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flashfire276
03-29-2010, 07:38 PM
For me, it's Wilson Hollow Core.

vandre
03-29-2010, 07:43 PM
the worst string i've ever used was gamma challenger 2. i think it was supposed to be like a jacked up synth gut but it turned my racquet into a rocket launcher with no feel. i cut it out long before it went dead! :evil:

back in the day, i had an early version of psgd (i think it was one of their first attempts with adding duraflex) and it was a frayed mess in a week (this is when i was playing for hours every day in college). it was ugly! and it got so frayed the duraflex frayed out of it. you could actually pull the duraflex out of the string.

ogruskie
03-29-2010, 08:38 PM
Honestly? ALU Power. Way too stiff regardless of tension. Absolutely no feel whatsoever and too powerful for my taste. Really don't understand how people love this stuff...

rj.laroza
03-29-2010, 08:48 PM
i tried prince lightning xx for about 20 minutes before changing sticks.

some people like it... i hated how much power it gave me @ 63 pounds.

marosmith
03-29-2010, 08:51 PM
Luxilon ________

ClubHoUno
03-29-2010, 08:53 PM
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour.

Tried it at different tension levels and just hated it....

I haven't really tried any of the cheaper strings. I cut them out if the racquet comes prestrung with a cheap string.

Have tried Prince Syn Gut Duraflex, and overall I just don't see why It's one of the most sold strings in the world. It plays OK in the mains for 1-2 hours, then turns into mush.

scotus
03-29-2010, 09:12 PM
Out of all the strings I have tried:

Wilson Stamina
Prince Polygut

pvaudio
03-29-2010, 10:18 PM
Wilson Stamina is an atrocious string. Probably the worst I've ever felt though was Alu Power strung at normal tension for what I normally string multi's at (63). Felt like a board. Albeit that's partly my fault for not knowing to string Luxilon 10% lower, it's still pretty bad that a 6 pound difference would make a world of difference (I don't know if it does; it's too expensive to try again and there's better string out there for the money anyway).

Ljubicic for number1
03-30-2010, 12:14 AM
Pro hurricane tour an recoil spring to mind

tennis4life6965
03-30-2010, 12:06 PM
Ashaway Liberty Synthetic Gut 16 String

Barricade V
03-30-2010, 12:07 PM
Wilson hallow core. god awful. also prince xx lightening or whatever thats called

tennis005
03-30-2010, 12:33 PM
PHT. One of the worst polys i've ever tried.

kingdaddy41788
03-30-2010, 12:35 PM
Recoil. No question.

Some of the supercheap guts (Titan) are pretty bad as well...

rudester
03-30-2010, 12:44 PM
msv focus hex

sheets
03-30-2010, 12:45 PM
Worst I have used personally is wilson enduro mono. I'll admit, the string gave a nice bite to the ball, but it's claims of being soft was bull, probably the stiffest string I've ever used, felt like i was hitting the ball with a sledgehammer, and I was stringing at 53 pounds. I'm a young guy too, and it made my arm feel numb.

russell
03-30-2010, 01:22 PM
Any nylon 0.020 heavy G guitar string. Worst idea ever.

jasonmiller
03-30-2010, 01:30 PM
Out of all the strings I have tried:

Wilson Stamina
Prince Polygut

I swear I was going to say the same exact thing. I haven't really tried that many strings, but those are the two I'll never try again.

mozzer
03-30-2010, 01:30 PM
Blackcode, way too mushy and dead feeling from the start.

JT Corona
03-30-2010, 01:38 PM
For me Prince Problend with kevlar was pretty bad, no feel imo.

Power Player
03-30-2010, 02:19 PM
The new soft polys in a full job are all pretty much the same to me. Lifeless and dull. I guess that is why I actually like Wilson Stamina as a cross. I like crisp strings.

The worst though for me was Ashaway poly.

vincent_tennis
03-30-2010, 02:27 PM
Technifbre Red Code... Stiff, stiff, and stiff.

Preston
03-30-2010, 02:42 PM
Proline 2. Crap, crap crap. If I ate dental floss, crapped it out, extracted the floss from my crap, then strung my racket with the crap covered floss it would play better than that crap. Just my opinion though.

