A neutral poly

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  1. Doubles

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    Hey everyone. I've been stringing for a lot of players on my schools club team, and I'm looking for some advice. For poly strings I currently offer Tour Bite for base liners, and Black Magic for net players, but I'm thinking of adding another poly string in there, for the sake of variety. What do you all recommend for something that's relatively inexpensive, and decent playing as far as poly goes?

    It doesn't have to have the best spin, or the best feel, just something that's decent at everything a poly should be decent at, and not too expensive. Any suggestions? I've heard some decent things about Pro Line X. Is this what I'm looking for? Or maybe I should just go with my standby choice of SPPP? Thanks in advance.
     
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    bump......
     
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  3. darklore009

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    isospeed is a neutral string. good for the price
     
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  4. diredesire

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    If SPPP is in your price range (and people don't mind the color) IMHO you can't do much better than that. Topspin Cyberflash is pretty neutral IMO, too. Otherwise you can go the cheap 'neutral' (read as: dead) route (Kirsch Basic/SS, Prince Tourna Poly, etc). These play low powered and are durable, but I wouldn't push them unless the player is a string breaker for sure. I don't want these strings staying in a frame many times more than they should (for health reasons).

    Which Isospeed? Baseline?
     
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  5. darklore009

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    yeah baseline
     
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    Thanks for the response. I'll probably go with SPPP, though I'll get the pure version for the sake of aesthetics. I'll pass on CF, as I thought it might be a little on the stiffer side, and I already carry Tour Bite.

    In regards to the basic poly suggestions, I'll pass as this isn't a string for extreme string breakers, but rather for someone that simply wants a poly string that will help them get more spin than they would from syn gut, but not excessively so i.e. Tour Bite. Also, if they keep it in their racket for more than a week it won't be hard on their arm.

    Any thoughts on Pro Line X in addition to SPPP? That seems like it might be in line with what I'm looking for. Though I've never played with it.
     
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    Not sure if you directed that at Isospeed Baseline as well but I second it. Slightly more spin and everything else is basic.
     
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    Tension maintenance isn't too great though, and this is needs to be a string that will be left in someone's racket for a week, or maybe more.
     
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    Kirschbaum super smash is a good, basic, inexpensive poly. I used super smash spiky and thought it was pretty good. Probably not as good as pro line, but its cheaper.
     
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    Yes, but I'm not looking for something basic. I'm looking for something neutral. Something with decent tension maintenance, and average spin for a poly. Basic poly's don't hold tension well.
     
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  11. diredesire

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    Haven't hit Pro Line X, sorry.

    One thing about the basic polys is that they don't change feel and/or playability drastically with the high tension loss. IMO the second gen polys play more differently over the course of tension loss. In my mind as I read your posts, I actually think the basics satisfy your requirements (besides SPPP(P)) better than the higher end ones. Definitely more spin, durability, just harder on the arm if you keep it in too long. You can always string hybrids if you are worried about arm health.
     
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    When you put it that way, it makes more sense. My plan was to just order a few sets for my poly players to try, and whichever they liked the best, I would get a reel of. So I have SPPPP, Pro Line X, Super Smash, Super Smash Orange, and WC Scorpion. Any others you guys might have in mind?
     
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    This is an easy one, Tourna Big Hitter Rough. When you buy a reel, it's 4 dollars a set. Excellent for baseline hitting, and it's soft as well so it has nice feel. I offer this string and head sonic pro for my lessons and they all love these two strings.
     
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    But see, the principle of BHBR is that it gives extreme spin; that's why I have Tour Bite.
     
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  15. tennis_pr0

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    Well the difference in price between tour bite and tourna is a lot. Tourna offers the best of both worlds too, spin and touch.
     
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  16. S&V Specialist

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    Topspin Cyber Flash 17 is a great, inexpensive, neutral poly.
     
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    I'm thinking of grabbing a set of Big Hitter Silver, since it's a little less expensive.
     
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    But that' not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for something that's low powered, and does it's job by being durable, and providing more spin than syn gut. Nothing that provides insane spin.
     
