New Hybrid: Grass Gator(Pics Included)

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  1. User Name

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    Here is my new hybrid. I haven't played with it yet, but it feels very lively. I used Grass Gator weed whacker. It was pretty thick stuff, but stretched thinner. It looks really cool with PSG 16 in the crosses. I'll tell you tomorrow how it feels, but feels like it has great pop. It has a textured surface, so i think i should get some good spin from it... Cost: $2.50/50ft.

    Members who have strung up:
    1.) User Name: Grass Gator Zip line Pro .065
    2.) alizad89: Trimmer Line Round Shape .065

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  2. Voltron

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    Wow, I can't wait to see how it plays. :)
     
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    that's a pretty cool color
     
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  4. Aeropro master

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    Where did you buy that string, i don't think that you can buy it on TW?LOL
     
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    you know i have a pack of green weed wacker string in the garage and every time i see it, i wonder if it can be used as a good tennis string. well, i dont have to wonder anymore...please let us know how it turns out.
     
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    Oh man, I can't believe you did that.
    That is freaking awesome!
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    Did it stretch a lot when you strung it up?
     
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  7. User Name

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    well... i hope it plays well, i have a tournament tomorrow.:.:.ehhh
     
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    yo what is that stuff? im obviously not getting this joke, but ive never seen that stuff before.. someone enlighten me :D
     
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    p.s. I have it strung up at 64lbs, so it has pretty decent strength, though it did stretch quite a bit. Im very excited. exspecially cause i cen go out onto the court now and be like "oh, i see your using luxilon big banger alu power rough...whats that there?... oh, lawn boy." lol
     
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    Can't wait to hear how it plays...
    What do you actually use Zip line pro for?
     
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    you use it for weed whacking. Its to cut the grass where your lawn mower can't reach, like on the edges of your lawn near a garden or tree, etc. It spins on a weed whacker and whacks the grass, yet im using it to whack the ball.
     
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    I guess I'll have to start deleting posts with links to Home Depot as a competitor to TW. ;)

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    1.7 mm converts to about 13L gauge. That and the materials are going to be contributing to a serious lack of feel. :) Still an interesting experiment.
     
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    Be sure to post your results after you try it. If you win, don't forget to tell your opponent. Their comments ought to be epic.
     
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    i think that the string streched to about 16g though. the 64lbs of pressure have made it considerably thinner. hmm... i wonder if i will notice a difference in feel, my last string job was full gut
     
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  16. A.T.S.

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    It's Trimmer Line thats awesome!
     
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Best idea I've seen in a long time!

    I really want to know how it feels. Somehow I have a bad feeling that the second you hit a ball with any pace (incoming or outgoing) that it's going to snap and possibly cut you. Hopefully not!
     
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    awesome color, tell us how it plays. very cheap and maybe effective!
     
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  19. User Name

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    i dont worry about that two much, it seems to me that it is just a cheap poly like cyber flash, etc. besides, the package says that it lasts 5x longer and the only damage that it will be doing tomorrow will be cutting down my opponents. lol
     
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    The year was 1875, over a hundred years ago, when a man by the name of Pierre Babolat made a bold decision to use an animals natural gut as tennis string. To this day, natural gut is the highest grade of all tennis strings available.
    The year is 2007. Today, an ambitious tennis talker went against typical practice in tennis stringing and made a bold decision to use a lawns nightmare, Grass Gator.......... Who knows, this may just be the beginning of something big.
     
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  21. samster

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    that is freaking awsome!
     
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  22. Gmedlo

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    Please tell me that this works! You can buy a 300' reel for $7!
     
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    LOL, Your match must be on grass?!

    That is so sick--I love it!

    Why just a hybrid though? You had 50 ft!

    FYI, I've heard the Grass Gator Spin 12 is good too!
     
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  24. jmverdugo

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    I think the Synth Gut will "eat" the grass wire while hitting, Ill give it an hour, of course this will depend on how you and your opponents hits. Im predicting a mess in your stringbed. I think it may be to elastic. Well, let us know how this all end, but please take a backup racket with you. Thanks for sharing your crazy experiments! ;)
     
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    well, the gator grass feel pretty durable, but the only way to find out is really to play. If i like it, i think that i might buy a reel, after all, its $20/ 3000'. and im serious. well, i should be back around 6ish with my review. I'll warm up this morning and my match is at 4. I hope it has decent durability, cause im a pretty big topspin hitter, but well find out. The court isnt grass, but i think if the string doesnt play well, i could always use it to trim the hedges when i get home.
     
