What breaks more often: mains or crosses?

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  1. Xfimpg

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    Coming back from a long hiatus from tennis, I can't remember which one breaks more often: mains or crosses?

    Assumption: Using a full bed of string, no hybrids.
     
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    Mains. 10char
     
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  3. lew750

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    Can't remember breaking a cross.
     
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  4. Xfimpg

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    I had the exact same reflection, so I thought I would inquire within.
     
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  5. vandre

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    mains by a ton.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Prestige Mid (i.Prestige Mid and PC600). 18x20

    Head RIP Control 17g, broke crosses EXCLUSIVELY and habitually.
     
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  7. gmatheis

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    if you break crosses more than mains you aren't hitting the ball correctly
     
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  8. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    ... It broke in the middle, how incorrect can it be. And yeah, you CAN bring crosses before the mains go.
     
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  9. Rjtennis

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    It depends on if you are using hybrid.
     
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  10. Engelworks

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    I always break a main when I use poly or synthetic gut, but I always break a cross when I use multi. I have no clue why.
     
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  11. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    According to someone, you must be hitting wrong.
     
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  12. Sander001

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    Agreed. Used the PC600 for some years with NXT and natural gut and the crosses would break.
    Using that racquet, you could really bomb the 1st serve and I think that was the reason; my 1st serve was way harder than any other shot and there was less emphasis on spin in those days.

    edit: But since that time, it's always been the mains that would break. Recently broke 16gauge Kevlar mains and the poly crosses still looked good.
     
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  13. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    But, if you're snapping crosses like me, doesn't that mean you're not hitting correctly? :twisted:

    That's why I loved the PC600 (when I was using it), if you use a string that doesn't die (like gut), and because it snaps the crosses, coupled with the dense pattern, the strings last forever. :twisted:
     
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  14. MikeHitsHard93

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    Complete and utter BS. How can you say something like that? I broke two crosses at once when serving with a pure drive roddick...yes it was an ace!!! Smdh people can be so ignorant.
     
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  15. Engelworks

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    My bad. Maybe I had the string upside down when I weaved the crosses and am hitting on the wrong side! :p
     
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  16. Sander001

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    Yeah. :(
    We should delete our talk tennis accounts and quit tennis or else get shamed off all courts around the world.
    #ExposedAsFrauds
     
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  17. Rjtennis

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    For sure, if your breaking crosses it's definetly a technical flaw..
     
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  18. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I'm technically flawless. :twisted: I just haven't had the time investment to turn pro.

    I blame the manufacturer. Head don't know how to make racquets. :) Don't they know? All strings must snap at the mains!
     
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  19. LeeD

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    Mains, 7 to 3 ratio.
    Based on restringing at least 400 rackets.
    Could be 8-2, so don't take my ratio as gospel.
     
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  20. Fugazi

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    What are you guys smoking? The ratio is at least 99 to 1, unless it's a hybrid setup.
     
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  21. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Hey, we snap crosses, so what do we know about tennis?
     
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  22. Fugazi

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    loll you make it sound like it's not a crime!
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Hey I'm just supporting what that other person was saying. If you're breaking crosses, you must not be hitting right.
     
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  24. LeeD

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    Didn't know this was about hitting right, or hitting left.
    My numbers come from around 400 re-string jobs.
    At the TransAm tourney, about the same ratio, but also so BOTH mains and crosses broken at the same hit.
     
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  25. Fugazi

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    Breaking crosses is way uncool. Deal with it.
     
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  26. Brocolt

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    Certain multis in a full bed do not slide as much they tend to stay in place and the crosses will tend to break 80% of the time with these full Multi string jobs. Syn gut and polys will tend to break mains. It depends more on the type of string and how it breaks. Unless you hit with a ton of spin then typically it will be the mains.
     
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  27. ilovetennis212

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    Most of the time it's main.
    Cross breaks too if you hybrid Gut in cross
     
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  28. rst

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    in a full bed of multi my crosses always fray faster than the mains on my racket. i rarely break strings though. flat forehand, slice OHBH and flat , backspin serves is what i hit. i now put poly in the crosses and syn gut in the mains and this to me is quite nice.
     
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  29. Fintft

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    I broke my first last month :) On full bed natural gut, but of course 99.9% I break the mains first...
     
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  30. pingu

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    I broke cross just once. The rest were main.
     
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  31. jrxl

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    I can't wait to tell by buddy (that played d1 in the 70s) that he is hitting the ball wrong!
     
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  32. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    You should let the person with that statement talk to your ex-D1 friend. His authority on the matter is superior to mine.
     
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  33. gmatheis

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    d1 in the 70s ... LOL

    Could you ask him what wooden racket I should use?
     
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  34. BLX_Andy

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    I broke mains every time unless I'm hybriding poly with multi in the cross.
     
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