What is the best string for topspin?

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  1. witt4ace

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    I just wanted to know what everyone thinks is the best string for topspin that is not too expensive?





    Thanks.:D
     
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  2. anonymous2364

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    Spaghetti strings
     
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  3. nickb

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    Poly..good for spin...bad for your arm.
     
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  4. The_1337

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    probably a poly that is hexagonal.
     
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  6. Valjean

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    Two well-known standard spin strings are Prince's Topspin Plus and Topspin with Duraflex 15L.

    A fairly effective new one is Wilson's Super Spin Hexagonal.

    How much spin, though, too? Spin strings come with varying degrees of texture, which translates to differences in the amount of spin you get.

    We hope you've experimented with your stroke technique, though, first.
     
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  7. TennezSport

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    Well..........

    witt4ace,

    Sorry to inform you but it's not that easy. Some strings are better than others but it really depends on your playing style and likes/dislikes. A thinner gauge string helps with spin, but your hitting style matters more. If you hit with topspin strokes it really does not matter what string you hit with that much.

    Take Rafa for an example. He uses Babolat Duralast 15L, one of the thickest tennis strings out there, but he gets massive topspin, totally because of his grip and the way he swings at the ball. Gut is the best string by far but it's expensive. Then there are the new groups of Poly strings that will work for control, but don't hold tension well. Finally there are hybrids, mixtures of poly and gut or synthetic gut strings.

    It really comes down to experimention of different string with the racquet of your choice to find what works best for you. Ask all you like but you will not know until you try for yourself. Best of luck in your search.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  8. mista-k

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    just go lower gauge
    like LUX TIMO ACE 18gauge...or any other good rep brand...youll find out that these so called "topspin strings" arent good in the long run in regards to playability (ive tried prince and iso speed)...or better yet just get "NATURAL GUT" its the ultimate string for power spin...

    ---right now Im using cf mains and h.rip x (but my grip is xtreme western)
     
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  9. tbini87

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    i have had good experiences with poly if you want spin. not the best feel, and a little rough on the arm, but check it out and see if you like it.
     
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  10. BurghKing

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    Definitely a mixture of poly and another syn gut. I like to use a textured string in my mains (right now Gamma Ruff) and a poly in the crosses. I feel this gives me good spin and the poly helps to deaden up the string bed so I can swing away. However, take a look at your strokes too (like everyone has been saying), that will play big part too.
     
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  11. Jackie T. Stephens

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    Prince Topspin.
     
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    SIGNUMPRO HEXTREME PURE 1.20mm

    ;)
     
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  13. PROTENNIS63

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    Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25
     
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    Well, I use (for now) a monofilament that you've probably never heard of. It's a textured, but it's 15l so it can withstand a beating. It's Alpha Ultra Spin 15l Classic.
     
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  15. Court_Jester

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    Topspin is more a matter of technique although it can be enhanced with the use of polyester strings or kevlar for the mains. Just about any thin-gauge poly meets your criterion. You can opt for those with textured surface (BB ALU Power Rough) or hexagonal cross-section (PHT or Signum Pro HEXtreme) but they tend to be more pricey.
     
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  16. AndrewD

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    Screw technique, that's not what the OP was asking so it doesn't need to be mentioned. Some strings allow for more spin than others, end of story.

    witt4ace,

    It all depends on what you consider expensive. Polyfibre TCS 17 produces huge gobs of spin (and has much better feel and more comfort than other poly style strings) but it is priced at $12. I'm not a string breaker so I consider that a reasonable price. If you want something under $5, Gamma Synthetic Gut 18 for $3.85 is quite good (although not close to the Polyfibre). Under $10 and you could look at Yonex Tournament 80 Spin for $6.50 (lots of spin but I prefer a thinner gauge), Babolat Razor Spin 16 at $4.95, Gamma Ruff at $8 or Prince Topspin Plus at $5.85.
     
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  17. jackson vile

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    gut mains poly crosses + string savers!!!!!!:p
     
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  18. chinkypinky

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    Pro Supex for Blue Gear is great for spin!
     
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  19. gerikoh

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    nothing beats luxilion alu power rough. even roger uses that :)
     
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    I am leaniing towards either an all PSGD 17g or trying a hybrid. If looking for control and added spin--should I go poly in the mains or crosses and what gauge?

    Which is more spin--all PSGD 17 or a hybrid with 16g poly/syn gut? Thanks for your patience as I am new to the board and really getting back into tennis and trying to figure out all the "new" tech. :confused:
     
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  21. downdaline

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    So far for me, the best string for topsin is...

