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Rexking
08-11-2009, 08:44 AM
Alpha Gut 2000 18 Nylon 1.21 146 14.49

Ashaway Dynamite 17 Zyex / Nylon 1.24 147 13.72

String stiffness under 150 lbs/in. is impressive for under $10!

On the other hand, X One Biphase 18 is 181 lbs/in.

http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/200809/200809allstrings.html

Hidious
08-11-2009, 09:32 AM
If you associate "best" with "soft", i guess so...

Rexking
08-11-2009, 10:06 AM
If you associate "best" with "soft", i guess so...

To me, "best" means one that plays most like natural gut -softness. But I understand what you mean, not everyone nowadays like soft strings.

baek57
08-11-2009, 10:42 AM
alpha gut breaks in like 2 seconds, and i'm not even a string breaker. doesn't play anything like natural gut either. haven't tried ashaway.

stanfordtennis alum
08-11-2009, 10:45 AM
IMO, the best soft multi strings under the $10 mark are pro supex maxim touch and technifibre multifeel

Toad
08-11-2009, 11:01 AM
I just ordered a set of the Dynamite 17 to try out...I haven't seen a whole lot about it on these forums but the general consensus seems to be if you get the tension right it is a great string, if you are off on the tension it is terrible. I did find it really odd that it was recommended for string breakers by TW AND compared to natural gut. I don't really expect this string to last, but hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.

I plan on directly comparing this as a cross string with global gut, so I should be able to comment on both those claims eventually.

SteveI
08-11-2009, 01:57 PM
I just ordered a set of the Dynamite 17 to try out...I haven't seen a whole lot about it on these forums but the general consensus seems to be if you get the tension right it is a great string, if you are off on the tension it is terrible. I did find it really odd that it was recommended for string breakers by TW AND compared to natural gut. I don't really expect this string to last, but hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.

I plan on directly comparing this as a cross string with global gut, so I should be able to comment on both those claims eventually.

Dynamite 17 seems to be quite tension sensitive. I do not follow the Ashaway directions for reducing tension. I use the same tension I would for syn gut the multis.. and that seems to work for me. I have never found the string to play stiff. Very easy on my arm and provides nice spin and control. I am not a string breaker.. most times I have to cut it out as it seems to lose tension and I suffer a loss of control. I enjoy the string...not really much on the downside for my game. It is quite cost effective for me as I hybrid it with a syn gut cross.

Regards,
Steve

hoodjem
08-11-2009, 05:16 PM
I like strings in the 190s, so 147 or 150 ain't my cup of tea.

Crisp with lots of feel.

Rexking
08-12-2009, 09:42 AM
I just ordered a set of the Dynamite 17 to try out...I haven't seen a whole lot about it on these forums but the general consensus seems to be if you get the tension right it is a great string, if you are off on the tension it is terrible. I did find it really odd that it was recommended for string breakers by TW AND compared to natural gut. I don't really expect this string to last, but hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.

I plan on directly comparing this as a cross string with global gut, so I should be able to comment on both those claims eventually.

Definitely let us know your findings.

Kevo
08-12-2009, 11:23 AM
Alpha Gut 2000 18g is an awesome string to hit with. However it does break fast. I think I managed to get almost 90 minutes out of it several years ago. That was before I started breaking strings regularly too, so I'm not sure I could play with it now.

However if I had 14 sticks like Jolly, I might consider stringing up 12 of them with AG2000 18g, and the other 2 with poly. I could probably make it through a weekend of tennis that way. ;-)

bsandy
08-12-2009, 11:29 AM
Alpha Gut 2000 18 Nylon 1.21 146 14.49

Ashaway Dynamite 17 Zyex / Nylon 1.24 147 13.72

String stiffness under 150 lbs/in. is impressive for under $10!

On the other hand, X One Biphase 18 is 181 lbs/in.

http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/200809/200809allstrings.html

You need to consider the last number, not just the stiffness. This is where Tecnifibre excells above all other synthetic material strings.

. . . Bud

Rexking
08-13-2009, 03:33 AM
You need to consider the last number, not just the stiffness. This is where Tecnifibre excells above all other synthetic material strings.

. . . Bud

I'm not sure how the tension loss data works, if the numbers mean how much tension you will lose, but how quickly or during what kind of time span?