Three weeks ago, I had one racquet strung at the dramatically lower tension of just 35 pounds; and at the recommendations of Rick Flach and Brent Abel, played exclusively with that racquet to give it a fair trial.
The trial is over; and the winner is …. Lower string tension!
It was not a difficult as I thought to get used to the ball “jumping off” my racquet. In fact, it seemed that my ground strokes went about 4-5 feet longer than they had. And since I had been hitting about 4-5 feet too short in the court, that made them about right!
Sure, every now and then, a ground stroke or volley would fly too long; but in general, I could swing much easier and place the ball deeper in the court.
Easy on the Arm
And due to two weekend tournaments, I ended up playing 19 consecutive days (today will be the 20th). That is even more than I normally have done; but due, I think in part, to the softer string tension, I have no arm problem.
According to people I have played against, they can see a “significant increase” in the speed of my serve (with no greater effort on my part) + my topspin forehand ground strokes have more “bite” on them.
During the trial period, I did test my other racquet (which has been strung at 48 pounds for a year now); and it did feel like I was putting on an old and comfortable shoe. But I could definitely feel the extra vibration on my arm (even at that relatively low tension).
So, that second racquet is now being restrung also at 35 pounds; and I will play with both at least till the end of the summer to see if will be my new standard.
Anyone else stringing lower and feeling a difference?