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tennisINmyBLOOD
12-19-2009, 02:59 PM
I'm considering purchasing a set of these to hybrid with a multi. What is your favorite gauge of this string and why?

meowmix
12-19-2009, 03:31 PM
When I tried the 1.18, I was very impressed with the string. However, it's a really soft poly, with not a lot of feedback. It also went really soft on me after 3 weeks or so.

tennisINmyBLOOD
12-19-2009, 03:45 PM
When I tried the 1.18, I was very impressed with the string. However, it's a really soft poly, with not a lot of feedback. It also went really soft on me after 3 weeks or so.

That sounds like my kind of poly. How was the spin? Also, if I use as a cross with a multifilament main, do you think it would improve the feel? Thanks.

meowmix
12-19-2009, 04:39 PM
I would think that MSV in your crosses would rip through your mains in no time, due to the texture. However, I've never tried it, so I might be wrong.

The spin was excellent. I felt that it gave me a slight bit more than the usual smooth polys I used, but not that much more. Kick serves were really fun to hit with this string, as it really gave me a lot of action on the ball.

hoodjem
12-19-2009, 06:41 PM
I tried MSV Hex 1.10--wow! the spin and the feel (for a poly). 1.18 was pretty good, just less so.

joe sch
12-19-2009, 07:08 PM
I think it depends on the racket head size, pattern, and tension you are going to play with ?

I have the MSV Hex 1.3 on a 100si racket with a 14x16 and I have played about 9 sets per week for the last 3 weeks and the strings are still playing great. They are starting to move a little more and maybe some tension loss but still ripping the felts of the balls. I have even noticed the balls tend to get branded with my black strings, they almost look like burgers coming off the BBQ :) Im really impressed with these strings at how well they play at a low tensions, mine are in the lower 50s. With a denser pattern, like 16x19 or 18x20, Id recommend a thinner guage but still think low tension provides much payback without sacrificing control, just hit more spin.

marantzbar
12-20-2009, 04:27 AM
Presently, I'm using MSV Focus Hex @ 57lbs mains and Prince syn gut 16 original @60 lbs. on my APDC and I like the and balance of power/control. I'm gonna stick with it for a while

downs_chris
12-20-2009, 05:51 AM
1.10 mm...

aimr75
12-20-2009, 12:55 PM
ive only tried 1.10 and was quite nice

BigT
12-20-2009, 02:53 PM
My customers like the 1.10, and after trying it, so do I.

skyzoo
12-20-2009, 04:32 PM
1.18 havn't tried the others though

10ACE
12-20-2009, 06:41 PM
1.10mm @ 60 fullbed, 95 racquet head. Great bite, I hit balls that people think are going out but pop in. Now I like the Focus best, but the HEX is a great sting.

tennisINmyBLOOD
12-20-2009, 11:42 PM
Anywhere I can purchase the 1.10 mm version of this string? I plan to hybrid it with a multi on a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour.. 98 sq. inch head with an 18x20 string pattern. In this case, would I benefit more from the 1.10 mm version?

Dgpsx7
12-21-2009, 12:46 AM
1.10 easy 10char

ericsson
12-21-2009, 01:00 AM
I tried them all and my favorite is the 1.23mm, the 1.10 and 1.18 are too thin for my baseline game, strange but i'm not a big fan of very thin gauge strings, i think i will be in the minority here...

COPEY
12-21-2009, 03:00 AM
Anywhere I can purchase the 1.10 mm version of this string? I plan to hybrid it with a multi on a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour.. 98 sq. inch head with an 18x20 string pattern. In this case, would I benefit more from the 1.10 mm version?

Google it - you'll find a location. I'm not being difficult, it's just that TW doesn't allow/frowns upon posting links of their competitors. It'd be nice if they sold 1.10...as well as MSV in reels, however.

old coach
12-21-2009, 06:03 AM
I like 1.18mm.

