18X20 racquets string pattern lovers. Question?!

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  1. shaneno

    shaneno Semi-Pro

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    I don't know if this is in the right thread BUT!
    Who ever uses a racquet with 18X20 string pattern.
    Could you tell me what racquet, string, and how long it takes you to pop the string?
    THanks! :D
     
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  2. Hawbolt

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    ROK 93 with any synth gut/poly/multi -> very long time. Too be honest, haven't broken any strings yet with this racquet.

    KBlade 93 with Hybrid Poly/synth gut -> Breaks like my usual 85 16x18


    Hope that helps :p
     
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  3. hrstrat57

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    Head mp 18 x 20 see signature

    Nearly never break strings, tore through them in the past in open pattern frames.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    2 Mfil200's, one Aero200, broke 15 gauge nylon about every two months, but I only play tennis 3 times a week, and short stints only.
     
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  5. vinnieSE

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    I play a Head Youtek IG Radical MP with some extra weight in the handle and I usually use Luxilon Adrenaline or Solinco Tour Bite, both 17 gauge and strung at 48 - 50 pounds.
     
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  6. vinnieSE

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    Forgot to mention but I rarely brake string in my dense pattern racquets to be honest. Last time TB lasted forever it seemed.
     
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  7. NFuego17

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    Wilson BLX Pro Tour with BHB 17 in mains, Lightning 16 in crosses lasts a really long time (~4-5 months) strung at #52. When I was stringing at 54, they would last about 3 months.

    K Blade Tour last 4-6 weeks.

    Wilson ROK lasts about 2-3 months.
    (all of the above with poly main, synth crosses)

    Hit with the Graphene Speed Pro twice, once with freshly strung multi and once with an older multi. Broke both times in less than 2 hours.
     
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  8. heftylefty

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    I have recently switched to the Head Prestige MP. I have been hitting with it for about 5 months; have not broke strings yet.
     
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  9. Jonny S&V

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    Dunlop Biomimetic 200 w/Volkl Cyclone @ 45 lbs (as per my sig).

    I break at about the 5-6 hour mark if I'm playing consistently, about 10 total hours otherwise.
     
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  10. hrstrat57

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    Jonny does the cyclone stay fresh right up until you break it? Describe please? Ty!
     
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  11. Jonny S&V

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    Yeah, it plays crisp right up to the break.
     
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  12. Fearsome Forehand

    Fearsome Forehand Professional

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    Pro Tour MP and Prestige Mids have 18x20. Rarely break strings but that is probably attributable to using poly mains. IIRC when I used to string all syn gut, I would break strings but not as often as with open patterns (i.e., 16x19).

    Probably would not break many strings if I strung my 16x19's with poly mains for that matter.

    All else equal, I would expect to break more strings with a more open pattern frame versus a dense pattern.
     
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  13. mrc

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    blx blade 18x20 or Prestige Mp...break strings but it takes 15-20 hours of hitting and the Multi breaks. however, if i use Monogut ZX, ill cut them out at 20 hours or more.
     
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  14. thejuice

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    I have used only 18x20 patterns since the ROK and all I've ever done was wear the strings out and get them to almost broken but never broken a string in an 18x20 stick. This includes Flexpoint Prestige Mids, Dunlop MW 200G, K Blade Tour, IG Prestige MPs, Redondo Mids and MPs, and Babolat PsLTDGTs.
     
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  15. StringingIrvine

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    Prestige MP, MSV hex 18g (1.10g) @ 40-42 lbs, I get around 20 hours but cut them out around 15 as I don't like strings breaking during play.

    Thinner gauge strings help open up the 18x20 pattern. The durability of thin string is negated by the dense string pattern. Tension loss is still there with thin strings but it doesn't seem that much worse compared to using a 17g (poly) on an open pattern.

    I have an ERT tennis computer and check my dynamic tension every so often and if it ever drops past 20% of original DT tension I cut it out.

    I think poly notching and string shape rounding out have a bigger effect in the strings decline in playability, but I got an ERT 4 years ago and have to justify my purchase some how =p

    WHY I LIKE 18x20 It might be different for others but this is why I use an 18x20.

    If i'm in a normally rally and I can set up my shot I don't need a racket that will produce power or spin. I can do that myself. I'm not pro or claim to be a 5.0+ but if i need to do put a high backhand ball to my opponent i can do it. If i need to get the ball deep I can do it. I don't need my racket to do it for me.

    What I do need out of my racket is to be accurate and predictable when I can't. If i'm at full stretch and need to block a hard ball back I want a predictable string bed. I want to have pinpoint accuracy because I know if i'm stretching there isn't going be much behind it, and I need to place it well.

    In the end I want control.
     
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  16. kalic

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    Head Pro Tour 630. Poly / syn.gut @ 26kg. Syn.gut breaks after 10-12 hitting sessions.
     
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  17. njsigman

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    Donnay Pro One 97 18x20 - Head Sonic Pro at 50 lbs. Never broken a string.
     
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  18. HRB

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    My Pro Staff 6.1 95's 16x18's fooled me into thinking I hated 18x20's...but I since found out that the weight and stability of them made them "atypical" for open pattern sticks.

    Now I gravitate to Radical TT MP's (Zebra), Head Graphite Pro's, Prestige MP's and LOVE the all around solid play of tighter string patterns. Technique gives you spin, and creating power is never a concern for me...harnessing power is!

    Looking forward to trying out the Blade line soon...I've hit with a lot of sticks, but they never crossed my path.

    Honorable mention...16x20's may make the best of both worlds...loved my Diablo Tour Mids!
     
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  19. zaskar1

    zaskar1 New User

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    blade 98

    i have 3 wilson blade 98 18x20, two pink, one gold
    i string with 1/2 poly, 1/2 nxt in 17G@ 52/56
    probably 20-25 hrs, as i usually rotate play in all three

    usually the nxt frays and breaks

    i did string one, all poly, probably will never break, it might go dead first

    z
     
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