Mikeler's Polys

Discussion in 'Strings' started by mikeler, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Rozroz

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    so what tension did you start with? what was the time "map"?
    not sure how much my setup drops, but it's 17g -
    still, i start noticing "problems" only after around 12 hrs, so i need some kind of reference if i may try to go 18g..
     
  2. Fuji

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    Started at 54lbs in a Pure Storm Tour. (16x20) First 2 hours were decent, nice spin etc. Hours 4-6 sucked and then it broke. It felt bagged out at about hour 3, so after one hitting session. It broke the next day.

    -Fuji
     
  3. Rozroz

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    :(

    this sucks.
    was it the Cyclone Tour?

    so as opposed to these numbers, what was the difference with TB?
     
  4. Fuji

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    No that was regular cyclone in black.

    TB is a lot harder to break. That be it, it is a lot stiffer too. I get easily double the playability and life out of TB. TB I noticed plays well into the 10hour mark.

    -Fuji
     
  5. Rozroz

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    ok then. thanks.
     
  6. BorderLine

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    Mikeler introduced me to Weiss Cannon B5E for hybrid.

    I tried it full bed in a Volkl V1 Pro and it is so comfortable and high performing. The tension maintenance and consistency has been great. It is the sweetest string I have hit and I didn't ever see myself going full poly. I have had no arm issues with this at 55# or less.
     
  7. nytennis-74

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    Mikeler...u tested a lot of strings ... I have wrist and elbow issue (even cyclone tour).... What are ur thoughts on ashaway zx 16 black as a poly alternative for people with wrist and elbow issues? Any other alternatives? Thanks
     
  8. mikeler

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    Seeing a doctor is always the best idea with any injuries. I've never tried Ashaway in black but Zyex strings in general have a poly feel with some extra power. The feel is firm but they never bothered my arm. Give it a shot, otherwise you are left with trying multifilaments or gut. You may have to switch to a softer frame if that doesn't work. If all else fails, then take some time off.
     
  9. Nostradamus

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    Just tested the NEW Black code 4S string, strung at 50 lbs. Very pleasantly surprised indeed. Very nice power albeit little less than RPM blast which could be compensated by lower tension. Very very good Spin, lives up to its name. Control was what I had expected, very similar to its previous version. I am hoping control would get better as I get into 3rd hour of test. Much like RPM blast, when freshly strung, ball sometimes comes off the string bed HOT and flies, but as the string settles in and gets better ball pocketing, control actually gets better.....til the poly dies.

    forgot to mention, string bed feels pretty stiff, especially in the beginning. If you tap at it after stringing, you would think it is at higher tension and feel boardy. but when I started hitting the ball, I really didn't notice too much of bad vibration off of it. Much more Arm friendly than something like Techinfiber Razor code.
     
  10. nytennis-74

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    Thx... Saw doctor already and switched to prince tour 18x16... Will give it a shot before the dreaded switch to gut... Hopefully I don't have to.
     
  11. mikeler

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    Gut is a nice change for a bit if you can afford it. I'd rather be on the court and lose every match I play than not play at all.
     
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  12. g4driver

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    Try Pacific Tough Gut 16G Mains and Head Hawk 17g or Head Hawk Touch 17g crosses. PTG16/HH 17 strung at 60Mains/57Crosses last me 3x as long as 16g Cyclone Tour (which I use).

    Hey Mikeler,

    I took down my friend/nemesis 4.5 Lefty in singles last night for the first time in my life. He took the first set, but he got tired quickly and faded hard in the second set. Maybe the key was having him play 18 holes of golf and being so over confident he didn't even bring a towel. ;) He was drenched in humidity and sweat and I offered him no empathy as we listened to the sold out Counting Crows concert who were playing the Stadium court while we were just a few courts away. Hootie and the Blowfish play this Friday and Saturday, and it is pretty cool to being playing tennis with a descent live band playing just a few courts away.

    Let me know if you come back to Edisto.
     
  13. mikeler

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    Funny you mention Hootie. They used to be a college band back when I was in school. My roommate and I who had never heard them used to make fun of their band name. We would say "Yeah they are going to make it big one day." and snicker. Then a few years later, I was loving this song on the radio and...well...you can guess the rest of the story! We will definitely meet up one of these days my friend.
     
  14. g4driver

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    I was in CA when they were playing Columbia , SC and the college scene. They hit it big in 1994, and I saw them for the first time in 1995 in Dallas.

    Going to listen to them tonight - had floor tickets last year- great live band and Darius does a few nice R.E.M. covers and but he never sings any of his country hits.

    Reminds of John Mayer- when I saw him playing small venues in Birmingham and long before his first CD was released. It is great to see new artists make it big.
     
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    I am glad you tried this string because you have always been a proponent of ALU Power, so I have a good understanding of what you may prefer. I like ALU Power, but I couldn't use it because of the power level. I think Technifiber makes some of the best multi strings on the market, but I didn't find the polys that I used a few years ago like Black Code to be great performance strings. How would you compare 4S to ALU Power as far as feel goes? I know that I will enjoy the spin and control that 4S should provide.
     
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    I think feel is about the same. 4S seem little stiff sitting on the racket bed but vibration wasn't that bad, not as bad as I thought it would be. but feel is not as good as Alu power Feel string. but compared to Alu power rough, 4S is better.
     
  17. wings56

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    any ideas on going from 16g pro hurricane to 17g pro hurricane? will i need to increase or decrease tension?
     
  18. Ronaldo

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    Tend to increase tension especially when 17g splays easier.
     
  19. wings56

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    from what I've gathered, some strings are stiffer or looser than their 16g counterpart, so it's my understanding that it is string specific
     
  20. djNEiGht

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    Go with the same tension in your current gauge then adjust from there if you are worried about string specific. I usually go higher in tension when the gauge gets smaller
     
  21. Nostradamus

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    What is this new Solinco string that is updated version of tourbite ? has anyone tried this and is it really better than tourbite ?
     
  22. Muppet

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    It depends on what you're trying to accomplish by switching strings. To keep the feel and power as much the same as possible, I would go up 2 lbs. in tension. But if you're changing gauge to get more power, feel, and spin, keep the 17g tension the same.
     

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