Best setup you've ever played with?

pvaudio

Legend
I thought that the best setup was NRG218/Turbotwist 1.20 in my AG100. Today, however, I tried VS Team/Spiky Shark with power pads. This cannot be beat. I can hit as hard as I want and get as much touch as I want and it goes in. A wonderful setup. So basically, list your racquet and preferred stringing setup:

Racquet: Dunlop Aerogel AG100
Mains: Babolat VS Team 17, 60lbs
Crosses: Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25, 58lbs
Misc: Power pads, no dampener

Post 'em up!
 

mang0ra1n

New User
my most favorite string setup

Racket: Babolat AeroPro Drive GT
Mains: Technifibre Black Code 17 58
Crosses: Technifibre NRG2 16 55
Misc: Rubberband dampener!!!!!!!!!!!
 

meowmix

Hall of Fame
Favorite setup:

Prince natural gut 16 in a k6.1 95 16 by 18 at 60 pounds, after a few hours. I'm LOVING the way this stuff feels!

Honorable mention: Kirschbaum Competition 1.30 with syn crosses in pretty much any racket. Very versatile setup.
 

Chezbeeno

Professional
Best setup I've ever played with I think might be a 17g experimental string Wilson sent to strung at 58 lbs., aside from that Luxilon BB ALU Power Rough 16g mains & NXT Max 16g crosses all at 58
 

ice812

New User
Racquet: Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT Plus
Mains: Babolat VS Team 17, 54lbs
Crosses: Babolat RPM Blast 16, 56lbs
Misc: Tourna grip, Babolat custom damp
 

ClubHoUno

Banned
Racquet: Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT Plus
Mains: Babolat VS Team 17, 54lbs
Crosses: Babolat RPM Blast 16, 56lbs
Misc: Tourna grip, Babolat custom damp

You prefer plus versions in all your racquets - are you a short person or just like the longer versions of the racquets :)
 

aggietex08

Rookie
Racquet: Prince Ozone Tour MP
Mains: Head Rip Control 17
Crosses: Signum Pro Poly-Plasma 17 (1.23)
Misc: Yonex Supergrap, Volkl Damper with hole drilled through it (makes it a larger Sampras O so it doesnt fall off)
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
All that string technology, all that thinking time, all the experimenting, and you guys still suck at tennis....:oops::oops:
Try practice.....practice playing tennis.
 

darthpwner

Banned
All that string technology, all that thinking time, all the experimenting, and you guys still suck at tennis....:oops::oops:
Try practice.....practice playing tennis.

Strings do benefit. Would you play with all poly if you serve and volley? How about baseliners using all natural gut?
 
so far:

my aeropro drive gt, no lead, babolat smart grip system, 1 VS overgrip under 1 wilson pro overgrip, RPM Blast 17g @ 62lbs, babolat custom damp.

but i'm still experimenting. anyone try the new technifiber x-code? i'm interested in how that plays.
 

ice812

New User
You prefer plus versions in all your racquets - are you a short person or just like the longer versions of the racquets :)

Both... I'm 5'9" and bought the Aeropro drive plus used and found the extra length a benefit to my game. I was in the process of buying a new racquet and was trying a bunch of different racquets from my local pro shop. I then got a good deal on 2 PDR GT + used so I bought them. After trying 25 different racquets I found that the PST GT + was the best for me and bought 2 of them new.
 

Centered

Hall of Fame
Prince God
Prince ProBlend (two packs, the Kevlar mains used for both mains and crosses), 70 lbs

runner-up:

Wilson Legacy with piano wire

honorable mention:

Ergonom strung with Weed Whacker string.
 

Kirko

Hall of Fame
set-up >>

Pro-Kennex Redondo Mid / Luxilon Adrenaline 16 GA 53 lbs. used nat.-gut for years and prefer Luxilon now overwhelmingly.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
All that string technology, all that thinking time, all the experimenting, and you guys still suck at tennis....:oops::oops:
Try practice.....practice playing tennis.

I play 10-12 hours a week and have gotten a lot better since tweaking my setup down to 40 pounds. I know you are a tennis master and all, but until we see film of you playing and showcasing all the advice you have doled out, you are just a loudmouth.
 

meowmix

Hall of Fame
I find it amusing that despite the massive advances in string technology, natural gut still features prominently in the string setups of many.
 

