Mains 75% / Crosses 25% - Not so sure....

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Gabs011, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. Gabs011

    Gabs011 Guest

    Up till recently I have been playing mostly with polyester strings - namely - Tecnifibre Red Code, Alu Power Rough, Wilson Enduro Tour and Kirschbaum Super Smash Spikey.

    Recently I decided to go for a change. Since I saw on the string logs of many tournaments that a very high number of pros use Lux / VS Gut hybrids I decided to try the same.

    I was expecting there to be only a slight difference as many people here have quoted that playing characteristics come roughly from 75% mains and 25% crosses. So naturally I was expecting the racket to play largely like a full poly job with a bit more feel and less harshness.

    Well, I am now using, Alu Power main (56) and VS Gut Crosses (58) and the difference from an full poly job is like night and day. Granted, I have only used this setup for the last 3 days but it really makes a huge difference for me. The spin seems just about as good (maybe marginally less) but power and overall feel have improved dramatically. I guess the deciding factor will be durability.

    So basically, while it is obviously difficult to quantify, I would say that the cross strings can make a far greater difference than 25%. Does anyone agree / disagree??

    However, I can imagine that if I put a cheap syn. gut into the same hybrid it would have less of a positive effect.
  2. elee3

    elee3 Rookie

    Nov 9, 2005
    Southern Ca
    Try gut mains with poly crosses. Maybe the difference there will make the differences found between full poly versus poly mains with gut crosses look small.
  3. MTChong

    MTChong Professional

    Jun 21, 2005
    Well if you think about what constitutes the stringbed, both the mains and the crosses... it seems rather simple; with only mains or with only crosses, a racquet will feel one way. You put the two together and you'll naturally get a different feel. I don't think one can go as far as to say that it's 50-50, but I don't think it's a split as extreme as 90-10.

    What most people refer to, however, are playability characteristics - not feel. Most of the playability characteristics are retained; that figure may be around 80-90%. However, the feel will be different; why else hybrid? It cuts down the costs, but it also changes the feel to soften up the string bed (assuming it is a softer cross with poly or kevlar mains).

    Playability - mostly derived from mains.
    Feel - representation from both the mains and the crosses; not quite 50-50, yet not as extreme at 90-10.

    That's how I see it.

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