Good strings for spin?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by cyberg, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. cyberg

    cyberg New User

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    Hi,
    let me begin with telling you a little about myself and my game: I am 32 years old and started to play tennis again some 6 months ago after not playing for almost 8 years. I would consider myself as a 3.5-4.0 player, with a very strong forehand. I hit both forehand (and 2hnd backhand) with heavy topspin and I am mainly a baseline player. I have good accuracy with my topspin forehand and can also hit hard and straight shots with good accuracy. I hit second serves with good topspin/twist.

    Whn I played tennis in highschool I used to brake strings really often. The topspin would make the strings eat into each other and then I would ocasionally shank/mishit and then the strings would brake. I recently bought 3 second hand Babolat Pure Storm raquets and have tried some various strings (Babolat Hurricans, SPPP, some Babolat hybrids, Big Banger) and have found out that the strings nowadays seem to handle topspin alot better than in the older days so durability is no longer a problem for me. But, I don't really like strings like the Big Banger because they tend to loose their tension and go dead pretty fast.

    So, I want strings that hold their tension well, and that are good at generating spin. Are there any strings that are supposed to be good for spin (e.g. hexagonal strings or strings with a ruff surface) that really make a difference or is it just marketing)? Durability is not really a problem, at least not at the moment. 17g preferably.
     
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  2. cadfael_tex

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    I'm not too far off from you (except for the baseliner part) and am looking into the hybrids that are very popular now. I would do some research into some of them. Try to find a poly that works for you that holds tension better than others and hybrid it with a good multi or gut in the crosses. I've read good things about weiss cannon silverstring but haven't had a chance to try it yet.
     
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  3. JRstriker12

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    A lot of the Poly type strings do tend to loose tension pretty fast. I'm betting that if you want something that hold tension better, you may want to may look at natural gut.

    I play with a hybrid of Goosen OG in the crosses and Pro Supex Blue Gear in the mains. Blue gear is a textured string and it produces a lot of spin. But as far as tension rention, it's probably about the same as Luxilon or Babolat Hurricane.
     
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  4. Loco4Tennis

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    17g synthetic gut strings
    wilson superspin, 16g
    are the ones i have tried and they seem to produce plenty of spin
     
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  5. PROTENNIS63

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    So far, of all the strings I tried, Pro Supex Blue Gear gives me the most spin. Very rough and bites into the ball.
     
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  6. Stan

    Stan Professional

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    A lot of copolys also hold tension better than synthetics too!
     
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  7. cyberg

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    Thanks for all the input sofar! I've been searching for the Blue Gear at some European websites (I am from Sweden) but havn't found it so I guess I'll have to order it from some US website to try it out. But still, the Blue Gear is also a poly so I assume that the tension loss still will be a problem...

    I have tried hybrids as well, but mainly I have tried this with a really durable string as mains to avoid string brake. I have also tried hybrids with Babolat pro Hurricane and gut, and Pro Hurricane Tour and gut. They both feel good, but not good enough for the price so to speak ;-)
     
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  8. kfactor/all/the/WAY!

    kfactor/all/the/WAY! Semi-Pro

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    Blue Gear is bomb!
     
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  9. Alafter

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    I have tried a lot of strings and a lot of setups over the past 2.5 years since I started tennis, and none of them made any significant difference in spin. I've played with tension, texture, gauge, different brands, sandpapering the stringbed etc etc. The thing that changed most is feel. Spin dont change at all. Yeah, it is just hype.

    That said, go for a good feeling string. I currently use Topspin CF mains and syn gut cross at 2 55 lbs on Nblade OS. This right now for me is the "par" string setup-I can always use this and it'll feel right. Of course, I am always trying out new strings setups on my second racquet...
     
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  10. TonyB

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    I have definitely experienced an increase in spin and a "heavy ball" produced by poly strings.

    My favorite overall is Weiscannon Silverstring 1.20, by far. It has great feel for a poly (actually has a great feel for ANY type of string), good tension maintenance, and is very soft on the arm.

    I have played people and switched racquets from syn gut to poly in the middle of our session and have seen where my opponent has made comments on my "great kick" or "nice spin" after I had made the switch to the Silverstring. It's not just coincidence, because I've done it several times and my opponent had no idea that I even switched racquets (I switched on a changeover).

    Anyways, spin production DEFINITELY has something to do with string types. Poly is famous for being more spin-friendly and as I said, my favorite is Weiscannon Silverstring.
     
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  11. notujoo

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    pro hurricane 16l
     
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  12. Tennis_Player12345

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    Or pro hurricane tour 16
     
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  13. rlee7777

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    Ditto on the Weisscannon Silverstring 1.20mm. Try a hybrid with SS 1.20 mains and Forten Sweet 17 crosses. Great spin with control. Excellent tension stability (string around mid tension, increasing the crosses by 3 lbs), easy on the arm and fairly economical.

    I have played with many hybrids, but this one is the best by far.
     
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  14. cyberg

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    Thanks alot for the info on the Weisscannon Silverline! I see that Tenniswarehouse stocks it so I will try to order that and try it out, probably stringing one racquet with only SIlverline and one with the SIlverline and the Forten as a hybrid and see how that feels. Thanks :)
     
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    signum pro hextreme
     
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  16. nickb

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    If you like Luxilon but want something that is playable for longer one of the good co-polys is worth a try:

    - Signum Pro Poly Plasma
    - Pro Supex Big Ace
    - WeissCannon Silverstring
    - Topspin Cyberflash, CyberPower

    Nick
     
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  17. Katlion

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    Prince Topspin string... no duh, it's called TOPSPIN.
     
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  18. Loco4Tennis

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    what about 17g poly strings, they are stiff and thin enough to bite into the ball
    i am using a technifiber 16L mains at 55lbs and technifiber 17g synth string at 58Lbs
    ive played with it 1 time so far, i am going to tighten the crosses to 60lbs but the spin and control should be good at that point, will coment on it when i change it next
     
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  19. cyberg

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    Have you compared it to the SPPP? Big difference in spin/feel?
     
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  20. cyberg

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    I actually strung one of my old racquets (Wilson PS CLassic 6.1) with SPPP some 6 months ago, but broke it from a misshit during warm-up :( I think the grommet must have had a sharp edge or something...I will try to buy a set of those and try in my Babolats as well to see, as well as the Pro Supex and the WeissCannon. Do you, or anyone else, know of any websites carrying both the ProSupex and the WeissCannon?
     
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  21. JacKKyKung

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    Agree with thinner guage poly string such as 16L or 17, but 18g would not durable enough. Try syn gut on cross for me this hybrid was better topspin than all poly because of syn gut was more friction than poly which most coated with something slippery, thus the string move too much & inconsistence play.
     
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  22. Nellie

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    I am addicted to the spin from 18gauge strings, like the Lux. Big Banger. The spin is so awesome, but the strings will break very fast, so this setup is very expensive unless you string yourself.
     
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