Need help finding the right strings for me

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  1. Zues

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    Hey Guys. I am fairly new here and definitely new to strings and stuff in tennis. I play 4-5 times a week and I am looking for a new set of strings for my raquet. Currently I just have polyester (I think), and the tennis store which i got it from i think the lady told me it was at "Middle" or "Normal" Tension. I don't really know... They were pretty standard and basic strings and I am looking for some higher quality strings. I was searching on TW and found that Natural Gut Strings "Offering the ultimate in playability and performance, Natural Gut is the obvious choice for players looking for the best performance from their racquet. The most arm friendly string available."
    Is this true? And what strings would you recommend? I have a Babolat PD GT and the raquet good with spin/power
     
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  2. AllDownTheLine

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    Any synthetic gut under $5 strung at 58 lbs would be a great place to start.
    Try Prince syn gut or Gosen OG sheep micro:)
     
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  3. Lambsscroll

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    Go for the gusto at first. Hell, why not. Try Titan natural gut 16g at mid range. Its 17.99 here at TW. This way you wont have any arm problems in the beginning of your string search and you start off with the best type of string.
     
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  4. Ambivalent

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    If you are new to tennis, don't bother with natural gut. Try a soft synthetic gut or multi first, like pro supex maxim touch or synthetic gut titan.
     
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  5. Topspin Specialist

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    If you're fairly new to tennis, I don't think you should use natural gut. I use Tecnifibre Black Code on my mains and Synthetic Gut on the crosses, and I really love the setup. It's a little pricey but it works very well for me. The ball bites into the strings very nicely (something I really like) and the hybrid is not very painful on my arm, unlike other polys.

    You should string the hybrid anywhere from 58lbs-64lbs, depending on your preference. In general (not always), higher tension= more control, less power and feel, and lower tension=more power and feel, less control.
     
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  6. Zues

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    I'm not new to playing tennis, but i've never really messed with strings and tension. I think i'll go for a descently priced natural gut and see how that goes. Elbow injury isn't a problem for me. What about Babolat Tonic+ Natural Gut 16 String - $32.95 at TW?
    It sounds good for me and got great reviews...??
     
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  7. Zues

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    And String at about 61 tension? Does that work... lol
     
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  8. MuscleWeave

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    flexier stick, softer to medium string
    stiffer stick, medium to firmer string

    Pure Drives are quite stiff to use natural gut. I think the frame would overpower the stringbed, if not just snap it. I liked the suggestion of Gosen OG Sheep Micro for that frame, as a starting point. If your arm is good, you could try co-polys too, if you habitually brush the ball with your strokes.
     
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  9. Zues

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    I think I'm going to get the Pro Hurricane Tour 16. But I have talked to a bunch of people and I am getting a mixed review on what to cross it with. What would you guys recommend to cross the Pro Hurricane Tour with?
     
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  10. Zues

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    strung at 61 and cross at 60.....
     
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    .. Anyone?
     
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  12. Valjean

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    I'd recommend you start in here:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/StringReference.html

    And keep this particular excerpt in mind while you proceed:

    "Polyester - a very durable string designed for string breakers-not much power or feel. Polyester strings became very popular with ATP players, because it provides added durability, doesn't move and 'deadens' the stringbed. While this isn't a desireable feature for most recreational players, it is for many of todays ATP and (some) WTA players. They're bigger, stronger, swing faster and use more powerful racquets than players from the past. Often used in hybrids, combining polyester mains with softer synthetic or natural gut mains. This offers the durability benefits of polyester, while reducing the stiff, dead feel. Also easier to string than 100% polyester. Not recommended for beginning players or players with arm injuries."
     
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  13. MuscleWeave

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    It's really preferential. Depending on how much you want to spend, try either syn gut, a multi, or gut. I've read it a couple of times here that you can't tell the difference between an NRG2 cross and a gut cross. I would set the cross 2 lb. tighter for synth gut and 3 lb. tighter for multi. Durability varies.

    What you like will take trial and error. I hope you're not paying labor for string jobs. It gets expensive.
     
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  14. retlod

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    Gosen OG Sheep or Prince SynGut w/ Duraflex as someone said above. They're both pretty crisp and responsive. If you want something softer with less crispness, try Tecnifibre X-One or NRG2.
     
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  15. SteveI

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    Pure Drive and Nat Gut @ midrange??? Unless he hits with a ton of spin.. you might have control issues..
     
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  16. ClubHoUno

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    You have a rocket launcher racquet with an open stringbed.......

    If you want to try what nat gut feels like, try a hybrid.

    Buy a set of BABOLAT VS 16 TOUCH and a set of Luxilon Alu Rough and hybrid them.

    Expensive, yes - but still cheaper than full nat gut and you get better control. A Pure Drive and full nat gut could give you control issues.

    If you have 2 of the same model racquet, then hybrid the VS nat gut in the mains and the Alu Rough in the crosses in the first racquet and do the opposite in the second racquet.

    See how you like it and how durable it is.

    Try VS Nat gut mains @ 58 lbs and Alu Rough crosses @ 54 lbs in the first racquet and Alu Rough mains @ 54 lbs and VS Nat gut crosses @ 58 lbs in the second racquet.

    See what you prefer of the two hybrids and notice if you like it better from the get go or after some hours..... If you prefer if after some hours, then string lower next time.

    Good luck - no string in the world play like nat gut, and no nat gut plays like Babolat VS. Tonic is a cheaper version of VS, and it's ok, but not quite the same high quality as VS.
    Pacific also make very good nat gut.
     
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  17. Zues

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    Yea thanks a lot. I think I will Buy a set of BABOLAT VS 16 TOUCH and a set of Luxilon Alu Rough and hybrid them.
     
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