Cross for Wilson Natural Gut

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  1. TimothyO

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    PigPen,

    The ng breaks first but I haven't had as many breaks as with Cofocus or Hex. More often it simply feels dead enough that it's time to restring.
     
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  2. PigPen

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    I tried Wilson NG in the mains with Black Magic 17 in the crosses at 53/49 for the last 2 days. The string bed is much stiffer and than co-focus 18 at the same tension. Spin and power are also greatly reduced. However, I must admit that I do like the feel. Also, I am experiencing pain in the forearm from this setup. Either I need to reduce the tension or move on.
     
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  3. BlueB

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    Any smooth slippery poly. String it about 10lbs lower then the gut mains and enjoy. It's only there to allow gut to snap back into position upon hit and for a tiny bit more control.
     
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  4. PigPen

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    Which cross do you use?
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    I haven't tried a lot of gut/poly hybrids, but crossing with Signum Pro Poly Plasma Pure works well for me. It maintains tension well and doesn't go dead quickly. Spin is very good. I strung about 4 lbs looser than the gut.
     
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  6. BlueB

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    Prince Tournament Poly is pretty sweet. However, I had good success even with cheap *** no-name poly.
     
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  7. JT_2eighty

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    Soft and powerful, without being "mushy" or uncontrollable; for me it is the best cross if you still want as much of that great pocketing feel of gut as possible, along with the better control and spin that comes with poly. It seems like the slight bit of prolonged dwell time allows for high levels of spin and touch.
     
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  8. PigPen

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    I have a set of Mosquito bite on order from TW. Hoping that this will be the end of my experimentation. I'm hoping it doesn't hurt my arm like Black Magic and holds tension better than co-focus.

    How would you compare MB to BM and Co-focus?
     
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  9. ultradr

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    I would just use Wilson gut full bed and string as tight as you're ok with.
     
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  10. grover

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    Yep. Everyone wants to try and find the silver bullet by using a hybrid. I tried as well but at the end of the day a full bed of gut is the best set up. For me anyway. I never have to worry about tension loss and I am amazed how long Tonic lasts in my racket before breaking. For this reason its really not anymore expensive than restringing a hybrid every two weeks because the poly goes dead. Can you hit with as much spin? No but this setup fits my serve and volley game just fine. I am a former 5.0 college player who now plays 4.5 due to age. (48)
     
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  11. sundaypunch

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    I would agree that full gut is probably the best setup for a S&V game. If you are a baselined and want the spin, a hybrid is probably the way to go.
     
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  12. PigPen

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    I haven't tried a full set of the Wilson gut but perhaps I should give it a go.
     
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  13. ramos77

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    it will feel nice, however.. you will get less spin, less durability and too much power (depending on your frame and strokes of course)

    thats my experience anyway....
     
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  14. PigPen

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    The increase in power is what I am concerned about. I guess I could increase the tension to control the power a little more. The spin from some of the poly strings is also a nice advantage as well.
     
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  15. benxuan

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    If you trust me, try yonex poly pro tour in your cross. Good on arms, good control and durability. Cheers.
     
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  16. ultradr

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    It's not much about increased power, IMHO. It just totally quite characteristic of natural material you'll get used to (and fall in love with).

    I needed about 20 hours of playing time to get used to it. And after that, I had to try a few different tensions to fine tune it. In my case, it was 5-10% higher tension than nylons.
     
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  17. PigPen

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    Tried Big Ace Revo as a cross with Wilson NG. Soft feeling string with quite a bit of power (maybe too much at the tension I'm at 51/48). No arm issues though. I'm curious to see if the strings dramatically drop tension.

    I've heard the revo version will soon be discontinued though.
     
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  18. PigPen

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    Have you ever compared Mosquito Bite to Big Ace Micro?
     
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  19. gplracer

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    4g has less power and spin but is softer and has a much longer lifespan than big banger.
     
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