Nylon/nylon hybrid

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With all of the soft hybrids people are playing now, I made up one that is very promising as well. And it's really cheap.

It's Pro's Pro Gutex Ultra 1.30/Solinco Pro Stacked 1.30 @55/51 in my Dunlop Black Max II vintage type racquet. It's 90 sq", 348g, 16x19. And it's very low powered but creates a big feeling of contact due to its flexible throat and fiberglass/graphite mix.

This racquet will vibrate a lot with the wrong strings. At first I felt that with these strings I didn't need a damper. It felt comfortably crisp. But then I noticed that I was getting too much feel. One elastic band solved that and now it feels nicely balanced between feedback and sound. The sound is really pretty good.

I chose these two strings not only because I had them on hand, but they have characteristics that compensate for some failings in the racquet, and because they both have slippery coatings. Gutex Ultra is very dead for a multi string. This helps muffle the frame's vibration just from age and from its fiberglass. The Pro Stacked is a synthetic gut from Solinco that they designed for hybriding with their shaped polys. But it also has a layer of multifilaments under the coating. This makes for more cushioning than you get from most synthetic guts. I'm getting a crisp but substantial feeling from the racquet. Perhaps on other racquets these characteristics wouldn't show as much. The racquet that I used is wired and raw and needed a dampened setup.

I don't know when I will hit with it. It's off-season in New England.
 
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Kevo

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Interesting. I think it's strange how you describe the vibration with that frame. I've not hit with a Dunlop graphite/fiberglass frame, but I've recently been trying out several Rossignol's from that era and the Pro Kennex Copper Ace as well. One thing that's stood out to me is how flexible and soft these frames hit. I've hit them with various syn guts at highish tensions and also polys at medium and low tensions. What I love about these frames is how good they feel with pretty much anything strung in them.

Maybe the difference is I always hit with a string dampener as I don't care for the ping of strings in any racquet, so maybe I never notice what you're describing as racquet vibration. Or maybe it's a difference in the way we think about feel. Who knows. I've pretty much settled on the Rossignols as my new favorite frame, but I'm definitely going to be keeping a couple of the Copper Aces as well. The standard size is especially sweet. I think I'm going to have to part with all my others and quit buying up old frames to try.

I definitely think that the graphite fiberglass composite frames are the sweetest feeling frames around. That flex makes every shot feel good to hit.
 
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Interesting. I think it's strange how you describe the vibration with that frame. I've not hit with a Dunlop graphite/fiberglass frame, but I've recently been trying out several Rossignol's from that era and the Pro Kennex Copper Ace as well. One thing that's stood out to me is how flexible and soft these frames hit. I've hit them with various syn guts at highish tensions and also polys at medium and low tensions. What I love about these frames is how good they feel with pretty much anything strung in them.

Maybe the difference is I always hit with a string dampener as I don't care for the ping of strings in any racquet, so maybe I never notice what you're describing as racquet vibration. Or maybe it's a difference in the way we think about feel. Who knows. I've pretty much settled on the Rossignols as my new favorite frame, but I'm definitely going to be keeping a couple of the Copper Aces as well. The standard size is especially sweet. I think I'm going to have to part with all my others and quit buying up old frames to try.

I definitely think that the graphite fiberglass composite frames are the sweetest feeling frames around. That flex makes every shot feel good to hit.
I think you're right about this type of racquet. the feel is like a "Whomp!" at contact with a wide variety of strings.
 
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