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mtx
08-22-2007, 08:33 PM
6'1", 147lbs, ~2.5-3.0 recreational player looking for a new tennis racket.

Decided to get a Dunlop M-Fil 300, but have no clue as to which strings to buy...

BABOLAT X-CEL PREMIUM 16/17 tennis racquet string 4 SETS C $58.25
BABOLAT PRO HURRICANE 16/17 tennis racquet string 6 SETS C $52.95
Babolat Super Fine Play 16/17 stringing -NEW RACQUETS ONLY $15

Wilson NXT 16/17 stringing (NEW RACQUETS ONLY) $26.00 EACH
Wilson NXT Duo stringing (NEW RACQUETS ONLY) $26.00 EACH
WILSON SENSATION 16/17 tennis racquet racket strings 10 SETS $63.55
Wilson Sensation Duo stringing (NEW RACQUETS ONLY) $23.00 EACH
Wilson Stamina 16/17 stringing (NEW RACQUETS ONLY) $15.00 EACH

Should I list some Head models as well or are these good enough?

And what does the #16 and 17 represent? How do I know which one to get?

Thanks.

RiceCommander
08-22-2007, 08:55 PM
hey mtx i have a dunlop m-fil 300 too and i use Luxilon Big Banger Ace 18 String. in my opinion it has very nice touch and control.
The numbers 16, 17, and 18 are the Gauge and that shows how thick the strings are. The lower the number the thicker it is. thicker string has more durability and the thiner string usually has more spin.

jonolau
08-22-2007, 08:58 PM
Depends on a couple of things. Most important to look at these:

1. What is your playing style? Do you have full/medium/compact strokes? Do you generate high/moderate/low racquet head speed?
2. What type of FEEL do you like from your stringbed? Soft/Springy/Stiff/Comfortable?
3. What is your current racquet and string setup? What do you like or dislike about it?

The M-Fil 300 is a control oriented racquet with a thin beam, and may require the player to be able to generate their own power with a full and fast stroke.

This is just a start, and if you can answer some of the questions above, it will narrow down the string choice.

damasta55
08-22-2007, 10:47 PM
since you're a recreational player, i'd avoid a poly in that frame, it;'ll be very low-powered. i suggest using a synthetic gut or multi. PSG and PSGD are the most widely used synthetic guts and really cheap. Babolat xcel and wilson nxt are good multis. personally, i'd advise trying that racquet with synthetic gut first.

mtx
08-23-2007, 09:36 AM
Depends on a couple of things. Most important to look at these:

1. What is your playing style? Do you have full/medium/compact strokes? Do you generate high/moderate/low racquet head speed?
2. What type of FEEL do you like from your stringbed? Soft/Springy/Stiff/Comfortable?
3. What is your current racquet and string setup? What do you like or dislike about it?

The M-Fil 300 is a control oriented racquet with a thin beam, and may require the player to be able to generate their own power with a full and fast stroke.

This is just a start, and if you can answer some of the questions above, it will narrow down the string choice.

Wow, tough questions. I just play tennis for fun 3-4 times a week (not quite at the competitive stage yet, but I want to get there :)) and I really don't pay attention to all the technical details :o. I'll try to answer these questions as best as I can though.

1. I believe I have medium-full strokes and I generate low-moderate racket speed. This is because I'm tall and lanky which allows me to reach for more shots, but obviously at the sacrifice of power.

2. Not really sure. I've never worried much about my strings, I just play tennis :D. I guess I'd like the type that helps me perform the best? (yeah I know that was a lame reply)

3. My current racket is around 6-7 years old. It's a Prince Longbody Precision Approach Titanium Midplus. Graphite/Titanium, 95 sq. inches, 16/19, 58 +-5lbs, 26+-2 kilos, 700 Power Level. Strings came with the racket when I got it so I have no idea what it is. They are moving a lot though whenever I use it.

So with that said, I hope you guys can help me find the right strings, preferably within the brands of Wilson, Babolat or Head (I want to buy the strings from the same seller to save on shipping and maybe even get him to string it for me). Thanks.

mtx
08-23-2007, 09:42 AM
And of course, this leads to a few more questions...

