Looking for good string/tension combo for Pro Staff 97

#1
as the title says, I'm gonna be buying the Pro Staff 97 very soon within the next week probably and since TT offers the option to string the racket at the warehouse I'm just wondering what are some good combos in terms of strings and tension that people have had good results with

a bit of background about myself, I've played with RPM Blast for 5 years straight, basically since the string has existed I've been playing with it non-stop and I'm getting a bit tired of the same stringjob for 5 years in a row

I wanna try something different and see how that feels

I'm currently considering a few string options that seem like they're a bit similar to the RPM Blast

1). volkl cyclone/volkl cyclone tour 16 gauge

2). luxilon ALU power 16 gauge

3). solinco tour bite 16 gauge

also, what's a good solid tension for a Pro Staff 97?

with my current 6.1 i play with a 57 lbs tension

many thanks
 
#2
First of all just want to say this is my first post so hello TT forum thanks for having me.
I've been playing with the PS97 for about 6 months and have played around with a few different strings and tensions.
I found that Cyclone 16 is a good string in this racket, although I preferred it with a couple of grams of lead at 12, otherwise the lack of swing weight can make the response a bit dead and unforgiving. I settled on 54 pounds with this string.
The other set up I've enjoyed with this racket is Tonic + gut in the mains with MSV focus hex 1.28 or Kirschbaum PLX 1.30 in the crosses. I'm still messing with tension on the hybrid set up but 61/58 has played well although I've just restrung at 59/55 to try a softer string bed and to see if I get a little more spin. The higher tension did give excellent control however, and was great for approach shots and harder ground strokes.
Hope this is of use, good luck with your new stick.
 
#3
The PS97 have a lot of great feel and I prefer a hybrid setup in this stick:
I use natural gut 16ga / Ashaway Monogut ZX crosses - tension 57 - really soft and lasts;
2nd fav: Cyclone mains / Thunderblast crosses - tension 54/58 - not so soft and doesn't last as long.

TW can string you with with Cyclone and a good multi cross and you can try this out. It will be different than full poly though.
 
#5
Full cyclone was fine but as I said, without some lead at 12 it was a little jarring.
But with 2g of lead at 12 was fine. Also played with Lux savage which was fine also.
 
#7
I recommend Solinco Tour Bite, it really works well in the PS97. String it at 50-52lbs. The PS97 has a fair amount of power and you need to tame it with a stiff string.
I find AluPower to have a bit to much power for the PS97, or if using Alupower, string it at 55lbs and above. I haven't used Cyclone in the PS97 so cannot comment. Try the STB, its a definite winner in the PS97
 
#8
I recommend Solinco Tour Bite, it really works well in the PS97. String it at 50-52lbs. The PS97 has a fair amount of power and you need to tame it with a stiff string.
I find AluPower to have a bit to much power for the PS97, or if using Alupower, string it at 55lbs and above. I haven't used Cyclone in the PS97 so cannot comment. Try the STB, its a definite winner in the PS97
yea after a few days of playtesting the pro staff, it is indeed a bit too powerful and can go ballistic on some shots

50-52 lbs though, really?

that seems awfully low, maybe because i've always strung at 55lbs+
 
#9
I find 50-52 lbs works well for me...a bit of power, comfy on the arm (main reason) and really just used to the 50-52lbs mark. I started at 50lbs, but been slowly adding tension...if you are used to 55lbs..that's a good start.
 
#10
I tried to hybrid with a synthetic gut in the cross but found still to many fliers. I have since been using wilson revolve mains and tourna big hitter silver crosses. I think any fully poly set up will play well. Power/elbow problems not an issue for me so I string 56M 54C. Hope this helps, might not want to choose a shaped poly cross. I prefer a smooth round cross...
 
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