NXT vs Natural Gut vs ... ?

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  1. swedenparty

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    Hi,

    Trying to decide what should I string my rackets with? I used to play with full poly most of my career, so recently I changed to hybrid strings and I am really liking it. I tried NXT, everything was great but they broke after 2h of playing... It is too expensive for me to string NXT every day, so I wondering if there is any similar and much cheaper string, or how about Natural gut? I know its more expensive but I hear that it lasts a lot longer too..

    I play with a PS 6.1 (18/20) Signum Pro PolyMegaforce 16 on Mains. 6.0 Player.
     
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  2. fortun8son

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    Prince Premier Attack is worth looking at.
    Much cheaper than NXT, somewhat more durable, and very playable
     
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  3. Readers

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    I would try VS 15L, should last at least 3-5 times as long as the NXT.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    Not sure what the pricing is in your area but I like Genesis Thunder Blast natural color.
     
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  5. swedenparty

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    Anything from TW?
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Prince Premiere Attack or Dunlop DNA.
     
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  7. swedenparty

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    Thanks guys, considered all the help and got the Isospeed control classic, 10 sets. Should last a month I think, I'll let you know how it goes.

    Another question would be:
    I plan to get some natural gut when I go to play Futures, do you think it would be an easy transition from a multi cross string? Isospeed Control Classic for example if it works well for me.
     
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  8. swedenparty

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    Couldn't pass on the price they are offering right now for Isospeed.
     
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  9. ricki

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    waste of money putting gut in crosses! If you dont like gut mains then use poly mains and syngut cross...
     
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  10. mikeler

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    That's a good string too. It just has massive tension loss which did not bother me at all. I did get a recurrence of tennis elbow with it but I think that was due to oversqueezing the handle on forehands where I was pulled wide.
     
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  11. Fintft

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    Have you tried NXT Max? It lasts forever on my spare raquet, that I practice my serve with.

    Natural gut, VS Team 17, full bed at 57 mains and 55 crosses is my choice (but only if done by a pro, pre-stretched, cleaned periodically with wax, stored in a...locker etc). Ah and I use at least 2 sticks at the same time, they seem to last longer that way up to 5-6 weeks of playing daily 2 hours with both (alternating each 10 minutes or so, due to sweaty hands).
     
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  12. Ramon

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    Now that Prince Premier Attack is only $7 at TW and $6 when you buy 2 or more, there's no reason not to try it. This has to be the best deal out there for a multi. You even get your choice of natural or black, and they both play the same. It's much more durable than NXT and plays better IMO.

    If you really want something durable, you can try RIP Control, although it might feel dead compared to NXT. It has great spin, and the 16 gauge version is probably the most durable multi out there.
     
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  13. Rjtennis

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    I would try natural gut with poly crosses. You should get pretty good durability with VS 16 and a smooth poly cross. It will be more powerful so you will want to take that into account with choosing a tension. I actually get better durabilty than I did with full poly. If you are going to stick with poly mains for a hybrid, just use a cheap synthetic.
     
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    Wow, reels are down to $110 now. May have to try this one out as a cross.
     
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  15. Ramon

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    I'm beginning to think a cross string might be the only use I have now for PPA. I just tried a fresh set of it today and broke it on a shank after only one set! That's the third time it happened to me. The good news is I played really well for a set and 2 games.
     
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  16. mikeler

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    Is it a good cross? I'm trying to decide between buying a reel of Genesis Thunder Blast natural or PPA. The Genesis is on the cusp of being too stiff but it plays so darn nice. Now that PPA is cheaper, I may opt for a reel of it.
     
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  17. Ramon

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    It's a good cross if you like something that adds a little liveliness to the string bed. A lowered powered string like Hexy Fiber gives me better control when I cross it with RIP Control, but for some reason a full bed of PPA just gives me more confidence to take a full swing and works the best for me if it didn't break so much on shanks. Otherwise, it would be the only string I need. If you want to try it just as a cross, I'd recommend getting a set of it for only $7. It's at least worth a try for that much money.
     
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  18. marosmith

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    You are a 6.0 player? Just have Babolat sponsor you and use VS right brah?
     
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  19. swedenparty

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    Are you a babolat rep brah?

    Count me in, if so.
     
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