Strings that don't notch?

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  1. corners

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    I'm looking for strings that don't notch, or notch very minimally, to use as mains.

    I'm interested in synguts/multis/guts mostly, but would like to hear about any copolys that are notably/famously notch-proof as well.
     
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  2. meowmix

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    In the 3 weeks I had Wilson hollowcore in my mains, they did not notch- at all. However, whether or not you'll like hollowcore.... that remains to be seen.
     
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  3. thundaga

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    all strings are going to notch, polys will notch the least
     
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  4. pfchang

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    supposedly the Prince Recoil String doesn't notch?

    But it costs as much as gut, and i think it's a synthetic.
     
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  5. SchreckTennis

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    I've been playing with Recoil for over a month now and have been trying the string as much as I can on notching / breaking- even unnecessarily adjusting the strings back and forth (it's almost become a nervous twitch now). Still no signs of notching at all, but note that I do play with Recoil on both mains and crosses. If you search on the Bay, you can get it for approx $15 a set or less if you buy in bulk. It feels kinda like a multifilament, so I wouldn't get it if you don't like m-fils.
     
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  6. corners

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    Was that a full setup or hybrid? If hybrid, what was your cross?

    Thanx
     
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  7. corners

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    Thanks. Do you have a sense for whether Recoil's notch-resistance could be attributed to its slipperiness, hardness, or both? I assume that since it's a multi it's a lot softer than a poly, and since polys will notch Recoil must be slicker than polys, so less friction = less notching. What do you think?
     
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  8. SchreckTennis

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    Yes, from personal experience I believe Recoil is "slicker" than a poly, but only with Recoil in mains and crosses. Otherwise I would guess that Recoil would notch when rubbing against another string. I would definately say the slipperiness of the string is the major factor- it's not really a hard string in my opinion as I cause very slight fraying just by putting the string through the crank on my drop-weight stringer. No real evidence behind any of this other than my guess as to what makes Recoil not notch (at least in my personal experience).

    I also feel Recoil retains tension very well and feels to me puts additional spin on the ball even when not attempting to get much topspin. This is personal opinion.
     
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  9. meowmix

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    I had hollowcore in the mains and syn gut in the crosses (just cheap generic syn gut)
     
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  10. corners

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    Thanks a bunch guys.
     
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  11. SOY78

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    I've been playing Pro Supex Big Ace 1.22 and it hasn't notched at all. I play with a little topspin but most of my shots are flat.
     
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  12. mikeler

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    I just started playing with a Pro Supex Big Ace 16/PSGD 16 hybrid. I hit with a lot of spin and after 5 matches, the Pro Supex showed very little notching. The PSGD was fraying, so I restrung it last weekend.
     
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  13. charliefedererer

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    All strings will notch to some extent. It wasn't until I started doing my own stringing that I could see how deep these notches routinely were, as I took off the old string. I started using the Babolat string savers to prolong the life of the strings. I used to consider gut too expensive. But using Babolat string savers, I now get great life out of Klip Armour Pro Gut 16 either as the sole string or as a hybrid with a polyester (I like Big Banger Alu Power Rough.). Besides longevity, the other benefit of the string savers is that the strings hardly move, which should increase accuracy in a long topspin rally.
     
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  14. Caloi

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    While enjoying this sport for roughly 17 years it's been only in the last 3 years that I started taking it very seriously. I bought my stringer last year, an X-2, and Gamma through in a bunch of strings to try. I started with the cheapest strings and have worked my way up to the more expensive strings. I have used the Asterisk 16 string for 6 hitting sessions and just today noticed some string movement and notching. It has been by far my favorite of the strings I've used. Again, I'm still learning a lot about tennis and especially strings, but figured I'd though that out there. With the cheaper strings I found myself restringing about every 3rd hit. This has gone 6 and I'll play them again.
     
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