Common pre-poly string setups?

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I used Thin Blend for a bit. Actually I bought a reel of the mains, which is a Kevlar composite, and used gut crosses.

Then I found Gamma Extreme Spin 19, and used it until it was discontinued ~ 2005 (actually used it for a few more years as I bought up all the remaining packs on the web).
So, that was YOU !!!! :)
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Yep. I actually called Gamma and bought out their remaining stock (around 40 or 50 packs). Just ask @Irvin as I sent him all my 'Frequent Stringer' points from the empty packages a year or two ago...
Yes @McLovin did send me his FF credits. BTW if you have any FF credits you should be thinking about what you want to get with them. As of next year the FF program is going away and the credits are just cardboard.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Yes @McLovin did send me his FF credits. BTW if you have any FF credits you should be thinking about what you want to get with them. As of next year the FF program is going away and the credits are just cardboard.
Thanks for the heads up!!! I haven't purchased anything in years; but I have quite a few card/points "somewhere". Think they would let me switch to Pickleball ?
They have some very good paddles!! :) Dang...I probably have 2-3 dozen sets of unopened Gamma strings with the cards. I need a plan!
 
1st racquet was a Maxply Fort with Victor Imperial NG. All strings were 1/2 price with a new racquet. Switched to Africord till the mid 80s
Your road sounds familiar. I used Victor Imperial most of the time, but I switched to Africord (red) when Imperial got too hard to get. Great strings.
 

rrepp

New User
Most everybody I was playing against in leagues or tourneys was using Syn Gut 16g , and a lot of folks liked Gosen OG. This was late 80's thru mid 90's. Some hybrid experimenters, but most went Syn gut, or if one could afford it, Natural gut
 

coachrick

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Found a few more, including some Leoina Horn "with super stainless steel wire" to keep your fingers tingling! :eek:

Interestingly, I used to live a few miles away from Zebest's "distribution headquarters" as well as Unique(Tourna) and would make a trip to each from time to time.
NOW, I live just six miles from the Alpha folks(1000 miles away from my former home).
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Know a player who strung the mains on his Profile 2.7 110 with vinyl-coated stainless steel braided wire. He would break the crosses and just re-string those. Profile was hefty enough but with those mains, forgetaboutit. Anyone use/string Polystar back in the 70s or 80s?
 
Btw, was Polystar really sold in the late 70s?
Are you sure you're not thinking of Blue Star? The 1st poly I remember was Leoina Poly X, then Poly 7. If you lived in Europe, you may have come across a few more, as many European players were using it for durability reasons as they played on clay.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Are you sure you're not thinking of Blue Star? The 1st poly I remember was Leoina Poly X, then Poly 7. If you lived in Europe, you may have come across a few more, as many European players were using it for durability reasons as they played on clay.
Polystar was supposedly sold by the same company as Bluestar
 

Autodidactic player

Professional
Btw, was Polystar really sold in the late 70s?
Apparently, Poly Star string came to market in 1981.

"POLY STAR tennis string was made to integrate the elastic properties of natural gut. Research objective of the former HOECHST AG was to develop a tennis string combining the advantages of synthetic and natural gut in one product. The result was the world first POLY STAR tennis string entering the market in 1981."

Tennis Strings|Story|POLY STAR SPORT
 
I still have a set of Gamma Extreme Spin 19. Also, have a set of Victor Superb 16, Leoina 77, Pro Kennex Eclipse, Super Leoina UFO, and a set of Gorilla Gut (aramid hybrid). Brings back good memories.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I still have a set of Gamma Extreme Spin 19. Also, have a set of Victor Superb 16, Leoina 77, Pro Kennex Eclipse, Super Leoina UFO, and a set of Gorilla Gut (aramid hybrid). Brings back good memories.
Funny how the Victor Superb wasn't so superb! I remember some 15L that had sections that almost wouldn't go through the holes in a wood racket!! I strung WAY too many sets of pink UFO...especially in the Prince Pro and Kennex Silver Ace!! I don't recall GO-rilla Gut, however!
 