    ...

    ... TOPSPIN!!!

    Topsin Cyberflash that is...

    (Plus it's easy on the spin, easy on the arm and easy on the wallet too)
     
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  22. Loco4Tennis

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    i've used Wilson's Super Spin Hexagonal 16g in one racquet (hurts fingers when stringing/fanning)
    i've used 17g string on another similar racquet (easy to string)
    both seemed to produce the same amount of spin for my game
     
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  23. User Name

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    gamma ruff....
     
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    klip legend 18
     
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    whats really good for top spin is gamma fusion 19, but dont use the crosses it comes with, use gut or Xcel premium, or maybe even a poly, so the strings dont move as much.
     
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  26. Bundey

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    I thought he used pro hurricane tour?
     
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    he only uses it in the crosses with natural gut, big diffrence.....
     
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    Well.............

    Bundey,

    Babolat advertises that Rafa uses PHT in the US and other countries where Duralast is unavailable; PHT and Duralast are very similar.

    TennezSport :cool:
     
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  29. Bundey

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    Well, you learn something new everyday. :grin:
     
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    have you played with Alpha ultra spin classic vc. Alpha ultra spin solid core (SC)?
    I am trying to find a string that plays siimlar to Prince Topspin plus -- -same kind of
    crisp feel, and the spin capability.
     
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  31. f1 tech

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    I think pretty much any poly and a semi-western to western grip will get you good topspin. But to answer your question, I love Big Ace and Cyberflash.
     
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    Pro Supex Blue Gear!
     
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    Anything with Nadal's forehand.
     
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    1.25 is good though IMO 1.28 was slightly better.
    Wayne
     
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    Jesus, no one notice the date on this topic?
    NECROPOSTAGE
     
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    Luxilon Spin Pentagon 125

    I had a dude at 48 years old string up his os Wilson N1 with that string. He said he never hits with much spin but that string just wouldn't let him play without it.
     
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  37. M J

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    Pro Hurricane Tour is nothing like Duralast. I have some of both and have tried both. Duralast is the nastiest string ever created. It makes Pro Hurricane Tour feel like a nice soft gut.
    Nadal does use Duralast. After trying it, I understand why he can't get much pace on his serve and how the ratio of spin to pace on his groundstrokes is so great; there is nothing special about the spin potential of the string, it just has no power at all. His crazy racquet speed is captured by the spin, but he doesn't get crazy out-of-control pace because his strings are completely dead.
     
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  38. ssjkyle31

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    Anything string with tension less than 55lbs equivalent. Kevlar hybrid at 48lbs
     
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  39. jasonchu

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    Don't you mean higher gauge? higher = thinner and more spin right?
     
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  40. Valjean

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    While in general I'm in favor of thin, stiff strings to improve topspin (and the higher swing speed the thinner gauges promote), you just might find you like Prince's Topspin 15L, the one with Duraflex added in, just like PSGD, better--as a control string too...

    I'd try it first, anyhow.
     
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  41. hoodjem

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    Yes, higher gauge--thinner strings.

    For spin try Blue Gear 1.25 or Big Ace Micro 1.15.
     
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  42. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    Do you think the extra thinness of the micro amounts to the extra spin added by the gears in blue gear 1.25?
     
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  43. PROTENNIS63

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    The micro will not give as much spin as Blue Gear. Remember that Blue Gear is hex shaped.
     
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  44. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    Have you read the article about string stiffness, roughness etc. and its affect on spin? It suggests that spin is not affected by tension or roughness of strings, although myself, thought blue gear had better spin :confused:
     
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  45. PROTENNIS63

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    Lloyd,

    I know that spin is all technique. I really don't care what the article says, but the fact remains that Blue Gear does give more spin than other strings.
     
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    For me there are better strigns for spin than Blue Gear....I get more spin from kevlar hybrids, luxilon big banger original and luxilon ALU Power.

    Nick
     
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  47. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    Hard to tell for me most of the time as i play on carpet courts and it dosent really "kick" that much
     
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  48. nickb

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    I play on indoor carpet too...

    Nick
     
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  49. origmarm

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    ^^^ Let me guess, David Lloyd?
    I play at a DL a lot also and I notice a big difference in the kick off the ball on carpet vs hardcourt. The great thing about that carpet is that slice is amazing if you get a low driving slice. That and slice serves work very well I find
     
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  50. Lloyd Barcenilla

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    I don't play at David Lloyd's, i think Nick does.

    We have outdoor carpets, and when its slightly damp, slice serves are the buisness.
     
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