Mikeler's Polys

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  1. Nostradamus

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    Which have better control in general ?? Very stiff poly or very soft poly ???
     
  2. EasternRocks

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    Miekler,
    Your view on Cyclone vs. Quadro Twist vs. BHB7?

    Find BHB7 to be solid when first using it, but few hours later it is a shell of its former self. Found your favorite Cyclone Tour to be too soft, lively, and not enough control.
     
  3. mikeler

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    BHB7 was just OK for me and not very durable. Quadro Twist is somewhat similar to Cyclone Tour. Give Cyclone a whirl if you find CT too lively but I did not get much durability out of Cyclone either.

    Check out post #1 for links to all my reviews in this thread.
     
  4. EasternRocks

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    Mikeler
    Can you give me a rundown on a comparison between Tour Bite Soft and BHB7?
     
  5. mikeler

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    Check out my reviews of both from the links in the first post of this thread. Generally, TBS was too springy for me but so easy on the arm. BHB7 had nice spin but was not very durable for me.
     
  6. Nostradamus

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    mikaler, do you think 18 G RPM blast plays better than the 17 G RPM ??
     
  7. mikeler

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    Check out post #1 of this thread for links to my reviews for RPM Blast.
     
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    I cant find the link to your review of the RPM Blast anywhere in post #1. Can you point me to the right direction?
     
  9. Nostradamus

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    Mikeler, I see that you put Solinco Barb wire very high up in the ranking like #5. this string has very much twisted rough shape. In my experience this type of string gives you Great spin but there are some trouble in control department.

    Is it also true with this poly ? does it measure up on Control department with premier polys like RPM blast or tour bite ???
     
  10. mikeler

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    I was trying to get FedAce to realize that I have not tried RPM Blast yet.


    Not much trouble with control for Barb Wire. Check out post #1, I have not tried RPM Blast or Tour Bite yet.
     
  11. Oakland510

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    Mikeler,
    I'm using the ps95s and I used to use typhoon but in a 18x20 racket
    I'm a competitive junior who hits hard with spin and comes to the net
    Based on that would you think that typhoon is going to break very quickly in the pro staff for me if so could you recommend something like it but more durable
     
  12. Nostradamus

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    Can you try the Tour bite and tell us how it compares to barbwire. Tour bite is extrememly popular in this forum for some reason.
     
  13. DonDiego

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    Hey Mikeler, great thread!

    I noticed you tried both Head Hawk 17 and Prince XC 15. From your review I get the impression you found the XC softer. That's also what I thought the first time I used both. The problem is I tried the XC in a Tour 100T ESP just like you, which is probably the most arm-friendly racquet out there, and I tried the Head Hawk in a O3 White LS, which is stiffer.

    I just wanted to validate with you: you think Tour XC is more arm-friendly than Head Hawk? I also had arm problems like you in the past and I'm taking baby steps towards a stiffer racquet and poly strings. I just ordered XC in 17L gauge, and I intent to string it in the low 50s. Thanks for your comments!
     
  14. mikeler

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    Keep in mind, my reviews are in a 16x16 frame. You may be OK in an 18x20 frame with durability.


    I'll get to it next year.


    I found Head Hawk 17 to be on the verge of what my arm can handle. The Prince Tour XC 15 was firm but did not bug my arm any. Side note: I think Ytex Pro Tour White and Head Hawk may be the same string.
     
  15. DonDiego

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    Thanks. I find Head Hawk to be similar in feel to Lux Savage White actually. Maybe because of the same color, I don't know.

    Also, I guess the thinner gauge (1.22mm) of XC 17L will be even softer than the 15, so I should be fine.
     
  16. mikeler

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    Typically the smaller diameter strings are softer so I would expect that to be the case but I've never tried XC in 17g.
     
  17. Allcourtguy

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    #1 Poly main hybrid review

    Hi Mikeler,
    I was looking at your review of B5E / Thb which is you highest rated combo. I am wondering why you strung the crosses at a higher tension than the mains? Was this strictly to lower the power? How would this effect the sweetspot? I usually see the opposite being done. Also, wouldn't this restrict movement of the mains?

    Im just getting started stringing and this forum is a God send. Thanks for putting this out there.

    Allcourtguy
     
  18. mikeler

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    The main reason is that poly is stiffer and thus stringing it lower would give me a little extra comfort.
     
  19. BorderLine

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    I went back to the b5e and Thunderblast. The following stuck out:

    -great tension maintenance and no notching
    -solid feel and perfect power
    -more spin than I first realized
    -great for volleys
    -as it softened and lost tension it served better and sliced better, but those are the two weaknesses if it has any

    I wish I knew if it was the b5e or the ThunderBlast that was driving more of the feel and performance that I liked. I am not sure where to start experimenting. I think they both are unique for their categories.
     
  20. mikeler

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    If you are using the Steam get crazy and try a full bed of Cyclone Tour. It works great in my Tour 100T ESPs.
     
