Best cross for Isospeed Cream?

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  1. 392Hemi

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    I only buy sets. Yes a reel might be a little less expensive up front, but if you buy at TW they have a very liberal return / exchange policy and unopened packs can be returned for one-year. If you know you're going to burn through a reel then go for it. But if you might go to a different setup in a few months then you could be left with a lot of unused string.
     
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  2. ByeByePoly

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    I don't remember straightening strings much @55. I do @52, but it's pretty minor. I've decided for now, I'm playing so good with fb V that it's worth it to straighten strings a bit.

    Question: How does the Volkl cross change the feel vs fb Cream. I never felt the poly on center hits, but would feel the poly on edge hits. My guess is the Volkl syn gut cross would remove the poly feeling entirely.
     
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    few months? typo ... you meant "few minutes". :D
     
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    and the horse you rode in on
     
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    Not nice :D

    I have been watching the news ... your last comment to me could be that well deserved ... uh ... suggestion.
     
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  6. markwillplay

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    I will let you know once I have a chance to hit with it. Hope to get out there tomorrow perhaps...but I may just continue to play the Velocity to see how much it can take.
     
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    oooooooo I see prince premier control 15L black for same price as velocity. I like the idea of the 15L string matched with cream either crosses or mains. They last longer than the 16 gauge in my Pogs I think. But velocity is lasting pretty well too. velocity full bed at lower tension is perfect for my 18 20 tours if I ue them. Strings don't move much in that stick at all.
     
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  8. ByeByePoly

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    I was looking forward to you trying Velocity since you had been a PPC player. I liked PPC, but to me it wasn't even close. I think Velocity is a much better string. PPC was a bit less power, so if one needed that it would help. That said, I doubt many would find Velocity mid-tension to powerful.

    FYI ... MW Sports has Velocity on sale for $7.50 with purchase of 4.
     
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    I agree. I like it better than ppc. I have played full bed in my tours and I do like it better. Seems pretty close but I think it had slightly better spin with the same strokes. Also, possibly not as many whoops flyers for some reason. Still, I like ppc and the 15L is good for more open pattern if I don't want to string as much. I liked it in a full bed in my POG OS but I do not think it would last very long in that frame. No multi's in 16 gauge do. Velocity is perfect for my tours 18.20. I like it better than full bed of cream in that stick because it has more power and I don't break strings nearly as fast in that frame. I will use cream in the POG's for longevity. Only question now in that frame is which combo to use...cream in mains or cream in crosses.
     
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    I get much better spin with Velocity ... seems like larger effective sweet spot, and more power (but still in the control range). I think Velocity spin is the pocketing kind, as opposed to the way RPM used to feel to me. With RPM, it felt more like ball flattening spin. At least that is what it feels like to me.

    Edit: I did have a great hit with PPC my last ball machine session with it. I was swinging out and in the groove with center hits. PPC has a really nice feel when you hit it on the screws. Don't they all. :D
     
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    Well, son busted a string during practice for his doubles match today. I imagine he will burn through a set of string each week from now until late October (end of HS tennis season). So that's 12 sets. We have two in inventory. So I can save $2.50 (roughly) a set by buying the reel. But I just dumped $600 on HS registrations fees, team fees, sports physical, booster club donations, PTA, ASB... Isn't public education supposed to be free??? Guess I'm buying sets for a while. Don't have the cash for the reel.:( But once I have the budget, reel it is.
     
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    You have my sympathies. Keep in mind that your son will get stronger as he matures and plays. Once he does, they have to switch to polys/copolys otw they will break strings every session.

    Saw a fellow today drilling; I knew him when he was kid; playing 5.5 (ex-D1) and he was breaking 2+ string beds every time he came out to hit when in HS. Kevlar lasted him 2 sessions. Still looks like a D-1 player because he plays on a 5.0+ team. I can only dream hitting like him. :( But he came out with only 1 racquet and he did not break the strings.
     
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    He's playing HyperG18. The 18 is supposed to have better tension maintenance and less stiff. And I suppose if it breaks in 10hrs of play, then it should help protect his arm. I'm assuming after this Fall season, we'll need to demo some new racquets. I'm not too crazy about the 18x16 pattern of the 97LS. Also, I was under the impression that the 97LS was for tweeners transitioning from light racquets to players racquets.
     
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    But, I wonder if HG18 crossed with Cream would be better? Would a wider, round cross notch the mains less?
     
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    Simple answer is Yes. If your son is getting 10 hours now, he will get less as he hits more. IIRC, he started out near 15 hour before breaking mark. Instead of using HG18, consider HG17 or even HG16. People do not realize that the same string in thicker gauges strung at the same tensions will yield a lower DT. At the same time due to more material, the control is still there. Eventually he will end up with fairly round polys.

    AFA new racquets, that is also a Yes. He will outgrow the PS97LS. Lots of HS are using Babolot and Heads in my area.
     
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    Yeah, I saw a lot of Babolat and Head racquets at the JR tournament this weekend. I think the club that he's working out at for the summer carries those two brands. The club we belong to carries Wilson.
     
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