What is actually soft strings & how to buy?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by meticulous, Jul 2, 2006.

  1. meticulous

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    Can polyester string(like Gosen OG-Sheep Micro, Gosen Polylon Ice and so on) be arm friendly or only multifilament?
    What is the difference to buy strings in reel or pack? Thank you.
     
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  3. Valjean

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    See, for the first part: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/String/StringReference.html

    You need to do the math to decide whether a reel or a pack is for you; divide the number of feet in a reel by the number of feet needed to do your racquet. (Nowadays most packs contain 40 feet, too.) The only certain time you need a reel is to hybrid.
     
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  4. snoflewis

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    a reel isnt always cheaper. for gosen og sheep micro, it's actually more expensive to buy a reel than a 40' set. a 40' set costs $3.95 while a 330' reel costs $35. you do the math. but in MOST cases...a reel is cheaper.
     
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  5. TennisProPaul

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    i get it for 3.50 a set. email me and i can show you how
     
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  6. snoflewis

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    lol...thanks, but no thanks. im settled on the og micro for now.
     
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  7. ATXtennisaddict

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    i remember bringing this up once but the thing is, when you use a packet, you waste some string at the end. So when you add up all the 'wasted' string, the prices might even out...who knows. plus, reel is just neat.
     
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  8. snoflewis

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    true...but it all depends on what frame you're using. im pretty sure there are rackets that require more than 40' and rackets that require less than 40'
     
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  9. SteveI

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    Hi,

    Also.. not to mention the coil memory of packs vs reels. Even using Gosen Polylon Ice 17 the coil memory is much less a problem when stringing from a reel. Also, if you are only stringing for yourself (using one or two frames) you can really be quite accurate with the amount of string needed. This will also maximize the # of string jobs from each reel.. and making the reel a better buy overall.

    Regards,
    Steve
     
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  10. XFactorer

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    Gosen Polylon Ice is NOT NOT NOT NOT arm friendly, at all! You'll feel like you're hitting with a board... I actually like it! But I've found Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power to be very soft and arm friendly.
     
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  11. emcee

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    Lux Ace is the most arm-friendly poly I've ever tried. Also Signum Pro Poly is supposed to be a softer poly.

    But meh. I LIKE the solid feel of the Hurricanes and the ALU-Powers...

    (The link says that Hurricane is softer than Ace, but I string Hurricane at my regular tension, while I get Ace strung at 10% lower).
     
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  12. goober

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    There are a lot of hybrids that come prepackaged with 20-23 ft of each string.

    I have done hybrids just buying a regular 40 ft packs and cutting in half and using it twice.
     
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