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    very interesting
     
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    I cannot believe you'd actually use that in a tournament match! That's as bad as Agassi showing up in jeans!
     
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    There was also a guy named Rube Goldberg who came up with some crazy inventions. Who knows, maybe you'll reach his lasting fame.
     
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    hey ok i was able to just hit with the racquet for a minute, and heres a quick review:

    Reminds me of Luxilon big banger original. It does lack a bit of feel and found myself changing dampeners until i reached a good point. W/o a dampener, it felt very powerful and pingy. With a head logo Damp II it was too dampened, but a cable grommet was about right. Overall, a very dampened string, but with the correct dampener, its ok. Pretty decent spin in the limited hitting. Lots of power, but a bit of control that would keep the balls in. Main problem, just not a huge amount of feel, similar to luxilon. No notching yet in about 10 min of hitting. Makes my o3 white play like the babolat CORTEX. I can go more into depth after my match, who knows it may play even better after being broken in. From playing with it, it works, and is probably a decent synth gut.

    that is just from a few minutes of hitting, but ill have a better overall idea of this string after i play my match and hit a bucket of balls.

    pretty happy though for weed whacker
     
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  30. User Name

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    oh, ill see if i can get a video up of me playing with it.
     
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    That is comedy, I hope it works well for you.
     
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    Next thing you know someone will try out fishing lines. Wait.. hmmmm.?
     
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    Even worse someone will try guitar string.
     
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    Nylon guitar strings might not be such a bad idea, if you could get it in long enough lengths. By necessity, it has to keep tension well, or the guitar tuning would keep going out.

    Steel guitar strings might be worth trying. I've seen photos of old wood racquets strung with steel strings. That's gotta be an arm killer with today's racquets, but I'll bet you could knock the fuzz off the ball.
     
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    A revolution has begun.

    Many fathers will wonder why their children are so interested in the family weed wackers.
     
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  38. ThePro101

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    That's awwwwwwesome!!!

    650 yards = 1950 feet / 36ft per racquet = 54 racquets :-D

    some please try this :)
     
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    Whoa.........
     
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    Reviews don't seem that great:

    Overall Rating: 1 out of 5

    red line, May 27, 2007
    By Kosta from AR (read all my reviews)


    "I regret to say that Bass Pro should never even carry this line. It is way below their standards. Terrible memory, very low knot strength, and stiff in cool water. I would ask for my money back, but would settle to see a good store like Bass Pro just make it go away from their selection. I wasted some $50+ on various sizes taking into account the bragging on “invisibility” in the water. I IT IS STRIKINGLY INVISIBLE! BUT not worth a thing beyond that. I lost some nice fish and tried a passel of different knots to determine if a specific one was more applicable to the nature of the line. Sorry people, this is junk!
     
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    I highly anticipate hearing the results. I wonder how springy the material will be though and worry that it will just have a deadened feel to it and you won't be able to generate much pace.
     
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    Do you think it'd trim the fuzz off the balls, making a nice clean edge?
     
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    It's a bias review! He's probably just a baseline basher who lacks feel.
     
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    6-0,6-1

    Hey guys, Just got back from my match, and i have to say, i under estimated the string after the first ten minutes of play. I won 6-0,6-1 and played some of my best tennis today. The string had a bit of a break-in period. So, I am now going to give a full review separated into categories.

    String: Grass Gator Zip line Pro Textured/ Prince Synthetic Gut

    Tension: 64 lbs.

    Racquet: Prince o3 white

    Spin: 4 of 5

    The string had great spin, due to the textured surface. I really liked this on my kick serve. Not only was i able to get great spin, but i was finally able to get some good pace on my kick, due to this being so elastic. It was nice for driving shots, but not fantastic for big topspin lobs. The string had a cupping action, which would sometimes send big lobs long.

