What should I string my Blade 98 18/20 (2013) with?

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  1. TheFieryFurnace2012

    TheFieryFurnace2012 New User

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    I currently have it strung with babolat rmp blast as i have had all my rackets strung with over the last year. I have a pretty poor knowledge of strings, i'vd had red code, hurricane (blue/yellow) and the rpm. I am thinking of using a hybrid between a poly/co-poly and natural gut. Interested in all your feedback. Btw I like the rpm blast very much but i know there are better strings and hybrids out there. I am looking for spin and control.
    Thanks!
     
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  2. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

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    I have the 18x20 and I love 4g mains, OG Sheep Micro crosses in the low 50s.

    to save $$$, I use Dunlop Ice instead of 4g, which plays similar, just doesnt last as long and the feel is not the same. spin is major though, and control is awesome.
     
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  3. TennisCJC

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    For gut hybrid, I suggest gut mains at 54 lbs with red code crosses at 50 lbs. Don't waste you gut in the crosses.

    With 18x20 pattern, 17g string might be better too.
     
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  4. hyperion99

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    You can try putting Wilson NXT 17g(or Natural Gut) mains and Luxilon M2 pro.
    M2 pro is a very soft string and has great control/spin so you could put it on the string bed if you want.
    I recommend stringing it 2lbs higher than what you would normally put since it has a tendency to lose a bit of tension in the first few days.
    This is my opinion.
    Hope this helps.
     
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  5. TheFieryFurnace2012

    TheFieryFurnace2012 New User

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    Don't waste the gut in the crosses?
     
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  6. sunof tennis

    sunof tennis Professional

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    Yes, he is right. The main strings contribute about 75% to the power, feel and spin. If you want the racquet to be dominated by the poly spin and control so that you want to put the poly in the mains, that is fine, but for a little as the crosses contribute to such a poly main hybrid, you can save money by using a multi or a synthetic in the crosses. Each will soften the string bed and give you a little more pop, but using gut instead would not add enough incremental benefit as a cross string to justify the expense. Pros will do it because they don't care about the cost.
     
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  7. neverstopplaying

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    Gut/poly is usually my fav in most of my sticks, but since playing mostly with the Blade 18x20, I prefer full poly.

    I'm playing with RPM Blast now and like it a lot. I didn't string it so I don't know the tension, but it feels like 45-50. Great combo of power, control, spin and comfort.
     
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  8. monomer

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    I'm using Classic gut / Co-focus at 57/52 lbs. and love it.
     
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  9. TheFieryFurnace2012

    TheFieryFurnace2012 New User

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    Thanks a lot for the information!
     
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