Discussion in 'Strings' started by thatmick, Jul 25, 2014.
As title says, is there any string that offers both?
I hate to say it, but natural gut is fairly durable and very arm-friendly.
Or do you mean more durable than that?
No poly unless strung in the 30's. Even then, not really arm friendly. For your ideal string, probably natural gut from Prince, Klip, Pacific or Wilson. If that's too expensive, then use a Multi (see Mikeler thread). If you're not extremely string sensitive, SG or Prince Tournament Nylon would be useable.
Multi-Feel, AK Pro CX and Tour Super 850 Pro.
Yonex pro tour spin and poly tour pro. Signum pro poly plasma is slightly on the stiffer side but comfortable. It all depends on how much or little stiffness your arm can tolerate.
Ashaway Monogut ZX mains with Gamma Marathon crosses. Lasts over 10 hours on an ESP racquet where I break full 16g poly in 3-5 hours. It's as arm friendly as multifilaments.
agree. Get a 15L or 15 gauge natural gut in there and hit away. It will last a long time.
Yup can't beat gut for comfort and durability. Only problem I found was it was too powerful for me in a full bed. I am now using a poly cross which tames the power down and adds some spin. If you go with a poly cross stick with the softer ones for comfort.
I've used natural gut in the past. I guarantee my combo is much more durable and it won't get ruined when it rains. Gut will be more comfortable.
Personally I find the Dunlop Black Widow and Volkl V-Torque to be soft polys, but as polys go, not as durable. String with Babolat XCel or a similar multi and that can work quite well. A full bed Babolat XCel is certainly softer, but will lack the durability that you require.
+1 on Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25/1.20, they are very comfortable and also holds tension well + long lasting.
Durable... my 4DAero300 with STBite16 is going on toward 14 months, my main racket, and a spare, with around 2.5 hours on it for testing against. Is that considered "durable"?
Two other friends, both 4.0's happenned to string their racket's the same strings and similar tension, mid 40's on a soft 98. Both of them haven't used their backup rackets except to lend them to friends.
As for arm friendly, one of them strained his lower back trying to hit a wide forehand with some interest. The other hit's really flat, but seems OK.
I"m 65, as fragile as chandelier, and that combo has well over 85 hours of play, possibly into the 100's on it.
I pride myself for having a string first serve, big second serve, and a solid forehand at the 4.0 levels.
Isospeed Energetic Plus is the most durable multifilament I've used.
Natural gut is durable?
I'm used to throwing a thick set of rpm blast on my racket, getting it strung tight enough to almost break my racket frame, and leaving it on there for 2 years.
How often will a durable natural gut last, and what are some durable natural gut brands and models? Thanks
Pacific Tough Gut is very VERY arm friendly and durable. It received a 99 for comfort on TW review!
Maybe on hardcourt, but surely not on clay.
Durable means different things to different people.
To some it means when the string breaks.
To others it means when is the string dead or no longer plays well.
IMO, gut wins even on clay. Yes it breaks sooner on clay but for most it is playable Until it snaps which is likely longer than even the best poly will play well, whether it lasts 5 years or whatever nonsense people go on about.
look forward to significant tennis elbow later on in your life. Poly should be restrung the latest every 4 weeks. Your strings are likely so dead that each hit transmits enough shock to tear a few tendons in your elbow.
Gut will last long and it will practically never lose it's playability, in fact, for most people it's playability improves the closer it gets to breaking (at least that is how it is for me).
That one raised my eyebrow too.
Do you have a titanium elbow? My elbow hurt just reading that.
Durable and arm friendly. This is like the proverbial search for a supermodel who can cook and likes guys who don't make a lot of money. Or a blue eyed, pink unicorn...
I agree that it's not a smart to string poly that high and leave it in your racquet for extensive periods of time on top of that, but there are those guys who seem to be impervious to elbow problems; maybe he's one of them.
Back when Ivan Lendl had his clothing/shoe/racquet contract with Adidas, that GTX Pro he used was a beast. Yes, he used gut, but I've hit with that thing, and it feels more like a wooden baseball bat than a tennis racquet, and anything hit slightly off-center would reverberate up through your wrist and elbow. It's amazing that he could hit with that racquet, and do it for so many years all the while being extremely effective. I don't think anyone else on the tour used that racquet, and I understand why.
But yeah, definitely restring often if you're using poly.
LOL love that line
What's the benefit with this set-up compared to the full bed of Zyex? I find the Zyex fail in the feel-departement... Will the Gamma improve feel?
Look at your other thread. Yes, the Gamma strings will improve feel. Dunlop DNA gave me the most feel, but it's not a synthetic type of feel, it's a wiry metallic feel that you get accustomed to.
I can recommend a full bed of Kirschbaum Pro Line 2 or Wilson Ripspin. Both strong and arm friendly.
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