If you like over powered polys that spray balls, enjoy.

philosoraptor
03-30-2010, 02:54 PM
people on this board ll hate me for saying this, but an alu and vs gut hybrid, it was just not my cup of tea

bastorm0720
03-30-2010, 03:15 PM
people on this board ll hate me for saying this, but an alu and vs gut hybrid, it was just not my cup of tea

agree completely cannot stand luxilon strings.

Also PHT is starting to get too stiff for me.

flashfire276
03-30-2010, 04:21 PM
Gotta agree with you guys.

Pro Hurricane Tour is terrible! It gives no kind of feel! It's like hitting with a board!

Racer41c
03-30-2010, 04:29 PM
Prince premier softflex. Felt like playing with rubber strings.

gh65721
03-30-2010, 07:33 PM
Dislike Pro Hurricane Tour also. Actually made the knuckles in my hand ache after one set.

mrmo1115
03-30-2010, 08:23 PM
Don't know why PHT is considered such a bad string.. I've tried some strings and I've hated them a ton more.

Maybe its my familiarity to PHT?

I love the hybrid of PHT on mains and VS Gut on the crosses. It works wonders for me.

Ambivalent
03-30-2010, 08:46 PM
Out of all the strings I have tried:

Wilson Stamina
Prince Polygut

Ahhh, polygut and prince tournament poly in the days when I was just beginning tennis...
I even used tournament poly for a while after they stopped making polygut.

Rabbit
03-31-2010, 04:17 AM
The absolute worst for me was Luxilon Supersense... I couldn't put two balls in a row in the court with that stuff and at the time, it was the most expensive string Luxilon made. I see I must've not been the only one as it is no longer for sale.

zapvor
03-31-2010, 04:37 AM
ashway monofire. awful

drakulie
03-31-2010, 04:55 AM
two that come to mind are Hollow Core, & Black Code

zapvor
03-31-2010, 05:00 AM
black code? i heard good things about it. but i havent tried it yet

PimpMyGame
03-31-2010, 05:02 AM
Really cheap natural gut.

VamosRafa10
03-31-2010, 05:21 AM
Recoil just simply awful stuff

drakulie
03-31-2010, 05:27 AM
black code? i heard good things about it. but i havent tried it yet


I felt it played like wet cardboard. Just my 2 cents.

JackB1
03-31-2010, 05:42 AM
For me, it's Wilson Hollow Core.

Have u tried the newer WIlson Hollow Core Pro? Supposed to be MUCH better.

samster
03-31-2010, 07:33 AM
Alpha 2000, Wilson Hollow Core

moronicfreak
03-31-2010, 07:40 AM
MSV focus hex had a dead feeling from when it was strung to the end, uncomfortable and awful and also very stiff

rj.laroza
03-31-2010, 07:53 AM
people on this board ll hate me for saying this, but an alu and vs gut hybrid, it was just not my cup of tea

hahha i actually just had a client string his friends racket with it after finding out he LOVED it. his friend came to the garage a couple days later and said she hated it and wanted her PSGD back.

tenis
03-31-2010, 08:04 AM
Ashaway Dynamite - the top string coating starts peeling off after 5 min. of hitting. Horrible!!!!

David123
03-31-2010, 08:52 AM
what does PHT stand for?

drakulie
03-31-2010, 09:04 AM
^^Pro Hurricane Tour

David123
03-31-2010, 09:20 AM
thanks for the clarification :P

Richie Rich
03-31-2010, 11:29 AM
babolat polymono
any kevlar
prince dna helix (lucky if it lasted the warm up!)

pvaudio
03-31-2010, 03:17 PM
msv focus hex

Blackcode, way too mushy and dead feeling from the start.
You guys must not have tried many strings. Both are excellent.

flashfire276
03-31-2010, 07:47 PM
Have u tried the newer WIlson Hollow Core Pro? Supposed to be MUCH better.

That's what I heard. But I'm not the kind of guy that has enough money just to "test" out a string and risk liking/disliking it.

But idk. It BETTER be a nice upgrade from the original HC.

