Grapplesnake strings

Injured Again

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Tourbite is also made in 1.20 mm version. Wouldnt' that have been better comparison to Cube 1.18 mm ??
Grapplesnake says that the Cube 1.18, because of its square profile, is equivalent to some thicker gauge in a rounder string. But in any case, the TourBite 1.30 is the gauge I needed to get enough stiffness from this string to kill the power in the racquet to the level that I prefer.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Grapplesnake says that the Cube 1.18, because of its square profile, is equivalent to some thicker gauge in a rounder string. But in any case, the TourBite 1.30 is the gauge I needed to get enough stiffness from this string to kill the power in the racquet to the level that I prefer.
Tourbite 1.3 is way too thick. I could never use that. Thickest gauge on Tourbite I can use is 1.20 gauge which has decent power and massive spin
 

Injured Again

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Tourbite 1.3 is way too thick. I could never use that. Thickest gauge on Tourbite I can use is 1.20 gauge which has decent power and massive spin
It is thick and using thinner would be a much easier route to getting the launch angle I prefer. But at age 57 and wanting to stay competitive in singles with younger players for several years more to come, I need to keep some things in reserve that can give me more power in the future when I physically can't perform as well as I do now. So I'm still swinging a heavy racquet, and I swing it hard. I can still time it well enough against the hardest hitters I run into at the 4.5 level and so I'll continue to use this heavy racquet with thick, dead strings until I can't any more, at which time I'll move to a thinner, more powerful string and start taking some lead tape off. If I can get to about age 65 and still be competitive in 18+ 4.5, I'll be as happy as a clam, and will then gladly have my two knee replacements and take up doubles.

As far as the Cube, I played today against a former college player, and being physically fresher than yesterday has helped somewhat. The Cube has definitely lost elasticity somewhere in hour 5-6, and its noticeable in reduced power and lower launch angle. Spin is reduced but control is still there. The edges in the enter of the stringbed which were twisted and thus facing directly upward have worn down, but the places where the string lay flat still have the same sharp edges. Sensitivity to incoming spin is still high - I don't know if it's quite as high as when new but it's still more than my other racquet with 11+hour TourBite.

I'll play some more with it - I have a session against my son on Saturday and will see what happens then.
 

liftordie

Hall of Fame
It is thick and using thinner would be a much easier route to getting the launch angle I prefer. But at age 57 and wanting to stay competitive in singles with younger players for several years more to come, I need to keep some things in reserve that can give me more power in the future when I physically can't perform as well as I do now. So I'm still swinging a heavy racquet, and I swing it hard. I can still time it well enough against the hardest hitters I run into at the 4.5 level and so I'll continue to use this heavy racquet with thick, dead strings until I can't any more, at which time I'll move to a thinner, more powerful string and start taking some lead tape off. If I can get to about age 65 and still be competitive in 18+ 4.5, I'll be as happy as a clam, and will then gladly have my two knee replacements and take up doubles.

As far as the Cube, I played today against a former college player, and being physically fresher than yesterday has helped somewhat. The Cube has definitely lost elasticity somewhere in hour 5-6, and its noticeable in reduced power and lower launch angle. Spin is reduced but control is still there. The edges in the enter of the stringbed which were twisted and thus facing directly upward have worn down, but the places where the string lay flat still have the same sharp edges. Sensitivity to incoming spin is still high - I don't know if it's quite as high as when new but it's still more than my other racquet with 11+hour TourBite.

I'll play some more with it - I have a session against my son on Saturday and will see what happens then.
NEON DUST :p
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
NEON DUST:p
I was talking to a well respected local stringer today about my issue with trying to get more launch angle but feeling like I need a thick string to keep power levels low. He gave me this:



and told me to go up three pounds from my TourBite 1.30 stringjob.

On the Cube front, the strings are dead. They have eight hours, and still have their shape, but elasticity and the higher launch angle are gone. Power has gone down a little bit, which is actually good, but I'm hitting a bunch of balls into the tape. Spin is down somewhat as well. The minimal notching hasn't increased - if I continued to play with these strings, it seems like they would last quite a while as the flat surface against the flat surface at a cross doesn't heavily notch as much as a round or round'ish string. Here's the center of my stringbed.



