Best Strings for Control and Spin

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  1. Rob1

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    I finally found strings with power.
    Now looking for a hybrid and something other to give spin and control.
    Let me know your reccommendations.
     
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  2. fortun8son

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    BHBR17mains/ OGSM17 crosses strung 4lbs higher or Rip Control mains/MCS crosses same tension, or maybe 18g poly with 17 or 18g syngut crosses.

    You didn't say what you are using. String? Racquet? Tension? Style?

    Blind question. Blind answer.
     
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  3. Up&comer

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    As usual, what racket, string, and tension are you using? What level are you, whats your playing style, and what have you tried before and liked?
     
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  4. Bobby Jr

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    Can you expand the BHBR, OGSM and MCS abbreviations for those of us who aren't string train-spotters?
     
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  5. Up&comer

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    BHBR- tourna big hitter blue rough

    OGSM- gosen og sheep micro

    MCS- mantis comfort synthetic
     
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  6. fortun8son

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    I've since been corrected. RIP/MCS is not a good combo.
     
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  7. Rob1

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    I use Wilson Tour 90 and PSTLT racquets.
    Will be trying Tornado 17 and Spiky Shark 17 on Mains with Biphase then.
     
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  8. fortun8son

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    Biphase is a bit pricey for a cross.
    You might be better off with Mantis or Dunlop Comfort Synthetic. Or Multifeel, Fibergel, QuasiGut, or any of the cheaper multis.
     
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    Spoiler alert

    what frame your currently using would be helpful in suggesting strings, also include your current setup/playing style
     
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  10. fortun8son

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    True. Waiting to hear from OP
     
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    control and spin

    Performaxx Light Touch/Scorpion 41/41
    Balls distort in shape with so much spin.
     
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    +1 on both. Imagine going to a doctor and telling him "I feel tired" and expect him to diagnose you based on almost no information. But if you give the doc a ton of background info he can do his job. :)
     
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  14. fortun8son

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    I guess if the OP was really interested in the feedback, he would've responded by now. Chirp, chirp.
     
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  15. sy646

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    Can I replace Gosen OG-Sheep Micro Synthetic Gut (16 or 17) with Forten Synthetic Gut Sweet (16 or 17) as the cross due to the latter is cheaper? Are they more or less the same?
     
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    Forten is softer, Gosen is stiffer. I use both Forten16 and OGSM17 depending on the need.
    I think Gosen OG is the best 17g syngut out there.
    For 16g, there are more choices. Gamma orig w/o wearguard is a good value for crosses, as is PSGD, Wilson Extreme, and Head PPS along with the Sweet 16.
    They all play and wear differently. There are others as well.
     
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  17. sy646

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I am going to string my HEAD Youtek Extreme Pro with MSV Focus Hex 17L (1.18) as mains, what is your suggestion for the crosses, Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 16, or Forten syngut Sweet 16?

    I play one handed backhand, modest topspin, heavy topspin forehand and I am a string breaker.

    Now I strung my racquet with the following setup:
    Ashaway Crossfire Kevlar 17 (1.25) for the mains at 46 lbs
    Ashaway Synthetic Gut 16 (1.30) for the crosses at 56 lbls

    I am going to change to poly/syngut setup after using Kevlar/syngut for a long time.
     
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  18. mikeler

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    Agreed. An expensive multi or gut as a cross string is not worth the extra money.
     
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    I also play with a Head (Microgel Radical Plus OS) and use the MSV Focus hex 1.18 on the mains with Prince SynGut with Duraflex on the crosses. I drop the tension on the Focus hex to about 80 to 90% of what I use on the crosses. This combo has great feel, provides excellent spin and is easy on my arm and has worked great for me for close to a year. Other than being a string breaker I have similar playing characteristics to you.
     
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    I finally ordered MSV Focus Hex 1.23mm (hope it lasts longer than 1.18mm) as mains and Forten Sweet 16 (1.30mm) as crosses. I don't have any idea about what is the best tension. Maybe 50lbs for mains and 54lbs for crosses. What is your exact tension of your setup?
     
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  21. The Big Kahuna

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    I am going through the same thing at the moment with the same racquet. Given the stiffness of the frame, I like to string on the lower side for better pocketing and feel in general. I might suggest going down in tension a tad if your same set-up feels a bit boardy in the Head YEP 2.0.

    I love the way a gut / poly hybrid plays. It payed great in my Head Radical Flexpoint Pro, it played great in my Head Youtek Prestige Pro, it plays great in my current racquet. You cannot go wrong with a gut / poly hybrid with the poly strung no higher than 48 lbs and the gut 10% higher in the mains.

    There is not another set-up that I have found that compares with a properly tensioned gut / poly hybrid for a combination of comfort, power, control, feel, and spin - and I have play-tested dozens and researched string extensively for the last 2 years. It is the gold standard - ask Federer and Djokovic.
     
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    How? I have them both on my Twitter and facebook and often ask them questions but they never respond:(
     
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    lol

    Thats some funny **** LMAO
     
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  24. ChicagoJack

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    I completely agree. Gut/poly at mid tension is about as good as it gets. In addition to the seal of approval from Federer and Djoko, one might also notice that the current top 6 ATP doubles players, all play with Gut/Poly. Number seven, Lindstedt, plays with Poly/Gut. I think that's a note worthy factoid.

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    1. Bryan B. ...Prince EXO3 Rebel 95...Prince Gut/Prince Beast XP 49/46 lbs
    2. Bryan M. ...Prince EXO3 Rebel 95...Prince Gut/Prince Beast XP 50/47 lbs
    3. Nestor...Wilson BLX SixOne 95" 18x20...Wilson Gut/LXN AluPower 47/45 lbs
    4. Mirnyi...Wilson BLX SixOne 95" 16x18...Wilson Gut/LXN AluPower 20/20 kg
    5. Paes...Babo PD Cortex...Babo VS Team/RPM 1.25 47/45 lbs
    6. Stepanek...Bosworth Custom...Babo VS Team/LXN TiMo 117 24/24 kg
    7. Lindstedt...Wilson SixOne 95" 16x18...LXN AluPower/Gut 26/26 kg
    -- From the Masters 1000 Rome 2012

    -Jack
     
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