To the OP, what string are you using? In a stifffie like the APD, poly's generally aren't going to make the feel any softer. Perhaps switching to a soft multi such as NXT or biphase or gut if you can spring for it could help your troubles. Also consider lowering your tension.
Flexpoint Prestige MP (Klip Excellerator 17 at 55)(Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 at 50)
Asian KSix-One 90 (Volkl Power-Fibre II 17 at 55)