Softer String Set-Up for Poly/Syn Hybrid User?

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I've been using poly mains (usually Solinco Tour bite 17g) and synthetic crosses (usually Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L) in my racquets for what seems to be fifteen years now. I recently demoed a Wilson Burn 100 CV that had Head Velocity MLT 16g string in it. The string pattern is so wide open I was able to get my normal poly/syn spin even with this multifilament string. I'm not sure what the demo was strung out or how long the strings had been in the racquet, but the feel I got from the strings really didn't feel like a multi. The feel of the ball off the strings was somewhat similar to my poly/syn set up...although I'm used to a 1.20 poly main so the launch angle I was getting was a bit lower (which I liked).

My question is: what multi (or string set up) would you recommend that would soften up the 69 flex of the Burn, would offer decent durability in the wide open string pattern (and for a heavy spin player), offers nice spin, and can be had at an affordable (under $13?) price? From what I've read some of the favorite 1.25mm multis are the Head Velocity MLT ("plays similar to a poly but a bit softer"), the Prince Premier Control ("nice power but questionable durability"), and Wilson Sensation ("arm friendly, good spin").

Or maybe I just need to find a softer non-shaped poly in order to get a softer feel and the ability to hit a flatter ball? (but I'm worried even a softer poly might now be softer than the Velocity)

Thanks!

TripleB
 
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Several locals who have asked me for a simply poly hybrid have been pretty happy with Isospeed Baseline 1.20mm mains and Gosen OG Micro 16 crosses. Not identical to the hybrid you mentioned, but probably in the same neighborhood. If I wanted to take a mild step down in firmness from that hybrid, I think my first option would be a full bed of syn. gut. Your open pattern would probably be better behaved with a 16 gauge as a first try. This string seems to always deliver moderate softness at the right tension, but it also seems to settle in and hold tension pretty well for me - at least better than multis.

Some of our pals here like the hybrid of a multi main combined with a smooth poly cross, thinking that this offers the softness of the multi along with some control from the poly instead of a multi as a cross. I'm not much of a fan of multi in general - it just seems to steadily degrade as it's used and many multis are pricey. It's a decent option if somebody needs a substantially soft string, but that's about it for me.

If I were to try any sort of hybrid that might be softer than yours with the Tour Bite in the mains, I might go for a 17 ga. syn. gut in the mains and a smooth poly cross - in my case, I'd probably use Baseline 1.25mm. At moderate tensions, I'd expect this setup to probably run a little softer than a hybrid with a poly in the mains. It would be pretty affordable, too, but probably not super durable. I'm just a bit of a syn. gut nerd, so I like to keep it in the conversation. Enough about me...

One multi that's impressed me in the past in terms of durability has been Yonex 850 - not sure which specific one. But full reels of Prince Premier Control are selling at TW for a nice price, so that's what I have "in stock" for now in case somebody needs a multi.

Your goal of a semi-soft layout in a frame with an open pattern is tricky. Usually those super-open spin pattern frames have to rely on the durability of a poly to get any decent service life from the string bed and your Burn is only a little less generously spaced. A full reel of syn. gut would be softer than poly, perform pretty well, and not be much of a nuisance in terms of its cost compared with some other more exotic stuff.
 

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Several locals who have asked me for a simply poly hybrid have been pretty happy with Isospeed Baseline 1.20mm mains and Gosen OG Micro 16 crosses. Not identical to the hybrid you mentioned, but probably in the same neighborhood. If I wanted to take a mild step down in firmness from that hybrid, I think my first option would be a full bed of syn. gut. Your open pattern would probably be better behaved with a 16 gauge as a first try. This string seems to always deliver moderate softness at the right tension, but it also seems to settle in and hold tension pretty well for me - at least better than multis.

Some of our pals here like the hybrid of a multi main combined with a smooth poly cross, thinking that this offers the softness of the multi along with some control from the poly instead of a multi as a cross. I'm not much of a fan of multi in general - it just seems to steadily degrade as it's used and many multis are pricey. It's a decent option if somebody needs a substantially soft string, but that's about it for me.

If I were to try any sort of hybrid that might be softer than yours with the Tour Bite in the mains, I might go for a 17 ga. syn. gut in the mains and a smooth poly cross - in my case, I'd probably use Baseline 1.25mm. At moderate tensions, I'd expect this setup to probably run a little softer than a hybrid with a poly in the mains. It would be pretty affordable, too, but probably not super durable. I'm just a bit of a syn. gut nerd, so I like to keep it in the conversation. Enough about me...

