Non poly hybrids

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  1. anubis

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    Hi,

    What's your opinion on non-poly hybrids, such as hybriding multifilament strings with syn gut in order to cut costs? It was suggested to me in another thread, but i want to make this concept the main topic and get feedback.

    I play tennis often and have spent $50 in new strings in the past two months alone. I just signed up for two more fall tennis leagues and I foresee dumping a lot of money on strings and its starting to stretch my wallet too much. i string my own racquets so I'm saving money there, but its just so expensive to play with mid-grade multis.

    If my current string job costs $10 (Prince Premiere Attack) per racquet, I could almost cut that in half if I buy a reel of some cheap syn gut (OGSM, technifibre, etc.) and use them to cross my PPA mains.

    I know ppl hybrid poly to save money, but what about multi? There's not a huge difference between multi and syn gut: they are both nylon. Smart move or just a waste of time?

    Thanks
     
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  2. ewberner

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    I have been playing with PPA lately due to elbow issues from full poly. I don't think you would lose much by putting the PPA in the mains and a syn. gut in the crosses. It would be a very cost effective method to get the most out of your strings. PPA will have better feel than the syn. gut so it would be smart to use it in the mains.

    I'd say go for it and let us know how it plays!
     
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  3. Ramon

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    It might be worth a shot if you string it yourself. You won't get much of a discount from a pro shop. Also, keep in mind the real cost. It's possible that the monofilament syngut cross will saw through the multi main more quickly and affect durability. If that's the case, it probably won't be worth it.
     
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  4. tball

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    A good multi costs ~$20/set. A nylon costs ~$25/reel. So, yes, it is very economical.

    What you loose is a little bit of feel. A full multi has a nice springly feel, good stretchiness. If you mix it with a nylon cross, the feel will become firmer. Less energy. Deader. That's even when using the softest of nylons.

    I am talking from a personal experience of using a full bed of Tecnifibre NRG2 vs. a diluted version with Forten Syn Gut.

    Bear in mind that Forten is more of an exception in the world of syn guts. Mosts of them are much stiffer! So, the stiffening effects will be far more pronounced.

    Also, there are some good multis for $10, and some syn gut for $10, so the cost-savings will be completely wiped out in those cases. Some syn guts have a textured surface which will saw through the mains quickly. So, it will be even less economical.

    The only other case where you'd want to mix them is when full multi, for some reason, is too powerful (no control). Adding some syn gut will tame the stringbed, while still maintaining the nice feel and comfort, and reasonable levels of power.
     
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  5. smirker

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    Buy a reel of Pro's Pro Hi-Tec Multifibre and you're good to go(same string as Mantis Comfort Synthetic). No need to hybrid given the price of it.
     
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  6. anubis

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    Thanks. So of the Pro's Pro strings, you would say the Hi-Tec Milbifbre is closest to PPA? I hear Gutex is nice too...
     
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  7. smirker

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    I don't know how similar they are but the Multifibre plays well. It's only downfall is durability but due to the cost one can re-string often. Check out Mikelers review of it in his multi thread.
     
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  8. Old Chemist

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    I had some arm issues last year and had a half pack of OGSM 17 and Prince syngut multi 16. I put the multi in the mains and OGSM in the x's (@ 54 lbs Dunlop 200 18x20).

    I enjoyed this hybrid quite a bit -- this set up lasted quite well in my hands -- ca 1 month -- but I am not a big string breaker. The set up was very comfortable and I felt I had pretty good control.

    I would definitely suggest you try it. I would certainly like to hear more feed-back on this type of hybrid
     
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  9. Bowtiesarecool

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    I recently got ~60 hours out of a racquet wth bbo mains and prince syngut with duraflex crosses, simply by wiping down both sides of the stringbed wth armor all at the end of every session. And the syngut crosses were still in decent shape.
     
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  10. UCSF2012

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    Not really a point in hybriding multi's. Get yourself a high performance budget string, and fullbed it. Genesis Blizzard Syn Gut is my go-to for top performance at college student prices. I like it more than Gamma Professional.
     
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  11. fortun8son

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    I think the Gutex would be closer.
    The HiTec Multifibre is very low powered and fragile.
    Just like MCS
     
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  12. schap02

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    Once you find a syn gut to your liking for crosses, work with your stringer, depending on what racquet you use and what machine they use, you really only need 16 1/2 - 18 feet for most frames. if you invest in a reel it will go much further than anticipated...
     
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  14. 2handsbothsides

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    For those non poly players, they owe it to themselves to hybrid their multi of choice main with a Forten Sweet cross. Slightest bit drop in power but more consistency, better depth control and better tension maintenance at almost half the string bed cost.

    For the record my favorite multi main is Babolat Xcel (not Xcel power). Forten Sweet comes in 3 flavors. white, natural and gold. Natural works best for me and I recommend starting there. The 3 colors are really 3 different soft synthetic gut strings.
     
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  15. maxply

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    I like using RIP control mains with multi or even syn gut crosses gives good spin, comfort, contol and lasts a good while.
     
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