Multi vs Polyester questions.

Around may/june this year I needed new strings for my racquet. Reading all these posts around here about the "side effects" of poly strings and how they only benefit advanced players I went for a multi, Tecnifibre XR3 16 (natural beige color) at 25/26 kg. It felt really rough compared to the nylons or the synth gut I was used to (default strings) and I actually had some wrist and forearm pain during hitting with the XR3.

I figured the tension was too high so I was constantly hitting the strings with my palm or against my shoe sole trying to get it down a bit. The pain stopped after a day or two. The comfort and playability was not bad but not special either.

I'm at the stage were I feel I'm playing better with any week that passes by. So I'm quite a bit better than say 2 months ago. When my serve is working and I'm not double faulting I can hang with my friend that plays for 4-5 years, last set we played was a very tight 4-6 loss where I actually saved a few match points. I started last year but I don't think I'm averaging more than 1 hour a week by now. I beat most people that started about the same time or a year earlier than me and like I said when I'm not DF'ting or missing returns due to overswinging I can hang with more experienced, better players.

Anyway, as I started to hit better and put more action on the ball the strings started to fluff and almost break so I cut them out and decided to try a poly. Was about to go for Luxilon Savage Black but when I got to the sportsore I saw that for some reason the price was double to what it was a few months ago so I went for a cheaper one, half price compared to XR3 and Savage, Wilson Enduro Pro 16. Choose them mostly because of the color, silver :) and they do look good.

Even the stringer told me to expect some pain and roughness so I was prepared. Tension was 23-24 kg. Turn out I like them better than the XR3. Less power, more control, better feel and no pain at all. The comparison might not be fair giving the difference in tension but I think the XR3 lost some of tension as I played basically the whole summer with it and it started to fluff and almost break.

Now it's winter here and indoor tennis is expensive so I have a month or so since I played last but I got to hit with Enduro a few times, probably 15 hours combined. No pain, good comfort

So,

Was 25-26kg to his for my level?

Is the difference between 25-26kg and 23-24kg that big?

Does it take time for arm pain to develop while using poly strings?

How much does gripping the racquet loose helps against arm pain? (I'm probably closer to holding to loose rather than too tight)

Anyone having experiences with these twp particular strings? How they compare to the average polys and multis?

Nothing against this string or Tecnifibre, actually I want to try some more of their strings.
 
are you a beginner that is still rapidly improving?

If you the vanishing pain could have to do more with you now being able to hit the sweet spot more consistently rather than the new string.
 
are you a beginner that is still rapidly improving?

If you the vanishing pain could have to do more with you now being able to hit the sweet spot more consistently rather than the new string.
You could say so. I'm more a relative beginner that is still improving rather than a player that has an established level for some time.

Me being a bit better than when I tried the multi surely has to do with this but still what I find interesting is that I have no pain or discomfort using this poly. I was expecting it to feel like hitting rocks or at leas some post hitting pain.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Because you don't have 50 posts yet. Go have a pointless discussion about the GOAT debate in the Pro Player section and you should reach the 50 posts mark rather quickly.

And actually, even if feeling can tell if it's gonna hurt or not, it takes some time to develop proper pain when playing poly/stiff strings. Just don't forget to cut poly around the 15 hour mark or if it stops snapping back into place.
 

NE1for10is?

Semi-Pro
I am currently in the process of four months and counting of being unable to play tennis and doing extensive physical therapy due to a summer of using a "soft" poly hybrid. Consider if being unable to play tennis or open a jar or a door without pain is worth it for you to use polyester strings.
 
I am currently in the process of four months and counting of being unable to play tennis and doing extensive physical therapy due to a summer of using a "soft" poly hybrid. Consider if being unable to play tennis or open a jar or a door without pain is worth it for you to use polyester strings.
How did the pain manifested? During hitting? Was it after the 4 months, if not after what period of time?

Maybe XR3 it's a rougher multi while Enduro a softer poly and the 2 kg in tnesion really made the difference. Think I'll will try some multies at lower tension too, around 21-24kg for better comparison. Maybe some synth gut too you never know which one will suit you better.
 

NE1for10is?

Semi-Pro
How did the pain manifested? During hitting? Was it after the 4 months, if not after what period of time?
I noticed the pain fairly soon after using the stiffer strings, but ignored it for all of last summer until I couldn't ignore it any more. I haven't gone back to hitting yet and I won't until the pain is completely gone. When I do go back I'll be using a racquet with a lower stiffness rating and natural gut or X1 Biphase strings.
 
Thing is I feel no pain with this poly, felt good from the start. I'm trying them to see for myself how rough are these polys after all. I said from the beginning that if I feel any pain I'll cut them away.

Will be careful though. There are many stories like yours linking injuries and poly strings.
 

cartel

Rookie
i dont know if theres any "gain" for using poly if your (hard to put a rating) but lets say 3.0...

polys main benefit is control where you can swing hard - thus get power but still have control-- swinging hard and having control isnt something i would expect from sub 3.5 on a regular basis>>?

you would be better if your not a string breaker to try a gut hybrid as you might get 4-6 mos out of it and that will give you feel- so you can develop your strokes- or a good multi--

technique before spin strings- p0ly- etc.. nothing can help except practice - and dont use tennis balls that are 2 months old :)
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Hybrid Blends..........

Maybe XR3 it's a rougher multi while Enduro a softer poly and the 2 kg in tnesion really made the difference. Think I'll will try some multies at lower tension too, around 21-24kg for better comparison. Maybe some synth gut too you never know which one will suit you better.
FHR, XR3 is not a true multi string but a hybrid of a poly or tri-poly core and a multi wrap. So it will not behave as a full multi string would and does string up a lot stiffer.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
 
FHR, XR3 is not a true multi string but a hybrid of a poly or tri-poly core and a multi wrap. So it will not behave as a full multi string would and does string up a lot stiffer.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
Good to know.

Then I have to try a multi that plays like a multi. I guess Wilson Sensation, Head Rip Control, Babolat Excell are standard multis right? They seem to be good strings judging by reviews.
 

SCRAP IRON

Professional
Good to know.

Then I have to try a multi that plays like a multi. I guess Wilson Sensation, Head Rip Control, Babolat Excell are standard multis right? They seem to be good strings judging by reviews.
You should try Tecnifibre Multi-Feel. It is soft and creates good spin. I think the price is right, and I would re-string after 8-10 sets. I have used many multis, and I think that with its low to medium power level as well as being very comfortable at its current price, you can't go wrong.
 
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