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meticulous
07-02-2006, 04:42 PM
Can polyester string(like Gosen OG-Sheep Micro, Gosen Polylon Ice and so on) be arm friendly or only multifilament?
What is the difference to buy strings in reel or pack? Thank you.

TennisProPaul
07-02-2006, 04:52 PM
og sheep micro is not a poly

here is a good guide to see the stiffnessratings of strings in each category
http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/200509/200509stringselector.html

as a rule of thumb milti's are more arm friendly

a reel is cheaper if thats the string you use, and you can measure out just enough to use

to get more info about strings read most of the links on this post
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=106955

good luck

Valjean
07-02-2006, 07:58 PM
Can polyester string(like Gosen OG-Sheep Micro, Gosen Polylon Ice and so on) be arm friendly or only multifilament?
What is the difference to buy strings in reel or pack? Thank you.
See, for the first part: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/String/StringReference.html

You need to do the math to decide whether a reel or a pack is for you; divide the number of feet in a reel by the number of feet needed to do your racquet. (Nowadays most packs contain 40 feet, too.) The only certain time you need a reel is to hybrid.

snoflewis
07-02-2006, 08:21 PM
a reel is cheaper if thats the string you use, and you can measure out just enough to use

to get more info about strings read most of the links on this post
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=106955

good luck

a reel isnt always cheaper. for gosen og sheep micro, it's actually more expensive to buy a reel than a 40' set. a 40' set costs $3.95 while a 330' reel costs $35. you do the math. but in MOST cases...a reel is cheaper.

TennisProPaul
07-02-2006, 08:28 PM
a reel isnt always cheaper. for gosen og sheep micro, it's actually more expensive to buy a reel than a 40' set. a 40' set costs $3.95 while a 330' reel costs $35. you do the math. but in MOST cases...a reel is cheaper.

i get it for 3.50 a set. email me and i can show you how

snoflewis
07-02-2006, 09:36 PM
i get it for 3.50 a set. email me and i can show you how

lol...thanks, but no thanks. im settled on the og micro for now.

ATXtennisaddict
07-03-2006, 11:32 AM
a reel isnt always cheaper. for gosen og sheep micro, it's actually more expensive to buy a reel than a 40' set. a 40' set costs $3.95 while a 330' reel costs $35. you do the math. but in MOST cases...a reel is cheaper.

i remember bringing this up once but the thing is, when you use a packet, you waste some string at the end. So when you add up all the 'wasted' string, the prices might even out...who knows. plus, reel is just neat.

snoflewis
07-03-2006, 11:46 AM
i remember bringing this up once but the thing is, when you use a packet, you waste some string at the end. So when you add up all the 'wasted' string, the prices might even out...who knows. plus, reel is just neat.

true...but it all depends on what frame you're using. im pretty sure there are rackets that require more than 40' and rackets that require less than 40'

SteveI
07-03-2006, 04:59 PM
a reel isnt always cheaper. for gosen og sheep micro, it's actually more expensive to buy a reel than a 40' set. a 40' set costs $3.95 while a 330' reel costs $35. you do the math. but in MOST cases...a reel is cheaper.

Hi,

Also.. not to mention the coil memory of packs vs reels. Even using Gosen Polylon Ice 17 the coil memory is much less a problem when stringing from a reel. Also, if you are only stringing for yourself (using one or two frames) you can really be quite accurate with the amount of string needed. This will also maximize the # of string jobs from each reel.. and making the reel a better buy overall.

Regards,
Steve

XFactorer
07-04-2006, 06:24 PM
Gosen Polylon Ice is NOT NOT NOT NOT arm friendly, at all! You'll feel like you're hitting with a board... I actually like it! But I've found Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power to be very soft and arm friendly.

emcee
07-04-2006, 08:23 PM
Lux Ace is the most arm-friendly poly I've ever tried. Also Signum Pro Poly is supposed to be a softer poly.

But meh. I LIKE the solid feel of the Hurricanes and the ALU-Powers...

(The link says that Hurricane is softer than Ace, but I string Hurricane at my regular tension, while I get Ace strung at 10% lower).

goober
07-04-2006, 09:08 PM
See, for the first part: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/String/StringReference.html

The only certain time you need a reel is to hybrid.

There are a lot of hybrids that come prepackaged with 20-23 ft of each string.

I have done hybrids just buying a regular 40 ft packs and cutting in half and using it twice.