    Comfort: 3 of 5

    The string had a good cupping action on the ball, which was nice, since i haven't really been able to notice that on a lot of strings, especially at 64 lbs. It had a lot of elasticity, which would cup the ball and make it pretty easy on your arm. Lots of spin and hard hitting, no arm pain.

    Power: 4.5 of 5

    Very powerful string, which I really noticed at first. Even at 64 lbs, it had lots of elasticity and power. Even with this large amount of power, the spin was able to hold the balls in. Also, oddly enough, it had decent control, that would hold deep balls in.

    Control: 2.5 of 5

    This was one of the areas that this string was a little lacking. It had decent control, but not what you would expect at 64 lbs. I wasn't sending balls long, which was good, but the control just wasn't great. What i did like about the control with this string, was the volley. I hit some of my best volleys with this string. I got good pop with good control.

    Durability: 3.5 of 5

    This is weed whacker line remember, so it needs to be pretty durable. After all, the cover says 5x stronger. For the most part, that is true. It feels pretty durable, but definitely not too stiff. After about two hours of hitting, it has notches, but they aren't huge. For my hitting, this is pretty normal. This is not babolat pro hurricane though.

    Feel: 2 of 5

    This was one of the most lacking characteristics for the string. It made my racquet feel as though it had the Babolat Cortex system on it. It felt pretty dampened. The more i hit with it, the more it reminded me of those old strings that got banned because they didn't make a sound when you hit the ball. They would drive your opponent crazy. The package on this says less noise. It is true. It isn't completely silent, but is pretty quiet. The thick gauge of the string may have also contributed to the lack of feel.

    Tension Stability: 3.25 of 5

    The string stretches a lot when stringing, but holds the tension quite well after that. I strung it at 64 lbs and its just about at 64 lbs. Nice tight string bed.

    Serving: 4.5 of 5

    The serving with this string was great. It actually changed my kick serve to give it more pace, yet keep it in. I probably got an extra foot of kick on the serve. On flat serves, it had great pop. Really liked to serve with this string.

    Ground strokes: 3 of 5

    The lack of feel with this string effected the groundies. I could get good spin, but some balls would go long, due to a bit of trampoline affects. I was able to drive the ball well, but deep rallies weren't the greatest.

    Volleys: 5 of 5

    This string really shined when i got to the net. All of my overheads had great control yet pace. I was really able to hit crisp volleys with this and control them to where ever i wanted to hit them. The cupping action was good here. It was as though i was throwing the ball.

    Overall: 3.75 of 5

    I was quite impressed by this string. The only thing that wasn't the best, was the feel, but i bet that with a thinner gauge, it would play better in this aspect. I would definitely recommend trying this, especially if you like to serve and volley.

    Well, i hope this helped. I'm going to keep the string in my racquet and ill even see, who knows, i might just restring with it. Only problem is, the grass goes flying and gets all over the court. lol.

    P.S. when i got out side. i was just kidding around swinging the racquet at grass trying to cut it and what do you know, flying into the air, a crisp green $10 bill. It must have been sitting in the high grass. So, there you go, i just paid for 30 more string jobs lol. Im serious though. This really happened right outside of the club.
     
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  45. TheShaun

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    congrats on the win! :)
    did you tell your opponent what you were strung with? and what was his reaction?

    any pics from your match?
     
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    i didn't mention it to him. 6-0, 6-1 he didn't seem to want to hear about me beating him with lawn equipment.

    heres the only pic:
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    Lol, very entertaining experiment. I never thought it would end up "similar to Big Banger". Haha, are you serious with your review because i'll bring this to the proshop tommorow and when the guy is going to go like "haha good one", i'll reply something cool like "thrust me bro."
     
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    dead serious, but i recomend the hybrid rather than the full job, its a little tricky to string
     
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    Lol...just to **** of the local stringer someone should request a full job on a 90 sq. inch head
     
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  50. User Name

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    ha ha to just fit it into some of the grommets for the mains, i had to widdle the end of the string and pull it with all my might to get it through, otherwise, it wouldnt go through, also, it would twist alot, when it went through the tight holes. Better than local stringer, we should bring it to sports authority and ask them to string it at 65lbs on a 90 head size, with shared holes lol
     
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