One multi that's impressed me in the past in terms of durability has been Yonex 850 - not sure which specific one. But full reels of Prince Premier Control are selling at TW for a nice price, so that's what I have "in stock" for now in case somebody needs a multi.

Your goal of a semi-soft layout in a frame with an open pattern is tricky. Usually those super-open spin pattern frames have to rely on the durability of a poly to get any decent service life from the string bed and your Burn is only a little less generously spaced. A full reel of syn. gut would be softer than poly, perform pretty well, and not be much of a nuisance in terms of its cost compared with some other more exotic stuff.
I appreciate you taking the time to reply and to give me some great options!!!

That seems like a pretty cheap hybrid...IsoSpeed Baseline 1.20mm string for $40 a reel and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 1.30 at $44 a reel? I (and my wallet) would love to try that combination! With the wide open pattern on the Burn would the durability be fine with the 1.20 Baseline or would you advice to go up to the 1.25mm version?

As far as a full bed of synthetic gut, would Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L be a nice option? Got plenty of it on hand because I use it in my standard hybrid.

As far as the multi mains/poly hybrid...I put Prince Premier Control mains with Wilson Revolve 17 crosses in a Textreme Tour 100T but decided the racquet felt too light before I gave the string set up half a chance.

I understand your love for the synthetic gut...Gosen synthetic has always been a part of about every setup I've tried in the 100 years...LOL

How would the Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25 work as a main for the Wilson Revolve cross? Any tension ideas if my standard poly/syn is at 50/53?

I have used the Yonex 850 once or twice in the past with mixed results...don't remember it being $15 a set though.

I appreciate all the feedback, help, and advice.

Right now, if I had to pick my first four set ups to try in a Burn it would probably be: 1) all multifilament (either Head Velocity because that's what's in the demo; Prince Premier Control because I've liked it the two times I've tried it in the past; or Wilson Sensation because a friend really likes it); 2) all Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25; 3) 1.25mm multi or 1.25 syn gut mains and Wilson Revolve crosses; and 4) find a soft non-shaped poly to try with the Gosen syn crosses.

Again, thanks for all your help!

TripleB
 
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Durability would likely be poor with the OG Sheep Micro as a main with a poly cross. I would suggest you also look at Gosen AK Pro CX 16 as an alternative Velocity and PPC. I've not used it full bed but get better durability than Velocity or PPC as a main with a poly cross.
 
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RF97 48/52
Tourbite 1.25/OGSM 1.30
Baseline 1.20/PSGD 1.30
Baseline 1.20/OGSM 1.30
Hyper G 1.25/ OGSM 1.30
TBHB7 1.25/ OGSM 1.30

Tourbite being the stiffest of these set ups, played all of them and easy on the arm with the low tension and 4lb differential. Hyper G and TBHB7 hybrids were much easier on the arm than Tourbite but the baseline hybrids were the easiest.
 
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I appreciate you taking the time to reply and to give me some great options!!!

That seems like a pretty cheap hybrid...IsoSpeed Baseline 1.20mm string for $40 a reel and Gosen OG Sheep Micro 1.30 at $44 a reel? I (and my wallet) would love to try that combination! With the wide open pattern on the Burn would the durability be fine with the 1.20 Baseline or would you advice to go up to the 1.25mm version?

As far as a full bed of synthetic gut, would Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L be a nice option? Got plenty of it on hand because I use it in my standard hybrid.

As far as the multi mains/poly hybrid...I put Prince Premier Control mains with Wilson Revolve 17 crosses in a Textreme Tour 100T but decided the racquet felt too light before I gave the string set up half a chance.

I understand your love for the synthetic gut...Gosen synthetic has always been a part of about every setup I've tried in the 100 years...LOL

How would the Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25 work as a main for the Wilson Revolve cross? Any tension ideas if my standard poly/syn is at 50/53?

I have used the Yonex 850 once or twice in the past with mixed results...don't remember it being $15 a set though.

I appreciate all the feedback, help, and advice.

