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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Appreciate the feedback! I would love to see a full Crossfire ZX review. When is that RF97 video with you and Boonie coming out?
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    New Pro Kennex Black Ace series 2020

    I have been a PK fan since I used the Copper Ace back in the ‘80’s. The flexibility of the Copper Ace has been a key factor in my racquet searches since I started playing regularly 6 plus years ago. I played the Ki5 PSE and Q Tour 325 for a few years, but did not like the stiffness of those...
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    The common misconception of Kevlar is that if it so much stiffer than other strings, it must be bad for your arm health as it must transmit more vibration into your racquet. What most folks forget is that DuPont designed Kevlar to be a shock absorber. It was designed to be used in...
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Thanks for the tip. The thread is a lot cleaner now.(y) I have been double pulling the first two mains with the prestretching function engaged and have had more consistent results as well. In my open pattern, those are the first two to lose snap back.
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    A video playtest would be nice, too. I would like to see what the staff thinks of the hybrid.
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    I was also not aware AA was using Ashaway Kevlar back in the day. Always thought is was Prince’s Kevlar hybrid, but apparently it was Ashaway Kevlar mains with natty gut crosses. They did not report Michele’s tension on the podcast for the hybrid, but in another thread she responded that it...
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    If it is good enough for Andre Agassi, we'll try it! All things Ashaway tennis strings with Steve Crandall

    Have you thought about switching to the hybrid vs your normal pollys?
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    If it is good enough for Andre Agassi, we'll try it! All things Ashaway tennis strings with Steve Crandall

    I enjoyed this episode immensely. Ashaway has been my string of choice for a few years now. I know they mentioned Michele’s tension on a full bed of Monogut ZX, but they did not mention the tensions of the Kevlar hybrid. Do you happen to know what the tensions were in the hybrid @TW Staff ?
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Talk Tennis Podcast discussing Ashaway strings: https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/podcast/?ccode=TTEPISODE60 They discuss Michele’s play test of full bed ZX and Kev/ZX hybrid. Still staying with the Kev/ZX hybrid, but have been on hiatus due to pandemic. Hoping the numbers start coming down...
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    The Kevlar is definitely lighter than poly. With the hybrid, I had to add weight to my racquets to get them back to the same specs I had with a poly syn gut hybrid.
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Depends on the string bed. When I was using 2015 Blade 104’s with a tighter 18 x 19 pattern, I found my ideal tensions to be 57 lbs x 50 lbs. When I shifted to a significantly more open pattern Prince Tour 98 ESP 16 x 16 pattern I needed to up the Kevlar tension quite a bit to manage power...
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Not everyone, but it is recommended. I use 15% machine pre stretch on both the Kevlar and Zyex and let the machine continuously pull the Zyex until it settles in on the cross strings (usually a 30 to 40 second process after the initial tension is reached/machine beep) Others swear by...
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    How to pre-stretch Ashaway Monogut ZX or ZX Pro

    For what it’s worth, I use 15% machine pre stretch on my crosses with ZX and let the machine continue to pull until the tension settles a bit before clamping. Normally this is a 30 to 40 second process waiting for the tension to settle. I also use the 16g ZX and use only 15 feet of it to...
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Settling in on 68 lbs x 48 lbs in my Prince Tour 98 ESP’s. After some some experiments, this has been my favorite tension setup the past few months. At least until the next experiment.
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    Counter - Shock (eliminating vibration to arm?)

    Not really, just prefer heavier racquets. Played with the PK Ki5 PSE for a while and eventually modified future racquets to those specs. Through additions of head tape, leather grips, string experiments, and other tweaking ended up at 380 grams and loved the feel and have since modified future...
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