BHB7, Black Venom, Tour Bite Soft?

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  1. TripleB

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    Currently using Tour Bite 1.20 mains with Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L crosses.

    I'm looking to change my mains in order to get a bit less harsh feel without giving up any spin and without going too much towards a 'mushy' feel (if that is truly possible with a poly).

    I'm looking at three possible main strings: Tourna Poly Big Hitter Black 7 17g, Polyfibre Black Venom 16L (or possibly the Rough version), or I guess the logical choice would be Solinco Tour Bite Soft 1.20.

    Can anyone give a head to head to head comparison of these three strings?

    If not, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the one(s) you've tried.

    Thanks.

    TripleB
     
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  2. burrowthebird

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    I have only tried BHB7-17 out of your 3 options. It was really soft and almost mushy compared to most polys out there, especially when tension and playability starts to drop. Taking into account the same tension, spin was good but still less than Tour Bite, power is definitely much more than Tour Bite because it's softer and more elastic. Downside I feel is low control and rather bad playability duration. You would have to string it ~3-5lbs higher than usual.

    I would throw in Tecnifibre's Razor Code Carbon 17. Slightly less spin than Tour Bite, but softer and not to the point of mushy at all. I actually string a full bed at 55lbs in my Volkl PB10 Mid. Right off the machine it felt a little stiff, but after ~20-30min of hitting/break-in, it felt nice and comfortable. And since you are going to hybrid, it will feel even more arm-friendly.

    Another possibility is Dunlop's Black Widow 17. Similar to BHB7 17 but slightly more control and playability. However, it is still on the softer side and tension needs to increase as compared to most other polys.

    Last thing to add, it helps if you mention your racquet, tension and play style. Those are huge factors in determining strings as well.

    - All these are my own personal opinions and experiences, relative to my racquet, tension, play style etc. Hope it helps you. :)
     
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  3. MikeHitsHard93

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    Personally I don't like any of those three, but for a not harsh but not mushy feel, I'd go TBS.
     
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    i have recently played the tour bite 1.20 back-to-back with the tour bite soft 1.20 and would say that while the soft definitely is softer, you are also giving up a little bit on control and a little bit more on touch. personally, i prefer a somewhat crisper feel, not harsh, and the 1.20 tour bite soft was lacking in this department when compared to the regular tour bite 1.20, in spite of having strung it slightly higher to compensate a little bit for the softness.

    it is a while back that i played the black venom rough, but that string basically, while one i am pretty fond of, is going into a completely different direction. it is soft but i would not call it mushy as it is quite responsive. nevertheless, bear in mind that the initial tension drop is pretty big when compared to other polys, so that one should be strung at least 10% higher than usual (non soft!) polys.

    the bhb7 is scheduled to be played sometime towards the end of the year, so there is no input i can give on that one.

    i have also recently played the gosen ogsm-17 as a cross and would say that it is one of the stiffer synguts out there, but keeps up it's playing characteristics almost as long as it lasts. since it is stiffer than most of the synguts i have tried out so far, i would say that maybe stringing it one lb. lower could eventually fix your problem.
     
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  5. TripleB

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    Current racquet is the Prince Triple Threat Warrior Midplus strung at 48/51 but more than likely the new string set up is going in a Wilson Six-One 95S.

    Playing style has changed dramatically. Used to be a 4.5 singles player who ran everything down. Because of knee surgery last November I am now a middle of the road 4.0 all doubles (for the rest of my tennis playing days) player who uses a ton of spin and control to help my partner win points. Very good backhand, poor maneuverability (but getting better), decent volley, heavy slice/top, overall good groundstrokes, and an average forehand. Worst shot is probably the serve.

    I appreciate all your input.

    TripleB
     
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  6. burrowthebird

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    Perhaps give a full bed of "soft" poly a try? I personally prefer full beds of polys for doubles because I feel better control on more touch/feel oriented shots like volleys. I'm not too much a fan of syn guts/multis because they can become launch boards over time. And seeing that you are heavily relient on topspin, a nice set of poly will also be extremely effective in the Spin Effect racquets, although topspin is ultimately a technique issue. And since you are a heavy topspin player your strokes, I'm guessing, would be long and pretty fast. If you were a customer I would recommend the Black Widow 17 at perhaps 50lbs. I guarantee it will not feel harsh, and will allow you to swing out more confidently with heavy spin plus good ball bite! Would be quite deadly with that 95S. Just my 2cents.
     
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  7. naturallight

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    I much prefer TBS to BHB7 (I haven't tried the other one). BHB7 isn't a bad string at all--it probably has more spin potential and comfort that TBS, but BHB7 is so powerful that control is lacking on big swings (it's the most elastic poly I've strung). TBS offers more control and thus I found it easier to hit consistent, spinny groundies.

    At this price point, I'd really recommend a demo of Kirsh Pro Line II. Overall playability is marvelous, very comfortable without mushy, and top notch control.
     
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  8. SCRAP IRON

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    Those are all very good strings but I think that you should go with a full bed of Solinco Tour Bite Soft strung at 52 lbs. It is lower powered than BHB7. If you find that you NEED more power, then go with the Tourna string.
     
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