View Full Version : New strings - recommendations please

09-16-2006, 05:14 PM
Hello and thanks in advance.

Anyways, I play with a Wilson n6. I've been playing ~6 months but I feel I've gotten exponentially better. It took me five months to break my first strings, and now I've broken my strings again within 3 or 4 weeks. x_X Until now I've been playing with 16g NXT (This: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACWILSON-NXT16.html ) and I feel pretty comfortable with it.

The reason I'm here is because NXT is expensively strung where I live. The nearest stringer (at a tennis shop) charges ~$35 and I can't afford to do that every few weeks at this rate. Can anyone suggest a good Wilson alternative to NXT? I'm not sure about the strings that are good (Sensation, Enduro, etc.) Any information (even maybe if someone could tell me how to get my rackets strung cheaper) would be very appreciated!


EDIT: Sorry, forgot to specify that the tension has been at 60.

andyroddick's mojo
09-16-2006, 05:32 PM
could you please tell us more about your type of game? like do you hit with spin? would you rather have more feel and comfort or just more durability?

09-16-2006, 05:53 PM

I'm a baseliner. I hit my forehand with top spin and my backhand can be either an offensive or defensive slice (both one hand). So yeah I think spin is pretty important. I'll probably get my strings strung at about 62 tension for better control.

As for feel and comfort and durability, what exactly are the differences? I mean does it make a difference if I play with a dampener or what? Sorry I'm kinda new to this stuff... x_x :(

09-16-2006, 06:05 PM
if you want to save money, based on how often you break strings, go with a poly string. under $10, you cannot beat kirschbaum p2. itll last u several months, based on how long you've been playing, probably up to 6 months. feels amazing, very nice ball pocketing for increased control, powerful, VERY spin friendly, and ridiculously durable. best part is that it is very soft for a poly and very arm friendly. comes in 3 gauges too, 16L and 2 17L gauges, one being a little thinner. remember the thinner the gauge, the more spin friendly, but at the cost of durability, but i wouldn't worry too much about that, you'll have a very hard time breaking it.

*remember, string any poly 10% looser than you would multi like nxt,nat gut or anything else


09-16-2006, 06:18 PM
If your willing to learn how to string, you can get a klippermate stringer for 145 dollars, which would easily pay for itself on the long run. I really don't like NXT because of its unpredictable response and how bad its durability is, but if you want to keep going with it, buy packs online and then see how much your stringer charges if you provide the string. Most stringers charge an inventory cost on the string, so u end up paying more than just the labor and strings. If you want to try a different string, I would reccomend Yonex Tour Super 850, it has a soft feel like NXT with a more controlled response.

edit: misspelled some stuff

09-16-2006, 06:38 PM
Give any topspin strings a try.

09-17-2006, 03:13 AM
Wilson also makes NXT Max, which is constructed for added durability. I'd try that first, together with stringlocks/stringsavers for the stringbed. These fit in the intersection of the strings and prevent the sawing movements from play that wear it down. Here is the best of those: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACBAB-EC2.html

Poly is not an option you want if you can avoid it; arm problems always ensue, it's just a matter of time.

09-18-2006, 03:19 PM
Sorry guys but I'm confused now. Hehe. So I SHOULDN'T go with bogie's poly string suggestion and I should buy the NXT Max along with the Babolat life extender?

09-19-2006, 02:48 PM
Hey guys I've been reading on these forums and I've heard big names like Babolate Hurricane Tour and Luxilon pop out. Any of those good for a baseliner like me? I don't want to get a case of tennis elbow in the long run, though X_X