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GasquetGOAT
07-14-2008, 07:04 AM
Recommended range is 45-60lbs. How many lbs or percentage tighter should the mains be?

Kcraig
07-14-2008, 07:39 AM
Recommended range is 45-60lbs. How many lbs or percentage tighter should the mains be?

I use 56/54 on my Diablo. Add stringsavers and it will tighten it up a bit. I use Bab elastocross and use appx 15-18 around the sweetspot. :)

GasquetGOAT
07-14-2008, 08:16 AM
I use 56/54 on my Diablo. Add stringsavers and it will tighten it up a bit. I use Bab elastocross and use appx 15-18 around the sweetspot. :)

What strings are you using? What is Bab elastocross? Sorry for the noob question.

Kcraig
07-14-2008, 10:40 AM
What strings are you using? What is Bab elastocross? Sorry for the noob question.

Klip Legend 16g nat gut/Topspin Cyberpower 1.25. Babolat elastocross are the stringsavers.

GasquetGOAT
07-14-2008, 11:05 AM
^^Thank you.

Would like hear more from Gut main/ poly cross users.

Zach
07-14-2008, 11:16 AM
Generally, you would string the gut higher than your normal tension, because of its' elasticity, and the poly lower than your normal tension, because of its' lack of elasticity. Play around with it and see what you like. People may have great success with say, 62/59 combo and suggest it to you, you may hate it. String suggestion and tension is always by someone else's preferences, remember that.

GasquetGOAT
07-14-2008, 11:29 AM
^^yeah true its mostly preferences but I still need a starting point, which should I try first?

fastdunn
07-14-2008, 11:43 AM
Recommended range is 45-60lbs. How many lbs or percentage tighter should the mains be?

What string and tension did you use and like before this?

And which gut/poly string are you going to use ?

What type of players are you? Do you like to volley or you are a baseliner ?

GasquetGOAT
07-14-2008, 11:51 AM
What string and tension did you use and like before this?

Yonex multis, 850 pro I think at 55lbs.


And which gut/poly string are you going to use ?

VS gut 16/ pro hurricane tour 16


What type of players are you? Do you like to volley or you are a baseliner ?

80% baseliner, 20% net

spdskr
07-14-2008, 12:11 PM
Klip Legend 17g mains @ 57lbs, Klip K-Boom 17g crosses @ 54lbs on Wilson nCode 6.1 95 16x18.

ODYSSEY Mk.4
07-14-2008, 12:24 PM
currently Vs Gut @ 60 and Lux Alu Rough @ 57 liking it very much so far

GasquetGOAT
07-15-2008, 03:07 AM
fastdunn??

fastdunn
07-15-2008, 04:04 PM
I would recommend you to go 5-10% higher tension on gut mains. VS gut is the most powerful string. So something like 58 lbs. This assumes you know your reference tension accurately. Otherwise go with 5% higher than the middle of recommended tension range of your racquet.

Pro hurricane tour is somewhat softer than Luxilons. I would go 5% lower than usual. So something like 52-53 lbs. (Again it assumes your reference tension is correct. Otherwise 5% off from the "middle" tension.)

Reflection angle of gut string bed is different from synthetics. Don't be surprised if you find lots of your shots going long. You will need some time to adjust to natural gut. To me, it was safer to go tighter. I would also recommend go tighter for baseliners but it all defends on your preference. Anyway, don't be afraid to add 1-2 lbs to my recommended tension. VS natural gut will be harder to control initially....

Good luck.


What string and tension did you use and like before this?

Yonex multis, 850 pro I think at 55lbs.


And which gut/poly string are you going to use ?

VS gut 16/ pro hurricane tour 16


What type of players are you? Do you like to volley or you are a baseliner ?

80% baseliner, 20% net

GasquetGOAT
07-16-2008, 01:10 PM
^^^ Thanks fastdunn. So you don't think 10% lower for PHT on the crosses is too low? I mean I've heard that polys lose tension alot faster than gut.