POG OS and Poly?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by moonballer1, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. moonballer1

    moonballer1 New User

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    Recently picked up a POG OS Straight-Shaft Edition for the ol' bay. It had some ancient strings in it which I promptly cut out after a quick hit. On my dropweight stringer, I strung it up with some Gamma Syn gut (15L) I had lying around. I believe I used 65 lbs on the mains, 63 lbs on the crosses. It's an okay hit but I feel like I'm spraying balls long more than usual.

    I'm thinking about putting in a soft poly like KLIP K-Boom (16), which I have on hand, to tame the power of the Almighty POG.

    Problem: I have no clue what tension to string at given the unique characteristics of both the racquet and the string.

    String I'll be using: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/KLIP_K-Boom_16_String/descpageACKLIP-KBOOM16.html

    Any help? Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. tennytive

    tennytive Semi-Pro

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    I can't comment on the string you're using, but I can say I played with a POG OS strung with 3 different (dead) polys @ 62 and got a bad case of TE 2 years ago. Not knowing any better, I left the strings in that came with the rackets way too long. Lesson learned the hard way.

    I would recommend dropping the tension to somewhere between 45 and 55 to preserve your arm and not leave the string in too long. There's another thread here about low tensions you might find interesting.

    For the most part I've been hitting with 15L @58 since my TE healed and have had no issues since.
     
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  3. makinao

    makinao Rookie

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    Im using 17 gauge poly at 58lbs on my 1st gen POG os. Nice and crisp.
     
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  4. moonballer1

    moonballer1 New User

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    58 lbs... Dang.
    How does your elbow take it?
     
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  5. mad dog1

    mad dog1 Hall of Fame

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    never tried the string you're planning on using, but i have strung my POG OS 4 stripe w/ Discho Iontec Black 17g at 56# and it played really nicely. lots of spin, pace and heaviness. didn't have the pinpoint precision and control of the PS85, but control was quite good. definitely not too powerful.
     
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  6. NLBwell

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    Remember, these are REALLY long strings in the Graphite Oversize. Even 65/63 with syngut will give some flyers if you hit flat and hard. If you use as a reference point syngut at 72, poly at 10% lower would be at 65 lbs - that's pretty high just because of the properties of the poly itself. Many people are now dropping polys down 20%, which would be about 58 lbs which would make the poly itself much happier and might play quite well. 56lbs, as mad dog says, might work well.
     
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  7. makinao

    makinao Rookie

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    The POG OS is a relatively flexible racquet. And its an OS, so the strings are longer than a mid or midplus. My Head Radical Limited Edition Agassi is a slightly stiffer racquet. But I have it set up at 58 with poly 16 strings. No problem. My old Slazenger ProBraided Xtreme was even more flexible. As a midplus, my tension reached 57 with 17 poly. Again, never had a problem.

    In contrast, 50lbs 17 poly on a Pure Drive + Cortex killed my arm. I went down to 45 and I still had problems. Never again.
     
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  8. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    http://www.racquetresearch.com/

    It should also be noted that the POGOS is one of the highest rated frames for elbow safety... although the site above has long since gone out of date, the rankings should still give you a good idea.

    Besides that, if you look at relative stiffness vs. tension vs. string length, what posters above said sound right on. 58 lbs even with a full bed of poly doesn't really seem very outrageous to me whatsoever.
     
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