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niketennispro
03-24-2011, 03:09 PM
hi guys, as it just so happens i have shoulder tendonitis (im 16) and was wondering what a good string would be to alleviate the pain as much as possible. Im assuming a multi would be ideal, but i want some good specific ones as well, even possible a hybrid with a poly since i love the feeling of hitting with it and it really suits my game.

playing style:
I'm a rather defensive all-courter but also plays aggressive at the appropriate times and uses angles as well as slice to approach net and i volley well also, but my baseline game is where i am most comfortable.

Thank you for any input guys :D

mikeler
03-24-2011, 04:38 PM
Mantis Comfort Synthetic, Babolat Xcel or Maxim Touch.

*breaksracquet
03-25-2011, 04:22 AM
have you gone to a specialist yet? Rest and ice that shoulder man, too early for your age to be having problems like that. On that note, Mantis Comfort Syn is a great multi and very comfortable. I use Head FXP and like it a lot with hybrid setups.

niketennispro
03-25-2011, 06:10 AM
Thanks breaksracquet and mikeler, i am icing and stringing with mantis, but in all honesty is not playing how i would like. No poweer is making me try to play too defensive so i would like a more powerful string.

rufusbgood
03-25-2011, 10:35 AM
OP. If your shoulder is bothering you, IMO, string tension is what you need to adjust, not string type. If you like the way poly's play, fine, just drop the tension. I am playing a 100 sq in racquet strung with a full bed of MSV Heptatwist and the key to keeping it comfortable is tensioning it at 43 lbs. If I were playing a 95, it's smaller, so I'd go even lower. What tensions have you been using? Just curious.

mikeler
03-25-2011, 11:00 AM
Thanks breaksracquet and mikeler, i am icing and stringing with mantis, but in all honesty is not playing how i would like. No poweer is making me try to play too defensive so i would like a more powerful string.


Check out my multi reviews. Tecnifibre MultiFeel might be a good option for you.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=352048

niketennispro
03-25-2011, 03:51 PM
I string luxilon at 53lbs in my blx 6.1 95 and 57 for everything else.
Hopefully poly is still a viable option :D

Thanks mikeler, those reviews are great!

mikeler
03-25-2011, 04:26 PM
I string luxilon at 53lbs in my blx 6.1 95 and 57 for everything else.
Hopefully poly is still a viable option :D

Thanks mikeler, those reviews are great!


Get your arm to 100% first and then come back to soft polys at low tension preferably in a hybrid with a soft multi.

FedererBestTennis
03-25-2011, 04:51 PM
Hey dude, really sorry about your shoulder tendinitis :( For now, personally, I think the best thing to do would be to string full MCS at 53.5/55. Super soft multi and super low tension (for our standards at least :D) Do you think that the slight hitch in your serve you were talking about could have something to do with it?

niketennispro
03-25-2011, 05:30 PM
i have it strung at 54 at the moment, but it just doesnt have the pop, power and spin i would like.

is wilson red alert any good?? i want to try that out? id love someones input on that

i have a hitch because of the tendonitis not from it, but it was fine today during my high school match.

mctennis
03-25-2011, 07:19 PM
Try gut when you get healed enough to hit.

FedererBestTennis
03-26-2011, 04:47 AM
i have it strung at 54 at the moment, but it just doesnt have the pop, power and spin i would like.

is wilson red alert any good?? i want to try that out? id love someones input on that

i have a hitch because of the tendonitis not from it, but it was fine today during my high school match.
I see. Fed strings his racquets really low because he likes the dead feeling. J*** is trying red alert now but I don't know what she thinks about it. I see, my hitch is 90% gone!!! I'm so happy! I can hit 100 mph now! :D Ok, wish me luck for my match.

niketennispro
03-26-2011, 04:56 AM
^^yes, i know what federers set up is... -.- and it gives more pop at lower tensions, not necessarily dead. hrmmm ill have to ask her, might just be my new string from now on if it has enough durability, power and spin

FedererBestTennis
03-26-2011, 05:38 AM
^^yes, i know what federers set up is... -.- and it gives more pop at lower tensions, not necessarily dead. hrmmm ill have to ask her, might just be my new string from now on if it has enough durability, power and spin
-.- But you just got adrenaline!!! :D Ok, I'm leaving now, wish me luck!

niketennispro
03-26-2011, 07:43 AM
i know, but i need something to deal with this arm? -.- alright dude let me know how you do! :D

niketennispro
03-26-2011, 08:30 AM
@mctennis i can still hit, its just there is pain while i play as well as signicant pain after i play. And gut is also quite expensive haha

Fuji
03-26-2011, 09:14 AM
Have you seen this string yet? It's called Wilson Shock Shield! It's pretty new to my local shop, yet the owner of the shop swears by it in his back up sticks now. His mains have natural gut for his shoulder problems as well, but in any of his sticks that don't have gut, this is all he will use now.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Shock_Shield_16_String/descpageACWILSON-WSS16.html

I haven't had the chance to try it myself yet, but I think I may have to test it out in my Pure Drive pretty soon. So far I've heard it's a really, really arm friendly string.

