polys with best feel

Mirko

New User
What are the polys with best feel (not dead one) that you have played with?
For example I like Signum pro x-perience, Kirschbaum Evolution, VCT. They all have nice lively feel.
 

topspn

Legend
Feel is obviously different for different people. You for instance want a lively feel which is not what a lot of people want from a poly. I look for a string that gives me feedback and control. Hyper-g and confidential are up there for me.
 
Feel is obviously different for different people. You for instance want a lively feel which is not what a lot of people want from a poly. I look for a string that gives me feedback and control. Hyper-g and confidential are up there for me.
It’s true. Feel apparently means different things to different people because I think Hyper g has the least feel out of dozen or so strings that I’ve tried. I use it in my Ultra Tour and it gives me no feedback at all. Especially when fresh off the stringer. It’s like hitting tiny little flies instead of tennis balls. Hardly any ball pocketing. Great control and spin string just no feedback. If you want feel try Alu power.
 

topspn

Legend
It’s true. Feel apparently means different things to different people because I think Hyper g has the least feel out of dozen or so strings that I’ve tried. I use it in my Ultra Tour and it gives me no feedback at all. Especially when fresh off the stringer. It’s like hitting tiny little flies instead of tennis balls. Hardly any ball pocketing. Great control and spin string just no feedback. If you want feel try Alu power.
Very familiar with Alu, it dies in under 2 hours.
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
It’s true. Feel apparently means different things to different people because I think Hyper g has the least feel out of dozen or so strings that I’ve tried. I use it in my Ultra Tour and it gives me no feedback at all. Especially when fresh off the stringer. It’s like hitting tiny little flies instead of tennis balls. Hardly any ball pocketing. Great control and spin string just no feedback. If you want feel try Alu power.
Yes, Hyper-G and Confidential are what I would *least recommend* when somebody asked for "feel".
There is a category for them -- they are "control" strings (~ kind of the opposite of "feel").
Unless, of course, you consider the "dead" feel == good.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
I’ve never fully understood what “feel” means in the context of racquets and strings. Everyone seems to use it to describe different things they like or dislike about their racquets and strings.

i know what power, control, spin, comfort, durability, bite etc. mean in the context of strings. But, what does ‘feel’ mean exactly? Is it just vibrations that correlates to comfort or lack thereof or something else? Can a stiff string have good ‘feel’?
 

topspn

Legend
I’ve never fully understood what “feel” means in the context of racquets and strings. Everyone seems to use it to describe different things they like or dislike about their racquets and strings.

i know what power, control, spin, comfort, durability, bite etc. mean in the context of strings. But, what does ‘feel’ mean exactly? Is it just vibrations that correlates to comfort or lack thereof or something else? Can a stiff string have good ‘feel’?
For me, it is the ability to get a reliable consistent response that gives you a connection to the ball.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
For me, it is the ability to get a reliable consistent response that gives you a connection to the ball.
That doesn’t help me understand this much further. I feel comfort with some strings, more of a harsh feeling when I hit with others. I know when I hit the sweet spot and when I don’t hit the sweet spot with all strings and that feeling doesn’t change much with different strings. I hear a noise (which I damp with a Vibration Dampener) and I feel vibrations/impact when I hit with all strings. What is this ‘connection with the ball’ you are talking about and how is it different with different strings? Can you try to describe it in more detail?

Some racquets and strings help me with hitting touch/finesse shots like drop shots, short slice, drop volleys etc., but I don’t think that’s what you are talking about. I’m truly puzzled - it’s almost like I’m missing that sixth sense that other seem to have to perceive ‘feel’.
 
