Help choosing a new string....i'm lost

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  1. Roddick85

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    I need some help choosing a string, not sure if I should change or not.

    I've been using Luxilon Alu Power Rough (full bed) for the past 4 months, strung @52lbs on a Wilson BLX 90. Yesterday, just as I was starting my league match, my strings broke (had them for a total of about +/- 30 hours). I'm going to buy a 2nd stick this week and have my racquet restrung, however i'm wondering if I should go with the same model or go with an hybrid? I find my current string to be OK, I like the spin production, however I find that they die fast.

    I've been thinking of going Hybrid for a while now. I like to try new stuff and honestly I haven't found a model that I want to keep forever. I've seen the Luxilon Alu Power Rough / Babolat VS Team 17 hybrid at the local tennis shop, I'd like to try natural gut as I keep hearing great things about it, however I heard that it last even less than poly and tends to break quickly on hard hitters (which is my case), so i'm not sure it's good for me. I play about 5-6 hours per week during the winter season, about 10 hours per week in the summer, so I do want something that won't break after 2-3 games. Also, I don't have any arm or tennis elbow problem, so I can deal with stiff strings.

    If I don't hybrid with natural gut, what else can I try? Should I stay with a full poly bed? What about synthetic gut? What's the difference in terms of spin production and touch? I'm going to keep looking at other threads and do my research, but I would appreciate some suggestions from other users.

    Thanks
     
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    welcome to the club!

    sometimes, I wish it was back when we only had a choice of natural gut, Vantage I, Vantage II, or Blue Star...
     
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  3. Roddick85

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    Agreed. Seriously I've been gathering some piece of information left and right for the past 2 hours, however it still doesn't exactly tell me what I should do hehe. Ah well, If I haven't found my answer by end of day tomorrow, i'll just play it safe and put the same thing again.
     
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  4. Alchemy-Z

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    If you have 2 sticks try different set ups till you find one you like the most.

    or end up like me and have 1 set up for singles and 1 set up for doubles.

    My singles stick is full bed LUX adrenalin at 48lbs and is all about power.

    My doubles stick is full bed LUX adrenalin rough @ 52 lbs and it more for touch...poaching and placement of volley and serve.
     
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  5. anubis

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    30 hours? Those strings are way hugely dead, died a long time ago. Luxilon are known for having short-lived strings. I think those particular strings have a sweet spot of about 6 to 8 hours. If you don't have arm issues, you can probably stretch them to 12 to 15 hours, but that's pushing it. It's no wonder they broke.

    Very good idea. Whatever decision you make (as far as strings are concerned), I highly recommend having both sticks strung at the same tension, same type of string. Rotate between the two of them to get even wear and lengthen the time between string jobs.

    I don't recommend a hybrid string job. Personally, I think most of the benefits of using poly are wasted by hybriding, when you hybrid with a cheap string. I think poly behaves much better in a full bed. It's spin potential, stiffness and control factors are always going to be better in a full bed, than a hybrid job with OGSM in the crosses. You're just taking a cheap, inexpensive, crappy string and crossing it against a top of the line, expensive polyester string. It just doesn't make sense, unless you're on such a tight budget and you have to restring after every hitting session.

    If you're hybriding two premium strings, that's a different story -- BUT you'd better have a very good reason to do so, a reason that you can very much feel, understand and appreciate before you commit to that setup.
    What I mean is, if you were to hybrid poly and gut together, are you *really* going to be able to tell the difference? Are you actually going to be able to see the benefits of that setup, more so than a full bed either way?

    The reason I say it is, a poly/gut hybrid job is not only the most expensive string job, but it takes skill to do (gut and poly are two opposite ends of the string spectrum), both strings can be expensive on their own, and, what if your initial tension idea was wrong? Are you going to play it out? You certainly shouldn't cut it out, that's just a waste of money.

    I buy poly by the reel, so sometimes I'll experiment with a tension, find I don't like it, and cut it out after 2 hours of play. Doesn't matter to me, it was really only about $5 per job.

    But if you're paying someone to do a gut/poly hybrid, that's probably going to cost you $65 per racquet. That's a huge investment, so IMO that better be a "magical" setup that virtually guarantees bagels and breadsticks every day of the week and twice on sunday :)


    TL/DR: I recommend your initial thought: get two of the same racquet, string it up with your favorite poly string and don't wait until 30 hours of play time later to re-string. Rotate them out, restring at the 12 to 15 hour mark, and I think you'll find much better performance and piece of mind knowing that you've got a backup stick in your bag that feels and plays the same.
     
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  6. Roddick85

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    Thanks for the feedback Anubis, good advice.

    I know I should of restrung my racquet before that, I usually do because I feel the tension lost pretty quickly, however I lowered the tension last time (experiment that went great) and didn't notice the tension loss as quickly.

    And yes string jobs are rather expensive, gut/poly will cost me exactly what you said. I'm willing to put up the premium if it last more, if it's less I won't do it. The shops that do strings not too far from my house are amateur at best, so I have to drive a good 25-30km to go to a specialized tennis shop that do strings properly. So I don't want to always drive out of town everytime for strings that break.

    Judging from your post, I think it's best I stick to Alu Power rough on both frames. I actually like the string, they just die fast.
     
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    I don't have access to those brands here in Montreal, if I want to try natural gut, my only option is pretty much Babolat VS. As much as i'd love to try the Federer setup, I just don't see how natural gut would last longer than full poly bed given that I hit my shots pretty hard. I don't usually break strings but I also have to factor in the fact that I usually change them before they wear out completely, which wasn't the case this time obviously.
     
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