Multi vs. $4 Synthetic?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Benjamin, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    What are the pros and cons of going with an "$8-$15" multifilament string (ie: X-Cel, Premier, TRC, Sensation) over a $4 Synthetic Gut string (ie: Prince Syn. Gut, Extreme, Wearguard)?


  2. iscottius

    iscottius Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    This is really a great question if you think about it!!!! the obvious answer is The Pro's of Multi's are:
    Soft on the arm

    The Con's are:

    The pro's of a Good cheap syn gut are:

    low price
    crisp feel
    less tension loss
    a little better durability

    I have tried all of the "Premium Multi's" and have recently bought a reel of PSGD & a Reel of the Big Hitter.

    I like the regular old psgd it is crisp and predictable, I don't find any diference in playability or outcomes in my matches. You just have to get used to the crisp feel versus the muted feel. I play with a players frame and it offers good feel & playability.
  3. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    I prefer multi's for serve and volley. In fact, I'm so hooked on the
    feel of multi's I'm not going back to mono nylon for a while.
    Maybe occasionally some 18 gauges. But I seem to lose some
    control in ground strokes with multi's compared to mono nylon
    or polys..

    There is a group of multi's in $6 - $9 range that I like.
    I personally do not pay over $13 for multi's because we have
    $18 guts.. Plus there are many choices of strings with exquisite
    feel in $10-13 range... (ex. TF 515, LF Supreme, KLIP....)

    I do miss crip feeling of mono nylon as iscotius mentioned
    and thus my main choices tend to be crisp or firm multi's like
    Laserfibre Supreme($12) and Dulop Max Comfort($7).....

    Biggest turn off of multi's for many people seems to be the poor
    tension maintenance of multi's but certain crisp and firm multi's
    outrun average monos, I found out....
  4. Marc C.

    Marc C. Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    In the past few months, I have used both gamma live wire and prince synthetic gut duraflex. I find that they break after the same period of time, but this is because rather than breaking, the multifilaments simply turn to mush and lose all playability.
  5. rooski

    rooski Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    For me it came down to durability vs price with a dash of feel.
    The multi's are (as has been said above) too mushy and too powerful for me. They also are IMO a bit worse with durability than PSGD.

    For example...I got 3 sets of Live Wire XP (2 sets of 17g and 1 set of 16g) from a buddy of mine in a trade. I got just under 5 hours playing time from the 17's and just under 7 hrs with the 16g. The last hour or two both were absolute mush. I've had similar experience with other multi's in this range. PSGD lasts longer and feels pretty good right up until it breaks.

    IMO, hi/mid range multi's are for people with arm problems (and don't want to deal with taking care of gut), or people that really like the extra power that these strings provide. I don't need or want either.

    PSGD is the way to go for me.
  6. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    Marc C. and Rooski, you guys have used one of the most mushy
    mutli's in the market, IMO. If you're going to give another try
    on mutli's maybe in the future, try crisp or more firm multi's.
    And also some of multi's maintain tension or playability longer
    than PSGD, in my experiences. Majority of multi's like Gamma
    Live Wire lines, however, turned mushy in less than 5 hours,
    like you guys said.....
  7. tomato123

    tomato123 New User

    Aug 2, 2004
    what are some of the non-mushy, firm, crisp multifilament strings that you mention? i've been using prince synthetic duraflex for the past 5-6 years and just recently i've been trying out different setups and i'd like to give the multifilaments a try (since i'm not a poor college student anymore :D )
  8. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    I can only say for those I tried..

    Anyway, tomato123, some of crip and firm mutli's are
    Laserfibre Supreme(very crisp but with premium multi feel),
    Dunlop Max Comfort(slightly firmer than average),
    Technifibre 515(soft but I didn't find it mushy...)
    and Ashaway Dynamite(different kind of multi)
    and Babolat Brio(didn't try it but some says it's too firm).
    Among these, my favorite is the Laserfibre Supreme....

    Good luck and enjoy....
  9. alleycat

    alleycat New User

    Jun 11, 2004
    I would add Yonex 850 Tour pro spin to FastDunn's list. One of the crisper multi's I have used, and definitely better on string movement than Dunlop's multi and for me, better durablity. You can order it on TW if you do a search for 850. I just ordered another set. Never tried Laserfibre but at $8.95 the Tour pro is hard to beat.
  10. 10s99

    10s99 Rookie

    Apr 28, 2004
    I like Alpha Gut 2000 a lot. I use the 16 guage. It is crisp and though it does loosen up (perhaps more then SynthGut), I like the way it plays the whole time. In contrast, I do not like the way PSGD plays when it gets loose.

    It is a good deal for a Multi: 5.90 I think.

    I break strings pretty frequently and have found it nearly as durable as PSGD. The slight loss of durability (maybe 2 sets or so) doesn't bother me b/c I always wished the PSGD would break a set or two before it did (or i would cut it out as it became too loose).

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