Mikeler's Multis

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  1. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    NXT Control is a very comfortable string and anyone who has tried poly strings would never believe that is has ANY poly in it. No way it is 2nd most comfortable though.

    As for soft polys, if you have any cartilage left then Solinco Tour Bite Soft is something to try. The problem for me is that it feels too multi like.
     
  2. Ronaldo

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    It is not that Tour Bite Soft feels like a multi, does it perform like a poly?
     
  3. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    As a main string with NVY, I'd say no. It had a lot of power and the shaped string did not provide the spin I was expecting coming from B5E.
     
  4. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

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    Got that opinion from other posters.
     
  5. gsuede

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    I tried Xcell and Gamma professional over the last two weeks. The gamma felt stiff and Xcell was soft but my arm hurt the next day. NXT control played the softest and my arm felt great. Its really soft and muted. Thanks Mikeler i never would of tried it if you didnt post a review. I love this string just bought 10 sets.
     
  6. GS

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    Mikeler deserves the "Expert of the Year" award from TW. He's provided countless stringing tips to all of us over the years, and has helped me to find some holy grails, as well.
    (I still owe him 2 ahi burgers at that restaurant of his choice.)
     
  7. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Glad you found something that works for you.


    So you'll fly to the east coast just for Ahi burgers? Count me in!
     
  8. GS

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    Nope---I'm planning on moving to Hilton Head within 6 months. Then I'll drive south and see you in Florida, as long as I can avoid any sinkholes....
     
  9. JackB1

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    Anyone try Volkl's V-Feel? Looks promising, since it has some poly wraps and also is supposed to be more control and spin oriented.
     
  10. mikeler

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    You know what we call sinkholes here in Florida? Lakes.


    We just volunteered you to try it. :)
     
  11. bad_call

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    mikeler - got PPA in the crosses now along with OGSM mains (1 more round of this combo type before going B5E mains). eager see how this one works.
     
  12. mikeler

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    Why you would taint a beautiful half set of PPA with crappy OGSM is beyond me. :) I'm curious to see how PPA works with B5E. Still have not tried that combo yet but my guess is that the stiffer Thunder Blast will still beat PPA for my game. Thanks again for turning me onto B5E. ;)
     
  13. Ramon

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    I predict that your guess will be correct. My experience with PPA as a cross is that it dominates more than other strings. You're probably looking for some deadening (or low increase in power), which is not something PPA does particularly well. On the other hand, if someone wants more of a multi type feel and response, it's great.
     
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  14. bad_call

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    it was hard to keep that gem a secret and thought you'd appreciate once i "persuaded" u. :)

    for this player full multi shreds too fast. so being thrifty (cheap) using a somewhat firmer core syngut lengthens string bed life and retains comfort a bit.
     
  15. bad_call

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    will post results and how it compares.
     
  16. Ramon

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    I think PPA might be an exception because it doesn't fray. However, it can break on shanks if you use it as a main. I've been using a Mono ZX/PPA hybrid lately. Strangely, it plays a lot like full bed PPA, but the ZX mains are a bit tougher so at least I'm getting extra durability from it.
     
  17. Ronaldo

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    Have you tried a full bed of Mono ZX yet?
     
  18. Ramon

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    Yes. I like it, but so far I like ZX/multi hybrids better. Multi crosses seem to improve control. I think they remove a lot of the springiness.
     
  19. Ronaldo

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    Thanks ready to string up a full set of ZX red 17 today. What tension did you settle on?
     
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    I tried 52 on a constant pull machine, which is the same tension I use for multis (about 58-60 equivalent for a lockout machine). I would probably go tighter next time because it seemed to get springier after it lost some tension.
     
  21. Ronaldo

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    Had same problem with NG. The spring creeps in when you need it the least, on a hard hit ball.
     
  22. Ramon

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    You won't get that problem with the ZX hybrids. In fact, they are quite good blunting power on hard hit balls. ZX/Hexy and ZX/RIP Control are both very good at that.
     
  23. Ronaldo

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  24. mikeler

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    Ssgator80 just made fun of me tonight for doing ball bounce tests off my racket. As of tomorrow, they are being discontinued. -Mgmt
     
  25. bad_call

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    PPA in the crosses passed the serving test. next up ground strokes and match play later this week.
     
