View Full Version : Cannot make my mind about syn. reel for my cross

06-30-2004, 01:13 AM
Wilson HPS 6.1, 16x18, 4.5-5.0 player.
Im not from USA, and I got taxes to pay, shipping etc so I cannot order 4 packs of ALU and be happy because all I go to pay is few $ for transporation, so I must order lot of to make it acceptable and thats why I cannot experimnet with cross strings..
Im still waiting Bow to arrive to place order and I still have doubts about choosing reel for my poly main/ syn. cross hybrid.
That order was ment to determine poly I want to play. So I ordered cream de la cream (alu,tt,comp,polylon comfort, etc. etc.) but still cannot make my mind about reel for cross.

Im scared that if I order 17 syn, that poly will eat my syn. very fast. Still I play with dense patern and it is somehow dumb to play with fat string. This 17 reels I found:

Wilson Stamina 17 660 String Reel - 58$
Babolat Conquest 17 660' String Reel - 65$
Babolat Super Fine Play 17 660' String Reels - 40$
Gamma Syn. Gut WearGuard 17 Gold 660' Reel - 48$
Gosen OG Micro 17 660' String Reel - 30$
Prince Synthetic Gut 17 Duraflex String Reels - 67$
Tecnifibre E-Matrix 17 660 String Reel, - 69$
Ashaway Synthetic Gut 17 String 720' Reels - 68$

I got feeling that at the end of my testing I will stuck with Kirsch Comp. which is 17g but Im not sure of that and dont want to buy 17 reel which will break in 2 hours on every poly.
My logical choice was Gosen 17g reel, but I can bring few bucks more to buy something more durable. Can you suggest anything better from og micro regarding reels I wrote. Im expecting decent durability and something to softer a poly.

thank you

edit1: Im playing 18x20, not 16x18

Gaines Hillix
06-30-2004, 09:57 AM
stepback, I use the 16g OG Micro generic in a reel for all of my hybrid jobs where I use a syn gut in the crosses.

06-30-2004, 12:05 PM
Well I made mistake above, im playing with 18x20, not 16x18.
Please Gaines or someone, should I order anything else regarding my 18x20 . Gosen 17 or Gosen 16 for 18x20?

Steve Huff
06-30-2004, 02:44 PM
I think the OG Micro 17 makes one of the best cross strings. I've had terrible luck with the 16g. The 16g has broken while stringing 3 times now at relatively low tensions (53-59). It's also broken a couple of times in rackets before they've been played with. Both times, it broke around a grommet. I even replaced the grommets and it broke in another spot on the other side of the frame than the 1st break. This was on a Hyper Hammer 6.6 w/rollers. Maybe it can't handle the bend around some of the grommets. This is the only string I've ever had abnormal problems with. It's also oilier than the 17g. This has happened with 2 different reels of the 16g also. After the first 4 broke, TW was nice enough to let me return it. I thought that maybe it was just that reel. The very first racket I strung using the next reel, the string broke while I was stringing the crosses--right in the middle.

Stamina is a good feeling string. It moves a little more than the OG Micro though. EMatrix in the crosses breaks too soon.

07-01-2004, 12:48 AM
One more thing. Lets say I stick playing with poly 17g (comp or polylon let say) and that poly wont move to much. Then there will be even less trouble if I have 17g syn. cross, right, if main not moving much? I expect main to move left right and tear dont my cross, but as I read those polys doesnt move to much on stringbed so no problem for thin cross on 18x20 racqet, right or wrong?