Ezone dr 98 string recommendation (not poly)

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  1. dimamid

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    Have just received a new DR98 and am switching from a PS97. I previously played with x-one biphase 17g at ~53lbs. Does anyone have any good multi recommendations for this racquet? I am also really keen to try Nat gut. I have tried a poly and syngut hybrid before which wasn't bad, but my elbow couldn't handle a full poly bed (my serve went down about 30km/h too :( ). I have a very spinny forehand and 1HBH

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  2. fundrazer

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    I tried x-one in my DR98 for a while, but I felt like the spin wasn't really there for me personally. Was actually my string of choice for most of my sticks up until recently, but I've been branching out more since I switched to DR98. Poly Tour Pro might be something to consider. It's a bit soft in terms of poly (I've had some wrist and elbow pain problems before, but none with PTP), but the spin potential is still pretty decent. I think it also provides a bit more power than a lot of other poly strings.

    Babolat has a prepackaged hybrid of vs gut/rpm blast that I've been using for quite a while now. I don't think I get as much jump on say my 2nd serve, but there is enough spin for my groundstrokes. Also good feel and some nice pop/power for first serves and big groundstrokes. Would probably be a good option to consider. It might be my choice moving forward, gut/poly hybrids that is. I'm not a string breaker so I've gotten a lot of hours out of the one stringjob. Would like to experiment with some different cross strings in the future though.
     
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  3. rhodyvik01

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    I use the same stick (blue) and use Gamma Live Wire XP 17. Easy to play with. Lots of feel. Your arm will thank you for not using poly.

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  4. Traffic

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    I'd try Nat Gut/soft Poly hybrid. Easy on the arm and more spin and from what I'm told, more longevity.

    The other option, which might be helpful to understand more about your equipment and your style of play, is to play your new racquet with the same string you used on your PS97.

    When I switched from PS97LS to V1Pro, I strung it up with the exact same strings to compare the differences in the two racquets back to back. Then I started fine tuning from there.
     
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  5. dimamid

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    Would you recommend potentially Klip Legend and Volkl Cyclone ?
     
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  6. Traffic

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    I think the consensus is to use a slick round poly. The shaped poly would tend to shorten the longevity of the gut.
    I'm using isospeed cream. I've had kirschbaum max power or proline 2 recommended in the past. Silver string has been mentioned before, but it's one of the least slick poly.
     
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  7. dimamid

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    Gotcha. I think I am going to try out gut/YPTP or potentially a full bed of YPTP at this stage
     
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  8. g4driver

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    Out of these smooth polys at my house, YPTP would be my last choice for a smooth poly.

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    This setup just works. 16G Original Wilson Natural Guy and Head Hawk 17g.


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    Hawk White 17g is my personal choice, but 16g gray or white would work also.
     
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  9. dimamid

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    Ahhh nice, thanks for that. Would you say it is a soft poly. My arm can't handle a poly like RPM blast rough
     
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  10. g4driver

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    Head Hawk Touch 17g is softer than Head Hawk 17g and would be my second choice.

    I use Cyclone Tour 16g full bed when the courts aren't dry. Wilson Nautral Gut 16g/Head Hawk 17g is soft as butter but it last 3X as long full bed of poly. I've gotten 3 months out of gut/poly hybrids where the poly breaks in less than a month. It feels like nothing else IMO. No multi feels like Natural Gut, and certainly no poly/multi hybrid.

    Two tips:

    1) have someone who knows what they are doing string your frame. Not all stringers know what they are doing with gut. Ask the stringer where / how they tie the poly crosses. If they tell you, with a starting knot on the gut main, walk away and find another stringer.

    2) String the gut tighter than you string poly mains. Gut is powerful and hold tension incredibly well. The dead poly like hawk does two things:

    It tames the poly's power and Head Hawk one is the slickest co-poly around, allowing the gut to slide with ease.

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  11. achapa8807

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    You may want to try a hybrid set up. I've been messing around with hybrids for the past two years and have always found comfort and most of the playability of a poly with Alu/Xcel. I have even tried Yonex PTP in the low 50s and it has been pretty easy on the arm using the DR98 IMHO. Isospeed Cream with a soft multi might work as well. I've tried Origin in the crosses and it didn't help much as it is a stiffer string. I'd definitely try Xcel with a poly strung a little lower.
     
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  12. Traffic

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    Look up posts by @ByeByePoly . He's sort of the crusader for post TE elbow sensitive setups. He hits with Full bed Velocity and Tonic/Cream. Both set-ups seem to be arm friendly enough for singles, doubles, ball machines and long walks in the park.
     
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  13. CosmosMpower

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    What is 'string snot'?
     
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