Squash String"
Pro's Pro Dura Ace
Pro's Pro Dura Ace is a high performance squash string for demanding players, providing excellent control, efficient power and excellent durability.
The multifilament string core of high quality micro fibre is wrapped with 2 layers of woven micro fibres.
October 2014 "Your Favorite Badminton String"
Pro's Pro TOUR 75
Pro's Pro Tour 75 is an excellent, powerful badminton string, with a multifilament core of high quality micro fibres, wrapped with 2 layers of woven micro fibres.
Combining durability, speed, control and excellent playability.
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