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    Thanks Mikeler. I need to give full poly a shot again with Cyclone or B5E. I tried some Cyclone Tour 18 and its tension drop seemed extreme so I want to try it in 17 or Cyclone 17.

    Also, thanks for your note on the ThunderBlast natural versus black. I am using the natural and I will give the black a shot as it might help sure up a crisper slice. The more I think about the B5E and ThunderBlast, the more I realize it has helped me play well and is a great setup for me. It is smooth and consistent.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  22. EasternRocks

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    Hey Mikeler, read your reviews on Cyclone and Moto but wanted to personally ask if you could compare the 2 strings on a more in depth scale. I want to know which is the more elastic and lively poly. I know Moto is going to be stiffer, but how much? Appears that Cyclone is your preferred string over Moto.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  23. mikeler

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    Cyclone Tour is my preferred setup. I liked Cyclone better than Moto but the durability of Cyclone did not meet my needs. Moto was just an average poly. It didn't really excel at anything but was not bad at anything either.
     
  24. EasternRocks

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    Mikeler, saw you rank Moto and B5E back to back. Why do you like Moto slightly more than B5E?

    I found them to be similar strings and Moto to play a little better. It was a tad less stiff and I found a bit better pop from the Moto.
     
  25. mikeler

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    I strung the B5E at a higher tension so it really is not a true apples to apples comparison. The extra power I felt that Moto had over B5E on my serve could have been due to tension differences. I also only playtested B5E for a single day. Perhaps I would have liked it better the next time out.
     
  26. EasternRocks

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    Hi Mikeler,
    I really like Sonic Pro Edge but I want to know if you think Razor Code might be too stiff for me and if Topspin Cyber Flash might be too soft. Both these strings according to the #'s are either below (Topspin) or above (Tecnifibre) the stiffness of my Sonic Pro Edge.

    Edit: Disregard my post about RC, I found numerous reviews on SF that said its too underpowered. Would still like your thoughts on CF and how it compared to SPE for you. I'm assuming SPE has much greater spin potential because of the shaped edges that CF doesn't have.
     
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  27. mikeler

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    CF has that metallic feel you don't like.
     
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    Between Solinco Tour Bite Soft and Yonex Poly Pro Tour, which do you think is softer in a full bed around 45 lbs?
     
  29. EasternRocks

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    Have you hit either Lux Rough or Pro Line 2?
     
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    Tour Bite Soft.


    Not yet.
     
  31. EasternRocks

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    I'm assuming you've given regular ALU a test drive. If I'm correct can you comment on whether or not you agree that the feel of the ALU and APS is pretty much identical? The only difference I've noticed is the slight tiny bit firmer response from APS and the higher launch angle. Both are uncomfortable and both lack feel.
     
  32. mikeler

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    I tried ALU Power Spin. Good string but not durable enough for me. What is APS?
     
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    Alu has the best feel of any poly.
     
  34. GS

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    Mike---last year, you mentioned you use an overgrip that really handles sweat on humid Florida days. Can you remind me of its name? Thanks.
     
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    APS is alu power spin. Sorry for not clarifying
     
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    Have you tried any of the Solinco strings? They are very similar.
     
  37. EasternRocks

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    Tour Bite is way deader feeling than regular ALU. Both are wiry, stiff feeling strings with ALU feeling a bit crisper.
     
  38. mikeler

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    On the worst days, no overgrip works. You have to rotate rackets, wrist bands, use hand drying solutions, multiple towels and sometimes I bust out the tennis glove. I've been using Yonex Supergrap for years.
     
  39. EasternRocks

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    So have you ever given any other ALU a try other than the Spin version?
     
  40. mikeler

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    Nope. Check out post #1 of this thread for links to my reviews for all the polys I've tried. I'm currently working through my $5 Cyclone Tour baggies. It's a great string for my frame.
     
  41. Torino_Chela

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    what about Kirschbaum pro line evolution? any input on this one?
     
  42. mikeler

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    Nope. Check out post #1 of this thread for links to my reviews for all the polys I've tried.
     
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    Mik, saw a custom EXO3 Tour with a 16x16 pattern, 27.5" long made for Jean-Julien Roger today on the bay. Was this ever released?
     
  44. mikeler

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    Never heard of that frame.
     
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    On my third job of B5E and Thunderblast

    Continuing to fall in love with it...slice and serve are getting better...this setup does it all for me and it last 20+ hours...I am stringing it in the low 50s and lower has been better for me...
     
  47. mikeler

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    Time to change your signature?
     
  48. BorderLine

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    Done

    First time I don't feel tempted to explore at all...just so solid and fun...
     
  49. mikeler

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    Glad you are enjoying it. That setup served me well in my previous frames. It just doesn't feel quite right with my current frame though. Cyclone Tour is inexpensive and just works great for me now.
     
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    Love the quote in your signature, Borderline. I couldn't agree more. Great thread too, Mikeler. Really enjoy your reviews. After rediscovering tennis last year after a very long hiatus, I spent most of the year playing with the 100T ESP strung with Prince Tour XC at 60. Such a fun racquet.
     

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