Advice needed on hybrid set up (poly in the crosses)

clutch21

Rookie
I've found a sensational set up for my DR98. X-one biphase 17 @ 54 in the mains with solinco revolution 17 @ 51 in the crosses. Very comfortable and playable with great spin potential. However, the durability is terrible relative to the cost. Took about 2.5-3 hours before the biphase notched to the point that there is little "snap back" and it lost playability.

I like the comfort that a softer string in the mains provides so I'd like to stay away from poly mains. Does anyone have any suggestions on a more durable string (or cheaper if it is as soft & powerful as biphase) to put in the mains that won't notch as fast? I was looking at Monogut ZX but the jury seems to be out on that string. Maybe rip control is an option as well but I'm not sure how much of a "snap back" effect those strings would have. Any advice would be much appreciated!

I'm a mid 4.5 with a fast full swing. Also, I string for myself so though I'd like something more durable, it's not necessarily a deal breaker. If I could find a string with the comfort of biphase but for less $$$, that'd be an option as well.
 
In my experience, this is the biggest challenge with a SG or Multi Main hybrided with a Poly cross. You just won't get more than a few hours of decent playability out of the main.

Perhaps consider using Natural Gut in the mains and restringing the Poly crosses when they start to lose performance. Depending on the Poly cross you use, you could get three or four string beds out of the NG mains before they snap.

Another option would be to use a softer Poly or Co Poly string in the mains that will provide comfort and take longer to notch and lose performance. You might even consider using a thicker gauge in the mains.

I understand that Solinco Revolution is a shaped Poly. That will not be helping with the mains durability. You might be better to look at a round Poly cross string and see how that works with your current main.

I don't know anything about Monogut ZX except for the discussions about on on this forums.
 

Ben42

Semi-Pro
I've been playing with multi mains/poly crosses for the past few months and I've tried a few combinations. The mains I've liked the most so far have been Prince Premier Control, but it looks like those are being discontinued. I get around 10-12 hours from them before they'd start to lose it and then break.

I also really liked plain old synthetic gut as well. I liked both Prince Duraflex and a OGSM copy from Pro's Pro. They didn't quite give me the control that PPC did, but it was close. They lasted about the same as PPC.

I'm trying Isospeed Pro Classic at the moment. It felt as good as the PPC, but I've only played once with it so I don't know what the durability will be like.
 

clutch21

Rookie
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll probably try synthetic gut in the mains and see how that plays. Might order some crossfire ZX soon too. If those options don't work I've been eyeballing silverstring. Heard that has pretty good feel for a poly.
 

Taveren

Professional
If you like multi mains then I would suggest considering to try Signum Pro Micronite or Babolat Origin mains with MSV Co-Focus crosses.

But as Doc Hollidae mentioned, why not add a few extra bucks and go for the nat gut/poly experience? Well worth it IMHO.
 

clutch21

Rookie
If you like multi mains then I would suggest considering to try Signum Pro Micronite or Babolat Origin mains with MSV Co-Focus crosses.

But as Doc Hollidae mentioned, why not add a few extra bucks and go for the nat gut/poly experience? Well worth it IMHO.
Yeah that's a fair question. However I've been picking up the biphase on the $14/pack deal in bulk. I don't think I'd be willing to shell out for the biphase at it's regular price so Klipp for $26 might be a bit out of reach as well. Of course it would depend on how much more durable it is though.
 

Doc Hollidae

Hall of Fame
Yeah that's a fair question. However I've been picking up the biphase on the $14/pack deal in bulk. I don't think I'd be willing to shell out for the biphase at it's regular price so Klipp for $26 might be a bit out of reach as well. Of course it would depend on how much more durable it is though.
It will be way more durable than biphase mains. Gut mains with poly crosses can also outlast a full poly setup for some. I have a friend who breaks the poly cross before the gut mains. Personally I think you'll find better value for your money by going with gut mains vs the biphase mains. Biphase is not a durable string at all imo. The only multi I would consider for a main with a poly cross is origin.
 

LeRoy W. Lee

New User
If you like multi mains then I would suggest considering to try Signum Pro Micronite or Babolat Origin mains with MSV Co-Focus crosses.

But as Doc Hollidae mentioned, why not add a few extra bucks and go for the nat gut/poly experience? Well worth it IMHO.
Hello. Sorry to but in, but this thread intrigues me. After my Klip gut is shot, I want to try my first ever hybrid string job. But, I want to have a Good > Great experience so I won't be turned-off by this set-up. I want gut in the mains, but am looking for a good poly for the crosses that are firm, responsive and comfortable like the gut. Any suggestions from personal experience? I plan to string both tight 65/60 for my new Yonex Vcore duel G 330. I just like that extra firm feel that tight gut gives you, but need a complimentary poly... Thanks & Best, LeRoy
 

Taveren

Professional
@LeRoy W. Lee my nat gut/poly setup is 60/55 with Isospeed Blackfire as the cross and it is firm and crisp yet plush and comfortable as the mains will dominate the feel of the stringbed. I chose Blackfire because it is round and smooth with good tension maintenance plus it is a firm string which helps tame the nat guts power a bit.

Personally I would not string blackfire higher than 55lbs though. Perhaps look into Wilson Revolve or Monogut Zyex Pro.
 

clutch21

Rookie
It will be way more durable than biphase mains. Gut mains with poly crosses can also outlast a full poly setup for some. I have a friend who breaks the poly cross before the gut mains. Personally I think you'll find better value for your money by going with gut mains vs the biphase mains. Biphase is not a durable string at all imo. The only multi I would consider for a main with a poly cross is origin.
Well then Klipp will be the next thing I try. Hope it's the solution! Thanks.
 
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