Hybrid strings for alu power

FiReFTW

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So I have been using Volkl V Torque tour mains with Monogut Zx lately, and its quite good.

Now recently my stringer went on holidays and has both of my reels (strung both racquets for me before going), and after one racquet broke strings I went to string it to another stringer and I tried some new strings since he didn't have the ones I use available.

So I tried luxilon alu power mains and wilson revolve crosses, and im absolutely loving the alu power, its amazing in every way.

Now im thinking of switching to alu power mains, and im wondering if there are any recommendations about good cross strings for it?

It would be great if cross strings were not that expensive since alu power is already quite expensive, and also want them to be fairly comfortable (not super harsh).


I was thinking slick poly crosses similar to revolve but cheaper, but not sure if it might be too harsh on the arm to go full poly.

Alternatively maybe some multi as crosses, they seem to be very comfortable, but the issue might be that the multis would fray fast which would hinder snapback and spin.

What are your thoughts?
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Alu/BBO or BBO/Alu. I prefer the 1.30 BBO in the mains and the 1.25 Alu in the crosses.
It’s really hard to beat full bed Alu Power.
 
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For a cross string, any synthetic gut should do fine, and I think s.g. works better than multis in a hybrid setup. I prefer the feel of multis, but the stiffer poly mains just cut into the multis too harshly in my experience.

Isospeed creme works fairly well as a cross string, as it holds tension fairly well, is not expensive, and is fairly soft poly / copoly.

If you like ALU power, you should try ALU power soft as well. It's my preferred poly string.
 

FiReFTW

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For a cross string, any synthetic gut should do fine, and I think s.g. works better than multis in a hybrid setup. I prefer the feel of multis, but the stiffer poly mains just cut into the multis too harshly in my experience.

Isospeed creme works fairly well as a cross string, as it holds tension fairly well, is not expensive, and is fairly soft poly / copoly.

If you like ALU power, you should try ALU power soft as well. It's my preferred poly string.
Poly doesnt cut into SG like it does into multi?
 

USPTARF97

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Poly doesnt cut into SG like it does into multi?
A solid core synthetic gut works much better with poly mains in terms of durability. Multi cross may play better for a few hours but it doesn’t support the poly mains as well and they get stretched out and the multi wears out quickly. See players like Dan Evans, Rublev, and Madison Keyes using Sensation and NXT cross with Lux Alu mains. There is no doubt you can get some good playability out of poly/multi but it is short lived.
Poly/multi I can get a few hours and poly/syn gut can get 8-10hrs+ and end up cutting it out.
 
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FiReFTW

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A solid core synthetic gut works much better with poly mains in terms of durability. Multi Cross may play better for a few hours but it doesn’t support the poly mains as well and they get stretched out quickly and the multi wear out quickly.
Poly/multi I can get a few hours and poly/syn gut can get 8-10hrs+ and end up cutting it out.
Any good smooth syn gut you would recommend then instead of wilson revolve for the crosses?
 
Poly doesnt cut into SG like it does into multi?
Not in my experience. The synthetic gut does much better. Some multis do a bit better than other multis as crosses (wilson sensation, wilson NXT control, head rip control come to mind), but for the extra cost with less durability, I can't justify using a multi over a synthetic gut as a cross. If you need the softness of a multi for your arm but can't get enough durability, thick natural gut mains with a poly cross, poly/ synthetic gut, or poly / poly at low tensions is the way to go.
 

FiReFTW

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Not in my experience. The synthetic gut does much better. Some multis do a bit better than other multis as crosses (wilson sensation, wilson NXT control, head rip control come to mind), but for the extra cost with less durability, I can't justify using a multi over a synthetic gut as a cross. If you need the softness of a multi for your arm but can't get enough durability, thick natural gut mains with a poly cross, poly/ synthetic gut, or poly / poly at low tensions is the way to go.
Give some syn gut recommendations
 
Give some syn gut recommendations
Gosen OG Sheep and Forten Sweet. OG Sheep had a little more pop to it, a little crisper feeling to me. Forten Sweet felt slightly softer. The variance in synthetic gut strings power and feel is pretty minor in my opinion, or at least when compared to poly strings.
 
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