Ashaway Dynamite = fantastic string

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  1. Chopin

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    I used to play with this string in my old RD-7 and I liked it. Soft with a unique feeel.
     
  2. mikeler

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    2 hours is a joke. Thanks for letting us know.
     
  3. Kevo

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    Yeah, I was quite disappointed. I think it's too soft to be hybrided with a poly. If I had any of it left, I'd try it with a syn gut. Maybe it would last longer that way. If anyone else already bought some, maybe they will try it that way and report back.
     
  4. JT_2eighty

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    Speaking of charts, I was glancing at the friction tool, and Dynamite 17 and 17 soft are one of the worst for string-string friction, fwiw.
     
  5. Kevo

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    They are the worst I've ever experienced, that's for sure. Thanks for reminding me about that tool btw. I think I'll go make a few notes on strings I like and see what the range is for future reference.
     
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    I've been using the Dynamite 17G the last couple weeks on the crosses and Cyberflash 17 on the mains..

    I felt the string wasn't very durable and it lost tension quickly. It frays like crazy and I like a little fraying (like gut), but this string gets ugly quick because of the coating material and the individual strings. I feel like because it is a monofil and the multiple strings, when a few strands start to give way the tension starts going away too.
    It felt great on the first hit after stringing, but it plays worse after fraying. It had a lot of pop and great feel.

    Is there something like this string that doesn't fray as much?

    unfortunately i bought 5 packs to get the discount
     
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  7. Kevo

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    Klipper Zyex is a very nice string and holds up much better than the Ashaway Dynamite strings.
     
  8. Kevo

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    I dissected the 17g version of Dynamite soft, and there is one main filament in the middle of the string. It is surrounded by some very thin fibers sort of like dental floss fibers, and then the woven outer coating. I really am surprised they released this for tennis. It seems like it makes a lot more sense for squash and badminton. I wonder who they had play test it.
     
  9. mikeler

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    Probably the same crew of zero that playtested the "new" Maxim Touch this year.
     
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    Just got my Volkl T9VE back strung with Dynamite 17 @ 55/52 and played a couple of hours with it tonight. I was really impressed with the combination of power, feel, comfort and control I had tonight. I loved the firm feel, yet it was comfortable and felt it had good pocketing. Power level was just right for me, not too much but by no means dead. I probably haven't felt this connected and in control of my T9VE since I owned it. My serves had a lot of action on them but it was hard for me to judge spin on the groundies since mine were pretty bad tonight (not a result of the racquet or strings, solely operator error).

    I do have one big gripe with these strings and it may keep me from buying any more. The string movement was what I can only describe as excessive. I recently had my T10mp strung with Mantis PS and I thought that string movement was more than average, to the point that I was disappointed in it but it was nothing compared to the Dynamite. After my first warm up rally I looked at my racquet and I had a hard time comprehending what I saw. It looked like someone dumped a plate of angel hair pasta on my racquet with strings going every which way. My instructor stung it for me and I know he knows what he's doing, so it wasn't the string job. I couldn't really adjust them between points either because of the extent of the movement. Very annoying, and it's too bad because I liked most everything else about the string.

    I want to mention that Dynamite is also a very nice smelling string. One of the best out there. It had a cool chemically smell to it out of the package and when I got my racket back I could still smell it, which was nice. :grin:
     
  11. coloskier

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    I just hit with Dynamite Soft 17 for the 1st time last night. strung on a BLX90, 60#. I usually use RIP Control 17. Initial thoughts.....

    1. This string is definitely SOFT!!! Felt no issues with TE at all even after hitting 90 minutes straight.
    2. This string starts moving IMMEDIATELY!! You will be moving your strings back after every point.
    3. Very good access to spin. My usual hitting partner mentioned that my balls were a lot more heavy with this string compared to RIP control.
    4. This is an extremely low powered string, even compared to RIP Control. You can definitely take a full swing at the ball. This also means that you better be taking a full swing at the ball or you will be netting a lot of shots.

    Now, I guess I'll find out in the next few days how long the string will last. So far I did not see any tension loss, but I am assuming that will change. I will keep everyone posted.
     
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    Thanks for the review. I've found the Mantis Comfort Synthetic to be lower powered than RIP Control as well. So far I've got 6 sets logged on it. I'll be curious to see how well the Dynamite holds up for you. I'm a 4.5 player that hits with a lot of spin so I break strings quickly.
     
