Polystar Energy

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  1. Steve Huff

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    I normally don't use poly's, but I do like to try strings before I keep them in stock. So, I'm giving Polystar Energy a try. I normally use a natural gut/synthetic hybrid at 62#. What should I string this at to get around the same power level? Here are some factors to consider:
    1) Poly's normally hurt my arm, so that's why I don't normally use them.
    2) I usually use 15L Klip Legend and 16 syn. The Polystar is 17g (1.20mm)
    3) I use a PK ki5

    Thanks for any insite.
     
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  2. djNEiGht

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    I strung mine at the lowest rec tension listed on my frame as I heard it was already a soft string. Sometimes I will go up to 5#s lower depending on time of year and how stiff the poly is.
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    They claim Energy is a really sof poly. Just wanted to get an idea from someone who has used it. Thanks.
     
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  4. drgchen

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    It is a soft and powerful polyester string. I normally string in the high 50s for multis and synthetic gut. I strung polystar energy at low 40s and it was way too loose. I cut it out and strung it at 52 and it was still a bit loose but probably comparable to synthetic gut in the high 50s. Will personally go higher next time, I like my polys to feel stiffer.
     
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  5. djNEiGht

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    Same here. I can only play with a full bed for a short time.

    I did mine at 50 on a CP and it was good for the 1st week but the 2nd week I wasn't too happy. I did play some evening tennis when it was a bit cooler...but this time of the year it probably didn't mean much.
     
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  6. diredesire

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    I'd string it your usual, at the most -2 lb. It'll drop fast in tension.

    It's also got a greasy coating on it. I take a paper towel, pinch the strings in the paper towel, and slowly draw the string through the towel.

    If you don't, you're going to have a bad time. ;)

    (OK, it's not that bad, but weaving is more difficult, and it'll affect your later jobs, too. I always wipe, or do these last)
     
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  7. Steve Huff

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    A little bit worried now. I strung it at 55 (62-a little over 10%). It had the texture of a smooth poly, but it stretched like a multi. It could play stiff like most poly, or play too soft like a multi strung too low. I'll let you all know soon.
     
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  8. JT_2eighty

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    Yep, it does stretch like a multi when stringing. Not many other polys like it. I think you have picked a great starting tension, as it still is poly so your arm may not feel as great as it does with gut.

    It shouldn't play stiff like other polys or soft like loose multi, but it does tend to drop tension a lot, so after 4-6 hours of play time, it becomes a different string. If you have a low powered racquet it will be ok, but if not, prepare for some rocket launches. Personally that first 4-6 hours are one of my favorite string hitting experiences (Energy and its textured brother, Turbo). Every now and then I'll string some up for a match and it has great feel and pocketing, using 53 lbs on the PT280
     
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    I think I tried it at 50 pounds on my lockout machine and there was no mistaking it for a multi. It was very stiff on my arm.
     
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  10. TennezSport

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    Test says..........

    Steve, we just completed a lifesapn test on PS Energy for the USRSA and the string is a soft poly, but still a poly. We strung it at 45lbs and felt the string performed very well with good spin and feel at that tension. Life span was 10hrs of play before the string reached its elastic limit and died. The test was perfomed in a 16x20 racquet and tession was tested every hour. Over the 10 hours of play the string lost 12lbs, which is not bad for a poly string and played will till the end, which was definately noticable.

    We found over and over again that lower tensions in poly string means better playability and longer life. Overall PS Energy performed pretty well.

    Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
     
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  11. drgchen

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    Interesting info. Tennezsport- Curious as to what your objective measures are for string death and elastic limits. Is that something a regular player can do to determine string death on their racquet? I'm sure I restring long before that happens, but for my customers that may be different. Are the playtesters standardized, or all levels of NTRP? I would imaging that 10 hours of hard hitting would do much more to a string that a 3.0 league/group drill where the string sees maybe 100 contacts with the ball in an hour.
     
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  12. Steve Huff

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    I got to play last night. Power level was about the same as Klip Legend 15Lgut/Gamma synthetic 16 strung at 62 (Polystar strung at 55). It felt pretty good, my arm wasn't sore after playing. I'll give it another go tomorrow.
     
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  13. djNEiGht

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    get the playing time on this string while the tension is still okay.
     
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    I'd say, go with Pacific X Force in the 18-ga (1.19mm) that stuff 'rocks'! Holds tension like no other poly, and is really comfy... at least for me and my friends~
     
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  15. Steve Huff

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    Actually, I like Pacific X Force 18. I used it for a while as the cross string (with Natural Gut). It played great, but after a few matches, I could feel it in my arm. Still a great string. May have to try it again at a lower tension.
     
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  16. rodrigoamaral

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    62lbs is too tight... poly star energy is one of the best feeling, playing strings out there.. try it the mid 50lbs and it will play amazing..
     
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  17. mirceam

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    PolyStar Energy is great for those that like soft poly's . I had my Pure Drive Roddick GT strung with it @ 55 lbs. As all poly it lose tension and after 10h it lose playability .
     
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  18. djNEiGht

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    I will consider trying this again. I was stringing on a drop weight and just got my 2086 set up. The polystar was used on the drop weight. I just did a cyclone 17 at the same tension and also CP with the wise. cyclone feels and plays better. To give PSE a fair shake, i would like to try it while stringing on the same rig.
     
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  19. Steve Huff

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    I played again this morning with the Polystar Energy. I played well. Feel isn't as good as with a gut/syn hybrid, but the results were as good. I probably get a little more kick on my serve with the Polystar, maybe because it's strung 7 pound lower than the gut/syn hybrid I normally use. My arm is not sore either--quite amazing for a poly.
     
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  20. mirceam

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    the durability is a n issue . i broke my polystar energy 1.25 in 8h. previously i used pro's pro intense heat 1.25 that had 8h. i had to cut it because it lost to much tension . i think that eventually the intense heat can be broke in 12-14h

    before the pro's pro i used black widow that i broke in 18h
     
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  21. fortun8son

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    55lbs is pretty close. I try to stay below 54 with any poly, but you had the right idea with 10%.
    I usually start at or 2lbs below the min rec tension for the frame, which, I believe in your case is 52.
    Energy is springier than most others, so I think you are definitely in the ballpark.
     
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  22. ManuGinobili

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    Tried PS Energy at 16kg and really liked it. Powerful (for a poly), nice spin and comfort. Your racket must be a control type though (mine was a TGK). Downside is horrid volley, which made me give up this set up after a couple months.
     
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