10ACE
12-21-2009, 07:06 AM
Anywhere I can purchase the 1.10 mm version of this string? I plan to hybrid it with a multi on a Dunlop Aerogel 4D 300 Tour.. 98 sq. inch head with an 18x20 string pattern. In this case, would I benefit more from the 1.10 mm version?

My football coach used to say to me " NO guts no glory kid!"

JT_2eighty
12-21-2009, 10:21 AM
I have even noticed the balls tend to get branded with my black strings, they almost look like burgers coming off the BBQ :) Im really impressed with these strings at how well they play at a low tensions, mine are in the lower 50s. With a denser pattern, like 16x19 or 18x20, Id recommend a thinner guage but still think low tension provides much payback without sacrificing control, just hit more spin.

Haha, nice description. I've used the 1.18 and after a few weeks, noticed the same with the marking of the balls. It's a great string, softer yet still with solid control and the most 'feel' I've had with a poly.

Honestly, the "texture" is barely there, as the hexagon shape is a very 'rounded' hex, at least from what I've seen and felt, so I wouldn't imagine this string cutting into a multi main any more than the non-hex. I like my strings in the lower tensions, so I actually played with the msv hex racquet I had for about 2-3 months before playability dropped off. Very good tension maintenance on this one.

Mansewerz
12-21-2009, 11:05 AM
Softer than big ace? Big ace had much less feel than my prior strings (Duh! I've only used multis and syn gut, and maxim touch was right before the big ace hybrid)

arche3
12-21-2009, 11:12 AM
just ordered 4 packs of msv hex black 1.18 from TW. after all the people here glowing about the strings I had to try it. I am a Lux user and I swore off changing strings... But I need to know what the fuss about these MSV strings are all about. I'm going to string up my 2 APDc with MSV hex 1.18 at 56 and Lux BB ALU spin at 56 and see how they compare. I will string them at the same time so I can determine tension loss and playability. (I hope the MSV is easier on the arm. )

hoodjem
12-21-2009, 11:17 AM
Softer than big ace? Big ace had much less feel than my prior strings (Duh! I've only used multis and syn gut, and maxim touch was right before the big ace hybrid)MS,
Almost all polys will have less feel than Maxim Touch or another multi.

I believe that CF 1.20, MSV 1.10, and Kirschbaum Pro Line I (and Lux BBA 1.12 for a brief few hours) have the most feel of any polys.

JT_2eighty
12-21-2009, 11:19 AM
1) to manswerz: it is softer than big ace, not by a ton, but noticeable for sure.

2) to arche3: msv hex is definitely easier on the arm than lux. you will most likely find it soft at first, but i had compared a full timo 17 with msv 1.18 and found the msv to have just as much control, with better all-court playability for my game. The added arm benefits were icing on an already half-priced cake. Give it a few sessions before you judge it though, as I can imagine it will be quite a different feel from the lux you are used to.

Mansewerz
12-21-2009, 11:26 AM
MS,
Almost all polys will have less feel than Maxim Touch or another multi.

I believe that CF 1.20, MSV 1.10 and Kirschbaum Pro Line I (and Lux BBA 1.12 for a brief few hours) have the most feel of any polys.

Should've guessed. I'll try those out if i'm ever feeling adventurous again :D Syn gut strung at 52/50 for now

1) to manswerz: it is softer than big ace, not by a ton, but noticeable for sure.

2) to arche3: msv hex is definitely easier on the arm than lux. you will most likely find it soft at first, but i had compared a full timo 17 with msv 1.18 and found the msv to have just as much control, with better all-court playability for my game. The added arm benefits were icing on an already half-priced cake. Give it a few sessions before you judge it though, as I can imagine it will be quite a different feel from the lux you are used to.

Great, thanks for the help :D

hoodjem
12-21-2009, 12:03 PM
In general thinner gauge means more feel.

"Feel" Hierarchy:
Nat Gut
Multi
Synthetic
Poly
Kevlar