Best Poly that maintains tension

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  1. crazy_elite96

    crazy_elite96 New User

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    I'm a 4-4.5 player. I dont have the financial benefits of re-stringing my racquet frequently, so im looking for a good poly with good tension maintenance. Thoughts?
     
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  2. newpball

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    It is very simple, if you cannot or will not restring frequently you should not use poly.
     
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  3. icarus180

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    For a poly, I think Yonex Pro Poly Tour 125 (yellow) maintains tension very, very well. It's also relatively soft on the arm. I get roughly 15 hours of play before I notice any drop in playability and the strings start to lose snap-back, and it still plays fairly well from 16-20. I've played with about 8 sets of YPPT and have only broken one, at roughly hour 16. Love the stuff!
     
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  4. Muppet

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    Invest in a stringing machine.
     
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  5. crazy_elite96

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    I just need a string that will last me 2-3 months. I've played with my friend's racquets, which uses volkl cyclone 17's, but they complain about tension loss (about 5-6 lbs loss).
     
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  6. newpball

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    Well then it is simple: poly is out! :)

    If you want something stiff that you can leave on your racket a long time you might want to try kevlar, it does not maintain tension that well but with kevlar it really doesn't matter that much.

    By the way tension drop is the least worrisome problem with polyester, when poly is dead it is no longer resilient and becomes very bad for the arm.
     
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  7. kingcheetah

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    I play all poly and am not very sensitive to string tension (I'll play one frame until it snaps then move on) and Luxilon 4g has good tension maintenance, especially for a poly, but it won't last like a multi. It's also VERY stiff, so be mindful of that if you choose to try it!
     
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  8. Rabbit

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    Personally, I find 4G to deliver good tension maintenance.

    Around here now, a guy is pushing a string called Flex Infinity. I know a couple of guys using it. One of them is an ex-ATP doubles guy. They both swear by it and claim it doesn't lose tension. The ATP guy said he was getting two weeks out of Lux (teaching) and now he gets 5 weeks out of this new string.

    It's pretty expensive, $38/set. I don't know that I'll be springing for that much. :) I will say this, the company must/might have something. They only offer the one string.
     
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  9. Fed Kennedy

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    The Lux 4G along with RPM team is the best according to the tw string lab.
     
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  10. fortun8son

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    I agree. Too broke to restring is the wrong reason for choosing poly.
     
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  11. StringingIrvine

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    Agreed!

    Lets take a different look at this.

    Lux 4g -> $17 + $10 (for labor) = $27 for a maybe 2 months which is max i'd leave any poly in my racket for.

    Gosen OG Sheep Micro -> $4 + $10 = $14 x 2 = $28. You maybe get 1.5 months out of a set but you will get a fresh set of strings.

    Honestly if you are not in a difficult financial position i'd just recommend getting a cheap poly like gosen polyon and another cheap synth and string more often rather then getting an expensive string and restringing less frequent.
     
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  12. ChicagoJack

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    Yup, that's correct. There is no mystery at all regarding tension maintenance. Hundreds of strings have been tested. The digits can be found here in the Tennis WareHouse University.

    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/reporter.php
     
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  13. pingu

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    Agree with Muppet, invest in a machine. Alternately, you can buy string yourself then use services that advertised on CList. I see people advertise all the time for around $12 a normal job.
     
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  14. dknotty

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    +1 for this. Lovely string, super comfortable and it does last quite long. If you buy a reel (as I've done) then its pretty cheap - roughly 1/3 of the price of ALU power.
     
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  15. v-verb

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    Luxilon Monotec - it's sold out but was $5 a set.

    Got my Steam 99s from TW used. Had it strung at 45 lbs. RT measured 43.3 lbs on June 1.

    Today 20+ hrs of hitting later (I mainyl use Pro Staffs hence the low hrs) RT measured it at 40.0 lbs.

    So 3 months and 20+ hrs of hitting and it lost only 7.6% tension and no loss of playability nor is it close to breaking. There are no divots on the string. I silicone spray it before each session.
     
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  16. dknotty

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    Can I ask what solicone spray you use? Does this extend the lifespan of the poly?
     
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  17. v-verb

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    Sure - it's Dupont Teflon/Silicone Spray. I spray in an open garage as the teflon is not good to breathe in.

    Steam 99S is considered a major string breaker racquet, so yes I can say it has extended the poly's lifespan a lot. And I don't detect any loss in playability. I've hurt my elbow playing with dead poly before and know how that feels and this isn't like dead poly
     
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  18. dknotty

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    Thanks. Do you think the silicone also extends the playability?
     
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  19. luishcorreia

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    topspin cyber flash is said to have above average tension maintenance.. but in the TWU it ranks almost last...
     
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  20. v-verb

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    I think it does in my opinion
     
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  21. crazy_elite96

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    How are cyclone 17's? I heard some mixed reviews
     
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  22. StringingIrvine

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    I've tried cyclone 18g (1.20mm) @ 40lbs and it felt great the first and second day of hitting but the third day was a nogo for me. The drastic drop off in tension made it play completely different than the first day. I did notice a slight difference in dwell time but not enough to make it a game changer.

    My personal favorite msv hex 18l (1.10mm) had more consistant tension loss, and is slightly stiffer which I prefer. Even with the super thin strings 1.10mm it lasts me 12ish hours on the court before they start heavily notching.

    And $80 versus $120 makes it almost a no brainer for me to stick with msv hex.
     
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  23. rodrigoamaral

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    ANY Signum pro string
    Weisscannon strings
    genesis typhoon
     
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  24. BLX_Andy

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    Yeah I heard Weiss Cannon Silverstring has good tension maintenance.
     
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  25. pauliewa

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    Tour bite 16l. TW testing ranks it as one of the best and I'd have to agree
     
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  26. parasailing

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    WC Silverstring
    Yonex Poly Tour Pro
    Signum Pro Poly Plasma
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