Poly Hybrid: 17G mains and 16G crosses

henweezy

Rookie
Hi all,

Has anyone tried a poly hybrid with 17g mains and 16g crosses? Curious to know what your experiences are versus stringing all 17g, all 16g. I know having a 16g mains and 17g or all single gauge is common for most setups.
 

Muppet

Legend
By poly hybrid, do you mean poly/poly or poly/some other crosses? Usually a poly cross in poly/poly is thinner or the same gauge.
 
I'm not sure you will really notice any real difference in a one gauge differential. Two gauge difference, depending on each string's surface characteristics - slick, rough, shaped, twisted .... - and the composition of the two strings being paired, is long rabbit hole with many twist and turns to navigate. I've tried 19g mains and 17g crosses in 16x19, 95sq in bed. I've done 18g mains with 15g crosses. It was a very comfortable, responsive string bed for about two matches. Awesome spin while it lasted.
 

henweezy

Rookie
I've actually recently tried 17L mains with a 16G cross. Both textured polys. Found the 16g to inhibit snap back and string movement and the mains have already cut into the crosses. While it helps keep the launch angle low and very spinny for the first 2 days, I found it to be very boardy after that.
 

blai212

Semi-Pro
I've actually recently tried 17L mains with a 16G cross. Both textured polys. Found the 16g to inhibit snap back and string movement and the mains have already cut into the crosses. While it helps keep the launch angle low and very spinny for the first 2 days, I found it to be very boardy after that.
it would be better to have 16 or 17g mains with 17L crosses...spin potential is so much better. Having thick crosses inhibits the snapback movement of the mains because there is more surface area on the crosses that the mains need to slide across. Thinner crosses is definitely better.


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