Current "Top 3 must try strings"

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  1. AlfaAce

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    What are your current "Top 3 Must Try Strings" (including hybrid set)? Doesn't have to be the newest, just your personal "top 3 of all time". Remember, it's all opinions :)... everyone's got one ;)
     
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  2. MarrratSafin

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    Gut- Pacific Tough Gut
    Poly- Weiss Cannon Silverstring
    Non-poly- Ashaway ZX Monogut
     
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  3. netguy

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    I would add to this list
    S/gut - Forten Sweet
     
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  4. ricki

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    POLYS:
    1) alu power
    2) BBO
    3) ???

    MULTI:
    1) premiere lt
    2) nrg2
    3) rip control

    SYNGUT:
    1) s.g.duraflex
    2) red alert
    3) ???
     
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  5. Torres

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    Assuming, you haven't played with them before:-

    Poly
    - Volkl Cyclone 16/17 - maximum bang per buck with a great combination of characteristics.
    - Big Hitter Blue Rough 16 - movement of the ball off the bounce like nothing else

    - Aand purely as a left field suggestion (not necessarily because its the best performing string out there but because it lasts ages before going dead, is consistent, comfortable and well priced) I would suggest Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 is worth a try.

    Non-poly
    - Ashaway ZX Monogut 16
     
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  6. Murray_fan1

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    Torres,

    Is Cyclone your go to string atm?
     
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  7. GS

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    My 3 favorite soft multi's?
    Mantis Comfort.
    Rip Control.
    Tecnifibre NRG2.
    Yep, Mikeler's favorite, Discho Microfibre, is great, but you have to string it alittle bit lower.
     
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  8. Torres

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    @ Murray_Fan1

    Yep, I think so, though I am a believer in particular strings suiting the particular racquet, the individual player, getting the tension right etc. Cyclone 17 probably wouldn't suit someone with a Big Bubba for example. Peak performance is best when its fresh, but I suppose that's the case with any poly. Strings like Cyclone, BHBR, BHB7, Black Magic, Black Widow are simply different variations on the same theme IMO. Softer and spinnier to varying degrees. Different category of poly to say 4G, Silverstring, Polyforce etc which tend to be stiffer, firmer, lower spin polys. Some may prefer that, some may not.
     
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  9. ChicagoJack

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    Well, I am still waiting to get my hands on that iridescent multi that was manufactured by Mikeler's string company that launched early April of last year. I really am sold on the idea of blinding your opponent as to the direction of the ball due to the special sun reflecting qualities!

    Other than that, I already have 5-6 packs at home ready to string. I have some Ashaway Zx red, Gosen PolyMaster, Gosen Sidewinder, Volkl Gripper, Volkl Synth Gut and a few more i think.
     
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  10. phishbiscuits

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    Babolat VS Touch Black - gut
    Luxilon ALU Power - poly
    Solinco Tru Feel - multi
    L-Tec Premium Syn Gut - nylon
     
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  11. Maui19

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    I'm all about spin/power setups. I play Pacific Classic gut in my mains. My favorite poly crosses are:

    1) Big Hitter Blue Rough (saws my gut though)
    2) Tour Bite/Tour Bite Soft (regular TB dies quickly--TBS shows promise)
    3) Pro Line II (pretty good combo of spin/power/tension maintenance)
     
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  12. newpball

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    • Gut 15L
    • Gut 15
    • Gut 16
    :)
     
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  13. logrock

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    1.) Tourna BHBR 17ga
    2.) Cyclone Black 17ga
    3.) Tourna BHS 17ga.

    I find all three very playable, affordable, last a reasonable time and don't kill my arm.
    Opinions vary, this is mine.
     
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  14. darkwing_duck

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    Prince Beast 16g.

    Like most, I thought I was simply paying for the green color, the hype. I was wrong. There is a reason the Bryan brothers use a Beast/Nat gut hybrid. The only reason that more pros don't use it is because they aren't sponsored by Prince.