There is also the grip that goes with the string if your interested, I haven't heard anything about it all, but I'll link it anyways in case your interested! :)

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Shock_Shield_Hybrid_Grip/descpageWILSON-WSSHG.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Shock_Shield_Dampener/descpageWILSON-WSSD.html

I hope you find something that works soon! I personally use Head RIP Control 16 for anytime my shoulder is feeling a bit on the tender side from normal wear and tear. String it at a mid-low tension and it might work for you as well! :)

-Fuji

mikeler
03-26-2011, 01:37 PM
Shock Shield was one of the stiffness multis I've tried. Perhaps the tension should have been lowered but compared to all the others I tried at 60 pounds, it was not very soft. RIP Control is also a little bit stiffer than most multis.

Fuji
03-26-2011, 02:03 PM
60lbs?! Good gosh man, how in the world do you play with that tension! LOL! I cannot touch above 55 without some repercussions. The mid 40's to very low 50's are my home for the most part! :P

-Fuji

mikeler
03-26-2011, 02:20 PM
Plenty of strings feel soft at 60 on my crank machine.

niketennispro
03-26-2011, 05:25 PM
thanks for the input Fuji! shock shield does seem to sound like a comfortable string, but sadly its quite expensive and mikeler says it doesnt play great or feel comfortable :/ i like the input tho, it is much appreciated! :D

i really wanna know what people think of wilson red alert tho??

Fuji
03-26-2011, 06:04 PM
Your welcome! :) I've never played with Red Alert! It does seem intriguing though!

I know Milkeler said RIP control is a "stiffer" string, but personally I found it really soft and cozy. Might be just me though! It's really cheap as well if you have some time to give it a try. It is quite durable for me as well. I just ordered another 5 sets off TW for something like $31.50.

-Fuji

parasailing
03-26-2011, 06:13 PM
Multis are soft enough that you can string it up to 60lbs. I string mine at 57 or 58lbs but only with natural gut and multis like X1, Xcel Power, or Kirschbaum Touch Multifiber.

I won't dare string polys higher than 54lbs and wouldn't recommend it for someone with an injury or inflammation.

mikeler
03-27-2011, 08:36 AM
Your welcome! :) I've never played with Red Alert! It does seem intriguing though!

I know Milkeler said RIP control is a "stiffer" string, but personally I found it really soft and cozy. Might be just me though! It's really cheap as well if you have some time to give it a try. It is quite durable for me as well. I just ordered another 5 sets off TW for something like $31.50.

-Fuji


Stiffer than most multis to me. It's a unique string that is worth a shot.

marosmith
03-27-2011, 05:31 PM
Natural gut or multi at low tensions and restring every 4 hours.

nvottennis
03-27-2011, 06:13 PM
Natural gut or multi at low tensions and restring every 4 hours.

why would you ever do that... I'd understand polys, but multis or nat gut?!?! you must be ignorant and rich...

Fuji
03-27-2011, 06:24 PM
I'm pretty sure they were just kidding nvottennis! :P

-Fuji

mathieu
03-27-2011, 06:26 PM
thanks for the input Fuji! shock shield does seem to sound like a comfortable string, but sadly its quite expensive and mikeler says it doesnt play great or feel comfortable :/ i like the input tho, it is much appreciated! :D

i really wanna know what people think of wilson red alert tho??

did you by chance happen to get shoulder tendonitis from using dead poly? thats how i got it, and i am never cheap about restringing polys anymore.

also if you do go back to poly, give polystar energy a try. softest and most lively poly ever.

smucker007
03-28-2011, 02:37 AM
did you by chance happen to get shoulder tendonitis from using dead poly? thats how i got it, and i am never cheap about restringing polys anymore.


Mathieu hit it right on the spot...Lux tends to play dead quickly which will cause you to use more arm, therefore strain your shoulder/elbow. You might want to go to a softer co-poly with better tension maintenance such as WC Silverstring, Tourna Big Hitter Blue/silver, SPPP, etc..

But first let your shoulder heal..if Mantis Comfort is not getting you enough power..string it lower! I'm surprised that a multi would feel less powerful than a poly. Make sure you use the same stringer if you don't string it yourself. 57 on a crank is a big difference than 57 on a constant pull.

Talk to your coach or find a USRSA certified stringer/MRT in your area to help you with tension/string selection.

Good Luck and heal soon! Make sure you ice it after playing! 16 is too early for these kinds of injuries.

mikeler
03-28-2011, 04:21 AM
Mathieu hit it right on the spot...Lux tends to play dead quickly which will cause you to use more arm, therefore strain your shoulder/elbow. You might want to go to a softer co-poly with better tension maintenance such as WC Silverstring, Tourna Big Hitter Blue/silver, SPPP, etc..

But first let your shoulder heal..if Mantis Comfort is not getting you enough power..string it lower! I'm surprised that a multi would feel less powerful than a poly. Make sure you use the same stringer if you don't string it yourself. 57 on a crank is a big difference than 57 on a constant pull.

Talk to your coach or find a USRSA certified stringer/MRT in your area to help you with tension/string selection.

Good Luck and heal soon! Make sure you ice it after playing! 16 is too early for these kinds of injuries.


Mantis Comfort and RIP Control are two very unique multis. RIP gives you great spin but has a dead feeling to it. Mantis Comfort gives you gut like comfort but with no power.

smucker007
03-28-2011, 04:36 AM
^^ Aah thx Mikeler, I never personally used multis much cuz of their durability and i'm cheap but still couldn't a lower tension provide more power then?