TBHS/MPP Which one would you pick to hybrid with Syngut?

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  1. THESEXPISTOL

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    Which one would you pick to hybrid with synthetic gut:
    Tourna Big Hitter Silver (NOT ROUGH!) or Mantis Power Polyester.

    Here's the thing..
    One teaching pro at my local club has two kids, one boy (13) and a girl (10), and both of them have great strokes and have good national rankings for their age. The kids just hit the crap out of the ball.
    They both use Luxilon Adrenaline 1.25 the boy on a Head Youtek Extreme Lite, and the girl on a Head Youtek Radical Lite.
    Today i was hitting some serves with the boy and he was cringing on the serves. I asked him what was wrong with him today. He said is elbow was hurting, and i asked him where, he point to his Lateral epicondyle.
    Later he broke the string, and i asked him how long was he using that stringjob, and he said 2 weeks, but he was playing 2/3 hours a day with it.

    I went to talk with his dad about it, and he said he didn't had a clue about strings and just bought a reel of Adrenaline because everyone uses Luxilon, and thanked me for my concern. I also said that for the price of Luxilon Adrenaline he would be better of with Tourna Big Hitter Silver or Mantis Power Polyester, and he should hybrid them with synthetic gut to soften the stringbed a little. He was very interested and he asked me to send him some deals on the polys i suggested.

    I've tried MPP and i know it's comfortable for a poly and maintains tension fairly well, but i don't know anything about the TBHS.
    Can someone who used both of them enlighten me?
     
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    the tourna big hitter silver plays a little bit stiffer in 1.25 than the mantis power poly but could eventually be a good choice too in 1.20mm. i played both, the mpp being basically my goto-string.

    the only "issue" i had with the tbhs was that it lasted me only 4 hours, but those have been two very intensive hitting sessions with a former futures/challenger player, so i think that under normal conditions the string would have lasted me longer.

    as a matter of fact, my son is almost 14 now and he's playing for three years the mantis pp as mains with the mantis power syn as cross, strung at 21m/20x in the mantis 300 stick. we have no issues whatsoever and he's also playing competitional in austria (top 20 in his age). the combo lasts him anywhere between 15-20 hitting hours until he breaks it and tension maintenance is pretty acceptable, but what is more important the string does not go dead until it breaks.

    adrenaline is a killer - personally i like it in 1.20 pretty much, but it is much too stiff a string to use on such young kids, even in a hybrid. i love it crossed with mcs, but i would not use it even on competitional players with developed strokes before they turn 16 and start to do some light weights on the shoulders and arms by that time. really good control and even some touch but a definite no-go in my opinion.
     
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    Thanks a lot for your feedback fgs. Almost everyone thinks that MPP is better than TBHS in the comfort department, and that was also my expectation as a previous MPP user.
     
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