String recommendation for a recreational intermediate player, Head Prestige S

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  1. jiveman

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    Hi folks,

    Recreational beginner-intermediate player here (rating 3.5 roughly). I play 1-2 times a week in the summer season only. Might start to play indoors this fall/winter, but I wouldn't count on it yet.

    Getting a new racquet, and I'm going with Head Youtek Prestige S (you can see the related thread, but it's not all that relevant for this topic). i will be placing an order on TW for it soon, and I would like to make a string selection along with it and have TW string it up.

    I really don't know much about string choices. Well, I know the basics about different materials and whatnot, but I don't know specific brands and models that would be good choices for me.

    In addition to my background above, I'll say that I wouldn't want to restring very often. I don't play anything competitive right now, just hitting with friends, and trying to improve the fundamentals. Not a particularly hard hitter (at least not yet :) ), and I'm currently focused on developing consistency in my ground strokes and serves, primarily. I *think* I have decent top spin at this stage, but working on it, of course.

    So in general, I'd say budget, durability, and comfort are more important than super high quality string or high degree of competitive advantage or something like that.

    I think my previous racquet had Prince PSG, on a friend's recommendation. A tennis instructor that I see occasionally recommended Babolat RPM Blast 16 gauge, but I'm not sure if that's good for me or not.

    I'd really appreciate some pointers to specific strings suitable for me. Hopefully my description above gives you a good idea, but if not, please feel free to ask more details.

    Thanks! :)
     
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  2. sundaypunch

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    You are new to the game, don't want to restring often, and don't hit hard. There is no need for poly string at this point let alone an expensive poly like RPM Blast. Synthetic gut is inexpensive, arm friendly and should do everything you need.

    I would try both Forten Sweet 16 and Gosen OG micro 16. They are both excellent and there are many threads discussing them. The Forten is a bit softer feeling. I prefer Forten but some people like the crisper feel of Gosen. Both are dirt cheap.
     
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  3. PGlock

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    Prince or Volkl Syn Gut would work well. I would also not dismiss trying a mid-priced multifilament since you are only paying for the string and not the stringing. So there I might look at something like Wilson Sensation or Yonex Tour Super 850 Pro.

    I would not recommend jumping on the poly bandwagon at this stage in your game.
     
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  4. PGlock

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    Another obvious choice is Head Rip Spin which a lot of people like.
     
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  5. President

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    RPM Blast at 40 lbs....hahaha
     
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  6. LeeD

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    12 different answers, 12 different posters.
    You will get every string on the market from every different player.
    1. Poly tensions in the mid 40's.
    2. Multi tensions can go up 5, but don't need to.
    3. Simple nylon can play resilent and last 2 years, tension like multi's.
     
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  7. FogerRederer

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    Trust me, you are not going to need a poly. Poly is for more advanced players that really need control to augment their already well developed strokes. If you play exclusively in the summer as you say and only twice a week pure speculation, but I would hazard a guess that you're more like around the 2.5 end of the spectrum(nothing wrong with that, we've all been there).

    Regardless, for any beginners, synthetic gut is the best option. S-Gut really forces you to get your technique down, it's comfortable on the arm, and it's cheap to boot! I would recommend any synthetic gut under 5 dollars. You could also go for any of the multis that are around 10 dollars, Head RIP control 16 is somewhere around $7 and is a step above your average synthetic gut.
     
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  8. FogerRederer

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    :confused::confused:LeeD didn't suggest Tour Bite 16?!!!?!!:confused::confused:
     
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  9. Fuji

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    I'd try Head RIP Control. It was my first string that I used after syngut and preferred it for years afterwards.

    However, just straight up syn gut (I love forten in a full bed) is phenomenal for rec players. I highly recommend it!

    -Fuji
     
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  10. V1_Classic

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    I hope your tennis instructor knows more about tennis instruction than he/she does about strings. Your description of your game/frequency of play/how & when you play says synthetic gut. A multi wouldn't be a bad idea, but it's an unnecessary expense if you're really budget conscience.
     
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  11. Fuji

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    You'd be surprised. A ton of really solid coaches I know, know next to nothing about tech. One coach I know recommends RPM Blast 60lbs regardless of frame or playing ability. A lot of people are just ignorant, although it doesn't mean they don't know how to play or coach very well.

    -Fuji
     
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  12. V1_Classic

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    Not really. I've lived long enough where few things surprise me anymore. I merely made that statement to emphasize that his instructor was obviously not one who should recommend strings...to anyone.
     
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  13. jiveman

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    Hey thanks everyone! Yeah, I was also thinking that I don't need to go to poly which is why I was somewhat surprised by his recommendation of Babolat RPM Blast (once I looked it up afterwards). I like the sound of Head Rip Control based on some descriptions above, but I'll look at the others as well. At this stage, I really just want something that's going to make sense for my level and make me not worry about string, per se, and focus on game fundamentals.

    I think you got it right with figuring this coach. Good instructor as far as technique goes, but not much of a technology expert.
     
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  14. Fuji

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    For Sure. RIP Control plays well all the way till breakage which should be maybe once a year for you. It's a great string that way, I love it.

    -Fuji
     
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    Prince Synthetic Gut w/ Duraflex.
    16gauge. 58 pounds
     
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  16. skydog

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    I bought 3 YT IG Prestiges recently and had them strung up with Prince Premier Control @ 52 lbs. Absolutely love the feel/performance of this string. Others with the same racquet have used other multis @52 and reported similar satisfaction with feel and performance.

    If you are going to go with a stiffer string I would adjust the tension lower as most folks who have strung at higher tensions have disliked the feel of this racquet.

    As others have stated, you can not go wrong with Gosen Sheep micro or Prince Synth Gut if you looking to go strictly by budget.
     
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  17. Muppet

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    Since you're getting a new racquet, the strings will need to help the grommet strip seat into the frame. I recommend having the stringer set tension 2 lbs. higher than you would ordinarily want it.

    Even better than that would be to choose a string from the menu that is free or very cheap and have them string it at the top of the suggested range for that racquet. When you get it, practice against a wall for 20 minutes or so and take it to be re-strung with better string.

    From what I've read about the Graphene Prestige S, I'd recommend a comfortable, quiet string like Dunlop S-gut, Forten Sweet 16, or Head RIP Control.
     
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  18. eelhc

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    Klip Legend 16 natural gut with string savers.

    Inexpensive (relatively), comfortable and you don't have to worry about it until it breaks. Playing a couple of times a week I would not be surprised if you went an entire year without re-stringing.
     
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  19. KYHacker

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    Well, my suggestions would be:

    1) Head PPS Synthetic Gut at 52. Don't string too high in that frame. Stringing high undermines the good characteristics of that frame.

    2) Sensation Control at 52. A good multi to start with. Should last a good bit as well.

    3) Head FXP Tour at 50. This is low-powered and soft. Gives you some poly characteristics without any poly negatives.
     
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