Poly strings for serve and volley?

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  1. max

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    I briefly experimented with poly when it first came out, but didn't like the feel, and I was very keen on my existing set-up.

    Now I'm wondering if there are poly strings that seem to work well with serve and volley tennis. . . any tips? Does this make sense---I can understand the use of poly strings for a hard-pounding baseliner grooving on the spin, but not so much for serve and volley.

    Interested in your thoughts.

    also, has poly gotten better in recent years for holding string tension?
     
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  2. CopolyX

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    “In the thick forest of poly/copoly strings current available there are some serious numbers of standing trees."
    The string really has match your game, your frame and your hands.
    So really just got to make a list and start trying..
    No one can pick a string setup for you that will work.
    My little suggesting is all be open to hybrids ( just two different strings) . They will amplify your arm friendly options.
    Don't forget the father/mother? of all tennis strings...
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  3. max

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    So I'll rephrase this: if you are a serve and volleyer, which poly do you use, if you use a poly at all?
     
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  4. Matthew Lee

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    If I were to be general: softer polys.

    If I were to be specific: Luxilon ALU Power series, Wilson Revolve, Prince Tour XR.
     
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  5. FedBeckRas

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    Genesis Black Magic has good feel for serve and volley. It is a more powerful poly. When you get used the feel and response of poly you can volley with it fine. I personally feel poly is more suited for high racquet head speed strokes than compact volleys. Hybrid stringing with a softer more powerful cross can help too.
     
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  6. Backhanded Compliment

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    Here are a few options: silverstring, Scorpion, RSlyon and black magic, proline II

    I've generally found it to be strings that amplified dwell time and ball feel
     
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  7. CopolyX

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    weiss canon ultra cable (for me- lifetime aggressive all court player)
     
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  8. QuentinFederer

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    In my experience Kirschbaum Pro Line II is very good for serve and volley due to it having very good feel for a poly.
    I actually use a gut poly hybrid, but when I have used full poly then Pro Line II does work very well.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I'll give it a shot this spring.
     
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  10. Chotobaka

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    I come to the net quite often and really don't find specific strings effecting my volleys as much as they do half-volleys and quick pick-ups from deeper in the court. While all polyester strings suffer from lack of feel compared to natural gut and multi's, hitting volleys minus the feel still nets out the same good results for me. The other shots mentioned really benefit from livelier strings, but I still do not string with them in mind -- rather I select my strings primarily based on how they work with my serve and ground strokes which are bigger parts of the equation. If you have good volley technique, poly can work out just fine. Despite the improvements, tension maintenance still sucks and frequent stringing is part of the deal, especially if you like thinner gauges. It really is a question of which combination of compromises are most palatable to you.
     
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  11. Doc Hollidae

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    Tourna Big Hitter Blue 17g. Also like Solinco Hyper G 17g or 18g.
     
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  12. Sardines

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    Cyclone 19g or 18Lg. Use them for doubles S&V.
    +ve :Great spin and decent power for serve and overheads, nice bite of slice and drive volleys. Tension loss is decent. Bite stays with silicone lube.
    -ve : feel (which helps with controlling volley depth and angle), high launch angle on low volleys can be harrowing to your health in doubles! Feels more and more board like as it ages.
     
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  13. Rock Strongo

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    I am a pure serve and volleyer, and I use Gamma Black Ice 16 in my sticks.

    I prefer the dead feel for some reason. So much so that I used to get my racquets strung with PHT. I feel that it helps me focus on getting the little feedback there is and also knife volleys better.
     
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  14. Allcourtguy

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    HyperG 18g full bed or HyperG 18g/ Syn gut 17g, the latter giving more pace on my volleys.
     
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  15. rockbox

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    Why use poly at all if you serve and volley? Spin isn't that important. I would just use gut.
     
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  16. Chotobaka

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    This would depend on the playing style. Former pro level S&V guys who largely relied on first serves with spin, like Edberg and Rafter, would have been even better. As good as their serves were with the strings of the time, today's best poly strings would allowed them to get their opponents more off balance and given them even more time to get to the net.

    At the rec level, assuming one has the ability to use it, more spin potential on serves is definitely beneficial in creating additional time to get in position for the first volley. As I have aged, there is no way I get into effective position without maximum spin on my serve, so for me it is very important to S&V tactics.
     
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    Zverev uses Head Lynx, and S&V's fairly well, but he's a pro. I play a ton of doubles, and like to come in while playing singles as well, and I like Hyper G 16l
     
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  18. Pablo55

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    Jamie Murray uses Tour Bite.
     
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    I cast my vote on Tour Bite Soft for S&V.
     
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