Which three polys for a newcomer to try?

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  1. Karstic

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    Which three moderately priced polys would you recommend someone try in order to experience the range of what they offer? As an older player getting back into the game over the last few years, I've been exploring some of these, and the one thing I'm sure of is that different players want different things from them. Kind of like other types of strings. For example, I am very happy with the crisp response I get from BHSR, while I really hated the response of the Iontec strings. They seemed to offer too much power, which was difficult to control. Obviously, there are those here who have the completely opposite opinion.

    So which three, or possibly just two, possibly more, strings should one try in order to help refine one's search for the perfect poly for them?
     
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    I saw that, but my thought was not which one should they try or which was best, but which two or three would represent a broad range of poly's playing characteristics. This would help to narrow down the field for the search for the best one for that person.
     
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    You might want to divide the field into four catagories:

    Firm/wet
    Tecnifibre Pro Red Code

    Firm/dry
    Luxilon ALU Power

    Soft/wet
    Dunlop Black Widow

    Soft/dry
    Topspin Cyber Flash

    I hope this expansion helps you narrow down your choices.
     
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    What does firm/wet mean?
     
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    By that I mean a firm (stiff) string that has a more generalized feel on contact as apposed to a well defined feel that is not at all muddy.
     
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    I'm a little fuzzy on Muppet's definitions too, but this seems to be the kind of thing I was looking for. Picking your favorite from these four would eliminate the three others and all that could be described as similar to them.
     
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    Give Red Code a shot, it's the best poly on that list for sure.
     
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    I think your are just fine with the BHSR.
    If Iontec felt too powerful, you probably won't like the other, softer polys either.
     
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  10. Torres

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    I think Muppet makes a good suggestion in that its worth trying one poly in each poly sub-category.

    Don't think it matters specifically what individual poly you try at this stage - you'll refine your preferences over time - just that its roughly representative of that particularly sub category.

    - firm, stiffer, control orientated polys eg. 4G / 4G Rough, Polyforce / Poly Extreme etc.

    - more comfortable yet classic playing polys eg. Beast XP, Discho Iontec, Silverstring etc

    - shaped spin orientated polys eg. Cyclone, Yonex PTS, Sonic Pro Edge,

    - softer or more elastic polys eg. Black Widow, Yonex PTP etc.

    - a twisted poly eg. Big Hitter Blue Rough, Silver Rough

    - the 'top end' polys like Alu and RPM

    - some budget polys

    Just have a browse of the forums - there are tons of discussions about polys to try. Obviously adjust tensions slightly to take into account the different stiffneses. Have a look at the TW string database and the RSI playtests. Lots of useful information there.
     
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    That's what I'm driving at. What three or four strings should a newcomer to polys try that would help them determine what qualities they prefer, in order to choose others to try. For example, I liked BHSR and did not like Iontec. Someone here who has tried these could probably recommend others I might like and steer me away from those that would probably be a waste of money and time.
     
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    An assortment of different playing polys might include:
    RPM Blast
    PHT
    Gosen Polyon
    Gosen Sidewinder
    Kirschbaum Spiky shark
    Tourna BHB7
    SPPP
    TF Redcode
    Lux BB Ace
    Lux BBO
    Lux4G
    Gamma ZoVerve
    Gamma ZoTwist
    Prince Beast

    It's a start. (shrug)
     
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    Since you like BHSR, I see no reason not to stick with it. You could do a lot worse for more money. But if you want to sample some others, you are on the Luxilon ALU Power / Topspin Cyber Flash side of the field (dry.) BHSR is a 'medium stiffness/dry feel' selection. As a note, Luxilon ALU is said to have very poor longevity. It's used by many pros because it plays very well for a short time and they can afford to switch to a fresh racquet for each set.

    Other things to consider in a string are longevity and power. Unlike nylon based strings and natural gut, most polys will play with a certain power over different tensions. Adjusting the tension for a poly is usually to change the feel and comfort of the string. To find strings with better longevity, a string's reputation and trial and error are the ways to go. I've found this forum to be an excellent resource.
     
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    I've never felt Cyber Flash to be a particularly soft string -- in the Topspin lineup that description goes to Cyber Blue which is a significantly softer version. Both are good strings that have been around a while.
     
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    I tested Cyber Flash / Hexy Fiber against Big Hitter Silver / Hexy Fiber and found the Cyber Flash to feel softer and less springy. There were some variables hanging loose, but the test was enough to satisfy me to keep Cyber Flash.

    Cyber Blue is on the Iontec side of the spectrum.
     
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    try any of the following and you will be glad you did:

    signum pro poly plasma
    msv hex
    genesis black magic
    weiss cann silverstring
    pro supex big ace micro
    poly star energy
    topspin max rotation
    genesis twisted razor
    signum pro tornado
    volkl cyclone
    still in black select
     
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    Msv hex
    Tour bite
    Bhbr
     
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