  26. Nostradamus

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    Mike, I have been using the Babolat Excel power for a few weeks now and I have decided that it is inferior to X-1 biphase.
    Slightly better control with Excel power but that is it. In every other aspects, X-1 is superior. More power, decent control, better spin. These far out-weight the slightly better control you get with Excel power.

    One other thing is Excel is little better on the Arm, if you have elbow or shoulder issues.
     
  27. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    How is the GE doing?
     
  28. bad_call

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    don't even notice it anymore... :)
     
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    PPA is a great cross, since it's very similar to a syngut. It's also pretty slick and not too high powered. Just keep it out of my mains!
     
  30. mikeler

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    Again, agree to disagree on that comparison. I'll still have to try it as a cross 1 day.
     
  31. leroy_sunset

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    I am very disappointed in PPA. I tried a full bed of 17g at 52lbs in my EXO3 Graphite 93. Good pocketing, decent power. No spin. So long as I bombed in flat serves and hit laserbeams, it was fine. No topspin, no kick serve to speak of, even with the 17g. It just doesn't suit me at all. Sad panda.
     
  32. Lukhas

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    What was your regular string setup?
     
  33. Ronaldo

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    Mik, how would Ashaway Monogut ZX Pro rank with these multis? Astonished by ZX.
     
  34. mikeler

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    Was your previous setup polyester?
     
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    I believe the "Pro" version is the 17g which did not receive the same kudos as its 16g cousin. Once the cooler weather settles in, I'll probably get away from my favorite setup and go to Monogut ZX. I like it better than any multi.
     
  36. Ronaldo

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    1st string other than NG to allow a pain-free day after tennis.
     
  37. mikeler

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    It is really strange because it feels stiffer than a multi but I've never had arm issues with it either.
     
  38. finalfantasy7

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    has anyone played with - Yonex Tour Super 850 Pro, brief summary about it, if you have
     
  39. Ronaldo

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    Strings up like a dream poly, little coil memory. Never have to straighten strings. Never used Ashaway Dynomite, feel similar?
     
  40. Phantasm

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    Looking forward to try the Dunlop Hexy and Head RIP after reading the reviews.

    Too bad I don't see Mantis comfort in the TW store anymore...I might look around my LPS and see if they have that...
     
  41. mikeler

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    I have a pack at home but have not tried it out yet.


    Yes, Dynamite strings up the same way. It just does not last nearly as long.
     
  42. Engelworks

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    Have you thought about trying WeissCANNON Explosiv? It recently caught my eye.
     
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    I've tried it as a cross. Maybe one day I'll try it full bed.
     
  44. bad_call

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    PPA 16g working nicely as cross with the OGSM mains. handles heavy hitting 4.5 opponents...next up 5.0 hitter.

    thanks mikeler for a cheaper alternative to Multifeel 16. :)
     
  45. Ramon

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    For what they charge now, you might as well use a full bed of PPA. It's more durable than most synguts.
     
  46. bad_call

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    cost isn't a consideration at this price point. need more action on the ball and the OGSM/PPA is delivering acceptable results.
     
  47. mikeler

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    Glad you are enjoying PPA Mr. B
     
  48. mrc

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    I love PPA. Its a great string. I have replaced it as a cross with Ashaway ZX though. Why? I get more action and can access more spin from all over the court. PPA is REALLY good as very soft/great directional control but I get more access to spin with ZX. Not as good of feel but close enough considering my spin increase.
     
  49. mikeler

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    Time to change your signature then? :)
     
  50. Ramon

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    I'm seeing some interesting results with Monogut ZX mains and multi crosses. ZX/Hexy seems to be the best combo for bringing out the best of both strings; great combination of power, spin, and control for the life of the strings. ZX/PPA feels a lot like full bed PPA; maybe even too much like PPA. It doesn't have any of that ZX harshness, but the spin of full ZX is missing. Nevertheless I play great with it, probably because I play great with PPA. ZX/RIP Control has amazing control and touch, but it's so underpowered it's tough to hit winners with it.
     

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