PD Cortex - best control string

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  1. bluegrasser

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    I'm playing our annual " Hill tournament ' this wknd $ I want to string up a PD cortex as I'm playing doubs and want that added power. The problem I've had in the past is hitting my returns long w/ my eastern grips, also those volleys that i tend to hit long off a hard shot.

    I need a string that's not too hard on the arm/elbow, and one that will give me control to hit out with. The string tension comes into the equation, I was thinking a little tighter like 62lbs. Opine please...:confused:
     
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    17 Gauge PHT, or a 16 gauge hybrid PHT with a syngut.
     
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  3. bluegrasser

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    Sorry - PHT ?
     
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    Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour
     
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  5. Pr0DiGy

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    A soft poly will probably do the job. Plenty of control and the ability to really swing out without the fear or missing. Softer poly's that are easier on the arm....my personal three favorites are Topspin Cyber Flash, Topspin Poly Polar, and SPPP (Signum Pro Poly Plasma).
     
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    How about a hybrid, say - bab pro hurricane tour w/ say Prince Syn gut duraflex.? Will that be too springy.
     
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  7. rscottdds

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    One of the best control strings I found for the PD is Premier Ace from ProSupex.
    -Robert
     
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  8. bluegrasser

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    What about control strings that aren't poly ?
     
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  9. nickb

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    Why not just use a syn gut or multi and string very tight?
     
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  10. grass_hopper

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    some tennis shops suggest that you should use a rope in it to help your game.
     
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    I went with a hybrid - ' Challenger on mains, PSG duraflex on the crosses at 62 lbs. It still feels too springy, like the ball is being propelled.
     
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    62 on a lockout? On a PD Cortex, I found I had to go a bit above recommended tension to maintain some control, it has alot of power.
     
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  13. grass_hopper

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    try a XL16 by Gamma, it lacks spring. at 60 lbs.
     
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    I thought of putting just poly in ( to cure the slingshot effect) but was concerned about elbow problems. The thing that has me confused is, that every other racquet I've hit with at 62lbs has never felt springy, but with the PD, a total different story. It's the bomb on the serve and great pop on the volleys, but the control on the groundies is where the problem is, my ground strokes pop up and go long, if that makes any sense. ideas ?
     
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  15. Pr0DiGy

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    Hit more topspin, the PD is for extreme grips on the FH like SW or W. The topspin brings the ball in, but the PD provides the power. Less effort for a more punishing stroke with more jump in it from topspin. At least, that's the idea.

    If you use something like an eastern grip and don't feel like changing, maybe try hitting through the ball more (driving it a bit more) and rotating your shoulders a bit more. This applies to both FH and BH.
     
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    After my hit with Xtreme today I suggest it as an excellent control string.

    Drak
     
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    Is that the string grasshopper was talking about ? I put in kirsh spiky/PSH duraflex at 62lbs and it's been magic, but my elbow is smarting..
     
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    Its the one Rabbit has been saying good things about - Pacific Xtreme (I concur with his comments). It is a Poly and I have only used it once so no guarantees on elbow/shoulder comfort.
     
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  19. Pr0DiGy

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    Bluegrasser, try dropping the tension for the Kirschbaum Super Spiky a few pounds. 62 is pretty high for a poly, especially in a stiff racket like the Pure Drive.
     
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    It's probably down 3 lbs since I strung her up, I really like the tension, as long as my elbow holds up, but thanks just the same.
     
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    I've used Topspin Cyberflash 17 and Lux Big Banger Ace 18 in my PD Cortex. They are both good control strings around 54 to 57 lbs. The Cyberflash may provide a notch more power, Big Banger Ace a notch more spin. Both have provided reasonable durability for me and my power serving HS varsity son.
     
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