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  19. tennis_pr0

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    Again, I would go with tourna rough
     
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    But it's not a neutral string. It has tons of pop, crazy spin, and a weird feel to it that isn't reminiscent of poly at all. So, it is by no means a neutral string.
     
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    It sounds like WC Scorpion is just what you're looking for.
     
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    Yeah, if you're looking for a neutral poly, I think that rules out pretty much all shaped/textured polys. SPPPP, Pro Line X, Super Smash, Super Smash Orange, and WC Scorpion is pretty good to start with. Maybe also WC Silverstring. I only played a little bit with it but it felt pretty soft for a poly. Felt controlled too, which I like in a poly. Some polys have that weird pop, that you just can't feel or control.
     
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    One of the best buys on the market....I use the 17G with a soft syn gut in the cross... plays great.. very easy to string ..easy on the arm and wallet.
     
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    Dunlop ICE. A traditional feeling inexpensive tension holding poly.
     
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    Kind of low powered for a neutral...poly. Cyber Flash or Tourna Big Hitter Silver is more in line with what you are looking for.
     
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    The Strings have been ordered. Pro Line X, Super Smash Orange, Dunlop Ice, SPPPP, Scorpion, and BHS. Hopefully the guys will like at least one of them, so I can make a decision of what string to carry from there.
     
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  27. SteveI

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    That is quite an impressive list. Good luck in your quest!!
     
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    Thanks! Hopefully someone will like one of these strings haha. Maybe even I'll find something I like.
     
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    Assuming that most players probably don't browse the forums like us, and thus aren't aware of all the peculiar differences among polys, something from SP or WC will be your best bet due to the tension maintenance of their strings, assuming that most people will play a string til it breaks.

    I'd wager SPPPP or Scorpion will be among the top votes.
     
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    Only one of them does, my roommate, and he lurks here on my account, occasionally. Other than that, most of them are indifferent towards strings. They only know that they want poly. I figure I might as well get them something that'll lost long, and won't damage their arm the way dead RPM, ALU or something cheaper like Polylon will.
     
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    With the hype last year + good tension maintenance + low price reels - Discho Iontec or Iontec Hexa might be a good choice.
     
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    Completely agree
     
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    Maybe, but I already ordered the sets of string. This isn't a test for me, it's for the players I string for, so if they like one of these strings I'll buy a reel of it, simple as that. If they don't, I might look at Discho offerings.
     
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    WeissCannon Dual Reality. Very neutral in all respects. Above average comfort. Costs $12.50. It is a pre-packaged hybrid. Feels and behaves like poly.

    Once I had a spectacularly good poly -- on a demo from TW. It was pure blue color (solid, medium shade of blue). There was nothing written on the string or on the racquet. So I have no idea what it was, and so far, I had not encountered that string again.
     
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    Was it real soft? 'Cause if it was it could be Topspin Cyber Blue.
     
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  36. The Big Kahuna

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    Have you read the reviews on this string at STRINGFORUM.NET?

    YONEX POLY TOUR PRO 125 has one of the highest ratings from play testers of ANY Poly made today.

    Solinco Tour Bite successfully defended its last year's Poly of the Year title after a close head-to-head race against the newcomer Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125. Surprisingly, being a 3rd generation co-poly classic, Signum Pro Poly Plasma achieved a solid 3rd place.

    Luxilon 4G was clearly voted Newcomer of the Year, while Yonex Poly Tour Spin and Babolat RPM Team were ranked 2nd and 3rd in that category.

    At $10.00 a set, it is the highest performance to price rating of any string made right now. Period.
     
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    Stringforum is totally subjective. Some might rate it highly, but that doesn't mean it's true. To say that it's the best performance-to-price string on the market is somewhat of a generalization, as there are many high performance strings that cost less.
     
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    Agreed, I don't think many of us would rate RPM very high considering its tension maintenance, or 4G for that matter.
     
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  39. veloduffer

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    If I could toss in another suggestion - Weis Cannon Turbo Twist. While it is a shaped/textured poly, I find it a lot less spin the Tour Bite, Focus Hex and others. It provides a good amount of spin, power, and excellent tension retension (I string at 58 lbs). Moreover, it has really good feel. IMHO, it plays fairly neutral compared to other polys.
     
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