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  • Understanding Strings

    Let's get your thoughts on A.J. Chabria's article, "Understanding Strings"

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    This is definitely an article right up Geoff Williams' street. We need his input here.

    I use a co-poly with a soft feel across my entire frame. I have it strung at 52lbs. It's perfect for me. I only break a string about twice a year because the stuff is so durable, plus I don't use much spin. I have never experimented with hybrids but fancy giving them a go having read the article.

    When I used a wooden racket back in the day, I had it strung in natural gut. I used to love the smell of natural gut in the morning...smelt like...victory.
    Stotty

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    • #3
      Hello,
      For decades I used the most expensive natural gut and loved it. However, today I use Solenco Tourbite. I string my rackets at 40 lbs, and I believe it plays better than the gut strings. I have no financial connection with Solenco. I never thought it was possible for a synthetic string to surpass the best natural gut. Is my experience typical?

      Sincerely,

      Norman Ashbrooke

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ten1050 View Post
        Hello,
        For decades I used the most expensive natural gut and loved it. However, today I use Solenco Tourbite. I string my rackets at 40 lbs, and I believe it plays better than the gut strings. I have no financial connection with Solenco. I never thought it was possible for a synthetic string to surpass the best natural gut. Is my experience typical?

        Sincerely,

        Norman Ashbrooke
        Dear Norman,

        Excellent choice. I like Solinco Tour Bite, too. Like most quality co-polyester strings, it provides lots of spin and control.
        Youíre probably also feeling good power and a lively feel because you were smart enough to string it on the low side. That is probably not typical.

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        • #5
          Iíve been using VS touch mains and ALU rough crosses pretty religiously for the last ~8 years. I completely admit that I tried it because Fed uses it, but I stuck with it because of the amazing feel and performance. Every few months I try out a new setup: a new poly cross, a full bed of poly, or something marketed as revolutionary like Monogut ZX pro, and every time the new setup falls short of VS/ALU gold standard.

          A.J., are there any new developments in string that you think players ought to try out as an alternative to poly, both full bed and hybrid?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rthodges View Post
            Iíve been using VS touch mains and ALU rough crosses pretty religiously for the last ~8 years. I completely admit that I tried it because Fed uses it, but I stuck with it because of the amazing feel and performance. Every few months I try out a new setup: a new poly cross, a full bed of poly, or something marketed as revolutionary like Monogut ZX pro, and every time the new setup falls short of VS/ALU gold standard.

            A.J., are there any new developments in string that you think players ought to try out as an alternative to poly, both full bed and hybrid?
            RT,
            Not much will impress you if you use gut mains and a poly cross. Youíre using what I consider the best of the best....especially if you love it.

            Some players do prefer the slickest polys at low tensions, or newly developed alternatives like Monogut or the new breed of super-multis or nylon monofilaments (I understand Diadem, Tecnifibre, and Babolat are doing well with these).

            If you want to try some new elements to your set-up, here are some variations I enjoy:

            a slicker, less powerful natural gut, like Volkl Icon;
            a smoother, harder poly like Head Hawk Touch;
            a thicker gut main and a thinner cross;
            a softer co-poly (all brands have one or two of these).

            Enjoy the process!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ajchabria View Post

              Dear Norman,

              Excellent choice. I like Solinco Tour Bite, too. Like most quality co-polyester strings, it provides lots of spin and control.
              Youíre probably also feeling good power and a lively feel because you were smart enough to string it on the low side. That is probably not typical.
              What do you recommend? Solinco Tour Bite or Solinco Tour Bite (soft)? I currently use Isospeed Pulse 1:30mm.

              Anyone else like to chime in? I am looking for elasticity and softness. I am willing to experiment.
              Stotty

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              • #8
                I use Technifibre Black Code 4S, strung at 41 lbs. Very happy with the feel, spin and durability.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seano View Post
                  I use Technifibre Black Code 4S, strung at 41 lbs. Very happy with the feel, spin and durability.
                  I tried it in my racket over the Christmas holidays. It's really nice. I strung it at 57Ibs but found it a little stiff so my second rackets at 52Ibs, which seemed ridiculously low...but it plays really well. It's amazing how strings have developed in terms of power and feel.
                  Last edited by stotty; 01-03-2020, 01:54 PM.
                  Stotty

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