Polys allowing Mid size to flourish

Lambsscroll

Hall of Fame
With players stringing polys at low tensions this really allows for a bigger sweet spot.
No need to increase the over all head size to get a bigger sweet spot.
 

olliess

Semi-Pro
Hmm. Isn't the conventional wisdom sort of opposite to your view? I always thought poly strings allowed larger frame sizes to flourish, since they allow more spin and control to tame the extra power (or, put another way, the larger frame gives more power and margin so you can put more into spin).
 

thug the bunny

Professional
Hmm. Isn't the conventional wisdom sort of opposite to your view? I always thought poly strings allowed larger frame sizes to flourish, since they allow more spin and control to tame the extra power (or, put another way, the larger frame gives more power and margin so you can put more into spin).
That's Rafa's approach right? I agree. I think the logic would be to use gut or multi in a mid to increase power in a control oriented frame.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
At low tensions, poly is arm-friendlier, allows for a ton of spin because of dwell time, and still doesn't feel "sproingy" because of the mid-size.

I won't go full-poly ever again, but I agree with the OP that poly in a mid is a good combination for spin players.
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
Winner,

What hybrid do you use? If I want to do a synth gut/poly hybrid, which one is for main and which for cross?

OP,

I actually found that higher tension gives me a bigger sweet spot. I used to play 50# and it was erratic with off center spots. Now at 55-57 (depending on strings), off center shots still feel like dead center hitting! Think about it.
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Winner,

What hybrid do you use? If I want to do a synth gut/poly hybrid, which one is for main and which for cross?
I have experimented with the following hybrids in my 4D100's, poly in the mains always for me, as in the cross I haven't liked it:

1. Cyberflash 1.25 / Dunlop Hexy 16 - 50# - very good control and muted feel, extremely arm friendly - must be the multi
2. SPPP 1.23 / Prince SGO 16 - 50# - crisper feel I like more, still the same control, but I just started experimenting with this (ran out of CF) and am not sure about the arm-friendliness - so far, no pain

I am contemplating going lower, like to mid 40s, because I still have the control and spin I want and am curious about what point control goes away. Prior to the 4D100's, I had to string my M-Fil 200's in the high 50s/mid 60s with similar combos to get the feel and control I wanted, and still had that "trampoline" feel. YMMV.

If you come across another budget setup, feel free to share.
 

SteveI

Legend
[d]ragon;6156626 said:
Amen to OP. Nothing felt as great as my old MG Prestige Mid with full ALU at 48lbs.
Here is my short take on this. Just picked up two Dunlop AG 100s. Both full beds about 50 #s. One frame ALU Power 16L the other IsoSpeed Pro Classic 17. Love the ALU Power. Large soft sweetspot, nice power and control. Great spin production. The other frame, muted.. smaller sweetspot, less power and spin production. Love the ALU Power 16L frame...cutting out the IsoSpeed. Never really played a full bed of ALU Power. It is a wonderful match with the AG100.
 
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tball

Semi-Pro
I've tried Babolat RPM Blast (mains only) in Volkl Tour 10 Mid, and it was horrible. Maybe due to the 18x20 pattern. I swore I would never put poly there again.
On the other hand, in Volkl DNX 10 Mid, I've tried a hybrid with Gamma Zo Tour main @ 42, and it was fantastic. Enourmous spin, and just the right power. Maybe be due to the 16x19 pattern.

Go figure. Completely different results.

Before this, I was using multi's in DNX 10 Mid, as it is a stiff racquet. I found multi's a bit too powerful there, and difficult to control. Spin was average.
In DNX 10, poly improved the spin tremendously. In T10, quite the opposite happened.
 

levy1

Hall of Fame
I have experimented with the following hybrids in my 4D100's, poly in the mains always for me, as in the cross I haven't liked it:

1. Cyberflash 1.25 / Dunlop Hexy 16 - 50# - very good control and muted feel, extremely arm friendly - must be the multi
2. SPPP 1.23 / Prince SGO 16 - 50# - crisper feel I like more, still the same control, but I just started experimenting with this (ran out of CF) and am not sure about the arm-friendliness - so far, no pain

I am contemplating going lower, like to mid 40s, because I still have the control and spin I want and am curious about what point control goes away. Prior to the 4D100's, I had to string my M-Fil 200's in the high 50s/mid 60s with similar combos to get the feel and control I wanted, and still had that "trampoline" feel. YMMV.

If you come across another budget setup, feel free to share.
Pmaxx mains naty gut with Scorpion crosses. 50-48 Just played in a match last night with a L-Tec setup. 42-3s mains and 44 ltec synthetic gut. This setup blew me away. Strung on my lockout with the Jet method. I am now restringing my other two matching rackets with my other setups to prove to myself the L-tec is this good.
 
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