The original encouragement to try the lower tension came from Rick Flach, who plays an incredibly controlled game at 30 lbs. of string tension. His belief is that you can have just as much control at the lower tension + have the benefits of the extra power to swing so much easier.
For me, it also had the side benefit of minimizing the negative effects on the arm of playing with the harder poly strings. But I found that I really couldn’t control the ball – especially on my aggressive forehand – and started swinging more tentatively because the fear of the ball flying long.
Changing Swing Patterns
Several of my New Hampshire summer playing partners observed that my swing became much more exaggerated, trying to “cover the ball” to keep it in play. So last month, my racquets were restrung (with Gamma Zo Verve in the mains and synthetic gut in the crosses) at 45 lbs.
While Rick Flach contends, “it is not the strings fault, it is mine,” I now have much more confidence in being able to hit out on my forehand and have the ball stay in play.
P.S. the pictures were taken by the official photographer at the Naples/Ft. Myers Challenge this past weekend.
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