Monofilament vs multifilament

Discussion in 'Strings' started by tennismad, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. tennismad

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    Which produces more spin?

    How can you tell if a string has frayed? Is there any picture evidence?
     
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  2. Tennis_Crazed

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    monofilament produces more spin assumiing you can generate the necessary swing speed to maximize the potential of the string.

    If your string is fraying, you will know! If you can't tell, its not fraying then
     
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  3. getsby

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    good theme, but unfortunately I almost do not use multi :(
    I think that multi expensive to manufacture. but the game does not always affect.
     
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  4. fortun8son

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    The only monofilaments are poly/co-poly strings.
    Is this what you are asking?
    Your technique is what "produces" spin.
    Equipment only has spin-potential.
    If you have to ask if a string is frayed, the answer is no.
    It's rather obvious when it does.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    Synthetic gut would also be considered a mono.
     
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    With technique being equal (because topspin is generated mostly by motion), poly generate more spin. (if you're referring mono's as poly)

    I really haven't seen poly fray before. But for most multi's, you'll see it starting to peel. For me, if it survives that long, I always look forward to breaking strings. That just tells me i get to put on a new set of strings! =)
     
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  7. tennismad

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    I mean't synthetic gut. I have played with a 16g multifilament for six months and there is no sign of loss of durability. I find this odd, as every time I read a review of multi's, people say they break or fray in weeks????
     
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  8. tennismad

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    The multi in question is the wilson sensation 16g. To rephrase my OP, which produces more spin, multifilament or synthetic gut?
     
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  9. tennismad

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    My guess is that synthetic gut provides more spin.
     
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  10. JRstriker12

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    You can tell a string if fraying because you can actually see the individual fibers or the wrap on the multi start to break away from the main string.

    For example - You can see the wrap on this multi- fraying here - look at the center of the string bed.

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  11. JRstriker12

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    They do if you hit hard with a lot of spin. and/or put them in a hybrid with poly.

    If I play with a full bed of multi, it tends to break in about 8-12 hours of play.
     
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  12. tennismad

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    Thanks. I would think that since multi's are more powerful, less spin is produced....
     
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  13. Ramon

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    My experience has been that a full bed of multi gives more spin than a full bed of mono (syngut), probably because of the rougher texture. However, when I use a poly main, I prefer to use a mono cross. A mono with a slick surface has lower friction than a multi, especially after the multi starts to fray. This allows the poly to move back into position quicker in a poly/mono setup and adds more spin.
     
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    Multi's are more powerful because they are more resilient, but that can also mean they have more ball pocketing and dwell time, which increases spin. TW wrote some articles on strings and spin, and coeffecient of friction seems to play a big role, especially on poly hybrid setups where it's important for the poly to snap back into place to add more spin.
     
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    IMHO it varies from string to string. I think most multis and synth guts are fairly similar in terms of spin generation, thought I tend to find that multis are less durable.

    Check TW university, they may have some information on a string's spin potential.
     
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    Maybe I'm being overly picky about the terminology. Synthetic Gut may have a solid core, but it always has one or more wrappers of smaller fibers.
    Nylon Monofilament is fishing line. :)
     
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  17. fortun8son

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    Sensation is not noted for it's spin potential. It's a nice middle of the road string for casual players who want comfort and power in their OS frames.
    Multifilament strings are not favored by players who generate a lot of spin.
    They feel very nice and play well but they move a lot and break too quickly.
    However the do make nice crosses for spinny polys and the fraying gives a visual indicator that it is time to change.
     
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  18. mikeler

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    I think there are a few out there which are all solid core but those strings were so 2008 for me. :)
     
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  19. i3602u

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    multi has more spin and more spin.

    It's more about technique if you are not breaking your strings sounds like you aren't putting much spin.
     
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