Last edited:

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Hyper-g soft 18 gauge, it feels fantastic.
HyperG in a VS hybrid is my string of choice and feels great to me. ALU Power in a VS hybrid feels great to me, but dies faster than HyperG. I love the Pure Strike Tour which is my racquet of choice. Yet, I see people describe HyperG and the Pure Strike Gen 3 as feeling muted and ALU as a dead-feeling string. No idea what they mean by that.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I'm not a poly player, but I string for a lot of different local players. I agree that feel means different things for different folks, but polys seem to be more well-received when their gauges are thinner. I'm a sucker for good ol' syn. gut, but I usually want 17 ga. over 16 ga. as long as it isn't especially fragile string. The feel is superior for me.

I also think that if you dabble with lighter gauges of different popular polys, consider trying them in a hybrid. Skinny poly will go dead relatively fast in a full bed, but if it's combined with a cross of maybe a syn. gut (I often use Gosen OGSM 16 in that role), you may get a slower decline in the performance of your layout as long as it doesn't snap on you too quickly.
 

topspn

Legend
That doesn’t help me understand this much further. I feel comfort with some strings, more of a harsh feeling when I hit with others. I know when I hit the sweet spot and when I don’t hit the sweet spot with all strings and the feeling doesn’t change much. I hear a noise (which I damp with a Vibration Dampener) and I feel vibrations/impact when I hit with all strings. What is this ‘connection with the ball’ you are talking about and how is it different with different strings? Can you try to describe it in more detail?

Some racquets and strings help me with hitting touch/finesse shots like drop shots, short slice, drop volleys etc., but I don’t think that’s what you are talking about. I’m truly puzzled - it’s almost like I’m missing that sixth sense that other seem to have to perceive ‘feel’.
No sixth sense, you are over analyzing. Like a good set of tires on a car, that gives you a sense of how planted you are on the road, takes out some harshness and you can feel its limits. A well connected string also being in direct touch with the ball gives you that extra confidence of the reaction you will get.
 
I’ve never fully understood what “feel” means in the context of racquets and strings. Everyone seems to use it to describe different things they like or dislike about their racquets and strings.

i know what power, control, spin, comfort, durability, bite etc. mean in the context of strings. But, what does ‘feel’ mean exactly? Is it just vibrations that correlates to comfort or lack thereof or something else? Can a stiff string have good ‘feel’?
For me feel means the feeling that comes closest to hitting the ball with my hand instead of the racquet if you know what I mean. The closest I can match that feeling the more connected I feel to the ball. So basically I think it comes down to vibrations transmitting from the impact down the racquet into my hand. The greater the transmission of vibrations the greater the feel I would say.
 

Hefty Lefty

New User
Like many of us, I tried quite a number of strings from different "breeds" and I only understood what "feel" is when I used nylon (syn gut) for the first time. Of the many polys I tried, I found ALU power (16L) pretty close and the 20g and 19g Hyper-G but not the 17G. I would say that "feel" is something that enables you to reconstruct more easily what went wrong with a shot and you can correct. For this reason, I can always serve better with these kinds of strings. IME most strings have a good (enough) "feel" for the first few hours. The question is which one can keep this ability to be connected to the ball longer. Unless you want to re-sting every week, of course. I will soon have to make a decision to buy a reel of syn gut or ALU power, possibly a thinner gauge Hyper-G. I wish there was just one string on the market;)
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I’ve been using ALU Power 18 gauge lately and it has a very good feel, exceptional bite and very crisp.
 

what_army

Rookie
It always brings a smile to my face when posters mention Hyper G or Lux ALU on a thread about feel.

If we can’t even agree on simple things such as hollow, metallic and crispy vs. soft and muted then there’s no point discussing it.
 
