Soft but Durable Poly?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by BkK_b0y14, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. BkK_b0y14

    BkK_b0y14 Semi-Pro

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    Hey guys, I'm into my High School season right now and I've been breaking strings like no other. In the past couple weeks I've broken 2 sets of Gosen Polylon Ice (1 week life for both sets), a set of X-One Biphase (6 hours), and a set of Cyberflash (12 hours). I really love the feel and power of Cyberflash but I don't think it may be worth it to string a fresh set every week or so. So is there any string that is similar to Cyberflash but is a tad more durable?
     
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  2. tennisfreak15347

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    first of all, are you stringing for yourself? if you're not, then you should invest in a stringer to save you money in the long run. second, just curious, but a high-school player with POGs? :shock:. I never knew the new generation would even consider those racquets (not that theyre bad). How about trying poly's with babolat string savers? they'll add atleast 40% durability to the strings your breaking right now.

    *edit* dont know how willing you will be to looking into Pro red code, and Alu Power fluoru. Fluoru has a stiffness rating of 232, if im certain, which is pretty soft for a poly. SPPP I think has a stiffness of around 250. for reference, I used this site. it shows tension loss and stiffness ratings with a giant list of strings. http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/200709/stringmap_poly.html
     
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  3. nCode747

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    try some luxlion monotec supersence you cant get it on TW. also how you like the polyon ice.
     
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  4. BkK_b0y14

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    Um, I have a dropweight (ATS SuperStringer) but I am too lazy and don't have much time to string for myself (6 IB classes). I just kinda find dropweights a pain to string with but I guess I will just have to start stringing again this weekend.. Yes, I just love the feel, power, and spin they give me. They fit my game perfectly. I will look into those string savers.

    As for Pro Red Code, I am a little hesitant as I have heard that is a quite stiff and harsh poly. The Alu Fluoro looks quite interesting though. The only problem with the above strings is the price, I don't really think its worth the $15-17 bucks if it just means I'll break them in a week. Besides, from my experience, in terms of durability Big Bangers are on par with Cyberflash.
     
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  5. BkK_b0y14

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    Polylon Ice has great feel, power and spin. It is very crisp but soft at the same time. The semi-transparency is also pretty cool. The only problem is that it loses tension extremely fast. The strings move around like synthetics would.
     
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  6. m1stuhxsp4rk5

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    pro supex big ace
     
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  7. nickarnold2000

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    Getting 12 hours out of CF is quite reasonable IMO. Yes, try using string savers but they will stiffen up the string bed a little.
     
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  8. BkK_b0y14

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    12 hours means 3 practices or 3 matches. I usually play singles and doubles during our competitive matches.
     
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  9. 2nd_Serve

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    You could try kevlar, but it may be too stiff for your liking.

    Some polys are ...

    Blue Gear
    Big Ace
    Luxilon <-- I think most durable
    Pacific Poly Force
    Polyfibre TCS
    Weiss Cannon strings
    Unique Big Hitter <-- This is way up there with Luxilon.
     
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  10. jack hoyer

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    Luxilon Big Banger Orginal, but be sure and follow their instructions and string it 10% looser than you'd string a non poly.
     
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  11. Racer41c

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    .... ask Nickb:-?

    I'm not a big hitter at all, but Big Ace will last me at least 100 hours a set.
     
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  12. DonBot

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    Unique Big Hitter Blue is incredibly soft for a poly and it lasts a long time. I would give that a try. ProSUpex is good too, for me it does not last as long as luxilon or Big Hitter Blue.
     
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  13. servelefty2233

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    I too, am in your situation. I have 3 POG Mids, am playing in high school, and have been breaking 4 strings a week for the past few weeks (I have a Prince Neos) I was using Unique Big Hitter Blue, and it is a great string you might want to consider, even more durable than Luxilon Big Banger, which I tried out the last few times. I average about 5 hours with the BHB and the Lux only lasted about 3 hours.
     
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  14. BkK_b0y14

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    From what I've heard, big hitter blue is just a cheap version of Big Banger Alu, is this true?
     
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  15. tennisfreak15347

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    you have a prince neos as a high-schooler? :shock: I hope your doing more than just stringing for yourself with that machine.
     
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  16. servelefty2233

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    Well my parents played before I was born so they had it before I even really got into tennis, but now I string for my team.
     
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  17. BigT

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    stick with CF, you cant find a better bang for your $$$.
     
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  18. 5263

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    Big Ace. Love it so far.
     
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  19. scotus

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    Since your season has already begun, you don't want to make a racquet change.

    But perhaps next season you might want to consider a slightly denser string pattern.

    Nothing lasts long in a frame with 14 mains.
     
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  20. JW10S

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    You would be doing yourself a great disservice if you did not try HEAD's Sonic Pro. It was rated by the USRSA as the most durable 17 gauge string period--that's including polys, multis, gut, you name it. It is also one of the softest, if not the softest polys you will find.
     
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  21. MTChong

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    That sounds like a bit of an exaggeration.

    The thing is, regardless of what you have, if you hit with heavy spin, the POG is going to destroy it. You can try switching racquets or just make do with what you got.

    And if you're looking for something softer, just hybrid a cheap synthetic in the crosses. Life will be similar, and you'll get most the benefits of full poly.
     
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  22. BkK_b0y14

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    Well considering we play best of 3 set matches and always have the possibility of playing exhibitions, our matches get pretty long. Our matches are every Tuesday and Thursday and start before 3:45 and end at 7-7:15. And varsity practices are only 2 hours long, but I go to the courts right after school, so that I don't have to waste gas and drive home and then come back. So I am there for around 4 hours.

    What I find puzzling is that I don't think I hit with that much topspin. I hit heavy slice but that is about it. My shots tend to be more flat. Well, from the backhand side at least. People say I can put some heavy top on my forehand side but to me I think I only do that on the defensive. And the weird thing is when my strings break, I never experienced any fraying or any signs that they were going to break. They would just break during a return or in the middle of a tough rally.

    Last time I had a hybrid of synthetics in the crosses and poly in the mains, the poly just tore through the synthetics. One of my least durable string jobs ever.

    If I do decide to change rackets, any suggestions?
     
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  23. MTChong

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    It's not the exact same, but it seems the Diablo was designed with the POG in mind -- however, I would caution that it's a bit stiff. It really depends; there are lots of racquets that wouldn't break strings as fast, but it depends on what you're looking for. Do you want something similar to the POG and do you have any brand preferences?

    I know I used to hit the Diablo and it was a fine racquet -- worth a demo if you have that option available to you.
     
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  24. BkK_b0y14

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    Anything similar, and no, brand doesn't matter.
     
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  25. MTChong

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    For starters, I would say look into demoing/trying a Prince Tour Diablo Midsize and see how it works out. If it doesn't work out, come back to the forums and post up a detailed description of what you like/dislike about the POG and the Tour Diablo in the Racquets section and people should be able to help you out.
     
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  26. Big Tigger

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    Ditto (10 chars..)
     
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  27. BkK_b0y14

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    I think I know that........there's a reason I'm playing with poly instead of synthetics and multis.
     
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  28. game set match 46 TIMES!!

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    try sppp 17 its great and also try to get a stringer.
     
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  29. BkK_b0y14

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    I can't do 17 gauge..............the ones I mentioned that I break regularly are all 16 gauge at 55 lbs.
     
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  30. nickb

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    Try your Big Banger Orignal with a 15g solid core synthetic gut cross...
     
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