Poly VS. Multifilament

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  1. eric

    eric New User

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    Can someone please explain to me the advantages and disadvantages of polyester strings (e.g. Kirschbaum, Bab. Hurricane, Luxilon) and multifilaments like Wilson Sensation. How do they compare in terms of power, pop feeling, control, spin, playability, durability etc.?

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    Thanks Gaines. I don't understand how a string like Luxilon BB ALU made me feel like my shots had more zip or drive compared to my Sensation, when poly-based strings are said to have more power than synthetics.
     
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    eric, ALU is unique. It has other materials in it besides the basic polyester chemicals. This makes the string more resilient. That is the strings ability to snap back quickly after being stretched by the ball strike. Multis are usually more powerful than polys.
     
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    On another note, wouldn't Luxilon saw through the softer strings in all the hybrids people are now using? Can someone please explain? Thanks
     
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    eric, ALU seems to move around less than other strings. It is the sawing action that cuts through strings. As ALU starts to wear, little notches develop that seem to lock in the other string and keep it from moving around as much. The pros really don't care...they use gut in the crosses with ALU in the mains.
     
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    eric New User

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    Gaines, Luxilon's lack of movement helps prevent the friction that causes strings to break? How long does a Luxilon-natural gut hybrid last in general?...compared to a syn. gut e.g. Sensation?

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    Thats a tough call on which will last longer. I'm assuming your putting Lux in the mains and gut in the crosses. The gut crosses will pop instead of the mains. Sensation isnt a durable string so both would pop at about the same time.
     
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