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aimr75
04-13-2008, 03:42 PM
i'm not a string breaker, but broke my first string recently.. kirschbaum touch multifibre 17 @ 55. It broke on the crosses.. was thinking whether this is the norm or the other way around..

where does it break for you?
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Say Chi Sin Lo
04-13-2008, 03:44 PM
MOST of the time the main goes first. But i've had my cross goes first though a few times

miniRafa386
04-13-2008, 03:50 PM
i have poly mains, so always my crosses

miniRafa386
04-13-2008, 03:50 PM
i use the same thing, kirsch touch multi, except in 16. try the 16, i think its better than the 17

downey stringing master
04-13-2008, 03:56 PM
i break cross coz im a ****. full poly or whatever :)

YULitle
04-13-2008, 03:58 PM
Mains go first generally.

aimr75
04-13-2008, 04:17 PM
why do mains go first normally?
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YULitle
04-13-2008, 04:19 PM
why do mains go first normally?

Typical string motion occurs with the mains swaying side to side due to spin shots. This causes multiple spots on the mains to rub up and down along the crosses, causing notching which eventually leads to breakage.

aimr75
04-13-2008, 04:39 PM
Typical string motion occurs with the mains swaying side to side due to spin shots. This causes multiple spots on the mains to rub up and down along the crosses, causing notching which eventually leads to breakage.

with the break i had, i found the wear more evident on the crosses. The string movement was extreme on the mains. They moved around alot (too much), but saw that the fraying happened alot sooner on the crosses

but yeah, the localised notching on the mains verses the wear being spread across the crosses due to movement.. i can understand why they break first
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YULitle
04-13-2008, 04:40 PM
with the break i had, i found the wear more evident on the crosses. The string movement was extreme on the mains. They moved around alot (too much), but saw that the fraying happened alot sooner on the crosses

but yeah, the localised notching on the mains verses the wear being spread across the crosses due to movement.. i can understand why they break first

It all depends on the types of strings you have too. As it's already been said, if you have a more durable main string you are more likely to break the crosses first. It also depends on how you hit.

aimr75
04-13-2008, 04:43 PM
yeah, thats fair enough, i was using the example of a full string job
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1337Kira
04-13-2008, 11:27 PM
I've only played for a while, and I've only broken strings twice.
Once was on the crosses, once on the mains.

baek57
04-14-2008, 01:48 AM
i dont think i've ever broken a cross.

DonBot
04-14-2008, 08:29 AM
In a hybrid I always break the crosses first as the stiffness of the poly in the mains tends to saw through the multi or gut in the crosses. In a full bed of poly or mains I tend to break the mains first. If I ever get tempted back into a hybrid I think I will run the poly in the crosses like [k]fed and see what happens- my guess is the multi will saw through again first- But my question is has anyone noticed a differene in hybrid life based on having the poly in the main or in the crosses?

Just a side note too, when I break multis or synthetic gut I tend to pop 2-4 strings at a time if I break them on my serve, whereas I break usually only 1 if it goes on a ground stroke. I guess I have alot more action on the ball with my topspin serve, plus I think the bat speed is usually higher as I swing for the fences without too much fear of it sailing out of the service box.

Pro Staff Pete
04-14-2008, 08:40 AM
mains rly...

deehacker2005
04-14-2008, 08:52 AM
When I string my racquet w/ a hybrid set up, I always break the crosses first. With a full multi-string job, I always break the mains .

vwfye
04-14-2008, 09:47 AM
i've only ever lost a cross string once in 20+ years... miss hit on an overhead.

soyizgood
04-14-2008, 10:01 AM
Always the mains for me.

hotseat
04-14-2008, 10:03 AM
i have poly mains, so always my crosses

ditto, however on rare occasions the poly will snap on really tough, flat shots

curio
04-14-2008, 03:09 PM
Main string (full poly stringjob)

Hokiez
04-14-2008, 04:52 PM
Only ever broken the mains (up to 5 at once is my record)

TennisNinja
04-14-2008, 07:47 PM
Depends on what type of string I use. If it's softer string like NXT I break the crosses but stuff like Rip Control I break the mains.

ledor
04-14-2008, 07:55 PM
I always break mains. I've broken cross twice in my life, and those strings were the Prince Problend. The Synthetic Gut popped as a cross string.

boojay
04-14-2008, 09:54 PM
I've been using a lot of NXT lately so my crosses are breaking frequently. Any other string, it's the mains that usually go. I wish there was a durable soft string.

quest01
04-14-2008, 10:19 PM
My crosses go first because I use poly in the mains. I thought about cutting out only the crosses but I heard thats not a good idea because it could result in racquet damage from what I was told.

Tennisman912
04-15-2008, 04:19 PM
I also break mains only on my full poly setup. I usually get 8-12 hours of play on average.

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SOY78
04-15-2008, 05:21 PM
For me it was allways the mains.

CityHeightsTennis
05-11-2008, 11:55 AM
i always break my main strings... dun know the reason but always...

origmarm
05-12-2008, 12:45 AM
Mains normally. I don't break much though. With full multi jobs for some reason I have always broken crosses