Do Hybrids really inprove feel/touch?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Benjamin, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
    I have been playing with Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L polyester string for a while now (played with Kirschbaum Super Smash Honey 17g before that) at 57 pounds in my POG mid.

    I recently had one of my other POG mids strung with Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L (62 pounds) in the mains and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16 (59 pounds) in the crosses {instead of an all Luxilon job}.

    I had a chance to compare the two racquets side by side for the first time yesterday and I must say that the all Luxilon string job played softer than the hybrid I used. The all Luxilon had more power but probably a little less touch/feel around the net.

    My question is: Did the all Luxilon string job feel softer and have more power because of the difference in tension?

    I guess I also really want to know if I go with a hybrid string job (say Luxilon still in the mains and Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex in the crosses) and lower the tension a little, will it have better feel/touch than just an all Luxilon stringing?


  2. K!ck5w3rvE

    K!ck5w3rvE Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
  3. Richie Rich

    Richie Rich Legend

    Feb 24, 2004
    Of course the hybrid was stiffer. You strung the lux at 62 vs 57 for your regular string job. stringing the crosses a little looser isn'y going to make up for 5 lbs difference in the mains. :roll:

    My experience with lux hybrids are that they will play softer than an all lux string job, if you keep the same tension. Just makes sense since syn gut is softer than lux.
  4. bsandy

    bsandy Hall of Fame

    Mar 25, 2004
    IMO . . . There are two major reasons to hybrid

    1. To slightly soften or stiffen a string job.
    2. To lower the cost of string.

    I think common sense can dictate, what to use.

    . . . and some other side effects . . .

    Using a poly to cross NG and Multi's, for me, make them last longer

    Using a rough string in the crosses can add a bit more spin - not much maybe, but it can't hurt.

    . . . Bud
  5. Gaines Hillix

    Gaines Hillix Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    I agree with Richie Rich and bsandy. Also, 80% of the playing characteristics of the string job come from the mains.
  6. Steve Huff

    Steve Huff Legend

    Feb 11, 2004
    There are really more than 2 reasons to hybrid.

    The ones bsandy said, of course, but also:

    3. too increase durability, most likely the main reason
    This can be accomplished in 2 different scenario's.
    a. a longer lasting main string (ie polyester, kevlar or thicker gauge)
    b. a monofiliment in the crosses with a multi main string. This not only saves money, but often the crosses of an all multi job fray and break before the mains. so, I use a mono in the crosses.

    4. just happen to have 2 pieces of 20' string left on 2 different reels.

    There are probably others (people want 2 different colors,etc)

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