You are very smart Lucie. To bad you are not in my neighborhood otherwise i would be intetested in hitting some balls with you ;-)I've been playing since I was 7 years old, I've been competing since the age of 12, and I'm 38. my brothers have the same profile and are 4 years older and 2 years younger than me. my brother was one of the best on the area where I live... I think PP has such a catalog of strings that by taking just 5 or 6 references in 2 gauges that would suit 99% of players. blackout, Plus Power, cyber power, eruption, gutex et synthetic gut.
the problem is not (and never will be PP), a PP string will be optimal in 90% of the times and will last 10 hours before breaking or being dead,but it is easier to find that the PP strings are not good enough and that they are not up to their game.
and that these strings pose as much of a problem as: the wind, the humidity, the 3-year-old crying on the edge of the court, the referee, the light,the sand that slides on the court, the racket, the overgrip, the meal we ate yesterday, the soles of worn shoes, the balls too hard, or too moles.
instead of acknowledging: you suck!. otherwise, you'd be playing the us open, or rolland garros. Of course not. you just suck! and you're looking for a million excuses to explain your nullity!. and strings, tensions, rackets, referee, weather, sun, clouds, wind, balls will always be a much better culprit.
sometimes you have to know how to recognize. you reach your limits, and it's not the strings, the rackets, the shoes, the vitamins, the energy drinks, or any stupidity that will win you! or lose. it will be you, your game, your level, your training hours.
as soon as you understand and admit that, you'll understand that any PP string will go to you widely. and if it's not powerful enough, or accurate enough, not enough effect, or whatever, it won't be the fault of the string, or anything else, but just your fault!.
Only you forgot to mention the mental aspect which is as important as all the other
factors combined. I realized that during a grueling match last year during a flying storm, after midnight, bad artificial light, oneven clay court , rotten balls and an opponent who hit strange wrisrty low bouncing balls. I thought " wel he must have the same tough conditions, so i want to make the last -match- point. And i did after 3 hours! .I was to tired to be happy but it was an eye opener. Not to say i want all my matches to go like that.
I wonder if it doesnt matter what pros pro string one uses, why not use the cheapest poly of them, Strategem 10, which is even supposed to be similar to the famous Head hawk?
And arent you yourself still searching for the perfect hybrid?