Hours of Best Performance = Top Price/Performance

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  1. Gut4Tennis

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    I'm a 5.0 all court player that hits heavy/moderate spin

    Here is a video of me playing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTTQDJggqmM

    I have tried just about every type of string and tension

    I currently play with the prince ex03 warrier , stock weight, with string hole inserts. Grip #3 with 2 over grips

    I string my own frames with a cheap drop weight, but I take special care to go slow to make sure its a quality job. I like to string full poly at 45 up to 50lbs, gut/syn at 48 up to 54 lbs (sometimes same tension both and sometimes 2-5lbs difference), gut/poly 55 up to 60lbs ( with the same tension both and sometimes 2-5lbs difference)

    2 hours average: With full poly I get about 2-4hrs max before it needs to be cut out due to loss of resiliency. It will start to move around with noticeable loss of control. I could extend it to 6-8hrs if I was just playing doubles with shorter points then singles. A fresh new poly frame for each set or match would be needed to keep consistent play.

    3 hrs average: With poly mains and syn gut ( og sheep micro) cross I get about 1.5 singles matches or 3-5 hrs max before it needs to be cut out due to loss of resiliency. It will start to move around with noticeable loss of control. A fresh new hybrid set up for each match would be needed to keep consistent play. This set up is a dream to string.

    10 hrs average: With gut mains and poly cross I get the longest durability and play-ability of any set up. I can go until the string breaks which might be 25hrs If I use string savers. Without any string savers I can get about 10-15hrs of singles, and much much more if doubles. Being able to use just 1 racquet for a whole tournament is priceless. :twisted:

    Conclusion Top Price/Performance: Gut / Poly wins no contest. The length of time I get in every category is well worth the cost of gut in the mains. Actually I save time/money using gut. Better to pay a bit more up front and get the best rewards IMO.

    Preferred gut = Tonic + Long Life 15g
    Preferred poly= Genesis Black magic 17g or 16g

    ps: I did not mention multi's as they break after 1 set for me, so its not worth using at all IMO.
     
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  2. Kalin

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    This is some useful info, thanks!
     
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  3. Gut4Tennis

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    thanks

    Im sure it was not detailed enough for many people, but the final analysis is pretty easy to understand.

    gut mains / round poly cross = best value in tennis string. nothing comes close
     
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  4. Rjtennis

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    I have been using VS 16 mains and Proline II/Evolution for the past 6 months and it is fantasic. You really can't beat the gut poly hybrid. People don't understand how durable it is until they try it for themselves. When something ends up snapping it is usually the poly crosses for me. I could even add to the durability by replacing the poly crosses when they break if I wanted to.
     
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  5. julianashaway

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    It would be worth your while to try Ashaway Monogut Zx as a cross with gut. It will maintain tension much longer than poly and give added comfort and power. You may find this to be an even better value.
     
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    Mono ZX is a lot of things, but it's not poly.
     
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  7. julianashaway

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    Correct! It is PEEK.
     
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  8. Slitch

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    Nice summary Gut4tennis, thnx!

    Which poly's have you tried as a cross for gut? Why did you settle on blackmagic?
     
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    But be careful. For about 3-4 years, I used this combo mostly for the reasons you described.
    I ended up hurting my wrist. But I used increasingly high tension. Also make sure
    not using dead poly too long.

    Full bed gut is also performance value if you and your set ups are not string breaker.
     
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  10. ChicagoJack

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    1. In case you haven't noticed, the OP (Gut4Tennis) has been banned from the forum and cannot answer.

    2. The OP might have a good reason for cutting out poly after two hours, but loss of resiliency isn't one of them. String remains pretty elastic for a very long time. Recent study has indicated that what most players verbalize as going poly going "dead" is mostly attributed to an increase in inter-string friction, and loss of tension. See links provided.

    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/deadstrings.php
    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/deadstringsPart2.php

    3. Gut/Poly is indeed a pretty good deal in terms of Price Vs Performance. The best way to squeeze out the most bang for your buck there imo, is a mid tier gut like Babolat Tonic, at a diameter gauge that will have your gut snapping right around the time you are thinking about cutting out your poly crosses.

    -Jack
     
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