Feel is obviously different for different people. You for instance want a lively feel which is not what a lot of people want from a poly. I look for a string that gives me feedback and control. Hyper-g and confidential are up there for me.
Yes, and different strings feel different in different racquets, even in the same hands.
 

what_army

Rookie
HyperG in a VS hybrid is my string of choice and feels great to me. ALU Power in a VS hybrid feels great to me, but dies faster than HyperG. I love the Pure Strike Tour which is my racquet of choice. Yet, I see people describe HyperG and the Pure Strike Gen 3 as feeling muted and ALU as a dead-feeling string. No idea what they mean by that.
You have probably been told this many times but please accept my take on that hybrid you’re susing:
- assuming the VS goes on the mains then the shaped hyper G cross cuts the VS
- the point of stringing gut mains on a hybrid is allowing for it to snapback thus increasing spin. You need a round slick poly for that, not a shaped poly.
- you are probably getting <5h out of each stringjob, that’s way too low for what it costs
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
- you are probably getting <5h out of each stringjob, that’s way too low for what it costs
I actually get about 12-15 hours which is fine for me. What are you…my accountant or tax attorney to tell me what my strings should cost? I play 250-300 times a year and my only concern is winning a lot of matches and staying uninjured. The VS/HyperG does it well for me and better than any other combo I’ve tried so far. Also, I’m not a revolutionary with trying this hybrid - it’s what the Bryan brothers use. Also, Volkl sells a hybrid combo with their gut and Cyclone and many players use gut and Cyclone Tour - so, it’s not so unusual to use a gut hybrid with a shaped poly. Let’s just say that my opponents don’t like me using this string job which is all I care about.

If you can suggest a round poly that gives me as much power/bite as HyperG and does not go dead in 7-8 hours, I‘ll be happy to try it. I love ALU Power for about 4-5 hours and if I were willing to spend even more on stringing, I would string with it. It also needs to be a string that my stringer stocks as I don’t do my own stringing - I’ve received suggestions from Tier One [GhostWire) and Kirschbaum (ProLine II), but my stringer doesn’t carry them. He does have Yonex Poly Tour Fire which I plan to try next.
 
Last edited:

Mirko

New User
I actually get about 12-15 hours which is fine for me. What are you…my accountant or tax attorney to tell me what my strings should cost? I play 250-300 times a year and my only concern is winning a lot of matches and staying uninjured. The VS/HyperG does it well for me and better than any other combo I’ve tried so far. Also, I’m not a revolutionary with trying this hybrid - it’s what the Bryan brothers use. Also, Volkl sells a hybrid combo with their gut and Cyclone and many players use gut and Cyclone Tour - so, it’s not so unusual to use a gut hybrid with a shaped poly. Let’s just say that my opponents don’t like me using this string job which is all I care about.

If you can suggest a round poly that gives me as much power/bite as HyperG and does not go dead in 7-8 hours, I‘ll be happy to try it. I love ALU Power for about 4-5 hours and if I were willing to spend even more on stringing, I would string with it. It also needs to be a string that my stringer stocks as I don’t do my own stringing - I’ve received suggestions from Tier One [GhostWire), Kirschbaum (ProLine II), but my stringer doesn’t carry them. He does have Yonex Poly Tour Fire which I plan to try next.
YPTF will give you also nice control and spin with VS. It will be a bit powerful then the combo with Hyper G. If you want to reduce the power of VS you can also try the Poly Tour Strike, if your stringer carry it.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
YPTF will give you also nice control and spin with VS. It will be a bit powerful then the combo with Hyper G. If you want to reduce the power of VS you can also try the Poly Tour Strike, if your stringer carry it.
Thanks for the note that YPTF will have more power - maybe I need to up the tension by a couple of pounds in that case. I string VS/HG at 48/45 on a Pure Strike Tour and might start with 50/48. If I like PTF, I might be able to convince him to stock PTS as he does carry Yonex. What are the main differences between PTF and PTS?

Also, the most important question is how long before they go dead? It seems like many polys go dead on me before I even break the gut as I have a somewhat sensitive elbow and cut out strings as soon as I sense the feel getting harsh.
 

Mirko

New User
Thanks for the note that YPTF will have more power - maybe I need to up the tension by a couple of pounds in that case. I string VS/HG at 48/45 on a Pure Strike Tour and might start with 50/48. If I like PTF, I might be able to convince him to stock PTS as he does carry Yonex. What are the main differences between PTF and PTS?

