Thoughts on poly cross strings?

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  1. souledge

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    What's the general consensus as to which poly string provides the most spin in a cross position relative to VS Team 17, Pacific Prime 17, WhisperTOUCH 17L or Wilson NG 17 mains?

    Tour Bite 18
    BHBR 17
    SPPP 17L
    SPPP Pure 17L
    L-Tec 4S (The hated string)

    or is there something I'm missing. Also, what is the difference between SPPP and SPPP Pure? I imagine both Signum offerings are great at maintaining tension.
     
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  2. PrincessAdam

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    A textured poly, ex Luxilon bb rough. harder to string though
     
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  3. Federerkblade

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    Recommendation for the cross pls

    Pacific tournament pro classic gut main. cheapest gut available for me in UK. hope its a good gut

    The options for the cross are these ?

    mantis power poly 17
    pros pro vendetta 1.30
    signum pro firestorm 1.25
    pro hurricane tour 1.25
    msv focus hex 1.27
     
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  4. souledge

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    I imagine the Gut / SPPP offerings are played a lot because they hold up over time?
     
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  5. Up&comer

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    And the slick surface helps the gut mains slide which is one of the factors in spin production. People on this board seem to love MSV Co focus as a cross, and coincidently it received one of the lowest friction ratings by TW Proffessor. I personally liked SPPP more simply because I felt it tamed the gut mains better than the co focus. It's all personal preference. I always suggest people try out SPPP as a cross because it does everything well and holds tension incredibly well for a poly.
     
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  6. Bahama Scott

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    Weiss Scorpion 1.22
     
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  7. souledge

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    I thought Scorpion was only good for the mains?
     
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  8. Federerkblade

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    what gauge do you recommend for the cross fro sppp
     
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  9. Up&comer

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    I liked the 1.23 personally.
     
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  10. souledge

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    Ever try the 1.18?
     
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  11. Up&comer

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    Sorry, nope. It would saw through the mains too fast for me.
     
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  12. Federerkblade

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    would you recommend string savers for the gut sppp combo
     
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  13. Up&comer

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    Not unless you break strings very quickly. You can also put one or two in as the string begins to fray. Just put them where the gut begins to unravel.
     
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  14. souledge

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    Compared to gut in terms of hours of playability, how much would a poly cross like SPPP or Co-Focus give you?
     
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  15. stringertom

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    SP Tornado is my choice...16g nattie & 1.23 Tornado or 17g nattie & 1.18 Tornado if durability is not an issue.
     
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  16. cluckcluck

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    Just curious, why do you think L-tec 4S is a hated string?
     
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  17. Up&comer

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    Are you asking about full gut versus gut/poly hours of playability or the two polys compared side to side as crosses for gut mains?
     
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  18. souledge

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    sorry I should've been clearer.

    Full gut
    vs
    gut / poly (sppp, let's say as it's a tension maintenance monster or msv cofocus)
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    poly (scorpion) / gut

    in terms of hours of playability.
     
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  19. filphil

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    I've used pacific classic crossed with SPPP 1.18 and noticeably felt the poly dying off at approx 25 hours of hitting.

    Just posting this for some more information for the people interested.
     
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    Full gut plays well until it breaks. Gut/poly begins to die and lose some of that initial feel and pop after about 10 hours of playing time (haven't gotten that in a while, though.)

    Poly/gut plays well for a while. At around 10-12 hours it too begins to lose that playability but it, like gut/poly, will still play well for another 10-12 hours after that. The times I've hit with people that have reached that much time it just felt like it had nothing it did when fresh.
     
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  21. souledge

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    so if you don't break strings, you could theoretically get 100 hours of playability from gut? My gut is starting to fray a little, but I guess that's me.
     
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  22. parasailing

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    I don't think you will get 100 hours from playing with gut but some have gotten about 40 hours on it. Fraying is natural to gut and it's something you will just have to monitor. Using string savers will extend the life of natural gut.

    Gut mains and SPPP is pretty good but I have to restring every 8 to 10 hours after SPPP being tinny.

    Ltec 4s is a great string but some people hate it because Ltec hyped it up as the ultimate poly and the high cost. I find it to be the top poly to use in a hybrid with natural gut because it retains tension, offers good power and control, and doesn't feel tinny as quite as some of the other strings.

    I have tried many poly crosses to match with VS mains and so far Ltec comes out ahead even if it is one of the most expensive strings out there.
     
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    25hours! Think you got your money's worth by then. Why not re-string the crosses after 10-12 hours to retain the playability? Before anyone comments I have done this (on my own rackets) loads and never had a problem providing the frame is firmly clamped before cutting out the crosses.
     
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