Osaka no longer using yonex poly tour pro mains?

Crashbaby

Semi-Pro
Anyone know what she has switched to? Her mains are no longer yellow, so looks to have stopped using PTP. Maybe grey poly tour Strike?
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
If anyone is doubting the playability of poly/multi there is a new wave of high level junior players and players coming on the pro tour using poly/multi. Osaka being one of those. Looks like she may have moved to poly/gut which is common for these players but it is hard to tell.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
If anyone is doubting the playability of poly/multi there is a new wave of high level junior players and players coming on the pro tour using poly/multi. Osaka being one of those. Looks like she may have moved to poly/gut which is common for these players but it is hard to tell.
Makes sense for juniors to lower costs. Once they get endorsement deals, poly/gut is the luxury setup to move onto. If I played with poly mains, I’d hybrid with gut on someone else’s dime.
 

Syfo-Dias

Professional
Has anyone here ever tried a poly/gut hybrid? I've always heard using gut in the crosses is a waste, but have never tried it myself.
 

anfield

Semi-Pro
I've used Yonex Poly Tour Strike mains @ 55 and OG Micro 18 @ 58 crosses on a Tour G 310. With the flex of the frame I could really shape the ball. Very comfy set up, nice pop, but have to really hit through ball to keep in and you will be rewarded with great spin, the lighter flexy set up helps with this.

Tried VS 17 @58 and KB Max Power 18g @ 54 in Yonex Vcore Pro 330, felt great, could really feel the ball and had great directional control.

Now doing VS 17 @ 55 mains and Alu Power Rough in Tour and Duel G 310 with lead, great for hitting hard, serves, slices, but feel like I've lost some touch. I'm not sure a rough poly cross is the answer, I may try the KB Max Power rough in an 18 vs the 1.25 of the Alu. I'm confused about smooth vs rough. Smooth I can finesse shots better and get great spin, but needs a full cut, with rough you can go 3/4 tp get same spin, but is dodgy with volleys and pickups.

Any one Zyex crosses with gut? Curious because they say it can snap back like poly and is durable if you stretch slowly while stringing.
 
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USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Has anyone here ever tried a poly/gut hybrid? I've always heard using gut in the crosses is a waste, but have never tried it myself.
Played poly/gut with a Head Radical Pro for several months. Incredibly heavy ball, good spin. Biggest thing I noticed was increased power and great control hitting flatter ground strokes. My preference is Gut/poly especially in Wilson frames.
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
I've used Yonex Poly Tour Strike mains @ 55 and OG Micro 18 @ 58 crosses on a Tour G 310. With the flex of the frame I could really shape the ball. Very comfy set up, nice pop, but have to really hit through ball to keep in and you will be rewarded with great spin, just have to go all out and it will drop in, the lighter flexy set up helps with this.

Tried VS 17 @58 and KB Max Power 18g @ 54 in Yonex Vcore Pro 330, felt great, could really feel the ball and had great directional control.

Now doing VS 17 @ 55 mains and Alu Power Rough in Tour and Duel G 310 with lead, great for hitting hard, serves, slices, but feel like I've lost some touch. I'm not sure a rough poly cross is the answer, I may try the KB Max Power rough in an 18 vs the 1.25 of the Alu. I'm confused about smooth vs rough. Smooth I can finesse shots better and get great spin, but needs a full cut, with rough you can go 3/4 tp get same spin, but is dodgy with volleys and pickups.

Any one Zyex crosses with guy? Curious because they say it can snap back like poly and is durable if you stretch slowly while stringing.
I agree. Played with Champions Choice a few times and didn’t care for it but VS/4g and Klip/Max Power are my favorite set ups.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Has anyone here ever tried a poly/gut hybrid? I've always heard using gut in the crosses is a waste, but have never tried it myself.
It’s not a waste performance wise but the bump in performance comes at a steep price. The crosses only add a minimal amount to the feel and power of a stringbed so you can get close to poly/gut at a fraction of the cost with poly/multi hybrids.

Gut/poly is a whole different animal. You are getting a gut like stringbed but adding control and spin with a poly cross. Given you use a smooth poly cross you’ll also increase longevity in the gut over a full bed gut stringbed.

Poly/gut is just a real expensive way to soften and boost the power of a polyester. Syn gut and multis do the same thing essentially at 1/4 the cost.
 

Doubles

Legend
Has anyone here ever tried a poly/gut hybrid? I've always heard using gut in the crosses is a waste, but have never tried it myself.
It breaks much much faster than full poly or guy/poly. Seriously. It plays okay, but I've tried it two different times and snapped a poly main in under 2 hours both times. You're better off using a synthetic cross because it won't saw through the poly mains the way gut does. The mains might shred your crosses, but at least with syn gut/multi crosses you'll save a ton of money.

I also find gut/multi crosses with poly mains to be incredibly jarring for my wrist and elbow compared to gut/poly or even full poly.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
gut is not supposed to shred thru your poly mains...perhaps you strung it poorly...poly mains snapping is NOT because of gut crosses...although i do agree that gut crosses is kind of a waste cuz most of the feel is from the mains


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