Blue Star with String-a-lings, I ran tension fairly high in my Graphite Directors 62lbs mid-October/March, then 68lbs the rest of the year.
 

Plainsman83

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Blue Star with String-a-lings, I ran tension fairly high in my Graphite Directors 62lbs mid-October/March, then 68lbs the rest of the year.
Ah yes, String-a-lings were a great thing, or at least they seemed to be at the time. With all the focus on factory swing weights and balance point today, I have to laugh at my setup in high school. I played with the POG (no grommets) with spaghetti tubing in most of the holes, power pads, String-a-lings, and all coated in a nice thick coat of Gut-X plus either tape on the hoop or some other headguard gizmo since the frames had no bumper strip. All this to try and milk just a little extra life out of the strings.
 
If I knew how to post pictures, I'd post one of the Gorilla Gut. I still have a set. Plainsman83--really brought back some memories--tubing, power pads, String-a-Lings, head tape, and Gut-X. I was a toe-dragger serving. I used a lot of Shoo-Goo also. Not only that, but Adidas made some shoes that had a leather compound mixed in the rubber of the toes. I figured it must be more durable, so I Shoo-Gooed leather (cut up from old grips) strips onto the toe of my right shoe to help with durability.
 

Plainsman83

New User
I also went through tubes of Shoo-Goo every year. I'm sure if I had done a better job of surface prep it might have stuck better instead of often coming off in big chunks. I would drag my left foot on slice backhands, and once a hole appeared in the shoe it would get covered in tape and then the Shoo-Goo. These days I replace my shoes due to the footbed padding breaking down well before the sole wears out. It can't have anything to do with me not moving like I did 40 years ago...
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I also went through tubes of Shoo-Goo every year. I'm sure if I had done a better job of surface prep it might have stuck better instead of often coming off in big chunks. I would drag my left foot on slice backhands, and once a hole appeared in the shoe it would get covered in tape and then the Shoo-Goo. These days I replace my shoes due to the footbed padding breaking down well before the sole wears out. It can't have anything to do with me not moving like I did 40 years ago...
I've traded hard-surfaced tennis courts for INdoor Pickleball courts(hardwood). I have shoes that are three years old and they look GREAT!!!
I hear you about the innards breaking down, though. I have swapped out SO MANY pairs of insoles over the years!!!
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I remember, at least for the late 80s I was using Head Tournament 20 (T-20) synthetic. About the same time my buddies were using Pro Blend and Gutex.
Late response; but I used the TXM(aster) for a couple of years and we really pushed the T-20 at that time. Good playability, neutral color, good price. The rep came through a few years later with some OEM reels(that I believed to be T-20 or OG Micro), completely unmarked(actually not even on a spool...just wound in a ~ 15-inch loop inside a plastic bag). I was excited to find such a bargain for my "personal" stringing business!!! Ha! I still have a 'reel' in my stash!
 
I've traded hard-surfaced tennis courts for INdoor Pickleball courts(hardwood). I have shoes that are three years old and they look GREAT!!!
I hear you about the innards breaking down, though. I have swapped out SO MANY pairs of insoles over the years!!!
Do your pickleball shoes have the gum soles? I've thought about getting that type for playing on clay. What do you think?
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Do your pickleball shoes have the gum soles? I've thought about getting that type for playing on clay. What do you think?
As I wear a size 15, my options are a little limited. NO gum rubber YET. Lots of folks wearing (former) volleyball and badminton shoes somewhat re-branded for Pickleball...especially those folks coming from those other indoor sports. I think the gum rubber would be fine on clay. The pattern might make a difference. Some have gum rubber only on specific traction areas. I do have a pair of hemp sneaks with gum rubber soles...but surely a "lifestyle" shoe vs a true court shoe.
 
Used Victor Imperial and Vilatla Vich gut on my Head Vilas frames and XRCs, later changed to Blue Star.. It wasnt quite as good
 
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