Anything cool to do with Isospeed baseline.

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  1. robok9

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    I've got a reel of isospeed baseline 16l, and so far I've tried it just in a full set and really like it. I was wondering if anybody has tried any cool hybrids or special tensions that make it perform its best. I'm willing to try a lot of stuff since its so cheap, so suggestions would be nice.
     
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  2. THESEXPISTOL

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    Cross it with Gosen Micro... Nice, cheap and playable, especially on your 18x20.
     
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  3. robok9

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    Cool, it just so happens I have another set of Micro laying around :D
     
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  4. mlocke1322

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    I've been using Baseline Spin as a cross with Tour Bite Soft mains. I'm not usually into poly/poly hybrids but I really like that one and have been using it for the better part of 2 months now
     
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    it's cheap so try a full set of looowww tension. or pull a hybrid with a string that was too harsh in a full set for you. It's pretty nice as a cross.
     
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  6. fuzz nation

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    I have a reel of this string for anybody who needs a hybrid or maybe a full set of semi-soft poly, but I don't use it myself. I've been more than happy with 16 and 17 gauge syn. gut in my gear for several years.

    Lately I have been curious to try a multi hybrid. If I do, I'll try RIP Control 17 in my mains and this Isospeed as a cross, but I'm not sure of a tension for the poly. Maybe low 50's or high 40's. I'll post something in case I try it out.
     
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  7. robok9

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    Alright, thanks. That actually sounds like something I might want to try because in the past, I loved rip control.
     
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  8. fuzz nation

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    Tried out the hybrid in one of my Volkl O10 325's: mains are RIP Control 17 at 59 lbs, crosses are Isospeed Baseline Control 16 (1.30) at 50 lbs.

    I went to hit off a backboard for just a little before it rained yesterday p.m., but I got to compare this setup against another (same racquet) strung with Tecnifibre Syn. Gut 16 at 59 lbs. It was interesting that I didn't feel an extra degree of "clunkiness" that I expected in the hybrid. I've never worried about putting my arm at risk to get some extra performance or durability out of my gear by adding a poly, but the poly hybrids I've tried here and there over the years always seem to come with an inherent harshness. This setup seemed neither harsh nor mushy and delivered what felt like similar feel and control as my Tecnifibre string bed.

    The third racquet I tried (yep, same racquet) had a fresh set of 17 ga. Gosen OGSM, also 59 lbs., and the other big surprise was the lack of comfort I got from that setup at first hit. It was definitely more "thuddy" and dead than my older bed of 16 ga. Tecnifibre sg and the multi/poly hybrid.

    After the short outing of both strokes off the wall and some practice serves with each, my arm wasn't sore, but later on it felt as though it had tried something new and unusual. Honestly I'm suspicious of that Gosen. I'll have a few more independent sessions with this hybrid to see if anything is especially right or wrong in it for me and report back in a bit.
     
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  9. robok9

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    Interesting, I get some rip control in the mail today, and once I get my kblade back from my friend I will try that hybrid.
     
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  10. loubapache

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    I have a reel of the 16L version and did a hybrid on my weighted MG Rad MP at 40 lb main and with a multi cross at 42 lb. I like everything it offers than my typical multi full bed at 50 lb.

    I normally do not like poly in the main due to the lack of feel for volleys but this Isospeed Baseline poly has a lot of ball feel.
     
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  11. fuzz nation

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    Got some full speed hits today with the hybrid and compared it with the frame strung with a full bed of Tecnifibre SG 16 - this one has several hours racked up on it, so it was definitely running a little bit softer than a fresh bed.

    The temps outside were in the low 60's, so no worries about the strings running too firm in the colder weather. Compared with my first quick outing against the backboard, I was a whole lot more aware of how much more firm the hybrid felt for me than the other racquet carrying syn. gut.

    Control seemed fine, but the power was a bit more diminished than I like with the hybrid. I'm figuring on having another hit with it before coming up with any sort of verdict, but I can't really see what advantages I might gain from the hybrid over the full syn. gut. In case I continue the adventure, I'd probably drop the poly cross tension to maybe 45 lbs., but keep the multi mains in the mid to high 50's.
     
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  12. robok9

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    I tried out rip control 17/ baseline 16l today. I strung it up at 57/54, and I am very impressed. It is a very solid all around string choice. It feels almost identical to a full bed of rip control, but it has one very special characteristic. It feels like the ball is always hit a very predictable depth. If I swing a little hard it seems to land deep inside of the court instead of a little bit long, and if I hit it too soft, it goes a little bit farther than expected. This is a great characteristic for baseline play and punchy volleys. The only time I don't like this is on touch/drop shots. I find that hitting drop shots becomes a little bit difficult. I highly recommend this string choice, though.
     
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    Wow, robok, we have the same racquet, same rating, and very similar playstyle. I have a 1hbh, an Eastern forehand, but I'm more aggressive. Interesting!

    Anyway, how much has the tension dropped on the RIP control/baseline setup, and how does durability look?
     
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  14. fuzz nation

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    It occurred to me that this time of year isn't smart for me to be trying less resilient strings, just because I'm in southern New England and summer is definitely over. This is the time of year that I try to keep one or two racquets strung at a few pounds lower tension so that they still have a sweet spot when I'm playing out in the cold. Yes by the way, I cut that hybrid out of my O10. My arm got just a little grumpy after a couple of trials with it, but I've been completely comfortable since jumping back into some 17 gauge syn. gut setups tensioned in the high 50's.

    Maybe I'll consider noodling with a multi/poly layout next summer, but for now it'll have to wait. Cheers gang!
     
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  15. loubapache

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    I am toying round with this string more and got a couple more reels (16L). Typically I do not like volleying with full poly or poly mains due to the lack of feel. This string really surprised me. My latest experiment was to use the 16L at 42M/40C on a Fischer M Speed Pro 1 105 SL (16x19 pattern). After 4 hour of playing in two outings, the tension has not dropped that much (at least I cannot feel it yet) and the combination of power, spin, control, comfort, and feel is very good. I plan to try it on a Pro 1 98 SL (16x20 pattern) but with even lower tension than 40 pounds.
     
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  16. robok9

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    Well, I'd imagine durability will be pretty good, but I can't say for certain since I've only had it on there for a few days. With tension maintenance I'd say the rip control will drop a fair bit and the isospeed will drop a little less (but more than most polys) so I'd recommend stringing it about 3 lbs higher than most strings with the rip control a few pounds higher than the poly to cope with the difference in tension loss. Overall, I may be looking at my new favorite hybrid.
     
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  17. danotje

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    I was using IBS with OGSM, then with BHBR. I've changed my cross again, but BHBR x IBS was a solid setup and cheap.
     
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  18. darklore009

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    baseline is a good cross poly to soften a stiff poly surprisingly. used it with tour bites 16L mains and baseline line crosses. a lot softer than a full bed of tour bites. still have that bite from the tour bites, but doesnt feel the stiffness of it.
     
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  19. mlocke1322

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    It has also been a great cross with Tour Bite Soft 17 for me. Been using that setup for months. About to try it as a cross with Solinco's green string as soon as I pop my current setup.
     
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    I had it in mains with soft mushy syngut in crosses - played well
     
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