Which strings do you use & how often do you change them?

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  1. Tennisguy3000

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    Which strings do you use & how often do you change them out?

    Just curious as to what others are using & how often they are switching them out. My tennis elbow has been flaring up lately, I have been playing a lot though but I think a change in strings, tension & replacement time will help my arm out & hopefully my game.

    My specs are:

    Racquet - Head Six Star
    String - Luxilon M2 Pro @ 60 LBS (full bed)
    String Change - Every two months or so

    Thinking of going to - Weiss Cannon B5E (full bed)

    Thanks for any thoughts & info - Cheers TG

    P.S. Forum post on the Weiss Cannon B5E strings
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=361509
     
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  2. Hi I'm Ray

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    "String Change - Every two months or so" - this is probably the reason why your TE is flaring up! That or technique, stiff frame, or a combo of those. Most polys go dead in about 6-10hrs and should then be cut out.

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    You might want to have a look at this thread:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=436684
     
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  3. sansaephanh

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    yeah man I didn't think a multi could hurt my arm no matter WHAT condition its in! Turns out fresh poly is alot healthier for my arm then dead multi is...
     
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  4. chaddles

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    They string at 60lb in the Six Star certainly is a recipe for potential TE. Stay away from poly, no matter how soft it is alleged to be, and give a multi like NXT or Power Fiber II a go at 58lb.

    Restring regularly and you shouldn't have a drama, if you do buy a Volkl Organix V1 MP.
     
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  5. joe sch

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    Bab VS + hurricane at 50lbs on a head pc600 and TGK237.1 (18/20) plays like butter for me and lasts for at least 30 hours. No pain ever in my 50+ year old arm :)
     
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  6. anubis

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    I like to buy different strings and experiment with them. Currently I have POSG 16 @ 60 lbs. I change strings every two weeks.
     
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  7. NE1for10is?

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    You might try a gut in the mains, at least until your arm heals up. The gut will last for months, and then put a softer poly in the crosses and you can cut out the poly every couple weeks or so and replace it when it goes dead.

    A full bed of poly can cause TE even when it's fresh, so letting it get boardy and hitting with it for so long will only compound the issue and cause recurring problems.
     
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  8. Mongolmike

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    Same here. I've keep a record (so I don't repeat) of different strings/hybrids/tensions I've tried in different racquets (I string my own) and have a few pages of all the strings I've tried over the past 6-7 years... but whatever my current go-to string is (Dunlop Juice 16g @53#) I restring every 10-14 days depending on how often I played.
     
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  9. jim e

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    Racquet: head radical tour
    Strings: Wilson Nat. gut 16g. 64lbs for OS racquets, 61 lbs. for MP racquets.
    Strings replaced : when they break. Strings very playable until they break.
    Also been over a year without TE problems.
     
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  10. seekay

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    I use 17 gauge BHB7 at 45lb in my Pure Storm Tours. It's usually good for 6-10 hours before it starts to stiffen up.

    I cut it out as soon as I notice a change in feel, even though the string stays playable for a while before it bottoms out. The string is relatively cheap, so I don't see any reason to push it.
     
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  11. mikeler

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    Racquet - Pro Kennex 7G
    String - Discho Microfibre 16 @ 54 LBS (full bed, lockout machine)
    String Change - Every 12 to 15 hours of singles play. The strings get so shredded that they visually disturb me and I cut them out.
     
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  12. Tennisguy3000

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    Thanks Ray, Yeah... I need to invest in another racquet so that I am not waiting for a restring (I hate being without her haha). I think I will try a nat gut hybrid setup next.
     
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  13. Tennisguy3000

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    Thanks Chaddles, Good advice... I have some testing to do. I think i need to start keeping notes on strings, I haven't found the holy grail yet lol
     
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  14. Tennisguy3000

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    Thanks Jim, I have never tried a full be of natural gut but it may be time to do just that. What are the advantages & disadvantages of nat gut. I know it has good spin potential & its easier on the arm but....
     
