Poly with good tension maintenance?

#1
I am a 4.5 High School player I would say I play a aggressive baseliner with a tendency to have mostly topspin and dropshot/slices. I currently use the Yonex Ezone 100 with Luxilon ALU power 16L @50lbs I love the setup, but I now I have the 2016 pure aero and I am looking for a softer poly string with good control,spin, and tension maintenance. I have been looking at my current string ALU power and saw the Luxilon 4G rumored to have better tension maintenance. I need to know if I should stick with 4G or suggest another string. Thanks for your time and answers.
 
#2
As you are getting older you are getting stronger and hitting the ball harder. The racquet switch you are making is to a stiff frame which means all that muscle you are using in your strokes is transmitted from the ball through the stiffer racquet to your arm. I would take a look at softer string than 4G / ALU Power. Whatever you choose I would start tracking the time you are using a particular string and cut it out after 10 hours of hitting and restring.

Your arm and shoulder will thank you when you get to my age!!!

You have selected a great sport to make yours and I wish you the best.
 
#3
As you are getting older you are getting stronger and hitting the ball harder. The racquet switch you are making is to a stiff frame which means all that muscle you are using in your strokes is transmitted from the ball through the stiffer racquet to your arm. I would take a look at softer string than 4G / ALU Power. Whatever you choose I would start tracking the time you are using a particular string and cut it out after 10 hours of hitting and restring.

Your arm and shoulder will thank you when you get to my age!!!

You have selected a great sport to make yours and I wish you the best.
Thanks this helps me I lot I will try out some different softer polys.
 
#4
These statements refer to polyester strings. ALU is not a pre-stretched poly string whereas 4G is factory pre stretched. The TWU string database shows that the stiffness of 4G far exceeds the ALU. Most pre-stretched polys will have stiffness numbers in the mid to high 200/in. These prestretched polys are not as elastic hence the 'good tension maintenance.' These strings will play mute/dead, but can still provide good spin when fresh. They will still die before 20 hours and should be cut out or when you cannot generate the same control/spin, which may happen before hour 20. ALU will die before 12 hours because it stretches permanently with each ball impact. What you will not feel with pre-stretched polys is the sudden loss in control/spin because it starts off so stiff. These strings will work harden as you hit more balls.

Co-poly strings are strings made with polyesters and various blends of nylon in an attempt to add elasticity to the string and to provide some softness. I periodically test out new strings and co-polys do not yet have the tension maintenance of SG or NG. The elastic nylons will stretch and come back, but the polyester component still stretches permanently. Now you have strings that do not fall off a cliff performance-wise; it is more gradual, but still affect string performance. Co-polys still have limited life.

If you are looking for a string combo with longevity, peruse the Kevlar threads. Or switch to using Monogut ZX as your mains. ZX is a PEEK polymer and is fragile when being strung. It must also be pre-stretched quite a bit unless you like using lower tensions. But it is harder than polys and Kevlar since it will last longer than those strings in hybrids. ZX is also quite a bit softer.
 
#5
From a string like Lux ALU, even a poly like the super slick PolyTour Fire 125 16Lhave great maint. with a 10% prestretch.

It's like playing Luxilon ALU, without the massive tension losses. If you look at the comparison tool, the strings should behave the same but the Yonex PT Fire will have 26% less tension loss! The 7% less stiffness will be a bit more comfortable in play as well.
http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/comparestrings.php

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#6
I've seen a lot of competitive juniors with Tour Bite Soft in their racquets. I think whatever string you choose, you still have to string it frequently; even if the strings have not broken.

If you really want to play until it breaks, then you may try a multi like X-One biphase or NRG2
 

SJSA

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#7
I am a 4.5 High School player I would say I play a aggressive baseliner with a tendency to have mostly topspin and dropshot/slices. I currently use the Yonex Ezone 100 with Luxilon ALU power 16L @50lbs I love the setup, but I now I have the 2016 pure aero and I am looking for a softer poly string with good control,spin, and tension maintenance. I have been looking at my current string ALU power and saw the Luxilon 4G rumored to have better tension maintenance. I need to know if I should stick with 4G or suggest another string. Thanks for your time and answers.
4G is stiff.
Try ISOSpeed Cream 17 which has great tension maintenance and softer than LXN polys.
 
#8
I'd try Isospeed Cream. Your Pure Aero is a very stiff racquet and while 4G is a great string with good tension maintenance (for a poly (don't worry about poly vs co-poly, almost all are co-poly now and just generally referred to as poly)), it is also one of the stiffest strings out there and would have to be strung extremely low to be acceptable to most players in that racquet comfort-wise. Isospeed Cream is probably going to be your longest-lasting (playability, not durability) and most control-oriented soft poly that you can find. It's not going to be as durable, but it's soft and control-oriented and much cheaper than going for, say, a gut-poly hybrid, or any Luxilon string.
 
#9
Cyclon is good in every aspect. I use 19g in Pure Drive. Can get 10-12 hours out of string that thin

If you break it faster put 17 g in the mains and keep 19 in crosses
 

sam_p

Professional
#10
I think there is a lot to like about Kirschbaum strings. Many are prestretched and also fairly soft. Max Power rough and Max Power are Alu like. I also really like Proline X and Proline 2 rough.

Technifibre black code 4S is also a very nice feeling fairly soft, shaped poly with good spin. Doesn't last as long
 
#12
I would try the regular Kirshbaum max power string. Tension maintnence is great for a poly because it is pre stretched but because of this will play stiffer than your alu power string. Due to increased stiffness start out stringing 2-3 pounds lower and adjust from there. Isospeed cream is a soft poly worth trying out, but tension maintenance and control are not as good as Kirshbaum max power IMO.
 
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