Anybody using a poly as a cross?

BigGriff

Semi-Pro
I usually use a poly as my main (Kirschbaum P2 17L) and a syn gut (Gamma TNT 17) as a cross. I wanted a little feed back on people that use either a multi or syn gut as the main and a poly as the cross.

How did it feel? How long did the mains last?

I want to try a Gamma Revelation as the main and Kirschbaum Supersmash as the cross.
 
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Ripper

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I'm, almost exclusively, using hybrids with poly crosses. In between other things, like Fed, I like how the mains slide back and forth over the slick polys. Also, unlike Fed (because I don't use stringsavers), I like how the mains immediately notch and lock onto the crosses. It lasts less, but I'm kind of a cronic "string cutter". So, it doesn't affect me, really.

Edit: A "String Cutter" is a new tennis term, meaning someone who tends to cut strings out way before giving them the chance to snap :)
 
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looseswing

Professional
I used to do so, but I found that the poly crosses were sawing through the mains in four hours. It was alpha gut 2000 and SPPP 18. Anyone have any suggestions for a more durable set up?
 

Ripper

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I used to do so, but I found that the poly crosses were sawing through the mains in four hours. It was alpha gut 2000 and SPPP 18. Anyone have any suggestions for a more durable set up?
I've found that the nylons with slippery coatings like titanium don't notch as fast... Or you could use stringsavers...
 

looseswing

Professional
I've found that the nylons with slippery coatings like titanium don't notch as fast... Or you could use stringsavers...
I do use string savers, but I still would like some more life. What are some nylons with slippery coating?
 

WhiteSox05CA

Hall of Fame
Why don't you just try it? That's the only way to know for sure. Some people are gonna like it, some won't. The replies can vary, I'd just try it myself, and probably will.
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Jack the Hack

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I used to do so, but I found that the poly crosses were sawing through the mains in four hours. It was alpha gut 2000 and SPPP 18. Anyone have any suggestions for a more durable set up?
I haven't used it in years, but Alpha Gut 2000 is very soft from what I remember. I used to break that stuff in less than one set... but I do remember that it had a good feel. It's also pretty cheap for a performance string these days. As far as suggestions, I would just say to experiment with some more durable synthetics in the mains.

(I'm doing a bunch of experiments myself this year with ALU Rough, Hurricane Tour, SPPP, and Redcode, with various synthetics like X-1 Biphase, Livewire Professional, FXP Power. If I find a pleasing combo, I may post it here.)

As for the OP question, I have always run the poly in the mains... but will be experimenting later this year going the other way around. I expect this to kill my durability, but if it feels good, I'll keep doing it.

One of my friends uses ALU Power in his crosses with Gosen OG in the mains. He used to string it the other way around, but thought it was too stiff for his liking. With the poly in the crosses, he feels the stringbed is stiffened up, but not too much... and the synthetic in the mains gives him more performance.
 

BigGriff

Semi-Pro
I guess I'll just string up the hybrid and post my results. I think I still have a pack of string savers left from my gut days.

Thanks for all the help guys!
 
I use a multi eg NRG2 or FXP control for the mains with megaforce in the cross. I like the feel, granted however i havnt tried the megaforce in the main and multi in the cross. The poly certainly dampens the stringbed while the multi retais nice comfort. Iv never snapped them, end up cutting them out. Certainly worth a go.

I am thinking about trying klip detonator both ways. As said before no harm in giving it a go, buy a set of poly and a multi and string both racquets in different combos and compare side by side
 

Voltron

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I'm, almost exclusively, using hybrids with poly crosses. In between other things, like Fed, I like how the mains slide back and forth over the slick polys. Also, unlike Fed (because I don't use stringsavers), I like how the mains immediately notch and lock onto the crosses. It lasts less, but I'm kind of a cronic "string cutter". So, it doesn't affect me, really.

Edit: A "String Cutter" is a new tennis term, meaning someone who tends to cut strings out way before giving them the chance to snap :)
I'm a "string cutter" as well, I love poly in the crosses. I hate how poly dies before it breaks though.
 
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