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Definition: A racquet with an open string pattern is designed to keep the strings relatively far apart, which results in fewer strings contacting the ball. With the ball's impact distributed among fewer strings, each string compresses more and thus rebounds more. This results in modestly increased power and decreased control, although the slightly greater spin created by having each string bite into the ball harder can offer an alternate means of control.

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