What gauge should I use?
How much tension should I use?

Lleytian3
08-23-2007, 01:00 PM
since you're a recreational player, i'd avoid a poly in that frame, it;'ll be very low-powered. i suggest using a synthetic gut or multi. PSG and PSGD are the most widely used synthetic guts and really cheap. Babolat xcel and wilson nxt are good multis. personally, i'd advise trying that racquet with synthetic gut first.

i coudlnt agree more. start out with a synthetic gut since you are still a recreational player, dont go spend a lot of money on strings that are advanced for you and are for advanced players. DONT use a hrybrid either since you are still at the recreational level

i am a competitve 4.0-4.5 player using the m-fil 300 and love the cyberflash.

but since you are still at the recreational level, i agree with damasta. start out with the PSG and PSGD. if your looking for spin, babolat razor spin is a excellent choice. but start off with a full synthethic job, and as your skill and techinque increases you would learn on what string to use.

referring to your last questions use the 16 gauge

mtx
08-23-2007, 01:26 PM
i coudlnt agree more. start out with a synthetic gut since you are still a recreational player, dont go spend a lot of money on strings that are advanced for you and are for advanced players. DONT use a hrybrid either since you are still at the recreational level

i am a competitve 4.0-4.5 player using the m-fil 300 and love the cyberflash.

but since you are still at the recreational level, i agree with damasta. start out with the PSG and PSGD. if your looking for spin, babolat razor spin is a excellent choice. but start off with a full synthethic job, and as your skill and techinque increases you would learn on what string to use.

referring to your last questions use the 16 gauge

Unfortunately I really want to buy a set of 4, 6, or 10 from the list above to save on $$$ and shipping....

THe WILSON SENSATION 16/17s aren't synthetic gut are they?

jonolau
08-23-2007, 04:14 PM
Wow, tough questions. I just play tennis for fun 3-4 times a week (not quite at the competitive stage yet, but I want to get there :)) and I really don't pay attention to all the technical details :o. I'll try to answer these questions as best as I can though.

1. I believe I have medium-full strokes and I generate low-moderate racket speed. This is because I'm tall and lanky which allows me to reach for more shots, but obviously at the sacrifice of power.

2. Not really sure. I've never worried much about my strings, I just play tennis :D. I guess I'd like the type that helps me perform the best? (yeah I know that was a lame reply)

3. My current racket is around 6-7 years old. It's a Prince Longbody Precision Approach Titanium Midplus. Graphite/Titanium, 95 sq. inches, 16/19, 58 +-5lbs, 26+-2 kilos, 700 Power Level. Strings came with the racket when I got it so I have no idea what it is. They are moving a lot though whenever I use it.

So with that said, I hope you guys can help me find the right strings, preferably within the brands of Wilson, Babolat or Head (I want to buy the strings from the same seller to save on shipping and maybe even get him to string it for me). Thanks.

You know, I'm quite tempted to induct you into the poly appreciation club!

I've had customers come to me in a similar situation as yours, and one thing that sticks out is string movement.

I could suggest that you try out a poly/syn gut hybrid strung at the lowest tension recommended for your frame so that it will give you a combination of power and control. The stiffer poly main will provide some usable control whilst eliminating almost all string movement, whilst the syn gut cross at a slightly higher tension of 1-2 lbs will provide the stringbed with comfort and usable power.

Perhaps you could try Wilson Enduro Pro 17 on the mains and Babolat Super Fineplay 17 on the crosses.

mtx
08-26-2007, 06:00 PM
You know, I'm quite tempted to induct you into the poly appreciation club!

I've had customers come to me in a similar situation as yours, and one thing that sticks out is string movement.

I could suggest that you try out a poly/syn gut hybrid strung at the lowest tension recommended for your frame so that it will give you a combination of power and control. The stiffer poly main will provide some usable control whilst eliminating almost all string movement, whilst the syn gut cross at a slightly higher tension of 1-2 lbs will provide the stringbed with comfort and usable power.

