switch from multis to poly, need arm friendly

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  1. KenC

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    Had TE in the past, from playing too much. 2 years ago I switched to the PK315 racquet and all is well with my elbow. Always strung with softer multis but recently a friend strung one of my PKs with polyfibre hexablade at 22kg and I really like the extra spin and control. I see that now there are many new generation polys that are softer. My elbow has been fine for 1.5 years and I want to start testing some of these new arm friendly co polys. Am I risking it, or are polys really getting more arm friendly? Is it better to go with poly mains and multi crosses?

    Would love to hear from those who are prone to TE but are using these newer co polys with no problems.
     
  2. mikeler

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    I would try Tour Bite Soft mains with your favorite multi crosses. If your elbow is still good, try Tour Bite Soft full bed. After that if there is no pain, then there are a lot of good soft polys that you may like better as a full job. Good luck.
     
  3. yangster007

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    Don't string the poly too high though.
     
  4. LeeD

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    You don't need "soft" poly if you string in the 40's for most rackets, that's 40 lbs.
    When you use L or Soft strings, L being Light, you lose out on duribility and tension maintainance.
    Your racket specs for string tension is usually wrong. You can easily go down to the 30's and still hit OK, but 40's allow more spin shots and more normal behavior.
     
  5. Backhanded Compliment

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    Comfy polys:

    Yonex Poly Tour Pro ... I like the 1.25 black but the yellow has a fan base... great durability and a lil extra power

    Weiscannon Silverstring.... less spin than the yonex....more feedback
    Wescannon Scorpion... more power andeven nicer on thearmthan silverstring with a lil less durability

    people seem to really like tourbite soft too
     
  6. V1_Classic

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    Polystar Energy is extremely soft. Definitely softer than either Silverstring or Scorpion, but the aforementioned strings absolutely beat Polystar when it comes to tension maintenance. But if you string for yourself, Energy is a really nice string...and it's cheap!
     
  7. gmorera

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    I did too change from multi to poly and after testing some polys, i've settle down with dunlop Black Widow 16g at 24 kg on my Volkl c10 pro. It plays soft, no arm problems for me with this combination.
     
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    MSV Focus Hex Soft. (or MSV Focus Hex Plus 38... crazy name :))
    Nice spin, good tension maintenance, easy on the arm.
     
  9. hoodjem

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    I am in the "same boat", because I have lingering TE. I cannot play any polys in a full-bed, only hybrids.

    I've had good luck with Dunlop Black Widow 18g with a multi cross like Pro Supex maxim Touch 1.25.

    I believe that if you stick with polys that have a RSI stiffness rating under 200 and you don't string too tight, you should be okay.

    Here are some that I am considering--
    Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 17 Polyester 1.20 = 179
    Yonex Poly Tour Pro 120 Polyester 1.19 = 181
    Volkl Cyclone Tour 18 Polyester 1.19 = 186
    Dunlop Black Widow 18 Polyester 1.20 = 189
    Volkl Cyclone Tour 17 Polyester 1.24 = 193
    Volkl V Torque 18 Polyester 1.18 = 196
     
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  10. Lilguy1456

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    Topspin Cyberflash @45 lbs.

    Super comfy...great price...

    Search no further.
     
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    I will submit to you Tourna Big Hitter Black 7. It is one of the softest and of course and one of the most spin friendly strings ever produced. It does not have the best tension maintenance, but it is not expensive either. I have tried many different co-poly strings over the last three years...
     
  12. newpball

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    I think that if you are prone to TE you should not play with poly.

    Common sense actually, but it seems some people only find out things the hard way.


    :cry:
     
  13. hoodjem

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    True. But like a siren song of spin, it lures us back.
     
  14. SoCalJay

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    +1 for this. BHB7 is the holy grail if you want huge spin and maximum arm friendliness in a poly.
     
  15. KenC

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    OK, I have put in about 6 grueling hours of practice with the hexablade strings and my elbow is 100%. I will probably cut them out and restring at 21kg. I think my ProKennex Ki5 racquets may allow me to play with a softer co poly. My short list of strings I will try first are:

    Tourna big hitter black 7
    Dunlop black widow
    Solinco tour bite soft
    Polyfibre TCS

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I will look into the others that were suggested.
     
  16. KenC

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    Ok, I just had a 2hr hit using a full bed of TBS at 22/21 kg (48/46 lbs)in a PK Ki5 315. I was impressed that it felt just as soft as my usual MCS/PPA hybrid, and had the same power, if not more, but there was more control and a lot more spin. I have been hitting very well this year and I need to get more control so I am thinking I may string it at 24/23 to see if it is still arm friendly for me.

    I wonder if Big Hitter Black 7 17g and Black Widow 17g are roughly the same as TBS. I need max comfort and control, if they deliver less power than TBS I will give them a try. Any thoughts on TBS vs. these two?
     
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    Big Hitter Black has the same spin but less power. Black Widow I only tried as a main string and everything went short. Hope that limited info helps.
     
  18. mawashi

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    The softest Polys I've ever hit with are:

    Yonex Tour Pro 1.25, Cyberblue & SPPP.
     
  19. Imago

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    Alu Power Spin and Fluoro are very comfortable.
     
  20. dominikk1985

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    If you had TE why mess with it and use poly? I know you did not ask for this opinion but I think if you already had TE using any Kind of poly is playing with fire.
     
  21. COPEY

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    He said his TE was caused by overuse, not the use of poly. I use hybrids and on occasion, full beds of poly if I'm testing, and I'm a former TE victim. I had it so bad at one time I couldn't hold a can or a cup without significant pain. Now I'm pain free and have been for over 10 years. If he's smart about it he can use poly without any major issues or any at all.

    OP try Poly Star Energy. It won't give you the spin of TBS or BHB7, but boy is it soft and it packs a good punch. If your technique is good you'll get plenty of spin.
     
  22. Roddickulous

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    Here's a list of strings I would avoid if you have TE:
    Solinco Revolution
    Solinco Barb Wire
    Solinco Tour Bite (unless you use 18g or 19g)
    Solinco Outlast
    Luxilon ALU Power Spin
    Gamma Zo Twist
    Tecnifibre Pro Red Code (unless you use 18g)
    Head Sonic Pro Edge
    Any string made by Genesis
    Dunlop Juice

    Good strings for you would include:
    Tecnifibre ATP Razor Code
    Luxilon ALU Power Fluoro
    Luxilon TiMo 110
    Luxilon Ace 112
    Babolat Hurricane Feel
    Head Lynx
    Prince Tour XT
    Wilson Ripspin (white color will be softest)
     
  23. mikeler

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    Genesis Black Magic is pretty soft but quite springy.
     

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