Right now, if I had to pick my first four set ups to try in a Burn it would probably be: 1) all multifilament (either Head Velocity because that's what's in the demo; Prince Premier Control because I've liked it the two times I've tried it in the past; or Wilson Sensation because a friend really likes it); 2) all Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25; 3) 1.25mm multi or 1.25 syn gut mains and Wilson Revolve crosses; and 4) find a soft non-shaped poly to try with the Gosen syn crosses.

Again, thanks for all your help!

TripleB
The hybrid with the Baseline 1.20mm mains can easily make for a layout that's a little softer than a setup with 1.25mm mains, so the 1.20mm hybrid has been a good first step from full syn. gut or multi into a poly hybrid. The lighter gauge does degrade more quickly than the heavier alternative, but it seems to turn the corner (down Gone Dead Lane) less drastically in a hybrid.

A couple of stronger local sluggers who have used the Baseline in full beds needed the 1.25mm - these are guys in that 5.0 realm who were good enough to play on a smaller college team and do a bit of damage. These guys were actually getting arm numbness, etc. from full beds of RPM Blast, but the Isospeed was a lot more comfortable for them. I haven't done a bundle of poly comparisons in my own racquets, but based on some feedback, I get the impression that Isospeed Baseline is softer than some. At the right tension, the Baseline 1.25 probably wouldn't be rock-hard.

The Gosen Super 1.25 is a bit of a trick question for me because I just love that gauge of syn. gut in any racquet. It gives me better feel than heavier syn. gut - a nice combo of crisp yet semi-soft. I'd bet that it would be pretty nice in your Burn when it's fresh, but the open pattern would probably chew it up in a hurry. Lately I've been buying reels of Kirschbaum's standard (not their premium) syn. gut in 16 and 17 gauges. Very affordable syn. gut that's slightly softer than some others, including Gosen. I generally only use Gosen OGSM 16 for crosses in poly hybrids, but I've also used OGSM 17 in full beds in the past and it was quite good for me in a crispy-plus kind of way.

I think I'd try the hybrid you offered with the Gosen 16L mains at perhaps 56 lbs. and the Revolve crosses down at 50 or even 48 lbs. That's just a first guess. A few of the sluggers I know who have me string their frames with hybrids including poly mains just have me use the same tension for both the mains and crosses. Go figure - I'd generally be inclined to drop the poly tensions by perhaps 3 lbs., but I'm not a poly player. We likes what we likes...
 

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The hybrid with the Baseline 1.20mm mains can easily make for a layout that's a little softer than a setup with 1.25mm mains, so the 1.20mm hybrid has been a good first step from full syn. gut or multi into a poly hybrid. The lighter gauge does degrade more quickly than the heavier alternative, but it seems to turn the corner (down Gone Dead Lane) less drastically in a hybrid.

The Gosen Super 1.25 is a bit of a trick question for me because I just love that gauge of syn. gut in any racquet. It gives me better feel than heavier syn. gut - a nice combo of crisp yet semi-soft. I'd bet that it would be pretty nice in your Burn when it's fresh, but the open pattern would probably chew it up in a hurry. Lately I've been buying reels of Kirschbaum's standard (not their premium) syn. gut in 16 and 17 gauges. Very affordable syn. gut that's slightly softer than some others, including Gosen. I generally only use Gosen OGSM 16 for crosses in poly hybrids, but I've also used OGSM 17 in full beds in the past and it was quite good for me in a crispy-plus kind of way.

I think I'd try the hybrid you offered with the Gosen 16L mains at perhaps 56 lbs. and the Revolve crosses down at 50 or even 48 lbs. That's just a first guess. A few of the sluggers I know who have me string their frames with hybrids including poly mains just have me use the same tension for both the mains and crosses. Go figure - I'd generally be inclined to drop the poly tensions by perhaps 3 lbs., but I'm not a poly player. We likes what we likes...
Thanks for the excellent input and advice!!!!

I'm going to try an all Velocity MLT or Premier Control 1.25mm stringing at some point soon (since all Velocity is what was in the demo I liked so much).

I'd also like to try several of the hybrids you have mentioned: Baseline, probably 1.25mm, mains with Sheep 1.22mm or Sheep Super 1.25mm crosses as well as the Gosen Super 1.25mm mains with the Revolve (or similar slick poly) crosses.

I'm not sure how it would work out but I'd maybe at some point try Velocity MLT or Premier Control mains with the Revolve (or similar slick poly) crosses.

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond and give me some great options for this stiffer racquet!

