Natural Gut / Poly Hybrid – Suggested tension for the Poly Cross

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  1. normrose

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    I am currently using VS natural Gut 17g in the mains and Gosen Micro 17g in the crosses both tensioned at 55lbs, in my view a good combo.

    I would like to try the same set up but using a poly (brand not decided) in the crosses. Should I use the same tension as the crosses at 55lbs or drop the poly by say 4lbs?

    Any suggestions appreciated.
     
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  2. Rexking

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    I'd drop the poly crosses by 10% regardless the brand, so 55 mains / 50 crosses.
     
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  3. normrose

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    Thanks Rexking
     
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  4. Rabbit

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    I strung my AG100 with a hybrid to start. I put the gut and poly both in at 60 and didn't notice any discomfort or anything wrong. Most polys will lose a little tension. The poly I was using doesn't, and it played well. I have been considering going back to a hybrid...
     
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  5. TsongaEatingAPineappleLol

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    Yeah, don't drop the polys, they'll drop by themselves. Go with dropping the crosses 3-5 lbs.
     
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  6. GugaGuga

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    Ditto.

    I, too, have used gut mains/synthetic gut crosses. Its a good combo: a cheaper way to get a mostly gut feel. But, if you are inclined to experiment, you might try the synth crosses 2 lbs. above your mains. It gives a great effect: the stringbed will feel firmer and produce excellent spin.

    If you go the poly route and you want to use the latter approach, then string the polys about 7-8% below the mains. It will give the same effect. But never string polys above the mains.

    I tend to prefer the gut/synth setups over the gut/poly. I have never found poly to be that impressive. It dampens the gut too much IMHO.
     
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  7. normrose

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    Thanks guys for the helpful insights........Norm
     
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  8. hoodjem

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    Drop the poly to 51 IMO.
     
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  9. downdaline

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    The higher you string your poly, the more it will drop by. That is, if you strung your poly at 70lbs, it'll drop by a massive amount in just a short time. But if you string your poly low at around 50lbs, it will still drop, but much less.

    That said, I like low tensions, and i would suggest stringing a 5lb difference with the poly at 50-52lbs, and the gut higher.
     
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  10. Djokovicfan4life

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    Agreed, the ten percent rule is a good base to start with. Most people on this board seem to play with full poly in the high 60s though, hahahaha!

    Matt

    P.S. Who gives a crap about the crosses, anyway? You got the mains right, and that's what matters. VS FTW!
     
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  11. Lefty78

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    Poly crosses, at any tension, will reduce the life span of your gut mains considerably. String savers will avert this if you don't mind using them, but I'm personally not a fan. As for lowering the tension, I think it's more important when the poly is in the mains and not the crosses, but experimentation is the best way to find what works for you.
     
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  12. Steve Huff

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    I drop the poly in the crosses by 5# also.
     
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  13. normrose

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    Thanks Steve and Lefty78 for your comments....Norm
     
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  14. rich s

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    Forget the NG/Poly hybrid......why do you want to mix the softest string with one of the most stiff strings.

    A waste of money IMO as is the case with most Hybrids as it is all hit or miss and you don't know what the outcome will be.
     
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