Have you ever seen – or played with – a tennis racquet with a DIAGONAL stringing pattern? Here are details on one user’s philosophy.
At a New Hampshire tennis event this summer, I visited with Lynn Miller, retired Wheaton College Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach (1980-2015), who had three such racquets. Here is what she had to say…
What racquets do you have with those diagonal strings?
The Power Angle is the only brand racket I use that accommodates the diagonal string pattern. It uses just ONE string, so I can’t hybrid it and use two different types of string in one racket.
How long ago did you get them?
I’ve probably been using these rackets for 20 years or so, about the time they discontinued the Wilson Power Hole 3.8 Sledge Hammer racket which I previously used.
What is the difference in hitting with them vs. “regular” stringing pattern?
I had bad tennis elbow when I stopped using the Wilson Sledge Hammer, so I needed to find a racket that was easy on my joints and tendons. The research conducted by the company stated that the string pattern reduced string vibration-partly due to the longer length of each string in the pattern. I haven’t had tennis elbow since using these rackets.
Could be a coincidence or the fact that I don’t play as much as I used to, but I also win with these rackets, so that’s a big reason I stay with it even though the frames are probably dead by now.
What do stringers think of working with that frame?
Depends upon the stringer. Some stringers don’t have a machine that can accommodate that string pattern, and others have to do the on-line research to figure out how to string it (and don’t really want to take the extra time to do it when they are busy during their peak season).
Are there other comments on “strange stringing patterns”?
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