Ever try Lightning XX as a cross?

fortun8son

Hall of Fame
As the title says.
Seems like it would give good power to a poly main and be more durable than a multi.
Just a thought.
 
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sansaephanh

Professional
As the title says.
Seems like it would give good power to a poly main and be more durable than a multi.
Just a thought.
It was our go to set up in highschool. Our coach loved stringing it up for the better players. XX Lightning and BBO mains. Its hard to explain the feel though. It was soft yet it felt like hitting with a board. Like a soggy 2x4 lol. I found great power and spin with decent pop. I couldnt control my touch shots for my life though. I have to admit that I was alot worse then I am now at tennis. So, best guess would be to try it for yuorself.
 

fortun8son

Hall of Fame
Maybe it was the BBO.
Would be an interesting experiment with modern co-polys.
Especially the low-powered ones.
 

USERNAME

Professional
Ahh Lightning :) warm memories! My first string setup in a real racquet. I gotta say I loved that string, then I started breaking string... Lightning was not a durable string at all, it'd pop well within 2 hours (this is when I was a preteen) so I had to leave it behind. Just recently I hit with a girl's racquet who I was helping practice, YT Rad mp with full LightningXX PINK! Felt nice, lots of control at 60lbs, nice spin, still a good string, but I snapped it at a bit over half an hour. So if you hit a heavy ball you'll tear right through this stuff with a poly on the main.
 

bc-05

Semi-Pro
my old setting really.. i know it would be on the gay side of things.. but i have a cousin who suffer a breast cancer so i try to show support by using..

- prince lightning xx pink on the cross
- babolat vs gut on the main
- wilson hope overgrip or sometimes yonex supergrap (pink)

nowadays i don't play that much so i don't use the set up anymore..

if only though i can get a paintjob of the hope racquet on my head pc600.. that would be crazy
 
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Ramon

Legend
You don't think it would slide with CoFocus or SPPP?
Don't you want it to slide? I thought the idea was that a smooth cross would let the mains slide so they can snap back into place (reduced COF). I haven't tried PPA as a cross yet, but I'm going to next time I try a poly. It seems to have all the traits you want for a cross. As a full bed, it stays straight better than most multifilaments. I know PSGD is terrible when it comes to staying straight, probably because it loses tension. PPA doesn't seem to have that problem.

N.Vy is a favorite cross string of mine, but if you want more power, it might not be the best choice.
 
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Ramon

Legend
My experience with Lighting XX is one full bed of Lightning XX Spin. I don't know what it is, but it's just one of those strings that doesn't connect with me. I thought everything about it was average at best. I just don't feel connected to the ball with it. I've tried worse strings, but nothing about it impressed me. It's cheaper sister, PSGD, is a better overall string. For $2-3 more the next string up is PPA, and to me there's not one thing PPA doesn't do much better than Lightning XX Spin.
 

fortun8son

Hall of Fame
XX Spin is a different animal. I've not tried it.
I've had very good results with the orig Lightning as a racquetball string and it is popular with the ladies as a tennis string.
I had not seen any references to it as a cross for poly, so I was curious.
 

Ramon

Legend
XX Spin is a different animal. I've not tried it.
I've had very good results with the orig Lightning as a racquetball string and it is popular with the ladies as a tennis string.
I had not seen any references to it as a cross for poly, so I was curious.
That explains why I wouldn't like Lightning XX. It's a chick string! It's like driving a yellow VW New Beetle!
 
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