Beginner's Question on Stringing

#1
I string my racquet a TT Scream using Prince Poly both mains and longs. Is this advisable? I have been on this board for a few years and never been particular on strings, just was using Prince synthetic strings before on both mains and longs. What do you look for in stringing the mains and stringing the longs? What type of strings? I notice a lot of people like to use different strings for the main and a different type of string on the longs. How do you go about choosing and what criteria do you use to pick strings?
 
#2
You change strings only because you think changing them will improve your game, etc. It is a Rabbit Hole. You need to know what you want in the new string setup otw it will take forever to settle on new strings. Hybrids and different tensions are a personal choice. You do it because...

Questions you need to ask yourself:
[1] Do the strings last long enough?
[2] Do they maintain tension?
[3] Do the strings hurt your arm or shoulder?
There will be considerable overlap in terms of which strings can be used. Tensions will also vary all over. But you need to know where you want to go before embarking on testing strings out.
 
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#3
You change strings only because you think changing them will improve your game, etc. It is a Rabbit Hole. You need to know what you want in the new string setup otw it will take forever to settle on new strings. Hybrids and different tensions are a personal choice. You do it because...

Questions you need to ask yourself:
[1] Do the strings last long enough?
[2] Do they maintain tension?
[3] Do the strings hurt your arm or shoulder?
There will be considerable overlap in terms of which strings can be used. Tensions will also vary all over. But you need to know where you want to go before embarking on testing strings out.
This post should be a sticky.

It is a Rabbit Hole.
Truer words were never.... And yes it is a Rabbit Hole, take it from me! I've learned a ton about strings, but I think in the long run I've set my game back by chasing string too.
 
#4
Esgee is right. You should always have a goal when restringing. If you know what you want, you can ask people here what strings and tensions will help you get there. Unfortunately, there's about as many opinions as there are players, so trial and error ends up being your most reliable way of testing. But, you can still get basic knowledge of different types of strings here. Synthetic gut, polyester, natural gut, multifiliment, kevlar, basic nylon, round, shaped, rough, and gauges. Start simple.
 
#5
I string my racquet a TT Scream using Prince Poly both mains and longs. Is this advisable? I have been on this board for a few years and never been particular on strings, just was using Prince synthetic strings before on both mains and longs. What do you look for in stringing the mains and stringing the longs? What type of strings? I notice a lot of people like to use different strings for the main and a different type of string on the longs. How do you go about choosing and what criteria do you use to pick strings?
If you like your strings the way they are then there's no need to change them.

on the other hand, if you want to experiment and see if you like something else better then go ahead, but there are so many variables.

some reasons people use different strings mains/crosses

-synthetic gut in the crosses to soften the harshness of poly but still have poly mains
-poly cross to tame the power of natural gut and also allow it to slide across the mains better
-a round poly cross to allow a shaped poly main move easier
 
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