Perhaps you could try Wilson Enduro Pro 17 on the mains and Babolat Super Fineplay 17 on the crosses.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Anyone else have any string recommendations?

I just won my bid for the M-Fil 300 and now I need to hurry up and find some strings....If anyone can point me to some good and cheap ones @ http://stores.channeladvisor.com/racketguy/Racquet%20Stringing/ , that would be appreciated...there's lots of GAMMA ones here and by the looks of it, they seem to be the best option?

Valjean
08-26-2007, 06:19 PM
You could have saved yourself and most of the others trouble if you had referred to the foregoing limited list of availables before now.

Now, I definitely join those above recommending a standard synthetic gut to start off with.

Of the standard strings provided--which, surprisingly, does not include single packages of a more eligible Wilson manufacture, its Extreme Synthetic Gut, nor any Prince entry at all--I suggest Babolat's Super Fine Play, in a 17 gauge since you're not much of a string breaker: http://stores.channeladvisor.com/racketguy/Items/str721272109344?.

Unless this string, available only in signficant quantity, appeals to you now: http://stores.channeladvisor.com/racketguy/Strings%20Sets%20and%20Reels/Wilson/

mtx
08-26-2007, 07:12 PM
You could have saved yourself and most of the others trouble if you had referred to the foregoing limited list of availables before now.

Now, I definitely join those above recommending a standard synthetic gut to start off with.

Of the standard strings provided--which, surprisingly, does not include single packages of a more eligible Wilson manufacture, its Extreme Synthetic Gut, nor any Prince entry at all--I suggest Babolat's Super Fine Play, in a 17 gauge since you're not much of a string breaker: http://stores.channeladvisor.com/racketguy/Items/str721272109344?.

Unless this string, available only in signficant quantity, appeals to you now: http://stores.channeladvisor.com/racketguy/Strings%20Sets%20and%20Reels/Wilson/

Sorry about that, I couldnt find this link earlier....

$15 for Babolat SUper Fine Play...

+$6 more for Pro Hurricane.... difference being synthetic gut poly. vs multi?

Valjean
08-26-2007, 07:54 PM
I don't recommend poly such as Babolat's Pro Hurricane for you, your game. Nor is a mulifilament worth your time yet: walk before you run! Super Fine Play is not one of those. It's a standard solid-core, single-wrap nylon synthetic meant for recreational players. Here is some help in understanding terms/string types: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/String/StringReference.html

dunloplayah
08-26-2007, 08:10 PM
I've been using the dunlop M-fil 16 tours at 60lbs. enjoying them quite abit. I just strung up one of my frames with the ashaway dynamite 17G black at 59lbs to try out as I like it on my other frames, but the ease on my arm that the dunlop string affords me, plus it's lower price, i'll end up stringing my main racquets with it again.

python
08-27-2007, 07:12 AM
I've used Ashaway Dynamite in this racquet with great success.

A cheapo option that I like a lot is Gosen Polylon with Ashaway Liberty crosses. I string about 4 lbs tighter than usual and let the racquet sit in a hot car or a sunny spot for an afternoon, and the tension seems to be just right for my tastes. Decent durability and I daresay feel, even if we are talking about a string class that is not known for feel. I am playing 4.0 singles this year, and I am an opportunistic power baseliner looking for a short ball to come in on.

mtx
08-27-2007, 01:19 PM
Thanks.

I also like to add a lot of top-spin on my hits so with that said, is Babolat Super Fine Play 17 @ 58lbs still optimal for me? I am about to order it now.-

Valjean
08-27-2007, 02:27 PM
One of the benefits of a 17 gauge string is that it is typically "spin-friendly"--not least because a thinner gauge swings faster. And Super Fine Play is a stiff string which is known to be the most desirable string trait when it's spin you want. So, yeah, of the ones you have to choose from, I think, at this point, for you, it is. Since it is a new racquet, you should probably take a relaxed approach and have Wilson's Stamina 17 on hand to test too. It plays "dead" by comparison and is also a bit more durable.

Yonex.
09-23-2007, 06:41 PM
Hmmm.....Intersting.