So, first up is the TourBite 1.18, then the Neon Dust hybrid.
 
How would Irukandji play with poly/poly hybrid as the cross?
Very well. It softens up the string bed, since most other polys are stiffer than Irukandji. Also, improves spin, since the profile of the crosses in a full bed of square or hexagonal poly won't add much in terms of spin. The aim there is to reduce notching if possible, in order to increase snap-back, which is what Irukandji does best. Downside: if you are a very hard hitter, you might break Irukandji earlier compared to a thick cross, since Irukandji isn't the thickest string out there.

Give it a try. Hope it helps!

Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
 

racquetreligion

Hall of Fame
Tourbite 1.3 is way too thick. I could never use that. Thickest gauge on Tourbite I can use is 1.20 gauge which has decent power and massive spin
Bit late to this but....
Depends on how open the pattern is and what you need

I sometimes still use halve a dozen PS97 16 x 19 open pattern (Japanese edition RA63) with 1.35mm Tourbite at 48/44x
has given me nothing but perfect spin, power, control, tension stability and durability 8-10 hours heavy hitting then mains snap.
There is no way you want to go over 50lbs unless you are swinging over 100+ inches.

In the summer weather I tried to see the limits of this thicker gauge and found that was at 42/40lbs!!!
The opposite of everything happened that I enjoyed at 48/44x, basically uncontrollable even with my
clay style game using western FH and semi western OHBH. Cut them out straight away then...

Tried 44/42x as the 48/44x snaps mains at best 8-10hours and decided 2 frames would be enough for testing.
Well weirdest situation encountered, they were playable with excellent qualities for around 12-14hours!!!!
No notching at all this time on mains but started spraying long at 12-14 hours so cut them out and tried again.

Conclusion anything from 45-49lbs seems to be the sweet spot for 1.35 tour bite on 97+ 16 x 19 frames.
 

Jarno

New User
Very well. It softens up the string bed, since most other polys are stiffer than Irukandji. Also, improves spin, since the profile of the crosses in a full bed of square or hexagonal poly won't add much in terms of spin. The aim there is to reduce notching if possible, in order to increase snap-back, which is what Irukandji does best. Downside: if you are a very hard hitter, you might break Irukandji earlier compared to a thick cross, since Irukandji isn't the thickest string out there.

Give it a try. Hope it helps!

Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
I hope that you are all doing well with your tennis!

I need some advice with Irukandji. I had a half pack of Irukandji and I paired it as a cross with square poly (Volkl V square) in my TF40. I absolutely loved the feel and spin. Only thing I was lacking was the control after one hour of hard hitting by mains stucking out of their position. I went too low stringing my racquet, I believe with the crosses especially. So my question is, should I go higher or lower in tension with Irukandji in crosses when pairing it with stiffer poly in mains in general? My reference was now 47m / 44c (Irukandji). Cheers!
 
I hope that you are all doing well with your tennis!

I need some advice with Irukandji. I had a half pack of Irukandji and I paired it as a cross with square poly (Volkl V square) in my TF40. I absolutely loved the feel and spin. Only thing I was lacking was the control after one hour of hard hitting by mains stucking out of their position. I went too low stringing my racquet, I believe with the crosses especially. So my question is, should I go higher or lower in tension with Irukandji in crosses when pairing it with stiffer poly in mains in general? My reference was now 47m / 44c (Irukandji). Cheers!
Hello!

Perhaps you could go 2 or 3 lbs higher on Irukandji if you are used to a firm Main!

Hope it helps!

Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
 
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mctennis

Legend
How does this brand compared to Black bear and bear claw string ?? They are both made in Germany it looks like. Is it better quality than black bear ?
I did not think Bear strings were even out. He was here for on this site a nanno second and seemed to leave just as quickly. I did not think theor strings made it to mass production.
 
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