StanW

Rookie
Full Bed of Hurricane Pro Tour 17g @ 58lbs on the Babolat Aero 12.
And of course with the Tennis Warehouse dampener. ^____^
 

onehandbh

G.O.A.T.
Best setups I've tried.

Lux alu power rough 16g mains (mid 50's tension)
Gamma TNT 16g cross.

Downside. breaks in 1 set.

Another one I like:

Lux alu power rough cross
gut cross
 

dadozen

Hall of Fame
Gut mains and Lux Alu Rough crosses.... on a BLX90 customized by P1... :D

Kidding, never tried gut, but if I did, that would probably be the best setup
 

pvaudio

Legend
All that string technology, all that thinking time, all the experimenting, and you guys still suck at tennis....:oops::oops:
Try practice.....practice playing tennis.
Roger Federer could beat me with a frying pan. Doesn't mean I shouldn't set up my racquet to how I want it to feel.
 

nickarnold2000

Hall of Fame
I'm not saying anybody sucks but LeeD brings up an important point. If you're a string tinker - great, knock yourself out and keep experimenting! But if you truly want to improve ie. do better in tournaments then find a setup that you do like, stick to it and prepare to work hard.
The holy grail string pursuit(constantly changing strings [and rackets too]) will never replace good honest hard work, IMO.
 
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Power Player

Bionic Poster
I'm not saying anybody sucks. If you're a string tinker - great, knock yourself out! But if you truly want to improve ie. do better in tournaments then find a setup that you like, stick to it and prepare to work hard.
The holy grail string pursuit(constantly changing strings [and rackets too]) will never replace good honest hard work, IMO.

That I agree with. No doubt about it. But sometimes sh-- happens. In my case injury. I had to switch to a lighter racquet and use a lower tension in order to play without hurting myself. It takes some experimentation and time on the court to dial in exactly what is going to work on a consistent basis.
 

nickarnold2000

Hall of Fame
That I agree with. No doubt about it. But sometimes sh-- happens. In my case injury. I had to switch to a lighter racquet and use a lower tension in order to play without hurting myself. It takes some experimentation and time on the court to dial in exactly what is going to work on a consistent basis.
I totally hear you. Hopefully you'll find a setup that enables to play pain free. :)
I've tinkered myself a little; with lower tension and using a twisted poly(both successfully). But I don't think I'm going to rush out and try Solinco's Barbwire{or any other new twisted poly} as a substitute for Tornado any time soon as I already have a reel of Tor. I think thou that I'd better get my butt on the court and hit some more balls!
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
We like the same stuff it sounds like. Love the low tension and twisted poly. Soooo nice with a player's stick.

One thing that really has helped me is to settle on a string setup first. I know that I want full poly and I want it under 50#s. I also know that I love Big Hitter rough. It is soft, easy to string and cheap. I also know that I like light player's sticks that are more geared towards control. So this has made my situation a lot easier then it could be for others.

But nothing replaces court time. And you HAVE to spend at least 20 hours hitting with the same racquet and string setup before you really know if it is going to work. The people who say they found their holy grail after 1 night of hitting for a few hours I simply can not take seriously.
 
All that string technology, all that thinking time, all the experimenting, and you guys still suck at tennis....:oops::oops:
Try practice.....practice playing tennis.
Obvious troll is obvious.

Anyway,
Racquet: Becker 11
Strings: Technifibre Black Code 18 at 50 lbs
Dampener: Yes

Honorable mention:
Racquet: Becker 11
Strings: Ashaway Kevlar 18 mains, Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 crosses at 50/55 respectively.

Note: The first string set-up is the best for playing, and it lasts fairly long for polyester. The second is almost as good, but the trick is that it never goes dead since it's Kevlar/syn gut. I always keep one racquet strung this way just in case.
 

cigrmaster

Semi-Pro
My favorite set up used to be a full bed of Luxillon rough stung at 57. Unfortunately my arm didn't like that set up so I went to
Lux rough in mains strung at 57 and gut in crosses strung at 60. I use the Wilson Champions choice. I still get the performance from the lux but the gut smooths it out so my arm doesn't get killed. I am 52 so my days of a full poly are over.
 
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