Best Durable/Soft Poly for Spin on Wilson Blade 98s

Best durable/softer poly for spin on Blade 98s


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#1
I am going back to full bed poly after a bout of elbow "softness" probably caused by Tourbite (went to gut/co-focus for 6 months). Now I am feeling better and I have been playing with Lux 4G Rough @ 44-47lbs on a Wilson Blade 98s - Elbow is also feeling ok. And the question is am I maximizing my spin/playability duration?
In general, I would like to get 15-20 hrs of play before the string goes dead should I
1) Stay with 4G Rough or
Switch to
2) 4G Smooth 16
3) Alu Power Rough 16L
4) Alu Power 16L
5) Tourbite Soft 16
6) Signum Pro Plasma Hex 16
7) Yonex PPT 16L
Other Suggestions?
Thanks
 
#2
I would suggest Tourna Big Hitter Black 7. This string is soft and imparts tons of spin. If durability becomes a problem, then try a stiffer co-poly like Wilson Rip Spin. There will be less spin, but you will have more control and better tension maintenance.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
#5
on your list, Tour Bite Soft.

Some other great offerings:
Head Sonic Pro Edge
Solinco Revolution
Tourna Black Zone
Solinco Outlast
 
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#6
om your list, Tour Bite Soft.

Some other great offerings:
Head Sonic Pro Edge
Solinco Revolution
Tourna Black Zone
Solinco Outlast
Should I playtest Tour Bite Soft in 16 or 17 gauge? I thought 16 for playability duration but I could test 17 instead if you think that the impact is not be meaningful. What would be the pros and cons of Revolution and Outlast vs. Tour Bite Soft? Thanks
 
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SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
#8
Should I playtest Tour Bite Soft in 16 or 17 gauge? I thought 16 for playability duration but I could test 17 instead if you think that the impact is not be meaningful. What would be the pros and cons of Revolution and Outlast vs. Tour Bite Soft? Thanks
16 gauge, the 17 will not last long enough, as it will break long before its playability is lost IMO.

I'm not sure about how these strings compare in the 98S, however, both of these strings have superior string friction readings, which suggests that they will benefit from the enhanced string snapback of the S technology. They definitely are worth a good look though.
 
#9
I would stay with what you have or try out the smooth version. Nice string if you have the cash.
I think I may not try the 4G smooth as the stiffness readings scare me a bit for my elbow. Have you had any experience? Does it play as stiff as Solinco TB?
On another note, it is interesting that after 6 hrs, the 4 G Rough strings are a bit out of place (e.g. I have to straighten them out by hand). Do you think it may be the low tension (strung at 44-47) or the humidity?
 
#10
Give Weiss Cannon Silverstring a try. I had used to elbow pains and have been playing this string now for a year with no issues. I found 4g to be awful
 
#13
I think I may not try the 4G smooth as the stiffness readings scare me a bit for my elbow. Have you had any experience? Does it play as stiff as Solinco TB?
On another note, it is interesting that after 6 hrs, the 4 G Rough strings are a bit out of place (e.g. I have to straighten them out by hand). Do you think it may be the low tension (strung at 44-47) or the humidity?
4g regular is a lot more comfortable than Solinco TB. I found 4g firm but comfortable. I strung my racket at 52lbs with it. I have never had any elbow issues.
The lower tensions in the spin effect rackets are going to make the strings move around more than a normal string pattern.
 
#14
Thanks for all the comments. I think I have my "try list" figured out

1. Tourbite Soft 16
2. Yonex PPT
3. Lux 4G Smooth at lower tension 45-48lbs (it hurt my elbow slightly at 55lbs in the standard model - I now added a leather grip to make the racket heavier)
4. Lux 4G Rough at higher tension 47lbs-50 vs the 44-47 where I have it strung now (may prevent the strings from moving a bit)

I may broaden thereafter but I think I have enought to work on over the next 2-3 months.
 
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