String set up in new sticks
I have just purchased new sticks. Two Donnay Platinum 99's. They have an 18x19 string pattern. I have been playing with a 16x18 pattern for the last 3 or so years. My setup with the 16x18 have been Kirschbaum Pro Line 11, 18g poly in the mains and Gamma Pro 16 multi in the crosses. The demos I tried, had a full multi setup. I had great feel and control with this setup, however I generally prefer a hybred. I would like to use multi mains and poly crosses if I can get some durability. I really preferred this in my current sticks, however the durability using this setup was terrible. I had to settle on poly mains and multi crosses to get any acceptable durability. I have however used this extensively with good results. I was wondering what you all use in your 18x19 sticks, and do you think I could get some durability with multi mains and poly crosses, with my new dense 18x19 pattern sticks. I have always really preferred this setup. Thanks for your input.
I use poly mains and syn gut crosses. I like the feel of the reverse, but like you, found that it doesn't last long. I play a 16x20, and the strings still move a lot even with the denser pattern. I generate a lot of spin, so depending on your stroke, you may find different results. The thing with these types of hybrids is that the mains move, so for durability's sake, you need something tough or slippery. I haven't tried gut/poly, but that seems to be all the rage now.
IMO, I'd stick to poly mains and multi crosses since you've had success with it. Someone else might have some advice on a durable setup like this, though. Good luck!
Multi/Poly will last longer in the 18x19 than in a 16x18.
Still not very durable, but the mains may last long enough for the poly to die.
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