TripleB
 

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If I use a multi or synthetic main and a "slick" poly cross, would I not need to straighten strings after every shot, like I had to do with the Burn demo that had a full Velocity stringing? Coming from a poly m/syn c hybrid and never having to straightening the strings to the all multi set up was a big change :laughing:

If I try the multi (or synthetic) main with a slick poly cross I'm looking at a couple different options for the poly: Wilson Revolve, IsoSpeed Baseline Speed, Yonex Poly Tour Fire, IsoSpeed Black Fire, and MSV CoFocus.

Thanks for all the help!!!

TripleB
 
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If I use a multi or synthetic main and a "slick" poly cross, would I not need to straighten strings after every shot, like I had to do with the Burn demo that had a full Velocity stringing? Coming from a poly m/syn c hybrid and never having to straightening the strings to the all multi set up was a big change :laughing:

If I try the multi (or synthetic) main with a slick poly cross I'm looking at a couple different options for the poly: Wilson Revolve, IsoSpeed Baseline Speed, Yonex Poly Tour Fire, IsoSpeed Black Fire, and MSV CoFocus.

Thanks for all the help!!!

TripleB
I'm currently running basic SG mains and Yonex PTP crosses in my stick and haven't felt the need to straighten my mains since I put the set-up in a few weeks ago. So far the slickness of the poly cross (and perhaps the 5 lbs differential) has been letting the SG mains snap back just fine.
 

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In reference to an all multi set up........It's been probably 12+ years since I've tried an all synthetic or multi stringing so please forgive me if this is a ridiculous question: when using the same string for the mains and crosses do you use 2 piece stringing and string the mains at a different tension than the crosses? If different tensions, how much more/less for the crosses?

Also, since mains tend to break first, what about using 1.25mm crosses and 1.30mm mains of the same multifilament?

Thanks for all the advice!

TripleB
 
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TripleB

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Being a semi-heavy spin player (a lot of backhand slice, a great deal of topsin but trying to move to a flatter trajectory) who seldom breaks a string in my normal Tour Bite 1.20/Gosen 1.25 hybrid, what kind of durability should I expect out of a full Velocity 1.25mm set up in the wide open Wilson Burn 100 Countervail? Or should I just forget about the 1.25mm and go with the 1.30mm?

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Today I compared a full bed of Prince Premier Control 16g (57/54), a full bed of Head Velocity MLT 16g (57/54), and a Head Velocity MLT 16g/Wilson Revolve 16g hybrid (57/51).

The Prince Premier Control 16g was definitely my favorite - probably because it played like a poly, but somewhat softer. Crisp feel but no arm pain, heavy spin, better touch than my normal poly/syn hybrid, and good power in the Burn 100. Only concern is the durability so we will see how it holds up.

The Velocity was such a drastic change from my normal set up that I seemed to have problems controlling the ball as well as taming the extra power. The Velocity/Revolve seemed to have an even more vague feel than the all Velocity. But these problems could be controlled with an increase in tension.

I still want to try the Premier Control in the mains with a poly....either the Revolve, IsoSpeed Cream, or Yonex Poly Tour Pro. And I'm sure I'll eventually try either a Tour Bite/Gosen or Hyper G/Gosen hybrid at some point but with the stiffer Burn I want to see if I can get that feel with a softer main.

Thanks for all the input!

TripleB
 

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Today I compared a full bed of Prince Premier Control 16g (57/54), a full bed of Head Velocity MLT 16g (57/54), and a Head Velocity MLT 16g/Wilson Revolve 16g hybrid (57/51).

The Prince Premier Control 16g was definitely my favorite - probably because it played like a poly, but somewhat softer. Crisp feel but no arm pain, heavy spin, better touch than my normal poly/syn hybrid, and good power in the Burn 100. Only concern is the durability so we will see how it holds up.

The Velocity was such a drastic change from my normal set up that I seemed to have problems controlling the ball as well as taming the extra power. The Velocity/Revolve seemed to have an even more vague feel than the all Velocity. But these problems could be controlled with an increase in tension.

I still want to try the Premier Control in the mains with a poly....either the Revolve, IsoSpeed Cream, or Yonex Poly Tour Pro. And I'm sure I'll eventually try either a Tour Bite/Gosen or Hyper G/Gosen hybrid at some point but with the stiffer Burn I want to see if I can get that feel with a softer main.

