Advice On My Next String Demo

#1
I have just gotten back to playing tennis this year after a long hiatus and am trying out new strings for the first time in a long time. (I am a strong 4.0 player, most likely be back up to 4.5 again by years end. Heavy spins and big kick serve) I currently have Revolution 17g and Cyclone Tour 17g currently strung in two RF97s. Based on the threads here and TW reviews, I have purchased Hyper G 16L and Cyclone 16. I want to stay at 16g for sure. Rev and CT are very different but I am favoring CT.

Now, I believe I made a mistake in stringing both racquets and initially rotating from one string to another week to week. It initially threw off my game as well as getting a good feel for each string. With the new strings I bought, I'm going to play one out for a few weeks straight, and then do the same for the other one. The string I'm hitting with now is CT.

My question is, which string should I transition to next, Hyper G or Cyclone? Other strings and tips are also welcome.
 

eelhc

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I have just gotten back to playing tennis this year after a long hiatus and am trying out new strings for the first time in a long time. (I am a strong 4.0 player, most likely be back up to 4.5 again by years end. Heavy spins and big kick serve) I currently have Revolution 17g and Cyclone Tour 17g currently strung in two RF97s. Based on the threads here and TW reviews, I have purchased Hyper G 16L and Cyclone 16. I want to stay at 16g for sure. Rev and CT are very different but I am favoring CT.

Now, I believe I made a mistake in stringing both racquets and initially rotating from one string to another week to week. It initially threw off my game as well as getting a good feel for each string. With the new strings I bought, I'm going to play one out for a few weeks straight, and then do the same for the other one. The string I'm hitting with now is CT.

My question is, which string should I transition to next, Hyper G or Cyclone? Other strings and tips are also welcome.
I won't make a string recommendation... just a set up recommendation. You need a controlled experiment. One can fall in and out of love with strings rather quickly.

I always buy 3 frames, 2 is for play and the 3rd is for experimenting. I intentionally stagger the stringing on my 2 play frames 10~20 Hrs so 1 has lost more tension then the other. I use the "fresher" frame for the first set in the match when I'm not tired, have nervous energy, etc... I switch to the "older" frame in the 2nd set once I'm settled but a bit tired. Sort of a variation on the tour guys switching to a freshly strung frame for new balls. This is your control group. The 3rd frame is for experimenting with new strings which can be compared side/side with the other frames.
 
#6
Great guidelines eelhc. Thank you. In the future that is something that I'd like to try. Can't afford a 3rd racquet this year however.

Any setup advice for my situation of two racquets?

Currently, I'm going to cut Revolution out and most likely put in Hyper G. Going to leave the CT in the other for now. My plan is to play Hyper G out this time before trying Cyclone.
 

eelhc

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#7
Great guidelines eelhc. Thank you. In the future that is something that I'd like to try. Can't afford a 3rd racquet this year however.

Any setup advice for my situation of two racquets?

Currently, I'm going to cut Revolution out and most likely put in Hyper G. Going to leave the CT in the other for now. My plan is to play Hyper G out this time before trying Cyclone.
3 frames give you the advantage of comparing the string when it's fresh and when it's lost some tension vs the string you're testing. With 2 frames, you'll have to take careful and copious notes of what you are comparing.

Edit... As with any scientific study, you need to establish a control group. This is the string you are most familiar with and know the characteristics. You can do that with 1 frame and use the other one to experiment. When you start to add more variables string type, tension, hybrid, etc, etc, you'll quickly lose track of how a particular string, setup, tension... felt.
 
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