  13. ced

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    Movement will depend largely on your strokes and your racquet ...... I have had it in my Kneissl Tom's Machine for two (2) weeks now and find it moves very little, even while strung at 42/46. The TM's stringbed even at 42/46 feels pretty firm .... by pulling the crosses 4lb higher than the mains movement is reduced. Of course the big difference is that I am a relatively flat hitter.

    I really, really like Dynamite Soft 17.
     
  14. coloskier

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    Just finished hitting with it for a second time. The string lasted a total of 75 minutes before it broke, and I am a flat hitter. I usually get at least 10-12 hours on a multi before it breaks. I really liked the way it played, but if it is breaking in just over an hour I don't think anyone can justify the cost.
     
  15. JT_2eighty

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    I have a pack of the 18g that will be strung up once I break a string. I notice the 18g says not to string above 55 lbs. What is the max tension for the 17g? Since you strung at 60lbs, this may be a reason why yours only lasted 75 minutes being a flat hitter. How long does it take for you to break other multis?
     
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  16. mikeler

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    I string my multis at 60 pounds on a lockout and the least amount of time I usually get on them is 8 hours or so.
     
  17. ced

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    ummmmmm ... maybe I'm just not a very hard hitter !

    Coloskier what did you have it strung at ?

    I've played with it for 7 times (approx 1 1/2- 2 hrs each time) in the last 2 weeks and it shows no sign of wear.

    I have some more of the Soft and some of the regular Dynamite on order, I am planning on pairing them in a hybrid (to minimize cost) w/ Soft mains and regular crosses.
     
  18. ced

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    I string my multis in the 40's (50 tops) and always string the crosses 4 lbs more than the mains .... haven't broken one in 4 years.

    I play every week day and usually rotate between 3 racquets and average cutting out the strings in each racquet after it accumulates 4 weeks of play. Basically I restring each racquet every quarter.
     
  19. JT_2eighty

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    Thanks guys.

    ced, what is the max tension recommendation for Dyn Soft 17? The pack of 18g I have says max 55 lbs., so I am thinking this is why coloskier had such an early breakage for being a flat-hitting player, since other multis last him 10-12 hours, and he strung the Soft at 60lbs in a 90" frame... only to last 75 minutes, which to me sounds like a recipe for quick breakage (above recommended tension + small headsize).
     
  20. Love50

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    My set of 18 Soft strung at 52/48 lasted about 3 hours. Lots of string movement means lots of sawing between mains/crosses.
     
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    The packet says 60 lbs max ... but I don't think anyone should go above 55, and in my case always in the 40's with this string.

    Coloskier was bothered by movement, which can and does wear string ... in my TM if I string the crosses 4+ the mains and I have very little movement.
     
  22. fed_the_savior

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    bloody hell i hated this string
     
  23. drakulie

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    LOL.

    I didn't necessarily "hate it", but didn't see what the big deal was about. Durability was horrible, spin and power were below average IMO.
     
  24. Kevo

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    I think the coating has so much friction that if you hit with very much spin it's done in no time at all. When I examined mine after they broke I noticed the coating was in good shape except at the intersections where it was burned right through.

    I think if you hit relatively flat then it might work out, but for spin hitters it's not a good choice. Funny enough though, the 18g lasted longer for as a cross with a poly. It didn't perform significantly better than a syn gut in this particular setup though, so I don't think it's worth using in a hybrid with poly at this point either.
     
  25. coloskier

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    60#, but it drops to 55 after a day. Unfortunately, after 75 minutes of hitting it snapped in one place and was ready to snap in 4 other places. I noticed that the outer covering was fraying after 45 minutes. I do admit that I really pound the ball, but with not a lot of topspin. The 16 gauge may last a little longer, but the feel on the 17 gauge was great. Too bad it doesn't even last a long a a single match will last.
     
  26. Kevo

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    I ended up getting about 6 hours on the dynamite soft as a cross in hybrid with a poly.
     
  27. mctennis

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    I've used the Dynamite 17g for years and I haven't had it peal like I've seen the pics posted here. It does fray some but not as much as the NRG. I hated that stuff and cut it out. I'm not sure if they have changed the process or manufacturing of the strings. I have some older sets and haven't bought any new sets in a couple of years. I have been using it as a my crosses with gut mains. I just strung my C10 PT with it ( gut mains/ Dynamite 17g crosses) about two weeks ago. I'll have to keep track of the number of hours I use it. I tried the NBMJ version ( Isospeed Professional crosses) in my other C10 PT. I wasn't as impressed with that combo as I was with the Dynamite crosses. That combo seemed more stiff and less control. IMHO.
     

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