Multi vs Gut/poly hybrid

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Brocolt, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Brocolt

    Brocolt Rookie

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    I have switched to Multis due to arm issues. My elbow is feeling better and I am very hesitant to try anything else for fear of the medial elbow pain coming back.
    Is it safe to try a gut (mamba black cow) and a Poly cross like 4g or black widow.

    Would it make much diffrence if the gut main is a 16g and the poly crosses is a 17g. or would it play bettter to have both 16g.

    Or should I stay with the multis ( mainly been using the Disco multifiber)

    Thanks
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Kcraig claims his gut/poly hybrid is softer than full Discho Microfibre. I'm also hesitant to try poly again.
     
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  3. neverstopplaying

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    I've yet to play with a gut-poly hybrid that is as soft as a full multi.

    For reference, my current multi is MCS, and gut/poly is VS Team/Beast XP. I don't really have elbow problems except when my timing is off from getting used to different surfaces, when I get some temporary discomfort - none with full multi.

    I've been reading the VS/4G thread and I think I'll give it a try, hoping to get the same performance as beast XP.
     
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  4. TimothyO

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    A Gut/Poly Hybrid (GPH) is a fickle creature. Its feel and performance depends on the specific gut main, specific poly cross, how the two interact, the frame's size and string pattern, and weight/stiffness.

    A specific GPH can be magic in one frame and a disaster in another. It can also feel plush in one frame and harsh in another. Absolute tension and relative tension can also make one GPH sublime...but change the tension Of the main OR the gut and it's terrible!

    I just tried my VS/4G GPH in a 4D 200 and didn't like it at all! In my 200 Tour it feels great. Comfy in the Tour, harsh in the base model.

    It gets worse when you factor in aging. One GPH can become harsh as it ages, others become a trampoline, and yet others can change a couple of times or more!

    So it's nearly impossible to completely reject or accept GPHs as a stringing approach in general. It's far more complicated than saying something like, "Kevlar is too stiff for me.". There are simply too many variables involved.

    For example, VS/Cofocus 18 is DEFINITELY more arm friendly than some stiffer multis, especially after the multi dies. In fact, VS/CF18 can become too powerful like a super soft multi.

    In other words, judging Gut/Poly Hybrids as a monolithic category is like saying, "How long is a piece of string?"
     
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  5. filphil

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    What's worse is the cost of experimenting with various gut/poly combos. However, finding that right set will more than likely make up for it in terms of overall satisfaction or durability. Whichever is more important to a person. Agree 100% with everything you posted. :)
     
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  6. TimothyO

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    Yes, very, very true!

    See my thread, "Condemned to Gut Poly Hell" for the lurid details...

    :)
     
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  7. Kcraig

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    Yep yep. Currently using Pacific Classic 16L/Black Iontec 53/49. As soft if not softer than full multi at 55+lbs. Get awesome playability from start to breakage, spin, power and no string movement for about 18hours. Well worth the extra $$$
     
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