SynGut cross to use for poly main?

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  1. ClarkC

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    Has anyone here experimented with different syngut crosses using the same poly main in a hybrid? Have you noticed significant differences in playing characteristics? Any recommendations?

    Currently using Tourna BHB7 in the mains, Wilson Hollow Core (not Hollow Core Pro) in the crosses, 58 tension on crosses, 54 on mains, but I am asking this more as a general question for everyone who uses a poly main/syngut cross hybrid.
     
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  2. filphil

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    From what I've read the Gosen Micro seemed to be pretty popular on this forum because of how inexpensive it is. I think forten sweet is a softer string for about $15 more per reel.
     
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  3. fortun8son

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    All synguts work well as crosses for poly.
    PSGD and Gamma w/wearguard tend to shred quickly, but that may not be a bad thing considering that many tend to leave the poly in too long.

    My main choices are 16g syngut for 16 or 16L poly and 17g syngut for thinner mains.
    I've also used 18g Head PPS with Lux BB Ace 112 (Plenty of spin and power at low tension but doesn't last worth a d*#n)
     
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  4. keithfival

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    For me Forten Sweet 17 in the natural color is a perfect cross with poly. Adds feel, touch, comfort and neither saps power nor loses control. I string it at 54 with the poly 48-52 depending on which one.

    Beware, the other colors play differently, the white a little softer and the gold much stiffer.
     
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  5. fortun8son

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    You sure it's not the other way around?
    The 16g Forten Sweet Gold seems the softest.
     
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  6. keithfival

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    Don't know about the 16g but that was def. my exp with the 17g. I ran out of natural and strung 3 gold crosses and said "Ouch" out loud the first time I hit with each one. When i got some more natural it was exactly how I remembered, comfy and sweet but not mushy. The white I found a tad mushy with less pop but playable. I cut out the gold all 3 times!
     
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  7. fortun8son

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    Hmm...very interesting.
    I've never used the Sweet 17.
    I had heard that the Forten 16 was better than the Gosen and that the Gosen 17 was better than the Forten so I stuck with that.
     
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