18x20 strings?

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  1. itracbui3

    itracbui3 Rookie

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    so i was talking to my friend earlier and i told him my racket's string is soo stiff its like hitting with a blackboard. he said that my string patern is 18x20 so i shouldnt use kevlar(main)/poly(cross) what should i use then?
     
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  2. ronalditop

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    you should either use softer strings or string much looser. whenever i use a poly at a high tension (55+) it feels very stiff with no power because of my dense string pattern.
     
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  3. Supracool94

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    I wouldn't use Kevlar, use a co-poly in the mains and multi in the crosses. Like Technifibre X-1 and MSV Hex are a nice hybrid!
     
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  4. abenguyen

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    definitely not kevlar, unless you think you're arm can handle it. try something like topspin cyberpower (pretty soft co poly) and some soft synthetic gut or multifilament in the cross. i used to use that setup in all my 18x20 racquets around the 54-56 lb range and loved it!
     
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  5. dadozen

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    My racquets are also 18x20( the best string pattern I've used in my entire life ) and I'm using a soft co-poly( Kirschbaum Pro Line II ) @ medium range tensions. It feels pretty good, offering me great control and enough power when I need.
     
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  6. Loco4Tennis

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    the head size and the pattern can have an effect on the feel of the string bead for sure
    i would either play arround with the tension to soften it up, if you like the setup you like now
    kevlar nowadays seems like a last ditch effort for poeple who break through strings
    i would still try poly strings first, much better for arm, not alot better, but better then kevlar
    one recent setup i've found ineteresting is using thin mains and thicker crosses
    for example, i use a msv 17g poly mains and 16g forten nylon crosses
     
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  7. PaulMan

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    Unless you're breaking strings like crazy, there's no reason for you to be using such a hybrid of kevlar/poly. Midsize head with a dense string pattern already gives you the firm stringbed for controlled response that using your hybrid would be way overkill. And it already sounds like you've noticed it yourself with your comment of a backboard response.

    If you haven't tried your stick with regular 17 or 18 synthetic gut or maybe a multi, you should. This will give you better feel for touch shots to go with the controlled response your frame and string pattern is already designed for.
     
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  8. DrpShot!

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    If the full multi setup breaks too quickly then first try putting some poly in the crosses, keep multi in the mains. This will give you more feel and spin potential.
     
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  9. abenguyen

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    thats what i thought too, until i used a 16x19 and loved the spin and power i got from it. who needs control haha
     
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  10. dadozen

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    I've once tried this setup, multi on mains and poly on crosses, and it lasted me less than two sets( barely 1h ). And i'm not a stringbreaker at all, and I'm not a heavy spin hitter.

    well, I've used 16x19 racquets, 16x20 racquets, so I can say that 18x20 are for me:)
     
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  11. vkartikv

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    I've found nxt or something soft like that to work best on 18x20 frames.
     
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  12. Mongolmike

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    Try the Pro Supex Big Ace Micro... it's a thin string, feels comfortable, gives solid spin and decent control. I've got a heavy Becker 18x20 and I've been experimenting with full beds at different tensions just to see how they play, but that is a nice string.
     
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  13. MarrratSafin

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    For 18x20's thin (1.15-1.20mm) polys work very well for me. Sometimes I use synthetics or multis in them too cos they seem to last twice as long compared to 16x19. Have to lower the tension too otherwise yeah it plays like a board. My ideal tension is around 53 lbs for a co-poly or 57 for multis in a 97 sq.in 18x20 frame. I'd lower that to 51 lbs for something like ALU.
     
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  14. abenguyen

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    yep, theres something different for everybody. don't know what it is but 18x20's just have this feel that make them so nice, but i prefer the 16x19's more.
     
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  15. vndesu

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    full x1s or a x1/alu power hybrid at 62
     
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  16. goakka

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    i set up at least 4lbs loser in a 18/20 frame compared to an 16/18
     
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