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caesar66
07-15-2006, 07:32 PM
I would like a nice soft, playable string, that is good for an allcourter. I really like 18 guage strings. Durability is not a factor. I was looking at TNT2 and NRG2. Any help will be apprectiated

TennisProPaul
07-15-2006, 07:34 PM
Try Technifiber Promix 17g and you will fall in love. I wish they made an 18g

total heaven

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACTFUSA-TPM17S.html

ACE of TENNIS*0*0*9*
07-15-2006, 10:15 PM
Wilson NXT Tour 17 is a nice, soft, playable especially if durability and cost aren't an issue

snoflewis
07-15-2006, 11:48 PM
TF X-one biphase is good too

artworks
07-15-2006, 11:54 PM
I would like a nice soft, playable string, that is good for an allcourter. I really like 18 guage strings. Durability is not a factor. I was looking at TNT2 and NRG2. Any help will be apprectiated

Use natural gut.

Valjean
07-16-2006, 03:58 AM
caesar66, LaserFibre's SuperNatural Phenom XRC 18 holds up better than NRG2, which is the better of the two you named, IMO.

volleyman
07-16-2006, 10:10 AM
You might consider trying a natural gut/syn gut hybrid, with the gut on the mains. A pack of Klip Legend 17 ($26) and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 ($4) will do two racquets at a cost of $15/per racquet for string, which compares nicely with NXT or BiPhase. Spend another $4-$6 on string savers, and, based on my experience, you'll have a set up that plays better than a full multi job, and that lasts signficantly longer.

Of course, the phrase "based on my experience," is key. String preference is extremely personal. Still, given your game and stated desire for a soft string, I think it's worth trying.

jaykay
07-16-2006, 10:40 AM
You might consider trying a natural gut/syn gut hybrid, with the gut on the mains. A pack of Klip Legend 17 ($26) and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 ($4) will do two racquets at a cost of $15/per racquet for string, which compares nicely with NXT or BiPhase. Spend another $4-$6 on string savers, and, based on my experience, you'll have a set up that plays better than a full multi job, and that lasts signficantly longer.

Of course, the phrase "based on my experience," is key. String preference is extremely personal. Still, given your game and stated desire for a soft string, I think it's worth trying.

volleyman - what tensions would you recommend for the gut_in_mains and synthetic_in_crosses combo? I hv Tonic+16 and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 lying around and seek a recommendation on the tensions for mains and crosses for the setup that you are suggesting.

Bent
07-16-2006, 11:48 AM
TF E-Matrix is soft and nice (and cheap). Not very durable though and like almost all multis, not holding tension well.

Sigi
07-16-2006, 02:28 PM
You might want to try Alpha Comfort Plus --very soft string with good cupping effect. Only got some for the first time this week, so I can't comment on durability yet.

Bogie
07-16-2006, 02:53 PM
nrg2 or x-one biphase, or babolat xcel

jackson vile
07-16-2006, 02:58 PM
Wilson NXT Tour 17 is a nice, soft, playable especially if durability and cost aren't an issue


I have used all of the strings mentioned I prefer the NXT max 16 or tour 18 for best feel and softest, increases sweet spot IMO

punch
07-16-2006, 04:19 PM
I use Prince Premier SoftFlex, soft and more elastic, I like it a lot although the strings tend to move around a bit.

volleyman
07-16-2006, 08:31 PM
volleyman - what tensions would you recommend for the gut_in_mains and synthetic_in_crosses combo? I hv Tonic+16 and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 lying around and seek a recommendation on the tensions for mains and crosses for the setup that you are suggesting.

My starting suggestion for a gut main/syn gut cross hyrbrid would be either your standard multifilament tension, or 2 lbs over that.

Note that I said starting. 2 lbs over my standard multi tension works well for me, but you might need to experiment a little to find your ideal spot.

mctennis
07-17-2006, 05:28 PM
I use gut and I'm and all court player.

Kevo
07-17-2006, 07:09 PM
I thought TNT2 16 was soft for a syn guy. I imagine 18 would be a pillow. Sensation 17 was really soft at 62lbs. I can only imagine how soft it would be at 55lbs. or less. Alpha Gut 18 was really soft as well, and actually more durable than sensation 17.

jackson vile
07-17-2006, 07:22 PM
Just an FYI for people that have not used gut, it is not the end all be all that many would have you believe.

I will stick to my NXT

hcapps
07-18-2006, 04:02 AM
I think you were on the money with TNT2 and the 2 tecnifibre strings. I would start there.

Valjean
07-18-2006, 04:39 AM
I use Prince Premier SoftFlex, soft and more elastic, I like it a lot although the strings tend to move around a bit.
An' the Premier is an excellent string, too; to cut down on the movement you should like stringing the crosses two lbs. tighter, and can use string savers.

volleyman
07-18-2006, 12:33 PM
Just an FYI for people that have not used gut, it is not the end all be all that many would have you believe.

I will stick to my NXT

String preference is intensely personal. Gut/syn gut hyrbrids work best for me; they might not be your cup o' tea.

In the same vein, I personally can't stand NXT. You like it - neither of us of wrong.

Saito
07-18-2006, 12:34 PM
Wilson NXT Tour 17 is a nice, soft, playable especially if durability and cost aren't an issue

X2

Stuff is pretty much good bang for your buck. Even better if you can get deals on it.