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SlvrDragon50
01-22-2010, 08:04 PM
Hello!

I've moved from buying strings at my local Sports Authority to buying strings from TW hoping to find a much better deal and I recently found Tecnifibre NRG2 G18 strings which have been absolutely wonderful!

I still want to try out more strings and I'm looking for recommendations. No polyester though, last time I tried it, I hurt my shoulder pretty badly during serving.

I've been looking at the Tecnifibre X-One Biphase in G18.

I've always been a control person so I don't care much for power.
Durability is not much of an issue nor is spin since I do not hit with that much spin.

I have only broken two types of strings, Babolat Natural Gut and the last set of Tecnifibre NRG2.

ClubHoUno
01-23-2010, 11:26 AM
Try the best Prime Multi available:

Babolat Xcel Power 16 and 17 gauge.

It plays better than both X-One and NRG2 in my personal opinion :D

armsty
01-23-2010, 01:29 PM
X-One BiPhase is nothing special. Not really worth the money in my opinion. Cutting mine out later today to try XCel

ClubHoUno
01-23-2010, 03:08 PM
X-One BiPhase is nothing special. Not really worth the money in my opinion. Cutting mine out later today to try XCel

Please try Xcel Power - not the regular Xcel !!

armsty
01-23-2010, 03:12 PM
I was going to... they were out of stock when I ordered it so I just got Xcel.

ClubHoUno
01-23-2010, 03:46 PM
I was going to... they were out of stock when I ordered it so I just got Xcel.

Xcel plays too soft and mushy - Xcel Power is crisp and the best Multi available.

Laserfibre SuperNatural Gut Prostock was the best Prime Multi, but you can't buy it anymore :(

So now Xcel Power is the best Prime Multi on the market.

armsty
01-23-2010, 03:51 PM
Yeah I wanted it but they were out so next time...

Stringing a racquet hopefully today with Gaucho Gut mains/PSGD crosses and if that doesn't work again it'll be Xcel with a box pattern :)

SlvrDragon50
01-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Hmm. I wish I saw this before I placed an order..

I decided to retry some polys because I believe I strung the tension too high (same tensions as I would with a syn. gut)

I got:
Kirschbaum Pro Line II 18L (1.15) String 1 1 12.00 12.00
Tecnifibre NRG2 18 String 2 2 13.00 26.00
Tecnifibre Black Code 18 String 1 1 12.00 12.00

I string my NRG2 at 55-56 lbs. I plan on stringing both polys at 50 lbs.

Would you guys recommend a hybrid though? I don't know how to create a good combination?

SlvrDragon50
01-23-2010, 09:01 PM
Also, when you guys say crisp, do you mean like it bounces off the strings?

I've always like to feel the ball. For example, I can't play with a rubberband as a vib. dampener since it absorbs too much.

armsty
01-23-2010, 09:20 PM
Hmm. I wish I saw this before I placed an order..

I decided to retry some polys because I believe I strung the tension too high (same tensions as I would with a syn. gut)

I got:
Kirschbaum Pro Line II 18L (1.15) String 1 1 12.00 12.00
Tecnifibre NRG2 18 String 2 2 13.00 26.00
Tecnifibre Black Code 18 String 1 1 12.00 12.00

I string my NRG2 at 55-56 lbs. I plan on stringing both polys at 50 lbs.

Would you guys recommend a hybrid though? I don't know how to create a good combination?
Hybrid poly mains/gut or syn gut or multi crosses to have the feel and control of a poly with the comfort being a bit better.

SlvrDragon50
01-23-2010, 09:31 PM
Can you use pretty much an two strings? I'm considering stringing NRG2 in the crosses with the Pro Line II in the main. I should be able to string two sets with the two packs right?

KenC
01-24-2010, 02:01 AM
Club is right about XCel Premium, it should be marketed as an arm friendly string and that's it. XCel Power is a misnomer, as it should be called XCel Ultimate or something like that. XCel Power is the Bab equivalent of NRG2.

X-One is a great string if you can afford it. It has a lot of power though at lower tensions and doesn't last that long at higher tensions. The first hour with X-One is a break in period.

For more control you could try a hybrid between a softer poly and any of the decent multis out there.

I need more control than power and found TF MultiFeel and love its poly like playing characteristics but in an arm friendly multi.

SlvrDragon50
01-26-2010, 09:01 PM
Ah, well luckily, I just purchased a second Prince O3 Tour and it came strung as a hybrid.

Mains are MSV Hex strung at 53 lbs and the crosses are Gosen Micro strung at 57

I am quite excited to try it out. I have a pretty fresh set of NRG2 18 on my other Prince at 56lbs with 3 hours of play.

SlvrDragon50
01-27-2010, 11:32 AM
Well, I just served a bit and absolutely loved the hybrid.

Although... the 4 sets of string are different from the one in my O3 right now.

Can anyone recommend tensions for the Pro Line II as a main and NRG2 as a cross?

brucie
01-27-2010, 03:04 PM
X one biphase is a much better bet than x cel premium or power but i guess youve got some xcel lovers posting here :) ill just say x cel power is garbage just to play devils advocate hehe

seriously though TF are great string manufactureres and TF
XR2 worth trying aswel as Biphase also why do you go for such thin gauges

SlvrDragon50
01-27-2010, 08:37 PM
I've always gone for the thinnest string possible since I've never broken strings until I tried out the NRG2 18 and by that time, the string was already dead.

TennisNinja
01-27-2010, 08:52 PM
Try Technifibre Multifeel as well. It's pretty cheap and still a great string.

ManuGinobili
01-28-2010, 06:16 PM
If you want control and don't care for power, theoretically you should like poly more than multi.

Black Code and Pro Line II are very good co polys, but there are cheaper and softer co polys that you might like even more, and will save a lot of money in the long run. Try a full job of each of these (all under $10):
PolyStar Energy
Pro Supex Big Ace (these 2 got huge cult status lol)
MSV Focus Hex (possibly the softest co poly around)
Topspin CyberBlue

SlvrDragon50
01-28-2010, 06:25 PM
Well I just received my Black Code and Pro Line II and I plan on hybrid-ing them.

I don't think I'm ready for a complete poly setup yet since I don't believe I don't think I can create that much power yet. I managed to get through today without getting hurt from having a poly as a hybrid so it seems good so far.

My next poly to try out may be something from Luxilon or the Pro Supex Big Ace. I have MSV Focus Hex in my hybrid right now and love it.

ManuGinobili
01-28-2010, 09:43 PM
If you're looking to buy Luxilon just for the hell of it (and a few hours of fun), go ahead... But if you're seriously looking for a good string setup to commit to, don't get it.

SlvrDragon50
01-29-2010, 01:22 PM
May I ask why you say that? From what I've been reading here, it seems like it's one of the favorites.