    I have actually seen Federer and Nadal using Beast when they thought no one was looking. They thought wrong.
     
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  15. Bmr

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    I'm actually really excited to try Beast 16 in my racquet. I hit with a demo at the BNP Paribas (Prince Warrior w/ Beast) and I liked it very much. I know some people say the string gives off a very slippery sensation or lack of grab..but my current string does that and I don't have an issue with it.
     
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  16. o0lunatik

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    1. Yonex Poly Tour and Tour Spin
    2. Tourna BHBR
    3. Solinco Tour Bite
     
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  17. wyutani

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    1)Natural gut
    2)Natural gut
    3)Natural gut/ Gosen Synthetic (Hybrid)
     
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  18. Slitch

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    1. WC B5E - that string just rips all the felt right of your tennisballs. To bad my wrist and elbow do not like it in cold conditions.
    2. PPA - Great performance/price ratio for a multi with great spin and control.
    2. Discho microfibre - Old school feeling, does everything sort of right multi that anybody will like.
    3. WC silverstring - multi like comfort over its lifespan with the control of a poly.

    A honorable mension goes to the India gut. For 10$ incl. shipping you're in for a treat when used as mains in a hybrid.
     
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  19. mikeler

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    1. Weiss Cannon B5E mains/Genesis Thunder Blast crosses for hybrid job
    2. Ashaway Monogut ZX for full zyex job
    3. Wilson Gut 16 for full gut job
    4. Discho Microfibre/PPA for full multifilament job
     
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  20. SmilinBob

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    My standard setup these days is 4G mains/NXT crosses. I like the control but want something a little softer and a little spinnier. I'm going to give these handful a try here in the next few weeks:

    1) "Mikelers Multis" - Have Hexy Fiber, Dunlop DNA, and PPA on order. I plan on stringing two racquets with one kind at diff. tensions to see the results.
    2) Pacific Toughgut 17 or Wilson Natty 17 - It's been an eternity since I've played with a full bed of dead cow.
    3) Ashaway Monogut ZX - Sounds too interesting not to try.
     
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  21. Ramon

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    Pacific Classic (great feeling gut for only $30)
    Prince Premier Attack (easily the best bang-for-the-buck among multis)
    Ashaway Monogut ZX (something new that won't hurt your arm like poly)
     
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  22. Ben42

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    I've got a couple sets each of Dunlop Hexy Fiber and PPA waiting for me to string up. I just need the Multifeel that I have in now to break.

    I'd also like to try the Discho Microfibre. Wish TW would start carrying it.
     
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  23. rafafan20

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    tecnifibre razor code 17
    solinco outlast 17
    tecnifibre multifeel 16
     
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  24. JackB1

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    If you are looking for "must try" strings, you should pick 3 that are completely different from each other, so you can get 3 totally different excperiences. What you are getting here is just everyone listing their 3 favorite strings, which is basically useless to you ( the op ) since you play your game in an individual way, which is most likely not anything like most of these guys here.

    That being said, (3) strings I would tell everyone to try would be:

    1) Wilson NXT Tour (to see if you like the feel and power of a typical multi)

    2) Prince Original Syngut (too see if you prefer a more basic, old school all around string)

    3) Kirshbaum Proline 2 (great typical poly...to see if you prefer a lower powered, control and spin oriented string)
     
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  25. Ramon

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    Look at my post. 3 different strings! ;)
     
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  26. DownTheLineWith90

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    Well said, JackB1

    1. Luxilon ALU Power Rough - my favorite string. Excellent ball grab, okay durability, little bit of tension loss, a bit costly. Feels amazing the first hour though.

    2. Wilson Natural Gut - old school. All around.

    3. Wilson NXT Tour - classic multi, feels great.
     
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  27. JackB1

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    Well done! :)

    Most of these threads turn into "what's your favorite string" threads, which is basically useless to the person asking the question.
     
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  28. wmilas

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    Gut:
    1) Pacific Natural Gut. Best old school feel of all I've tried.

