which tend to break first for you, mains or crosses

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  1. aimr75

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    i'm not a string breaker, but broke my first string recently.. kirschbaum touch multifibre 17 @ 55. It broke on the crosses.. was thinking whether this is the norm or the other way around..

    where does it break for you?
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    MOST of the time the main goes first. But i've had my cross goes first though a few times
     
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  3. miniRafa386

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    i have poly mains, so always my crosses
     
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  4. miniRafa386

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    i use the same thing, kirsch touch multi, except in 16. try the 16, i think its better than the 17
     
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  5. downey stringing master

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    i break cross coz im a ****. full poly or whatever :)
     
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    Mains go first generally.
     
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  8. YULitle

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    Typical string motion occurs with the mains swaying side to side due to spin shots. This causes multiple spots on the mains to rub up and down along the crosses, causing notching which eventually leads to breakage.
     
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    with the break i had, i found the wear more evident on the crosses. The string movement was extreme on the mains. They moved around alot (too much), but saw that the fraying happened alot sooner on the crosses

    but yeah, the localised notching on the mains verses the wear being spread across the crosses due to movement.. i can understand why they break first
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    It all depends on the types of strings you have too. As it's already been said, if you have a more durable main string you are more likely to break the crosses first. It also depends on how you hit.
     
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  12. 1337Kira

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    I've only played for a while, and I've only broken strings twice.
    Once was on the crosses, once on the mains.
     
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  13. baek57

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    i dont think i've ever broken a cross.
     
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  14. DonBot

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    In a hybrid I always break the crosses first as the stiffness of the poly in the mains tends to saw through the multi or gut in the crosses. In a full bed of poly or mains I tend to break the mains first. If I ever get tempted back into a hybrid I think I will run the poly in the crosses like [k]fed and see what happens- my guess is the multi will saw through again first- But my question is has anyone noticed a differene in hybrid life based on having the poly in the main or in the crosses?

    Just a side note too, when I break multis or synthetic gut I tend to pop 2-4 strings at a time if I break them on my serve, whereas I break usually only 1 if it goes on a ground stroke. I guess I have alot more action on the ball with my topspin serve, plus I think the bat speed is usually higher as I swing for the fences without too much fear of it sailing out of the service box.
     
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  15. Pro Staff Pete

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    mains rly...
     
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  16. deehacker2005

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    When I string my racquet w/ a hybrid set up, I always break the crosses first. With a full multi-string job, I always break the mains .
     
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  17. vwfye

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    i've only ever lost a cross string once in 20+ years... miss hit on an overhead.
     
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  18. soyizgood

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    Always the mains for me.
     
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  19. hotseat

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    ditto, however on rare occasions the poly will snap on really tough, flat shots
     
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  20. curio

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    Main string (full poly stringjob)
     
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  21. Hokiez

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    Only ever broken the mains (up to 5 at once is my record)
     
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  22. TennisNinja

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    Depends on what type of string I use. If it's softer string like NXT I break the crosses but stuff like Rip Control I break the mains.
     
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  23. ledor

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    I always break mains. I've broken cross twice in my life, and those strings were the Prince Problend. The Synthetic Gut popped as a cross string.
     
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  24. boojay

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    I've been using a lot of NXT lately so my crosses are breaking frequently. Any other string, it's the mains that usually go. I wish there was a durable soft string.
     
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  25. quest01

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    My crosses go first because I use poly in the mains. I thought about cutting out only the crosses but I heard thats not a good idea because it could result in racquet damage from what I was told.
     
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  26. Tennisman912

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    I also break mains only on my full poly setup. I usually get 8-12 hours of play on average.

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  27. SOY78

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    For me it was allways the mains.
     
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  28. CityHeightsTennis

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    i always break my main strings... dun know the reason but always...
     
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  29. origmarm

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    Mains normally. I don't break much though. With full multi jobs for some reason I have always broken crosses
     
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