Ashaway string?

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  1. cgtennis10

    cgtennis10 New User

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    is Ashaway Monfire a good string? Anyone here use it? If so, how does it play? Thanks
     
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  2. jack mckinney

    jack mckinney Rookie

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    i have a reel of both the 17 and 16 gauge. Both are good strings. They play fairly soft and hold up well. i use them to hybrid with as well as have strung up with a full job.
     
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  3. TonyB

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    I have only used Ashaway Liberty 16, but I've found it to be a fantastic string. I think the incredibly low price scares people away and makes them think that it's a cheap, crappy string. But it's actually a very good string, easily comparable (or better) to other synthetic guts that cost 2-3 times as much.
     
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  4. Steve Huff

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    Monofire feels a lot like Gosen Polylon. They are stiff polyesters, and are fairly hard on the arm if you don't drop the tension some. I think they play better when used with a synthetic in the crosses.
     
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  5. superstition

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    I have a friend who always uses Ashaway string. I'm not sure what type.
     
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  6. SteveI

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    Steve and TonyB,

    The Monofire does play much like the Gosen Polylon and the Liberty is one of the best kept secrets around (720 feet for like $24.00). Great cross string and I have even used it in full string job for some of HS kids. Has a textured finish that does also seem to help you produce a bit of spin also. Last but not least I am told they are the only USA company that manufactures many of their strings in the good old US of A. If you got a reel of each and did hybirds for yourself.. it would be quite a low cost to do each and would be about 20 string jobs out of the pair of reels with Liberty left over. Each set-up cost you about $3.00 or so. Keep the tension in the midrange on the monofire.. as Steve Huff stated.

    Regards,
    Steve
     
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  7. TonyB

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    Thanks for your input, Steve. As I said, I love the Liberty as far as a syn gut goes. Very playable, very cheap, but also a very good blend of power, feel and control.

    What is your opinion about using the Liberty 16 in a hybrid with SPPP 17L (1.18)? Could the SPPP be too thin for that application?
     
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  8. SteveI

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    Hi,

    I have never used the SPPP 17L in a hybrid with Liberty 16. I have used it with Gosen Polylon 17 SP and the Ice 17 and it was a nice match for both. I do not seem to see any difference using a 16 or a 17 as a cross string when using a 17 as a main. The main factor for me is the softness of the cross string. I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Steve
     
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  9. mctennis

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    I agree with Steve here. One of the best kept secrets around. That and , like he said, a USA company. I think it is the only USA string company anymore.
     
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  10. str33t

    str33t Professional

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    So is Liberty as soft as a multifilament or other soft strings ?
     
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  11. jj300

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    well only a usa company would sue other companies for using a color "light blue." I Guess the sky can't be light blue either
     
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  12. TonyB

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    Yes, it's soft. But not mushy. It gives nice pop with a soft feel and good spin. Not poly-soft soft, but a comfy-soft ("gut-like") soft. If that makes any sense.

    Multifilaments are a lot different. Not better, really, but just different. You get a lot of touch (and ball pocketing) with multis, but not as much feedback through the strings.
     
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  13. PrestigeXP

    PrestigeXP New User

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    I use Monofire XL strings./ They play good for me. They are a stiff string but good control on shots.
     
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