Best string for serving?

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  1. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

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    I seem to get enough power on groundstrokes with poly, but serving seems an issue albeit one that emerges as the string ages.

    My recollection from using multis is that they get better with age for serving.
     
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  2. Roger Wawrinka

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    What tension do you normally string at?
     
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  3. mikeler

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    Natural gut is the best string for serving.
     
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  4. Bartelby

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    Well, I usually string at 45.

    And wth a fresh co poly and new balls all goes well, but come a couple of hours of play with the string and balls into their second hour on a cold night, I could wish for more.

    Maybe it's just that the nights are getting colder.
     
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  5. coolblue123

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    +1 on Natty Gut, The elastically and resilency is still unmatched. Just that it costs so darn much. =(
     
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  6. mikeler

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    That's right, you are in fall now. Time for a hybrid I say. Put a multi in the crosses.
     
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  7. Bartelby

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    Actually it's not terribly cold - still over 60f - but there's a lot of dampness in the air. I put holes in the paper I write scores on as it's sodden.

    I'll try the multi suggestion as i've got some spare yonex 850, but I take it they need a smooth poly so as not to tear them?
     
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  8. mikeler

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    The smoother polys will not cut in as quickly but I still get good life out of multi crosses even with shaped polys.
     
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  9. TennisCJC

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    You must be in the S hemi if nights are getting colder in May.

    For cold temps, drop 2 to 4 lbs off your warm weather tension. I play outdoors all winter and drop my tension 2 to 4 lbs each winter. You could go lower too. You shouldn't lose control as the ball and frame are not as lively in colder temps either. I play frequently in 30-50 F temp range, and don't have control issues as the ball and racket feel a bit dead.
     
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  10. lostinamerica

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    IMO, Natural Gut is simply the best for everything but durability and ease of stringing.
     
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  11. parasailing

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    For me, natural gut is second only to multifilament in ease of stringing which for me includes weaving. As long as you don't do the around the world string method, it's pretty manageable.

    I prefer natural gut to poly since those are a lot harder on your fingers when it comes to weaving the crosses.
     
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  12. ultradr

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    +1 for natural gut but I feel like poly is not bad for serving. You can impart nasty amount of spin with it.

    Volleying department is what I don't like, using polys.
     
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  13. THESEXPISTOL

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  14. LeeD

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    Call me crazy, but I seriously think a 15 gauge nylon, either Leona66 or PrinceTourney15.
    You can swing beyond your ability, and the control is fantastic.
    Then again, I think for serving first flat serves, a 18x20 pattern is the most control allowing the most power to be applied with some control.
     
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  15. ricki

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    Tecnifibe Multifeel - good serving - good control and pop. But other than serve... meh...
     
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  16. bigserving

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    I have found that the tighter the strings, the more topspin I can get on my first serve.

    The more downward movement, the harder I can hit 'em.
     
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