MCS Tension Question - Need help for elbow pain

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  1. The Djoker

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    Hi all. I have developed some pretty bad elbow pain since starting to play with a BB ALU/Head FXP hybrid at 58/60lbs in my MG Prestige Mid. I really liked the feel of this hybrid, but I cut it out so I would not be tempted to play with it! I ordered some Mantis Comfort Synthetic from TW and it should arrive tomorrow. I have read that this string is extremely soft, and i would rather not spend money on natural gut.

    I know MCS is reported to be very low powered. Does anyone who has experience with this string have a recommendation for tension for a full bed of MCS that may most closely match the power level or mt ALU/FXP hybrid? Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. fortun8son

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    MCS is low-powered FOR A MULTI.
    You should have no worries coming from ALU/FXP@58/60!
    You may want to Raise the tension! :)
     
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  3. The Djoker

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    Okay, that's good to hear. All I hear about is how low powered and soft it is. Soft is good, but the low power talk got me concerned. I think I'll go 60, maybe 62. Probably go 60 and see how I like it. Thanks!
     
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    Just remember that Multis are not durable and there are friendlier hybrids than what you were using.
     
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    Yeah, I plan on going to a BHBR/Forten Sweet Hybrid eventually (I have used it and really liked it in this racquet). I just want to play it safe now...I only have a few league matches left in the season and then I can take a break. i want to do as little damage as possible until then :)
     
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    Since you are using a dense string pattern, I think 62 is a good starting point. Don't be afraid to use MCS as a cross string in a poly hybrid either. It actually lasts a fairly long time. Just don't try it is a main string with a hybrid, it won't last long at all. Good luck with your elbow.
     
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    Do you think I would be okay with a BHBR/MCS hybrid now? Or should I go full MCS until the pain has subsided?
     
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    Full MCS for now. If you are in the early stages of pain, it should go away fairly soon. Once the pain subsides then try that hybrid at a nice low tension.
     
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    I would not go so high up if you are having problems, just drop the tension a bit. In the mid 50s should give you enough power, keeping the arm problems away and increasing durability a bit. Defiantly use a full bed until you clear everything up and as Mikeler has said, ease into the poly lower.
     
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  10. The Djoker

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    Got it strung up at 62 today and probably won't get to play until Sunday evening. I like a tighter stringbed, and MCS at 62 will surely be easier on the arm than anything with ALU at any tension. I also heard from my stringer that a guy he strings for said MCS loses a good amount of tension early on. I might go as low as 54# on the BHBR (mmaayybbee 52) once my elbow is feeling better. I just don't like the feel of anything much lower. I'll let you know how it plays:)
     
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  11. mikeler

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    The Mantis guys recommend stringing at 58 or higher, so you are within their design intent. Believe me, at 60 pounds it feels like a pillow. MCS does not lose very much tension because it breaks so darn quick.
     
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