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Old 12-01-2012, 06:49 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by K21ferg View Post
My favorite multi has to be the Babolat xcel string(16 gauge). This is the most popular choice of string for the customers I string for and I get nothing but great feed back. I also tested out this string @60 pounds and was very pleased.
Even at 60 pounds this string still was very soft and offered arm friendly play. This string had tremendous feel and played with great control. As I continued to play throughout the week these strings held there tension and continued to play great. I played for 2 hours with this string each day and by the end of the 2nd week they began to fray and that allowed amazing spin control. 3 days into the 3rd week they broke but I hit with a lot of spin and break strings very often and these held up longer then other multis I have played with. Although they are a bit expensive they played the softest had the most feel and control throughout the strings life.
Originally Posted by mikeler View Post
XCel is a great string but very expensive.
Originally Posted by NLBwell View Post
For me, NXT Max will last 3 or 4 times longer than XCel. XCel is an excellent performance string, though.
I never tried Xcel or NXT Max simply because I can't fathom how a synthetic multi can possibly be worth $18-20. Decent quality natural gut starts at about $26. For me, NG is much better at withstanding shear stress (I break multis on shanks quite often), lasts about twice as long, and plays more consistently from beginning to end. There are perfectly good multis I use as backups that are much cheaper.
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