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wickedfps
06-30-2011, 08:52 PM
Hey everyone!

Here's a little bit of information. I used to play alot when i was younger up until summer of 2000, HS tennis 11 years ago with a prostaff 6.0 85. The only strings I have pretty much used is the NXT both 16 and 17 strung at 60lbs.

A month ago i started playing again. I bought the blx six one tour and strung it with nxt 17 @ 55lbs. ( I feel older so I decided to lower the tension a bit lol) Just like back in the days I broke it after 3-4 hours of playtime. I feel like everything was once was back in the day so I went ahead and strung it this time with nxt 16 and went back up to 60lbs. Same story the string frayed and broke within 6 hours at most.

Searching for a durable string directed me to TW and luxilon Alu power being a popular poly set up so I gave it a try. I had it strung at 60lbs ( I didn't follow -10% but oh well) the string felt ok. I still have it on my racket after 8 hrs of playtime. Now I must say reading this forum is new to me and I am more than willing to try any set up. I bought my own stringing machine aswell.

I do play all around. I Used to volley alot but recently been staying in the baseline until I get back to where I was once at. I hope to find a string for the six one tour that has a great feel and durability that wont break my pockets as much as the nxt which pretty much has to be strung as often as I play. I don't even play games. I have just been practicing my strokes rallying and doing drills with pretty much anyone willing to hit.

drakulie
06-30-2011, 09:03 PM
I use this frame quite often, and have tried a multiple of strings. Everything feels unique with this frame.

I always go back to the Genesis Black Magic 17, which is my string of choice. It is inexpensive for a poly, durable, good spin, power, control, and feel is great. If you want something with more pop/spin and a bit better tension maintenance go with the Genesis Typhoon.

Good luck.

wickedfps
06-30-2011, 09:13 PM
I use this frame quite often, and have tried a multiple of strings. Everything feels unique with this frame.

I always go back to the Genesis Black Magic 17, which is my string of choice. It is inexpensive for a poly, durable, good spin, power, control, and feel is great. If you want something with more pop/spin and a bit better tension maintenance go with the Genesis Typhoon.

Good luck.


Thanks for the reply drakulie. Do you use the same tension on your polys vs syn gut by any chance or do you follow what the packaging recommends? Ill give this a shot. I wish I have multiples of the same rackets that I can string and compare side by side.

drakulie
06-30-2011, 09:19 PM
^^No, I always string at same tension regardless of manufacturers recommendations.

Up&comer
07-01-2011, 05:09 AM
^^No, I always string at same tension regardless of manufacturers recommendations.

I would suggest doing that regardless. The point of switching from something like a multi to a poly is to get less power, and stringing lower normally negates that.

wickedfps
07-01-2011, 10:13 PM
Ordering tonight! Will probably take about a week to get here.

wickedfps
07-12-2011, 08:42 PM
Drakulie-

Thanks for suggesting the black magic. I did hit with em the first time tonight for an hour and I do agree with all the positives you mentioned. The feel is great and the string allowed me to take full cuts on the ball. Slices are awesome. Flats and top spin are good aswell. Serves, i didnt try. The power on this string is just sufficient. The feel is totally different from the only poly I have ever tried, Alu power. Black magic felt great although the first few balls i thought the "springy sound" was weird until i got used to it. I had it strung at 60lbs using a drop weight stringer + the Pete Sampras o-ring dampener.

I should also add that I strung my racket 20 hours prior to hitting with them the first time (it was late when I finished, didn't have time to play afterwards)


I also ordered a mini reel of the alu rough just to try out. My elbow isn't really sensitive to polys at the moment. Call it crazy but I am actually thinking of a full poly hybrid, black magic on the mains, Alu rough on the crosses.

Has anyone tried that set up before?

Looks like ill be ordering a few more black magic! Thanks again drakulie!

ethebull
07-13-2011, 03:50 AM
Poly is a different animal altogether. Since you own a stringer and will have a quantity of string to experiment with, consider trying a full poly bed strung around 50-2. For lower powered polys 1.25g+, you will not see loss of control. The string life (tension maintenance) will be much better, feel on touch shots far better, you'll get a heavier ball, serve punch and spin are increased... Poly is inherently a much stiffer string. Like you, I used to like nylon around 60 and the notion of 50 seemed extreme, but it is not.

wickedfps
07-13-2011, 11:51 PM
Ethebull-

Will try to lower the tension when I have a chance and see how it plays. Thanks for the suggestion.

On the other hand, black magic gave me good results on serves both flat and spin variations.

cueboyzn
07-14-2011, 02:13 AM
Tonic + gut mains and Weiscannon Silverstring crosses.

wickedfps
07-15-2011, 05:12 PM
Tried a full bed of alu

wickedfps
07-15-2011, 05:15 PM
Posting from my phone and hit the wrong button. I meant to type the following:

Tried a full bed of alu rough strung at 54lbs I didn't like it. Now back to black magic trying it at 54lbs. If I don't see anything special about lowering the tension ill string it back to 60lbs which was awesome the first time around.

drakulie
07-15-2011, 07:49 PM
wicked, you're welcome. Glad you are enjoying the string.

Fuji
07-15-2011, 08:02 PM
Try poly @ 40lbs. THAT was sweet. I really liked it if my arm would have agreed.

Low tensions in poly really shines. I have a friend who play's ALU Rough full bed @ 37lbs, and he hits such a heavy ball, it scares me sometimes.

-Fuji

wickedfps
07-16-2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks Fuji. The lowest ill try is probably 50lbs.. ill play with 54 tonight if it's good enough ill stick with it.

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The Hybrid
07-18-2011, 01:26 PM
Wilson Stamina 16G is good, that's what I have on my Babolat...

quest01
07-18-2011, 06:23 PM
I just bought a reel of Babolat RPM blast 16g and I'm going to string a full bed of RPM blast 16g at over 60 pounds in one of my blx 90's to see how it plays. I've never used full poly in a blx 90 I've always used a hybrid of either poly in the mains and multi or gut in the crosses and vice versa but never a full poly job but I'll give it a whirl.

wickedfps
07-18-2011, 08:52 PM
17G black magic at 54lbs feels good.

My hitting partner had the same racket minus the lead, same string, strung at 52lbs (string job roughly 4 hrs earlier than mine) and I didn't like it at all. Must be my brain messing it all up lol!