Are these strings OK for me?

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
I bought a new Aeropro Drive and it has some new strings already on it and I dont know if they are right for me? They are a Babolat Hybrid set of Pro Hurricanes 17s for the mains and Conquest 16s for the crosses. Strung at 55 lbs. Isn't that low for these? I dont want too much power, especially with this racqet's pop.

p.s. I am a 45 yr old male 3.5 player who is still learning technique. I just got back into the sport and don't know anything about strings. If these aren't good for me, can you recommend a nice all around multi with a good balance of control, power and comfort? thanks
 

tennisguy5

New User
wilson nxt tour, strung at about 60 would be a good choice. they play the closest to natural gut that you can buy, without buying natural gut. they have a good amount of feel, power, and control, but durability is a little on the weak side. you didnt list durability as one of your concerns, so i say go for the wilson nxt tours.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Lots of players avoid going too tight with the poly component of their hybrid setups. That string type has almost no resilience and can get quite harsh if it's run up too tight, especially in a frame with some stiffness... yes, like yours.

String jobs like yours often have the mains in the mid 50's with the softer crosses up at maybe 60 lbs. I personally don't recommend even poly hybrids to anyone unless they are more advanced sluggers who need that type of string for more control. You ought to have some fun with this racquet with this layout and then try something else in a bit to see how it compares in terms of performance, feel, comfort, etc.

A full multifiber job might turn out to be a lot more soft and lively, but there's no telling just how anything will feel for you until you try it. If you try something like the NXT that our pal suggested, I'd expect that 60 lbs. would be a smart bet. I've enjoyed decent 17 gauge synthetic gut in most of my racquets for a while, but I've tried other types to get to know them. Each type of string has something to offer and experimenting with them can be an education if you can afford to try a couple of different sets.
 

dacrymn

Professional
Nope. No way. You absolutely cannot use those strings. Never.


Why don't you just try it? They're already in the racket, aren't they?

In any case, the tension is about right (for those strings), so you don't need to worry about that. If you do decide that you don't like them, though, I would recommend something with more power. NRG and NXT multi's are nice, if price isn't an issue. They're decently powerful, and they feel pretty comfortable. If you're still learning technique and know enough to know the term "multi," just go with a multi. Good mix of power and comfort so they'll be more forgiving for you.
 

Danstevens

Semi-Pro
Try your current setup and see what you think of it. I can't help but wondering if it will be a bit harsh and low powered for you but I think it should be OK.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
I already decided to change the strings on it. I am just trying to figure out what to change to? I just want a good all around multi that will give me a mix of control and power and also a decent comfort level. The shop suggested Gamma Live Wire XP's, but I read the reviews on them and they didn't sound so good.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I already decided to change the strings on it. I am just trying to figure out what to change to? I just want a good all around multi that will give me a mix of control and power and also a decent comfort level. The shop suggested Gamma Live Wire XP's, but I read the reviews on them and they didn't sound so good.
I will suggest two very durable, comfortable and great control and decent power strings: Gamma Professional and Pro Suppex Max Touch. THe first one is expensive but definitely worth every penny. You can find a better deal in larger quantities on Bay. Pro Suppex sells fron <$100/reel and is a great string.
You can combine those with the Poly in the mains (hybrid setup) for more pop, control, and possibly spin access (see my signature).

Good luck.
 

canadave

Professional
I already decided to change the strings on it. I am just trying to figure out what to change to? I just want a good all around multi that will give me a mix of control and power and also a decent comfort level. The shop suggested Gamma Live Wire XP's, but I read the reviews on them and they didn't sound so good.
Have you hit with it yet? If you haven't hit with it yet, I'm frankly completely puzzled why you would change out the strings without trying them once first.
 

JackB1

G.O.A.T.
Have you hit with it yet? If you haven't hit with it yet, I'm frankly completely puzzled why you would change out the strings without trying them once first.
I did try them. They had an awful lot of pop since they were strung at 55. I also asked my pro and he said they weren't the ideal strings for my ability level and what I wanted in my setup.
 

canadave

Professional
Oh, okay...glad you at least hit with them first.

Feel free to use whichever strings you like, and I'm sure if you felt they gave you too much pop, then you probably would be better off with new strings.

However, for what it's worth, I'd be extremely suspicious of any pro who tells a beginner that strings aren't ideal "for your ability level." There's no such thing. Beginners, intermediates, and professionals can all play with anything from piano wire to natural gut, as long as it feels good for them. It's not like a beginner will play like a beginner with strings that aren't "ideal for your ability level", but then suddenly play like a pro if they get different strings. In fact, I suspect that for a beginner, almost any string will be pretty much fine. Once your game becomes more advanced, you'll have a better idea of what works best for you and what doesn't. But a pro telling you the strings aren't for your ability level....hmmm. That doesn't make sense to me.
 

Marietta_Ken

New User
I bought a new Aeropro Drive and it has some new strings already on it and I dont know if they are right for me? They are a Babolat Hybrid set of Pro Hurricanes 17s for the mains and Conquest 16s for the crosses. Strung at 55 lbs. Isn't that low for these? I dont want too much power, especially with this racqet's pop.

p.s. I am a 45 yr old male 3.5 player who is still learning technique. I just got back into the sport and don't know anything about strings. If these aren't good for me, can you recommend a nice all around multi with a good balance of control, power and comfort? thanks
I experimented a good bit with my APDC and found that I really liked it strung with Tecnifbre X-1 Biphase 16ga at around 61-62 lbs. Might give that a try.
 
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