Also, the most important question is how long before they go dead? It seems like many polys go dead on me before I even break the gut as I have a somewhat sensitive elbow and cut out strings as soon as I sense the feel getting harsh.
PTS has less power, more control then PTF and also different feel. But how wee see feel is very personal thing. I think PTS and PTF should last like your VS- hyper g setup. You have to try it out and see what works better for you and your game.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
PTS has less power, more control then PTF and also different feel. But how wee see feel is very personal thing. I think PTS and PTF should last like your VS- hyper g setup. You have to try it out and see what works better for you and your game.
Thank you for your useful information and help.
 

ron schaap

Hall of Fame
I actually get about 12-15 hours which is fine for me. What are you…my accountant or tax attorney to tell me what my strings should cost? I play 250-300 times a year and my only concern is winning a lot of matches and staying uninjured. The VS/HyperG does it well for me and better than any other combo I’ve tried so far. Also, I’m not a revolutionary with trying this hybrid - it’s what the Bryan brothers use. Also, Volkl sells a hybrid combo with their gut and Cyclone and many players use gut and Cyclone Tour - so, it’s not so unusual to use a gut hybrid with a shaped poly. Let’s just say that my opponents don’t like me using this string job which is all I care about.

If you can suggest a round poly that gives me as much power/bite as HyperG and does not go dead in 7-8 hours, I‘ll be happy to try it. I love ALU Power for about 4-5 hours and if I were willing to spend even more on stringing, I would string with it. It also needs to be a string that my stringer stocks as I don’t do my own stringing - I’ve received suggestions from Tier One [GhostWire) and Kirschbaum (ProLine II), but my stringer doesn’t carry them. He does have Yonex Poly Tour Fire which I plan to try next.
Why blindly copy of what double specialists do on the Atp tour?
 

geubes

Rookie
ice code is not well liked on these forums, but i agree with you and prefer it to any other poly i've tried to date.
There are a few of us, we keep it quiet because it is a great poly. Agree feel is good with this string. It is why it is in my racket ;)
 

SamBruin7

Rookie
Kirschbaum Pro Line II, X and Evolution have great feel. They have that crisp syn gut like feel I grew up playing with and at the same time they do not feel that harsh.
 

ccmtennis

Rookie
Agreed with a lot of posters here, feel is very subjective especially for polys with a live vs more controlled type string. My go to for the more controlled ones is Volkl cyclone and tourna silver tour
 

JustTennis76

Professional
It’s hard to put into words what feel means. Could mean different things to different people. It’s the kind of sensation you get when the ball makes contact with the string bed? One person’s brain maybe wired to say the feel of a poly is good whereas it could be the opposite for someone.
 
  • Like
Reactions: IWC

Mirko

New User
Was introduced to msv focus hex soft. Very nice. Basically cyclone with improved feel and tension maintenance.
which gauge and colour doyou play with?

I played this days with 1.25 red one. It was very similar to VCT but with less power. Really liked it.
I try also 1.30 black one it played not so similar to VCT the feel was different but also great pocketing, control.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
Also lux bb ace and lux alu 16L have great feel, probably the best of all poly strings out there. But that feel only lasts a few hours.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
I tried the VS/VCT hybrid and it is the softest feeling gut/poly hybrid I‘ve played with so far. It has more control than the HyperG hybrid and I can hit bigger with it, but it seems to provide less spin for both my ground strokes and spin serves. I loved hitting flat serves and flatter shots with it. But, I’m still sticking with the HyperG hybrid primarily because I serve better with it.
 

Happi

Semi-Pro
Was introduced to msv focus hex soft. Very nice. Basically cyclone with improved feel and tension maintenance.
which gauge and colour doyou play with?

I played this days with 1.25 red one. It was very similar to VCT but with less power. Really liked it.
I try also 1.30 black one it played not so similar to VCT the feel was different but also great pocketing, control.
Have you tried the even softer +25 and +38 versions of MSV Fokus Hex Soft ?
 
Top