Nylon/poly Hybrid Questions

Discussion in 'Strings' started by sepidoel, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. sepidoel

    sepidoel Rookie

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    I always love hybrid of soft nylon as mains and soft poly as crosses, and I need some guidelines in experimenting with the setup (budget limited here).

    1. Does thicker gauge poly mean more durability for the nylon by being less sharp?
    2. How much does textured poly affect the playability and durability?
    3. I heard that poly is good with low tension, is it a good idea to have high tension nylon paired with low tension poly?

    That's all for now. Anyone may add questions about the topic here. :)

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. sepidoel

    sepidoel Rookie

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    Just want to bump this up.
     
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  3. TennisCJC

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    My experience is this is a good setup. I use Pro Supex Spiral Flex 16G mains or Volkl syn gut 16G mains with either SigPro Hyperion 17G or Tornado 17G poly crosses.

    I don't see a lot of difference in durability between the smooth Hyperion or textured/twisted Tornado poly cross. The mains will break first. Maybe a very small difference like 5% but nothing drastic.

    I don't think a thicker gauge poly will help durability. I use 16G syn gut for durability with 17G poly as 17G poly is a bit softer than 16G poly.

    I string the syn gut between 52-56 lbs and the poly cross -4 lbs below the syn gut tension. Example: syn gut mains at 52 lbs with a poly cross at 48 lbs. The lower tension on the poly is because it is a stiffer string than syn gut and it is in the crosses which I like a little lower than mains because they are shorter in length.

    I suggest you string the poly 3 to 5 lbs higher and try to keep the poly tension no higher than 52 lbs - lower is better.
     
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  4. sepidoel

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    Thanks for the input, TennisCJC. :)

    So, if textured poly doesn't affect much on durability, how about its playability? Doesn't it restrain the mains movement?

    Also how about using 15g nylon? Does the extra durability (I doubt it's a lot) worth the loss of playability?


    OOT question, has anyone tried Volkl Cyclone before? I just found cheap reels of it, about 70$.
     
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