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lstewart
11-19-2010, 07:29 AM
I've had several recommendations for softer poly's to try that are more arm friendly. I've got 6 different options arriving tonight, and will string either as a full bed, or hybrid with synthetic or multi. My question for those of you that play with these softer co-poly strings?? What tension range do you string them? Back off some as normal with a poly, or string them just like they were a multi or synthetic? I generally need a tighter string bed for control, but have backed down to the lower to mid 50's for poly hybrids. With trying to keep them arm friendly, should I go a little higher tension with these softer co-poly's?

airman88
11-19-2010, 08:02 AM
Maybe go up 1-2 lbs from ALU rough for a truly soft poly, but depends which ones. You used Tour Bite before and I'd keep that one right on with ALU rough.

lstewart
11-19-2010, 08:19 AM
Thanks... yeah, that was what I was thinking. Have Tour Bite 18g right now at 54 in crosses. Might try 56 for one of the softer poly's.

emr82
11-19-2010, 08:26 AM
How do you deal with tensions when using a hybrid setup?

It's been recommended to me that you should generally string your crosses looser than your mains. But this seems difficult when dealing with hybrid setups of two different materials.

For example, if you use a co-poly in the mains and syn or multi in the crosses?

Would you want to string the co-poly strings looser?

airman88
11-19-2010, 08:52 AM
String the mains 2 pounds lower not the crosses. You might want to bump the whole setup another pound or two since it will be softer and more powerful in general. The cross string is generally the tensioner, so many people say the string bed will feel like the tension of the cross and the cross loses tension first.

Note: Most people string full bed setups with crosses a couple pounds over the mains anyway. Helps with the sweetspot and adjusts for tension loss in the crosses.

HiroProtagonist
11-19-2010, 12:51 PM
How do you deal with tensions when using a hybrid setup?

It's been recommended to me that you should generally string your crosses looser than your mains. But this seems difficult when dealing with hybrid setups of two different materials.

For example, if you use a co-poly in the mains and syn or multi in the crosses?

Would you want to string the co-poly strings looser?

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=354359

There you go:)

ccapp
11-20-2010, 08:22 PM
I've had several recommendations for softer poly's to try that are more arm friendly. I've got 6 different options arriving tonight, and will string either as a full bed, or hybrid with synthetic or multi. My question for those of you that play with these softer co-poly strings?? What tension range do you string them? Back off some as normal with a poly, or string them just like they were a multi or synthetic? I generally need a tighter string bed for control, but have backed down to the lower to mid 50's for poly hybrids. With trying to keep them arm friendly, should I go a little higher tension with these softer co-poly's?

I use Technifibre Black Code 18g for the full stringbed. I string my Volkl at 60lbs, which is max. I used to play with NXT Tour 17g, and I can tell you that the Black Code 18g is just as soft, if not softer. I started a few pounds lower at first, but eventually realized the softer co-polys like Black Code, or Kirschbaum Pro Line II, especically in a thinner guage, can be treated just like a mult-filament as far as tension goes. I am very sensitive to ball impact vibration, and my wrist would have told me if the string was not absorbing vibration at max tension. The only variable unaccounted for is the fact that I use a Volkl DNX V1, which transmits zero vibration. However, I still believe the a softer co-poly in a thinner guage can be set at the same tension as a mult-fiber, and you run the risk of a mushy string bed if you use the 5% lower rule.