http://www.stringforum.net/string2009.php NOtice which strings are top rated in each category? Vs team gut/alu power. If you want to play the best, buy the best equipment, the best string, that depends on your level. Lower level players: stick with cheap strings like msv focus hex, and cheap sticks, msv hex or spin string crossed with the following: Ace 18g lux, will give feel and power but not cheapest.: Sppp 1.25mm cross: most stable string bed, with good spin.: Cyber flash 1.25mm as cross, gooey feel, good power, not as much trampoline/power as ace 18g, not as stable as sppp. Most durable: ashaway 16g mains, with a soft cross like nxt sensation. Higher level players: Increase mass to 350-362g. Buy a flexy stick, or a players' stick. Polarize the frame with lead tape and balance according to style: baseliners, at 12 oclock, and string lower tension, all courters, 3 and 9, and 12. Use nat. gut in the main and alu power in the cross and string higher tension. Inject 25g of silicone into the bottom of your butt cap, capped with cotton. If you value control over power, softness on the arm, accuracy under fire, and winning more, sticks and string and mass and balance pt must suit your style the best way possible and you must use gut hybrids.... A digital scale is $30, less than a string job. Lead tape is cheap too. Nothing dampens arm/shoulder damage like gut, or gives more control. Even the cheap gut is better than the best multi, for tension loss, and control. I've had a stringer since 1981, and have tried many different combos/tensions. Pre stretch for 3-6 sec. Gut tension loss overnight: 7%. Msv: 11%. Alu: 12.75%. After a couple of hours hitting hard: another 10-20 % for anything but gut.