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  15. Alchemy-Z

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    Luxilon adrenaline or Savage.

    Every 4 months I re-string.

    May-August 55lbs (average temp at play time 88-93)
    Sept-Dec 52 lbs (average temp at playtime 77-82)
    Jan-April - 48 (average temp at play time 53-58)

    I string 2 Racquets and rotate between them every other match.

    Never had TE...maybe after 12 years of smacking a vulcanized rubber puck on ice my elbow hardly notices me squashing a furry ball. =)
     
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  16. Tennisguy3000

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    The 17 gauge BHB7 is the string I have been eying to have a go with next... I need to switch out more often & keep track of my hours. Last few games on my Lux M2 Pro have been a little rough... I think my strings are gone (boardy).
     
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  17. Tennisguy3000

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    Nice, I would consider you a lucky man then ;-) I did mess up my arm a bit with other sports years ago... I dont think it ever completely healed up ;-(

    Which one would you say is softer & has more control, I dont need a power string. Thanks
     
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  18. Alchemy-Z

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    Adrenalin: I play a mostly net game and I really like it for doubles ..as long as I set my angle on the face, track the ball right to the sweet spot the volly's always land with in a 10" diameter spot of the spot I am aiming for,

    My coach use to set up used large folgers coffee cans in a few spots in each alley and would feed balls and have me volley till I hit (or landed inside of 10 cans)

    on a good day I can normally 10 cans in 15-17 shots.

    I have annoyed plenty opponents with my ability to volley into their feet/ankles. :)
     
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  19. Tennisguy3000

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    Haha awesome... I have been thinking of getting some rings or using targets for my alley & cross court base line shots... Is the Adrenalin relatively soft as well (arm friendly).
     
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  20. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    I play with Babolat Tonic + 15L at 54 lbs on the mains and Babolat RPM Team on the crosses at 52 lbs and play 2-3 times a week for about one and a half to two hours each session and it takes about 4-6 weeks before the strings stop snapping back into place and I restring.

    I personally don't feel B5E is easy on the arm. I used to play it in the crosses with gut mains and and tried it as a full bed at 47 lbs and it felt harsh to me compared to RPM Blast/Team strung as a full bed at the same tension.
     
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  21. LiCharles1985

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    That net game sounds fun. How long did your practice that drill for?

     
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  22. rhaudiogeek

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    Try Solinco Tour Bite 16L in the Mains with Yonex Tour Super 850 16 in the crosses. The combination performs outstanding with no parallels in my playing experience for controlled power and spin.

    Racquet Used : Volkl Organix 10, 325
    Tension: Mains -50lbs / Crosses- 54 lbs

    As for durability it lasts me a month and I play singles at least 4 times a week / 2 hrs average per session sometimes 3 hrs.
     
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  23. jim e

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    Nat. gut is very comfortable, had a good feel, and power as well, and strung tight gives me decent control, something that the cheaper guts cannot do (String at high tensions) . If you are not a string breaker, it can last a long time, but.. if you do not hit cleanly, like if you shank a serve it may not snap at the shank shot but can later snap in the bag, and you will be wondering why it broke. I have had nat. gut play well for a long long time, and also had it snap early most likely from a shank.

    So durability can be an issue, as well as the expense, but for me and some of my clients there is nothing like it.Most of my nat. gut clients like nat gut strung low to mid 60 lb range, and this is why I do not even think of the cheaper guts that so many here are constantly looking for, as most cheap gut strings you cannot string at those tensions without chances of it snapping early and that reflects back on me, but with a quality gut this is where nat gut comes through at high tensions.
     
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  24. filphil

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if you did hitting or rally for a majority of your sessions you'd actually be getting less time on your string bed, right?
     
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  25. parasailing

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    You can't go wrong with high end natural gut as I never had a set break while stringing it or snap in my bag. That hasn't been the case with cheap gut where I have had two snap in my bag and one snap when I was finishing up near the end of the string job. What a complete waste of 40 minutes of my time :mad:.
     
