recommend a poly to hybrid with e-matrix

chiru

Professional
Hi folks,

I'm a 4.0-4.5 level player trying to get back in the game. I play with 88 leaded up usually. I typically play with technifibre e-matrix 17 strung at around 55 lbs (it's nice and comfy and very cheap). I'm curious to try a bit of poly with it in hybrid to add a bit of spin so I can hit out with a bit more confidence without losing control.

I'd like to experiment with a poly that has some similarities with the e-matrix so that it isn't too jarring a change. in particular (and most importantly) i'd like the set to be cheap (no more than 7, max 8 if it's really good), maintain tension as well as a poly can in that range, be somewhat comfortable and help improve spin a bit. i'm not worried about durability: any poly will be loads better than what i'm used to and will likely lose tension before i snap it.

for reference, i've played with gut mains and alu power rough crosses before (a la federer) but it just lost tension too fast and created a weird string bed. When it was fresh it was, without doubt, the best setup i've ever used. in retrospect, that might be better for pros with unlimited resources.

what thinks you?
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
any recommendations on something similar in feel and price but a bit more durable?
If you want a multi as good and low priced as e-matrix you can stop looking you probably won't find one. For a poly you may like Polylon comfort. Buying it by the reel it's cheaper than e-matrix.
 

KYHacker

Professional
Well, tension maintenance and multi similarity won't happen in a poly. But, I do have two suggestions. First, try Head Intellitour. It's has some good qualities of a standard multi and some of the control and spin of a poly. Second, try Isospeed Baseline. Tension maintenance is not good, but it's super cheap and it has great playability for a poly. Maybe also try Sonic Pro Edge.

I would not hybrid a multi with a poly. You just get the worst of both strings.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
If you want a multi as good and low priced as e-matrix you can stop looking you probably won't find one. For a poly you may like Polylon comfort. Buying it by the reel it's cheaper than e-matrix.
gosen polylon comfort is a very confortable poly
if you cross this with a multi it might feel very confrotable on a 88headsize racquet
 

cuteflu

New User
If you want a multi as good and low priced as e-matrix you can stop looking you probably won't find one. For a poly you may like Polylon comfort. Buying it by the reel it's cheaper than e-matrix.

I had the same feel.
I was also very naive to look for cheap multi with same feel as like Gamma profession or NXT or same feel but last longer. Probably it's a wrong direction.
However, according to the TWU string database. The E-matrix has similar stats as NRG2, TNT2 touch, NXT, in terms of dwell time, tension loss, stiffness.
Is that real? Gamma professional 20$, E-matrix only 4.5$ ? I could try every multi in the market but can you tell me how is E-matrix feel compared with other multi?
 

cuteflu

New User
Well, tension maintenance and multi similarity won't happen in a poly. But, I do have two suggestions. First, try Head Intellitour. It's has some good qualities of a standard multi and some of the control and spin of a poly. Second, try Isospeed Baseline. Tension maintenance is not good, but it's super cheap and it has great playability for a poly. Maybe also try Sonic Pro Edge.

I would not hybrid a multi with a poly. You just get the worst of both strings.
Can you share a little bit more on why hybrid a multi with poly is bad? I am going to try actually. Thanks!
 

KYHacker

Professional
Well, if you use a multi in the crosses, after about an hour of hitting, the multi will rough-up and bind against the poly mains and you lose all snap back. So, you get the firmness of the poly without the snapback, spin. and control. Basically, you lose a lot of the comfort of a full bed of multi without any real benefit.

If you use a multi in the mains, it will break down quickly and the poly mains will saw through the main strings very quickly. So you get the lack of durability of a multi multiplied. Again, the worst quality amplified.

Two hybrids, that do work.

First, gut mains with smooth poly crosses. Durability actually IMPROVES over full bed of poly or a full bed of gut. Plus, you get the same or very similar amount of spin and control as with a full bed of poly. It is less powerful and less comfortable than a full bed of gut, but durability, spin, and control are way better. I break the poly cross, not the gut main.

Poly mains and syn gut crosses. Not as good as gut mains/poly crosses, but this setup works reasonably well. Solid core of the syn gut doesn't break down as quickly as a multi and allows more snapback from the poly mains.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Can you share a little bit more on why hybrid a multi with poly is bad? I am going to try actually. Thanks!
Poly/multi hybrids were my favorite in my last frame. Don't be afraid to try it. Most people on here love gut/poly hybrids but that was just not for me. I don't put much stock into snapback theory. Go hit with it and if you play better, then that is all that counts.
 

Muppet

Legend
I tried E-matrix once 5 years ago, but it was too fragile. A multi that is similar and nicer is Discho Cellular at $6.99. I'm not allowed to provide a link here, as TW doesn't offer it. But you can find it pretty easily by googling.
 
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