Open Pattern Racquet... Back to Poly? Poly/Syn Gut Hybrid?

eelhc

Hall of Fame
I've been laying off poly for about a year and a half now due to some arm issues. Going with Multi/Poly and Gut/Poly hybrids instead. Did playtest a few soft polys at low tensions and while I've not had issues after a few hitting sessions, I didn't want to take any additional risk and did not put any poly into the regular rotation.

I've recently acquired some soft, low powered, open pattern 16x16 98 frames and was considering poly again. I have a stringing machine so re-stringing often (before poly goes dead), so tension maintenance is not a big issue. I'm not a string breaker so durability is not a big issue. I want spin, comfort and feel. Lower power is better since i intend to go low tension.

I wondering if I should go full bed or start off with poly mains and a soft synthetic gut (I have lots of Gamma).
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
You did not cite specific frame, but try gamma at mid # in full bed first. If that does not generate enough spin, then go with a soft poly like MSV cofocus with Gamma crosses. Or try RIP Control. I suspect you will start breaking strings w/ 16x16 pattern. 2 cents.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
You did not cite specific frame, but try gamma at mid # in full bed first. If that does not generate enough spin, then go with a soft poly like MSV cofocus with Gamma crosses. Or try RIP Control. I suspect you will start breaking strings w/ 16x16 pattern. 2 cents.
Frame is a Prince Tour 98 ESP. My go to setup had been Rip Control 17 Mains with Topspin Cyber Blue 17 Crosses but rip control 17 stock/supply has been spotty as of late.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
RIP Control? Then try Isospeed Professional Classic. It is made of the same material as RIP Control, but its construction is different. IMO, it's stiffer. Problem is finding the string. I don't see any drawbacks to using 16 Ga strings in the Prince frame.

Or try packs from Pro's Pros. In 16 gauge, most polys are very underpowered such as their Spinox.
 

Ramon

Legend
I used to use that frame. If durability was not an issue in the past, it will be now. For me, full 16g poly would last about 3-5 hours. When it broke, I would always see severe notching in the mains, meaning it was ready to go at any time and not a freak accident. Poly/syngut could last over 10+ hours because the mains don't notch, but I usually cut it after 6 hours because the poly mains lost playability by then.

My favorite setup was Ashaway Monogut ZX 16 mains with Gamma Marathon 15L crosses at 66/66. At that tension, I was breaking the red version of ZX on the stringer about 50% of the time. I didn't have that problem with the natural color, so I stopped using red. It gave me more spin than smooth poly (but less than shaped poly), it lasted an average of about 10 hours, it didn't lose playability, and it was easy on the arm.
 
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