Recommended tension for cross string in hybrid setup (Volkl Cyclone M, Gosen OGSM C)

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  1. Tight Lines

    Tight Lines Semi-Pro

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    Hi guys,

    I normally play with a full bed of Volkl Cyclone 17g strung at 40 lbs in a Babolat Aero Pro Drive racket. I string it myself in a crank machine (Ektelon H) set to 40 lbs.

    Lately, I have been playing a fair amount and the full bed is starting to bother me a bit. So I would like to try crossing it with a syn gut to soften up the stringbed. I just bought a reel of Gosen OGSM. What tension do you guys recommend?

    Should it be the same as the main (40), lower by 2-3 lbs, or higher since poly is a stiffer string?

    My hope is to have more comfort and yet not lose too much spin.

    Harry
     
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  2. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

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    I prefer polys in the 39-41 range myself. I used to string crosses 4-6 pounds lower (syn gut and multies). This improved the feel tremendously. The spin went up a notch too. However, this setup was overall difficult to control (for me). So, I opted to either use a 15L syn gut for the crosses and string only 2 lbs lower, or to use Wilson Extreme Syn Gut 16 (which is otherwise a very stiff string). With such stiffened crosses, the feel went down, and so did the spin, but the response has become much more predictable for me, and I am having better results with it.

    So, I am gravitating towards stiffer crosses.

    However, all the descriptions of pre-packaged hybrids always emphasize how they selected the softest and the most pliable string of all to be the cross. And this is true: most pre-packaged hybrids feature very soft cross strings.

    This keeps doubts in my head: am I doing something wrong?
     
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  3. rolliges

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    Try about 10% higher on crosses. So around 44#.

    This allow the strings to move on impact. Poly at 40# sounds good. I use a similar set up.

    Really though, just play with the possibilities until you find what is best for you.
     
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  4. Korso

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    I usually string my crosses 3lbs higher with that sort of hybrid. I keep my tension in the low 50's with that set up too. I like full poly in the 40's but in a hybrid for me after initial tension loss there is just too much power for me. I imagine it is controllable for some.
     
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  5. Tight Lines

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    Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

    I may cut out the full bed polys on my two rackets and set them up slightly differently tension-wise. If I get some playing time, I will report back.

    Harry
     
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    Play test report.

    So, I ripped out the full bed of Volkl Cyclone 17 on one of my rackets and strung it with Volkl 17 on main at 40 crossed with Gosen OGSM 16 at 44. I played with it for about 5 hours over the weekend.

    Compared to my other racket which was strung with a full bed of Volkl Cyclone 17 at 40, I hated the hybrid setup. It had substantially less power and felt very dead to me with more ball pocketing.

    I am going to go back to my previous setup and rip out the cross.

    Harry
     
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