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  26. Tennisguy3000

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    Thanks for your input everyone.

    I live on the west coast & still play when it is damp on the courts in the winter, I believe that natural gut doesn't hold up well to moisture (is this true?)

    I have read some great reviews on Heads RIP Control. Considering a full bed or hybrid (have never had/tried a hybrid setup before). Any thoughts/advice appreciated.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/feedback-RCON16.html
     
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  27. UCSF2012

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    New poly's every 4-6 hours of use or when shots start to spray, whichever comes first. I don't let them break. Costs much less to restring often than to see a physical therapist/surgeon.
     
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  28. Tennisguy3000

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    Yes... agreed. I am icing my wrist as we speak ;-)
     
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  29. mikeler

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    I would agree.
     
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  30. robbo1970

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    Prince Tournament Nylon and proud of it lol

    Not that proud really, but I'm not as advanced as most lol
     
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  31. Fuji

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    I have taken a break from poly due to my off arm not enjoying it on my 2HBH. Main arm is fine with most string set ups these days.

    Usually I'm using full beds of Head RIP Control 16 @ 50lbs +/- 4lbs depending on the frame. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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  32. Tennisguy3000

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    Thanks Fuji... I am going to try RIP Control out & see how it goes.
     
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  33. Fuji

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    Sounds good! It definitely plays different according to different tensions. String it low, and it's got lots of pop and comfort. String it high, and it gets a touch boardy with a reduced sweet spot.

    -Fuji
     
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  34. zapvor

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    lately things are going nuts with my string set ups. i am snapping strings with less than 9 hours of play. maybe i should stop hitting with shcmad from the MAC:)
     
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  35. BabolatTennis9

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    Racquet - Babolat AeroPro Drive GT x4
    String - Pro's Pro Strategem 1.35mm @ 55 lbs
    Restring - I restring all 4 every 1-2 months (I play usually play about 5-6 times a week and 3-4 hours each time)
     
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  36. db10s

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    Black Widow 17 @ 52lbs.

    sometimes 3 days, sometimes 10, usually after a week
     
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  37. tlm

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    I use a prince rebel 98 with gamma power play kevlar at 58 lbs. with yonex poly tour spin 17 gauge x's at 63 lbs. and change it at least once a week.
     
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  38. tball

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    In racquets I play long serious matches with, I use MSV Co-Focus / Isospeed Professional @ 39/41-45. For doubles and league play, I use Gamma TNT variants @ 50 lbs. On racquets I practice with, I use a multi or a poly du jour @ 30-39 lbs with Forten Sweet 16, Forten Nylon 15, or Prince Syn Gut 15L. Most setups break on me in about 1 month, so I rarely have to worry about strings going dead. Also by now, after so many years, and having backup racquets on the ready, I can feel when the strings have passed their peak.
     
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  39. Ramon

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    For me, poly usually feels ok for about 3 hours, which is just not enough time. I'd rather use natural gut until it breaks or a good durable multi for about 10-12 hours (they usually break first).
     
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  40. Ross K

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    This truly sounds like one I might want to investigate.
     
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  41. 3fees

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    Rip Control is Heads attempt to blend 3 string features into one string,,in wine terminology its a claret--blend different wines together to get one better wine.

    Rip control-comfort-multi string
    Rip control- spin-textured string
    Rip control-control-hard poly outside

    So its multi string with a hard poly outside thats textured.

    Plays with comfort and control.
     
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  42. robbo1970

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    Using Dunlop Silk at the moment. Seems pretty good, not that I have ever been able to really tell much difference between strings but it feels comfortable and after a fair bit of play I have not noticed any loss of tension or wear to the strings themselves. But when these go I will probably just re-string with something durable that retains its tension for a decent amount of time.
     
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  43. Tennisguy3000

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    Just wanted to update this thread... Strung up my racquet Head Rip Control @ 60 lbs & really enjoying the string. Feels soft with good pocketing & control, thanks for the recommendation. Hopefully they will be good for a bit ;-)
     
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