Just strung up some M2 with Hollowcore

Discussion in 'Strings' started by meowmix, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. meowmix

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    Just finished stringing up a batch. M2 in the mains at 54 pounds, Hollowcore in the crosses at 58.

    This is my first time stringing poly. Even in the mains, it's a hassle. I couldn't figure out how to actually lower the dropweight for about 15 minutes...

    At the moment, it feels very stiff. I'll be playing with it tomorrow, so more about it then.

    A bit about me:

    I'm a 175 pound, 5'8 16 year old. I played JV tennis last season, and will probably move up to varsity this year. NTRP wise, I'm most likely a 3.5. I'm an all courter, and enjoy messing with my opponent's minds. This is the first time I'll be playing with a poly. That being said, I think that people like me are Luxilon's target market for the M2, being as how it's supposed to be a "softer" poly.
     
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  2. Corsair

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    Sweet! Can't wait for the playtesting review!
     
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  3. Max Winther

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    Its like the ultimate free hybrid! Oh and try using a little more slack before you drop the weight when stringing polys. You'll get a feel for it after you do it right a few times.
     
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  4. meowmix

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    I finished the job about four hours ago, and the stringbed seems a lot less stiff now. I'm not sure if this is due to tension loss or not. If it is, then the tension must have dropped by quite a few pounds, since (just hitting the racket against my palm) I notice that the stringbed is a lot more responsive.
     
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  5. cujays

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    this is an interesting combo
    tell me how it plays
     
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    I'll be curious to see what you think of it. I'm just getting ready to post about a full set of M2 I strung up and tried today. I think it's a nice string.
     
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    I think that it'll feel pretty nice. I've never used poly before, so I'm expecting great things :)
     
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  8. lpicken

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    Hollowcore = Hollow[k]rap
     
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    2nd it 10 char
     
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  10. Corsair

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    On paper, it sounds like a great combination! Softness of M2 supported by the stiffness of the hollowcore!
     
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    Hollow Core

    The thing about the Hollow Core coupled with a poly is that the Hollow Core moves around a ton. Kinda annoying. The combo you are using will be very lively.
     
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  12. meowmix

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    Just hit with the hybrid today. I was getting lessons, so I was mainly drilling and not really playing too many points out.

    Comment 1. I strung it up WAY too high. I probably should have dropped the tension a good 5 pounds.

    That being said, the setup didn't really impress me any. Control was nice, as was expected. Spin was decent, but I wasn't generating much more spin than I usually do. Touch shots, volleys, drop shots, well, nothing special. There's nothing to really support Luxilon's claim that the string "responds", at least, I didn't feed it. Serves were decent, but again, nothing overly impressive. Control was nice, power was okay, and spin was decent.

    On a positive note, the setup wasn't all that jarring, harsh, or uncomfortable. I really felt the Hollowcore letting the stringbed give a bit and ball pocketing was apparent. All in all, I don't think that a transition from a multi/syn gut to this setup would be very hard at all.
     
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  13. purple-n-gold

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    I tried it as well today,with both at 50lbs in a 90 inch 18x20 pattern.Probably would go a few lbs. higher next time. Yep it was lively for poly mains and the strings do move around alot. A buddy uses the babolat hybrid of pro hurricane/conquest and it's sorta similiar to that only "better" with more feel and power.
     
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  14. TheSubdude

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    You strung 54/58 and that was too high???

    In doing drills, were you able to get a good rhythm going so that you were freely swinging or did you get a chance to really test em out?
     
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  15. meowmix

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    Yes, the 54/58 was too high. Then again, I had strung a Hollowcore/syn gut hybrid at 54/58 as well, and that felt comfortable.

    In doing drills, I was able to test the strings out. Considering it was a short lesson (hour and a half), I didn't get a ton of time hitting each shot. However, in the about 20 minutes that I was doing groundstrokes, volleys and serves, I think I was able to form a decent opinion.

    I'll write up another one the next time I string this up, since I think the hybrid might play a lot better at something like 50/52.
     
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