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AK47
08-04-2010, 05:06 AM
I have been using prince premier LT 18 in my O3 speedport white pro for a while now. I initially strung the racquet at 62lbs then every time i restrung I dropped the tension by one pound. It was feeling better and better . Pace and depth was getting better without loosing control. I am down to 58lbs now and for the first time i began to have depth issues, balls going out.

Since i dont think i can go any lower, i am thinking about going to a stiffer string and then experiment dropping the tension further more. I dont like polly because stringers around here they dont wanna do a full poly job, and also they go dead too quick. Any names you could think of that are stiffer than LT 18. I need to have 18 gauge.
thanks

Jack2010
08-04-2010, 06:19 AM
You could try the Gosen OG Micro 18.

AK47
08-04-2010, 06:44 AM
wow gosen og sheep micro 18 is lot cheaper than my prince premier LT 18s. I will definitelly put this on my experiment list. Do they last long?

Jack2010
08-04-2010, 07:04 AM
Well, durability is all relative. 18 gauge is not going to last very long by definition; however, the gosen og sheep micro is a synthetic gut nylon string, so it should in theory last longer than your prince premiere lt 18 because that's a multifilament string.

An additional note: the gosen og micro 18 is 1.15mm, which is the equivalent if 19 gauge in some other brands. if it doesn't last long enough, you could try the gosen og micro 17, which is 1.22mm. that's approximately 18 gauge in most brands or at least the 17L.

sruckauf
08-04-2010, 08:23 AM
If you're looking to stay with multis, here are some options:

- Should feel/play stiffer:
Wilson NXT Tour 18 String - $17.95
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 18 String - $14.75

- Probably won't play/feel stiffer but are other options:
Alpha Gut 2000 18 String - $5.90
Tecnifibre NRG2 18 String - $12.50
Volkl Power Fiber II 18 String - $12.99

- Not a multi, but a string I'm a huge fan of in denser pattern racquets:
Gamma TNT2 18 Natural String - $9.95

AK47
08-04-2010, 08:51 AM
Well, durability is all relative. 18 gauge is not going to last very long by definition; however, the gosen og sheep micro is a synthetic gut nylon string, so it should in theory last longer than your prince premiere lt 18 because that's a multifilament string.

An additional note: the gosen og micro 18 is 1.15mm, which is the equivalent if 19 gauge in some other brands. if it doesn't last long enough, you could try the gosen og micro 17, which is 1.22mm. that's approximately 18 gauge in most brands or at least the 17L.

i was quite happy how long premier 18 lasted. I am happy to hear that you think gosen will last may be longer. and even if it does not i can try 17. Nothing to loose i am gonna give it a try.

Jack2010
08-04-2010, 08:53 AM
i was quite happy how long premier 18 lasted. I am happy to hear that you think gosen will last may be longer. and even if it does not i can try 17. Nothing to loose i am gonna give it a try.

Yup, the Gosen is so cheap to try that, there's really nothing to lose. By the way, if you buy the reel, it's going to be like $2 per string job....amazing, eh?

AK47
08-04-2010, 08:58 AM
If you're looking to stay with multis, here are some options:

- Should feel/play stiffer:
Wilson NXT Tour 18 String - $17.95
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 18 String - $14.75

- Probably won't play/feel stiffer but are other options:
Alpha Gut 2000 18 String - $5.90
Tecnifibre NRG2 18 String - $12.50
Volkl Power Fiber II 18 String - $12.99

- Not a multi, but a string I'm a huge fan of in denser pattern racquets:
Gamma TNT2 18 Natural String - $9.95

Gamma TNT2 18 probably the stiffest 18 out there other than poly. I dont know if my o3 speedport white pro is considered denser or not pattern wise, but i will try the gamma also.

I saw that nrg2 18 and x-one biphase 18 has the same stiffness. Do you think they play similar?

sruckauf
08-04-2010, 09:19 AM
I saw that nrg2 18 and x-one biphase 18 has the same stiffness. Do you think they play similar?

Biphase plays quite stiffer than NRG2, IMO.

Both great strings. I'd give the playabiliy and tension retention nod to Biphase though, for sure.