What's the softest/most elastic polyester string on the market?

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  1. sc8

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    Please post your thoughts and comments on this question.

    Thanks,

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  2. THESEXPISTOL

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    Polystar Energy
     
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  3. sc8

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    Where does Polyfibre Hightec stand?
     
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  4. NickC

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    This.................
     
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  5. duffman

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    Also try unique big hitter blue.
     
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  6. BreakPoint

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    But if what you really want is a soft and elastic string, why use polys at all? :confused: Why not just use a good multi? Just about any multi is going to be softer and more elastic than even the softest and most elastic poly.
     
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  7. BobFL

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    Black Magic is super-soft! Head Sonic Pro is very close as well....
     
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  8. flashfire276

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    Sonic Pro is pretty soft for a poly.
     
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  9. scotus

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    BreakPoint brings up a good point.

    I have tried some polys that were so soft that they just did not have the kind of spin potential that I would normally expect from a poly.

    So I don't know exactly what you are looking for in a poly but you can also try some multis.
     
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  10. Ambivalent

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    If you like soft you might as well buy a reel of forten nylon for 17 bucks.
    But +1 on the Polystar Energy.
     
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  11. Preston

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    Pro Supex's Big Ace is very soft and Big Ace Micro is even softer.
     
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  12. [d]ragon

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    According to the TWU string comparison tool, the softest are Weiss Silverstring (for high tensions) and Wilson Enduro Tour 18 (for medium and low tensions).

    According to RSI, the top three are (in this order): Pro Hurricane 18, Promix 17, Sonic Pro 17.

    Note that softness is not the same as elasticity. A string can be soft but inelastic (SPPP) or stiff but elastic (ALU Power)
     
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  13. CzechM8

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    From the ones I've tried, the Gosen Comfort 17g string was the softest. Very nice and comfy when fresh. Sadly, unplayable and uncontrollable for me after less than two hours.
     
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  14. ManuGinobili

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    PolyStar Energy, while not as soft as Sonic Pro (it's close!) and Polyon Comfort, is more elastic, and dwarfs these strings in just about every other characteristic.
     
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  15. schenkelini

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    I found Mantis Comfort Poly very soft and comfortable.
     
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  16. corners

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    Excellent point. One reason that many people conflate the two is that, until recently, there was no objective data on elasticity, only stiffness. So threads like this appear over and over so people can share their subjective impressions of elasticity/resilience/power.

    The String Comparison tool (http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/stringselector/stringselector.php) allows you to look at both stiffness and elasticity (Energy Return). Note that the ratio between these two qualities can vary a lot depending on tension. For example, Alu Power at 60 pounds has excellent Energy Return and is very stiff, but at 40 pounds it has good energy return and is only moderately stiff. From this we would predict that Alu is more powerful at lower tensions than higher ones. This is not the case for all poly strings.

    Using this tool you can find some polys that have high energy return but low stiffness. At low tensions Silverstring appears to be a leader in 'power'. Strung in the 40s Silverstring is only 1.05% less elastic than Alu but 12.3% less stiff. Almost the same energy return but quite a bit softer. This would give more overall power.
     
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  17. dekko1

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    I also agree, the most elastic poly I have ever played with.
     
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