    Poly
    1) Tourna BHB7. Best bang for the buck shaped main
    2) Polyfibre TCS. Great soft cross string. Under-rated
    3) BHBR. Expensive, plays like no other.

    Multi
    1) Discho. I love this stuff. Plays well all around, great feel at the net. Plays great till it pops.
    2) X1 Biphase. If you can stomach the cost, and you break it in under 4 hours, its a great multi.

    Synthetic:
    1) OGSM. Pretty much does it all. Most versatile of the synthetics.
     
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  29. DirtBaller4

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    Gut: Babolat Vs is the most expensive gut but also the best. If you have the money to blow it's great. Will produce good spin, has the ultimate feel, and nice pop.

    Poly: MSV focus Hex is probably my favorite poly right now. I have a full bed in one of my rackets at the moment and I am loving it.

    Kevlar: Forten Aramid Gear is always in my mains with one of the two above in the crosses. This stuff is the best I have found for spin and is great strung at or below 52. Kevlar is not recommended for those with TE issues, but stringing it at lower tensions will be much easier on the arm.

    I like to try full beds at different tensions to really see how the strings perform and then take what I like and hybrid it. I got a full bed of Kevlar strung at 65 to see what it was like, and it was like hitting with a frying pan it was so hard.

    My next hybrid experiment is going to be MSV focus hex in the crosses @ 55 and Volkl Cyclone in the mains at 52.
     
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  30. o0lunatik

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    DirtBaller... have you compared Forten vs Ashaway Kevlar? If so, which one do you prefer and why?
     
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  31. AlfaAce

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    Actually, this thread has been quite interesting and informative. I've been able to easily extrapolate what I need from it based on how I play. Thanks to everyone for contributing!
     
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  32. Arthuro

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    Prince Premier Attack is getting a lot of play. I like it more as a mess around string, but LT fullbed or hybrid with a poly cross gives more benefit IMO.

    Poly:

    1. Polystar 17L Black
    2. Prince Poly XC 17L

    Multi:

    1. Looking to try Discho
     
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  33. DirtBaller4

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    Hey o0lunatik,
    I am curious to try the Ashaway Kevlar, it has a lot of fans (for kevlar anyway:)

    The Forten is gear shaped, which is attractive to me. It is in my PB8 right now with MSV focus hex and it produces crazy spin, big kickers, and beautiful slices. And it seems to be sliding back into place nicely on the poly crosses.
     
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  34. BLX_Andy

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    What? 4G may be a smooth textured string but still provides a lot of spin for me.
     
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  35. Torres

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    Not compared to the best spin polys it doesn't.
     
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  36. lucky44

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    Did you mean 'Prime' or 'Classic'?
     
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  37. mrc

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    why do i hate Beast? i wanted to like it! it feels dead, but surprisingly powerful. cant get the feel
     
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  38. kingcheetah

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    Wilson NXT 16
    Luxilon 4g 125-- I'm using this one right now in a Pro Staff 90 and it has lasted FOREVER... I may have to restring one frame soon but I've had no issues with it breaking and the tension maintenance is great for a poly in my experience. In the past with other polys like savage(full bed) I would snap the strings in 2 weeks or so.
    Wilson Natural Gut 16- This string seems to be the "holy grail" of gut according to most people, so I'm really eager to try this... unfortunately I have a nasty habit of wearing out strings really quickly, so I may have to wait until I win the mega millions to try it out.
     
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  39. spinovic

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    I would say Monogut ZX for sure, simply because it is something new. Everything else, is just a variation, maybe better, maybe not, on something already out there.
     
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  40. mikeler

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    I agree with your reasoning.
     
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  41. rodrigoamaral

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    babolat vs if u want natural gut
    PSGD if you want a synthetic
    genesis black magic if you want a soft poly
     
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  42. lucky44

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    I am surprised no body recommended Dunlop black widow yet.
     
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  43. colowhisper

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    You have great taste! These are my three favorite strings too. I would add MSV Focus Hex and Volkl Cyclone at two more nice flavors.
     
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