View Full Version : breaking timo in 4 days... need more durable poly...HELP!!

07-04-2004, 06:25 PM
cant spend this much on string jobs! ugh... any more durable polys? maybe the fact that i strung the timo so low had an affect on the durability, because the strings did move a bit, sawing eachother. This doesnt happen at higher tensions because it locks in place right..?

07-04-2004, 06:32 PM

07-04-2004, 08:04 PM
Was it TI-MO 18 or 17 ?

. . . Bud

07-04-2004, 08:57 PM
timo 17

Russell Finch
07-05-2004, 12:35 AM
I find timo unbreakable at 50 lbs - it goes dead pretty quick though. By the way, timo does move - it's just that it moves back again by itself. When it goes dead it stops moving back.

07-05-2004, 07:12 AM
Go to ALU 16l then . . . Cross it with some duraflex or bab razor spin to soften it, and get the cost down.

. . . Bud

07-05-2004, 07:35 AM
Luxilon's most durable string is the Luxilon Big Banger XP 16L. It runs $10.99 from Tennis Warehouse. However, I find the Big Banger Original 16 to be nearly as durable but more playable. In my experience, looser strings break less quickly than tighter strings because the amount of friction is decreased. I use either Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L or Big Banger Original 16 in my Pure Drive + at 52pounds and the string lasts me two to three weeks. I broke synthetic gut in hours but could never dream of breaking poly in 4 days. Hope this helps.

07-05-2004, 07:38 AM
Try putting a syn. gut or some softer string in the crosses to prevent the mains from being sawn into by the crosses. This worked for me with my polymono.

07-05-2004, 10:14 AM
No, Luxilon's most durable string is 15 gauge 5-star. I break Alu about every 5 sets and XP about every 7 sets, but 5-star so far has lasted me about 10 sets or a week and a half everytime.(which is real long for me)

Jerry Seinfeld
07-05-2004, 10:39 AM
Try Unique's Tourna Poly Big Hitter. I am currently testing it. So far my findings show it to be slightly softer than ALU and definitely more comfortable than TiMo. The strings move back into place, as Finch said, giving the illusion that there is no movement. So far very durable and playable...but I am still testing. Going to carry this string for my customers as a lower cost alternative to ALU. Will try next set in hybrid with a soft solid core cross string. USPTA raters give it high marks on durability.

Burt Turkoglu
07-10-2004, 04:01 AM
Damn......timo 17 lasted me 3 months....love the stuff...even dead

Gaines Hillix
07-10-2004, 06:02 AM
If you can't find a poly that holds up well enough, you also might want to try some Ashaway CrossFire II(Kev in the mains and syn gut in the crosses).