Kick Serve 14
03-31-2010, 08:03 PM
Honestly? ALU Power. Way too stiff regardless of tension. Absolutely no feel whatsoever and too powerful for my taste. Really don't understand how people love this stuff...

I agree completely, I hated it...

pvaudio
03-31-2010, 08:26 PM
For example,



Well, of course its going to be harsh and not offer much feel - its a stiff poly! That's why it bites the ball so well and offers alot of spin. Jeeez.I would be careful with your words, if you mean "noob" as in trying different strings or not being a stringer, then I agree. If you mean "noob" as in tennis player, that might not apply. My girlfriend, for example, was ranked top 5 in our state in 16s and 18s simultaneously back in high school and all she ever uses is Prince Sweet Perfection which isn't even made anymore. She won't let me string with anything else but that, or PSG. The fact that she can get into the M!dwest Closed having only played with PSG her whole life says that it's more about the player and that string ignorance is irrelevant.

pvaudio
03-31-2010, 08:40 PM
How the hell is the word M|dwest banned? The admin needs to ease up on his filtering of rival companies; he's filtering out geographic locations!

moronicfreak
04-01-2010, 02:07 AM
For example,



Well, of course its going to be harsh and not offer much feel - its a stiff poly! That's why it bites the ball so well and offers alot of spin. Jeeez.

well,this is my opinion, ive played stiff polys and all in all this is the worst! thanks for your criticism, my two cents are just not worth getting insulted for guess thats my last post

JT Corona
04-01-2010, 08:28 AM
I would be careful with your words, if you mean "noob" as in trying different strings or not being a stringer, then I agree. If you mean "noob" as in tennis player, that might not apply. My girlfriend, for example, was ranked top 5 in our state in 16s and 18s simultaneously back in high school and all she ever uses is Prince Sweet Perfection which isn't even made anymore. She won't let me string with anything else but that, or PSG. The fact that she can get into the M!dwest Closed having only played with PSG her whole life says that it's more about the player and that string ignorance is irrelevant.

Yep happened to me too, can't say M!dwest even geographically :)

Btw I've also been using PSG for awhile and it does the job for me at a nice price. Recently switched to a new frame and so wanted to try some high rated multis on it, but to be honest I'm thinking of just going back to that original feel of PSG. I play mostly recreationally anyways so not worth it to spend so much and/or risk injury with some of these polys. Just good to know that even some advanced players like it as well.

JoelDali
04-01-2010, 11:13 AM
Luxilon Adrenaline

PHT

pvaudio
04-01-2010, 11:49 AM
Yep happened to me too, can't say M!dwest even geographically :)

Btw I've also been using PSG for awhile and it does the job for me at a nice price. Recently switched to a new frame and so wanted to try some high rated multis on it, but to be honest I'm thinking of just going back to that original feel of PSG. I play mostly recreationally anyways so not worth it to spend so much and/or risk injury with some of these polys. Just good to know that even some advanced players like it as well.The only reason I don't use syn guts anymore is because I want the utmost control from my stick. I want the racquet to put the ball where I need it, and I'll supply the momentum. That's why I use AG100s with their 90sq in face and full poly setups at 60. Could I use a 95 frame strung with syn gut? Absolutely, in fact, during match play, I warm up with my old AG200s strung up with cheap as dirt Eagnas string that came with my stringer. Keeps my fresh strung frames ready to go as soon as the match starts and the extra weight helps me warm up faster.

BreakPoint
04-20-2010, 07:44 PM
Worst strings in my opinion?

All polys. You name it, I hate it.

BTW, I love Hollow Core. It's like a breath of fresh air in a sea of stiff, arm-killing polys. :)

woodie55
04-21-2010, 03:05 AM
Worst string for me. PSGD, no contest. At 56 lbs in DNX4 gave me the worst case of tennis elbow and shoulder pain ever. Restrung racquet with SPPP and Gosen Sheep Micro at 56 lbs and haven't had a peep out of either the elbow or shoulder since.

Autodidactic player
04-21-2010, 04:13 AM
Gamma Power Play - really any Kevlar. Might as well just play with a platform tennis paddle!

Slim Pickens
04-21-2010, 06:27 AM
Prince Lightning XX--lasted for about 20 minutes before it popped.