X1 Biphase should I switch?

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  1. BER256

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    Hey, I am a club tennis player 19 year old, who could play for his d3 college team, but chooses to play club. I have an all court game, with the weak point being my serves. I use the IG Prestige MP with x1 Biphase 17 gauge at 50 lbs. I was considering droppiing 49/48 pounds to get some power? would this be a decent move? I also want to maybe switch to the 16 gauge for the better durability of string because each pack of biphase only lasts me around 2 to 3 weeks. Maybe switch to technifibre nrg2 for extra cheaper durability. So basically should I try out nrg2 or buy x1 16 gauge? Thanks for your help!
     
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  2. Ramon

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    If you want more power and durability I suggest trying mid-priced gut like Klip Legend, Pacific Classic, or Babolat Tonic. Tonic will have the most power. For me, the durability justifies the cost compared to a premium multi.
     
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  3. PrincessAdam

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    Try some thick gauge natural gut like Ramon said. Gut would last longer than a high price multi, and out perform too.
     
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  4. Overheadsmash

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    I own two of the IG Prestige MPs, and they are very low powered. The pro has much more power. I'd say that you need to use gut in that mp. Babolat tonic works great. I will often use the 15 G and it lasts a long time.
     
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  5. wmilas

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    I second all the above. X1 starts to spray balls after about 4-6 hours because it has poor tension maintenance. Natural gut has the best tension maintenance of any string out there period.

    I would string up a full bed of Pacific Classic NG and try that.

    BTW when I had T.E. I used to play with Pacific NG 17/X1 17 hybrid. You might want to give that a try also. The problem I had was that as soon as the T.E. Went away I'd shred the x1 in under 2 hours :). The gut rips it apart.
     
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  6. fortun8son

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    At the risk of overstatement; try Wilson Red Alert.
    Power, comfort, durability at a decent price.
    This is not Your Father's Syngut.
     
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  7. Someone Else

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    I use Tecnifibre's X-One Biphase 1.30 mm gauge in one if my racquets
    and I have not noticed any issues with tension maintenance.
    It is the best string I have ever used. Feels like natural gut,
    and I like knowing my racquet is not strung with the intestines
    of a dead cow.
     
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  8. Arthuro

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    Unless it is just to expensive, then why switch. X1 is a great string. I use it or prince premier LT.
     
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  9. mikeler

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    Did you prestretch it?
     
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  10. Centerforward71

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    Tension mtce is notttt an issue with x1
     
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  11. wmilas

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    Huh, to each his own. I found tension to be a huge issue with X1. It lost tension faster than almost any other multi I tested. I am a fairly large hitter though with heavy spin. That being said, its still a really great string.

    My wife prefers it over natural gut. I use it crossed with natural gut when my arm flares up.

    I think mikeler reviewed it and had the same experience?
     
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  12. mikeler

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    Yeah the string was unreal at first. I was ready to stop playtesting for good the first time out with it. The second time was OK and third time was just awful. I've got another set to try out at home and this time I'll give it a very good prestretch to see if that helps with tension maintenance. Some have claimed this fixes the problem but one forum poster tried it and the trick did not work for him. So we shall see. This time I'll measure it with RacquetTune along the way.
     
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  13. pvw_tf

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    Prestretch will help tension loss. Also a bit depending on what stringing machine you use. Constant pulling or not. A bit depending on the string it stretches the first 10 second the most. So if if you string without giving the time it will stretch when you play with it.

    But any string will stretch when it starts to wear. Can be where the main and crosses are sliding over each other. Of just wear where the ball is hitting. As all string Tecnifibre does wear there too. But a bit more visible because it is a multi string.

    The moment this starts happening then tension is taking by lets say a smaller gauge so the string will stretch more. Just take a wider rubber-elastic, put a weight on it and see how far it stretches. Now cut a small part away and do the same. It will stretch more.

    Peter
     
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  14. Someone Else

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    How do you pre-stretch tennis strings?
    I did not string my racquet myself, so I am not sure if they were
    pre-stretched.
     
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  15. mikeler

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    You can just ask your stringer then.
     
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  16. pfchang

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    I agree with pretty much most of the posters here, a good idea might to be consider a hybrid with gut/and your standard multi, it'll save you a bit of money as well.

    Natural gut will also help out your arm issues too.
     
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  17. Rob1

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    I find Biaphase is better on a higher tension as lower tension there is
    no control.

    I recommend a Gut on the mains 52 and a Poly like MSV Co Focus or
    Alu Power Rough or others at 48 to give you some contriol.


    Head IG Speed
    Head Microgel
     
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