Flexy racket outweigh stiff poly?

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  1. MikeHitsHard93

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    Does a racket that is very flexible and arm friendly (such as the Pacific X Force) make using full poly much more bearable and get rid of the vibration? Or does it still feel the same as with a more stiff racket (such as a pure drive)?

    I have only used poly in one racket (polyfibre black venom 16L in a 4D 300T @57) and I got almost no spin and the thing vibrated a lot.

    Any insight on this? I like the control of poly...
     
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  2. Hi I'm Ray

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    I've found that stringing a soft flexy racket (PB10 mid, old Yonex 90sq in) with poly that is either too stiff or is strung too tight, is still harsh feeling and hard on my arm. I've strung syn gut at 70lbs in a 90sq in head and it felt fine, but poly at 58/59lbs (shop wrote down wrong tension) in the same racket played and felt terrible.
     
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  3. MikeHitsHard93

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    I can't wait to just have money to spend on a stringing machine and all kinds of string to try out...that will be the day :)
     
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    Buy yourself a used Klippermate locally for $70-$80 (you can sell it for the same price) and you'll see if you like stringing rackets. I strung my first couple of frames using electronic stringers, then bought this and have found that stringing with a dropweight is just no fun (and time consuming):http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Gam...FC_Stringing_Machine/descpageGAMMA-602FC.html
    String job comes out awesome though, noticeably better than what I pay for at the shop.
     
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    Yeah I'm not sure if I would like the drop weight...

    Last time I got my racket strung, I watched the guy do it and he kind of taught me some stuff. He was using an old prince stringer with a crank...looked pretty easy and he got it at the right tension. Mind you, this was with Prince Lightning XX 16. But he had only done about 7 rackets before mine and he was working at a local dunhams. Got me interested in buying a stringer...instead of paying $30 every time I want my racket strung. Plus I want to use poly and can't afford to restring that often.

    In general, do you like stringing?
     
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    I added a small comment at the end of my above post. I like that I don't have to drive to the shop twice, that stringing my own is paying for the machine, experimenting doesn't cost much, and I like the quality of my string jobs better. Stringing on an electronic machine is fine and quick, its using a drop weight that I don't really like. I think you'll have a much better experience with a crank or electric stringer, but they're a bit expensive.
     
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    I'm thinking that once I am out of college in a couple of years I will buy a stringing machine. Hopefully I will also get into a club of some sort as well :)

    I want to try out all of these poly strings that some people on here live by, but I simply can't afford restringing because they go dead fast and start to hurt your arm. I am wondering if a flexy racket could counter that, but I am guessing not by your previous comments.
     
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    Mike, try Polystar Energy around 45lbs. It loses tension just like any poly but retains playability and doesn't hurt your arm like some dead polys do.
     
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    I used to string flexiest oldschool racquets with stiff poly/syn gut hybrid, it was still not arm friendly at all.
    So the answer is, no racquet flex can outweigh stiff/dead poly
     
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    I understand there to be some problems using electronic or lock-out (crank) machines when stringing poly, and that drop weights are the way to go. Want to believe this, as I am using a 20+ year old version of the Gamma you said you have.
     
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  11. tball

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    Poly feels much better in a soft racquet, especially a soft heavy racquet.
    The only problem is that soft racquets tend to be low on power, and so is poly. So, you'll end up with a setup that's really low on power. Especially if you use 57 lbs. You may have to swing really violently, and this may affect your perception and feel.
     
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    ...and shoulder,
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=441216
     
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