Best low-medium price 17g multifilament?

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Hi everybody, I was wanting to know what you all consider the best low to medium priced multifilament. Right now I strung up my racquet with Wilson sensation 17 at 53 pounds, but I’ve heard some not so great reviews of this string. What are some good 17 gauge multifilaments that won’t break the bank and work good as a main for a hybrid? I generally play with spin and don’t break strings that fast, even with open patterns.
 

cd3768

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Haven’t played with it yet but I heard great things about Head Velocity, it goes for 2 for $10 when on sale. More spinny than other multis


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Crazy Finn

Semi-Pro
Head Velocity MLT
Prince Premier Control
Head Rip Control (not sure it's a great hybrid with a poly, though)

My buddy complains about the top 2 getting chewed up after an hour - not sure, he's not a huge hitter. He does have a goofy older Prince racquet with the O ports and a very open pattern, which seems be weird about string, though. I don't have these issues that I can recall.
 

AceyMan

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Tecnifibre Multifeel will get mentioned sooner rather than later, so it may as well be me.

And, I concur on Velocity & PPC, another two of my faves.

Note, Multifeel isn't as slick as Velocity (but what is?) or Premier Control, but I'd argue it has the best playability if pocketing and such are your thing.

I'll mention Gosen AK CX Pro which has been getting a lot of praise lately, fwiw. I have a set on-hand but have yet to get it strung up in anything yet.

/Acey
 

Edgewood

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I’m surprised how many people like Head Velocity MLT. My wife and I hated it. She used it as a full and I used it as a cross with a poly. Extremely powerful string. Ball was flying for both of us.
 

fuzz nation

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I'm also a bit of a fan of Prince Premier Control.

The multi that has impressed me in the past in terms of its durability has been Yonex 850.
 
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Deleted member 768841

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Head Velocity MLT
Prince Premier Control
Head Rip Control (not sure it's a great hybrid with a poly, though)

My buddy complains about the top 2 getting chewed up after an hour - not sure, he's not a huge hitter. He does have a goofy older Prince racquet with the O ports and a very open pattern, which seems be weird about string, though. I don't have these issues that I can recall.
How well does velocity and premier control hold tension? I heard sensation doesn’t hold tension well, even though it’s a multi?
 

Mirko

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I am a fan of babolat Xcel (only played with the black one). I play it cross with Luxilon Gut main.
Nice control, pocketing, spin and low powerd for multi.
It's high priced multi. But online it is also for under 200€ reel available. I bought it for 180€ in Europe.
 

Arak

Semi-Pro
How well does velocity and premier control hold tension? I heard sensation doesn’t hold tension well, even though it’s a multi?
Sensation holds tension very well but it’s not as elastic as other typical multis and it has a sticky surface, therefore it tends to move a lot and it’s difficult to straighten. I find the sticky surface very good for spin though.
 

AceyMan

Rookie
I've been testing TOURNA Quasi-Gut (and the Armor version) as mains in a hybrid with syngut (usually Dunlop S-Gut) and while it's not a slick, spinny string it's for good feel and pocketing and is real arm friendly.

/Acey

I'm also using Quasi-Gut Armor as crosses with Ashaway Kevlar 17 mains in my Ultra Tour and it's working out nicely. (18/20.5 kg tensions, btw)
 

Crazy Finn

Semi-Pro
I’m surprised how many people like Head Velocity MLT. My wife and I hated it. She used it as a full and I used it as a cross with a poly. Extremely powerful string. Ball was flying for both of us.
Powerful compared to what? Compared to any poly, sure. Compared to other multis? There are some more powerful, some less. I haven't hit with a full bed enough to really get a good gauge, but I'd say it's more than RIP Control or Xcel, less than Sensation, X1-Biphase. It also depends on the tension.
Sensation holds tension very well but it’s not as elastic as other typical multis and it has a sticky surface, therefore it tends to move a lot and it’s difficult to straighten. I find the sticky surface very good for spin though.
I did not find Sensation good for spin, though I'll agree that it is a bit sticky and doesn't snap back much (not that most multis do).
 

richw56

New User
Would you say it has more power than head velocity mlt or premier control?
I do NOT find it to stand out as being particularly powerful compared to other multis, despite its name. It has decent pop (typical for a multi), but I like it more for the comfort, feel, and control, all of which are good for a multi at this price point. I also am surprised by its durability - my favorite more expensive 17g multis (Technifibre X1 BiPhase and Babolat Xcel) both start to fray noticeably sooner. I hope this helps.
 

g4driver

Hall of Fame
I’m surprised how many people like Head Velocity MLT. My wife and I hated it. She used it as a full and I used it as a cross with a poly. Extremely powerful string. Ball was flying for both of us.
Yes, it is a powerful multi, so it can be strung in the mid to high 50s to reign in some of that power, and putting it with a lower-powered main and stringing it in the mid to high 50s works for most players. I have reels of PPC, Wilson NXT, Head Velocity & FXP, Tecnfibre's X1, HDMX, Multifeel, and a lot of HDX Tour. I string more Velocity than any other string with VCT coming in second place.

As a stringer, stringing 2-4 frames a day daily and sometimes more and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't put 1.30mm Velocity in a frame as a hybrid of a full bed. It pairs well with a lot of smooth polys, other multifilaments. I have a 4.5A down from a 5.0C 2019 bump up with severe TE who needs surgery. He has bounced between 5.0 and 4.5 frequently and is waiting for his son to graduate HS before surgery, so he can hit with his son. He isn't serving now, but he was using 1.30mm Hyper G/Head Hawk 1.25mm for two years until he wrecked his elbow this past winter in a singles ladder playing other 4.5/5.0 men 3 to 4 times a week. Any way you look at it, he is a strong 4.5 player on his worst day.

The last two frames I gave him were Triax 1.33mm mains/Yonex Poly Tour Air 1.25mm crosses at 54M/52X in a Yonex Ai98 and the same tension in another Yonex Ai98 with Tecnifibre HDX Tour 1.35mm/Head Velocity 1.30mm. Here are his comments on those two setups...."Both felt fine, if I had to choose, I might like the blue ones a tad better but it is close"
 

AKB

New User
Tecnifibre Multifeel will get mentioned sooner rather than later, so it may as well be me.
Start with Multifeel 17g at your usual tension of 53 lbs. Expect to get 10-15 hours playtime with very little tension loss, virtually no string movement and no fraying until well into the life of the string. The string’s feel, control and power level are right in between where polys and multis sit at a 10 USD price point.

The composition is a multi wrap with a monofilament core which is what gives it the properties it has. Think of it as a full bed hybrid instead of having to hybrid multi and poly.
 
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