String for Graphene Speed Pro

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  1. parasailing

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    For current Graphene Speed Pro users, what is your current go to poly string and what tension do you have it strung at?

    I was not impressed with Gamma Razor Code 17G and have tried both Solinco Tour Bite 19 and Tour Bite Soft which are better than Razor Code but still looking.
     
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  2. airrmaxx

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    I tried Black Code 17g at 49, and it was ok, not great. I loved the Speed pro with dunlop black widow 17g at 49 the most, outstanding spin and power, tension was good for only 6-8 hours of heavy hitting.
    RPM Blast 17g is nice too, but not as good as the Dunlop.
     
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  3. Oz_Rocket

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    I've only tried a couple of different strings in mine (Sonic Pro 17 and Sonic Pro Edge 16) so not a wide sample.

    My style of play is very hard and fast strokes so after playing around with tensions from 48-54lbs I've found that 52lbs for the Edge 16 and 54lbs for the Pro 17 worked best for me.

    As for string while the Edge is a better string, the Graphene Speed Pro for me actually plays better with the Sonic Pro 17. It is hard to explain but the string bed in the middle is very dense and the thinner gauge and softer string just seems to pocket the ball better.
     
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  4. pjonesy

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    I've been playing with the Graphene Speed Pro since June. I started out using Tour Bite Soft 17g and also tried Volkl Cyclone 18. Both good strings, with the Tour Bite having more control and the Cyclone having more feel, bite and power.

    I have now settled on Volkl Cyclone Tour 17g. It is softer and more powerful than regular Cyclone. It has better feel and gives just as much spin as the regular Cyclone. I strung it a little higher than other polys, due to suggestions that it is too powerful. I string it at 57lbs.
     
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  5. parasailing

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    Isn't 57lbs way too high for the tight string pattern of the Graphene Pro? Is Cyclone tour better than Tour Bite Soft? I tried Tour Bite Soft and Tour Bite 19 and found them to be good but not great.
     
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    No. 57 lbs is certainly at the top end of the maximum tension recommendation for the racquet, but it certainly is not way too high for Cyclone Tour. If you string in low 50s, the ball will fly. At least in my opinion.

    I think Cyclone Tour has much more power and feel. It's harder to control, but it's easy to apply spin. If you can get into position to take the ball early, cover it and really drive through it, this string is awesome. Now, when the tension starts to drop, it is really hard to adjust. If you get lazy and catch the ball late, you will have an increase in unforced errors. For me, about 8hrs is when the tension drop starts to affect the characteristics of the string.

    I agree with you about the Tour Bite. Very forgiving, easy to control and great spin. Low power and feel, tho. It's hard to miss, but also harder to put the ball away and finish. Tour Bite is not very good at the net and doesn't give me much power on serve either.

    I would say that Cyclone Tour is a more well rounded string than Tour Bite Soft. Cyclone Tour plays more like a multi and Tour Bite Soft is a muted control poly.
     
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  7. Centerforward71

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    Ive been using racquet for about a year now, love the feel, control and power but still searching for a better spin potential. I like the strings I have now (Tier One - Durafluxx) wondering about hybriding it with a slippery multi or syngut cross ? Any opinions or experience here ? Please give feedback if you are a player with higher racquet speeds and 4.5 and above, I DONT MEAN THAT IN ANY condascending way, just want to compare apples to apples, I hope no one is offended no offense intended....
     
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  8. parasailing

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    Okay I will order up some of that Cyclone Tour to see how well it plays. I need a poly that has a bit more dwell time that Tour Bite or Tour Bite Soft.
     
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  9. pjonesy

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    Have you ordered it yet?
     
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  10. parasailing

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    I just put an order in for the Cyclone Tour 18g since the 17 gauge strings I have tried in the past are closer really 1.20mm which this 18g is.

    I hope to string it up this coming week and play over the weekend when I get the string.
     
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  11. pjonesy

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    The 18g Cyclone Tour worked best for me, as far as control is concerned. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

    I'm still considering Tour Bite Soft 17. It is low powered, but the control and spin are so good. If my balls were flying all over the court during a match and I could immediately switch to another string during the match, it would be Tour Bite. I would have confidence that I could control the ball and hit great spin, immediately.

    I've also tried the Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25 in a hybrid with Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25. I'm still testing that 1 in my Graphene Speed Pro.

    But the Cyclone Tour is nasty when you catch a ball right. I hit incredible shots with the Cyclone Tour, easily. It's not as forgiving as Tour bite, but more dynamic. The perfect blend of spin, pace and accuracy. If your technique is solid.
     
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    I just got the package today so I should be able to provide a review once I get a chance to hit with it over the weekend.

    My own issue with both Tour Bite strings is the lack of dwell time. It's harder for me to hit slices with the string.

    I am not a fan of Yonex Poly Tour mainly because it is underpowered and feels muted. I prefer Tour Bite over the Yonex but so far my top two strings are L-tec 4S and Kirschbaum Evolution.
     
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  13. pjonesy

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    Just got back from playing a set with Tour Bite. It certainly is harder to hit slice with it.
     
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  14. Nojoke

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    I'm using pacific classic 1.25 mains and cofocus 1.18 crosses at 50/46. Or at least that was how i ordered them. The racketapp read one stick at about 43 and the other at 40. Bit dissapointed in that, although I know racketapp doesn't read at reference tension. I would have liked them to at least be the same.

    They do feel a bit loose and control on return of serve has suffered, especially in doubles where i can't just keep the ball in play on returns. Otherwise very happy with sticks. More powerful than I expected, good spin. Great action on serves. By feel alone, it is not recognizable as an 18 x 20.

    When I need to restring, i will likely go to 54/50 with gut/poly hybrid.
     
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  15. springfieldalum

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    I am a high 4.5 former college player with high swing speed. The string I have been using is GAMMA Stinger-16g poly on the mains and 17 syn. gut on the crosses. I string it tight at 57 lbs. Tighter is better. I used some other hybrids but this is a nice, very crisp feel. And cheap.
     
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  16. parasailing

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    Strung up a full bed of the string early today at 53lbs and spent about two hours hitting with Cyclone Tour. This string definitely is soft on the arm and has good spin production.

    Serves felt good and slices were decent. It definitely feels more like a crisp multi than a hard co-poly and offers good power as well. I prefer this over Razor Code which was much stiffer and didn't have as much power.

    Now I just need to see how long this string will last and how much tension it will drop.
     
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  17. Rob1

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    I don't recommend a full bed poly of on this racquet as this frame has a dense string pattern. It is still a bit stiff.
    I really like TB 19 on mains as it gives great spin.
     
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  18. Centerforward71

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    Plays plenty well full poly. Just drop a couple of pounds from your usual because makes the poly and this racquets pattern come Alive with extra spin and control and ample power without being too much power. I am tinkering with hybrids and for those that like gut/poly you are gonna love it on this racquet.
     
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  19. parasailing

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    The string bed definitely requires you to lower the tension and you should be fine. I had Tour Bite 19 on the racquet and had it strung around 52lbs and it felt fine.
     
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