Thanks for all the input!

TripleB
57# is quite high tension for Velocity.
I string Velocity/Cream @ 51/50. Recently I went down to 49/48 and it felt pretty good too.
For fb Velocity, I would try 52#

If I use a multi or synthetic main and a "slick" poly cross, would I not need to straighten strings after every shot, like I had to do with the Burn demo that had a full Velocity stringing? Coming from a poly m/syn c hybrid and never having to straightening the strings to the all multi set up was a big change :laughing:
I don't suppose you know how many hours of play the full Velocity had? fb will lose its coating and stop snapping back. Also depends on tension.
Are you a string breaker (break sgut in less than 8hrs)?

Using a slick poly cross, you'll get the snapback. Velocity will get worn and will tend to stay out of place in 15-20hrs for me. So even in a V/poly hybrid, I have to re-string because V loses its teeth.
 
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I've been using poly mains (usually Solinco Tour bite 17g) and synthetic crosses (usually Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L) in my racquets for what seems to be fifteen years now. I recently demoed a Wilson Burn 100 CV that had Head Velocity MLT 16g string in it. The string pattern is so wide open I was able to get my normal poly/syn spin even with this multifilament string. I'm not sure what the demo was strung out or how long the strings had been in the racquet, but the feel I got from the strings really didn't feel like a multi. The feel of the ball off the strings was somewhat similar to my poly/syn set up...although I'm used to a 1.20 poly main so the launch angle I was getting was a bit lower (which I liked).

My question is: what multi (or string set up) would you recommend that would soften up the 69 flex of the Burn, would offer decent durability in the wide open string pattern (and for a heavy spin player), offers nice spin, and can be had at an affordable (under $13?) price? From what I've read some of the favorite 1.25mm multis are the Head Velocity MLT ("plays similar to a poly but a bit softer"), the Prince Premier Control ("nice power but questionable durability"), and Wilson Sensation ("arm friendly, good spin").

Or maybe I just need to find a softer non-shaped poly in order to get a softer feel and the ability to hit a flatter ball? (but I'm worried even a softer poly might now be softer than the Velocity)

Thanks!

TripleB
I recently got some Prince Warrior Hybrid Touch. I haven't strung it up yet but lot of reviews say the Premier Touch will soften up anything if you put it in mains or crosses. The Tour XT 18 is a great soft round poly.
 

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Update after 3 hours of 4.0/4.5 doubles today:

I definitely liked the full Head Velocity MLT the least...doesn't offer the spin or control I was hoping for out of it. The demo, which also had this Head string in it, was more to my liking than what a fresh set feels like in it. Not sure if the string in the demo had been in there a while or what, but it felt a bit more dead, stiff, and offered better spin than what it does freshly strung.

Right now my full Prince Premier Control 16g string set up is probably my favorite...mainly because it plays like a poly but with better feel (and easier on the arm) when strung at 57 pounds. It's a little stiffer than the Head string, offers better spin, better control, but with a slight loss in power (which I don't mind). I have the most confidence in all parts of my game except the backhand slice with this string set up. I guess my only concern is going to be durability...after about 4 sets with this string set up the strings are looking pretty rough...we will see.

The Head Velocity main with the Wilson Revolve cross really shines on my backhand slice (which is absolutely incredible with this string set up) and does well on kick serves (although control could be a bit better), but overall it just doesn't have the control offered by the full Premier Control string.

I believe the next set up I'm going to try are a Prince Premier Control 16g mains with IsoSpeed Cream 1.28mm crosses. I'll be interested to see how the Premier strings move across the Cream string....they seem to be somewhat rougher than the Head Velocity string - hopefully the Cream will allow them to move across and snap back like the Revolve strings seem to do with the Velocity.

I'll see how that goes but I'll probably try the Prince Premier Control main with a Yonex Poly Tour Pro cross OR try a Solinco Hyper G 1.25 main with a Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25 cross (don't want to go with my old stand by, Tour Bite main/Gosen Super cross, for fear of arm problems with the 69 flex of the Burn).

Thanks again for all the input.

TripleB
 

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I ended up getting rid of the full multi set ups...while they felt great, I couldn't get as consistent of a response off the string bed as I did with the Head Velocity MLT 16g/Wilson Revolve 16g (at 57/51) hybrid set up. And going from ten+ years of a poly main/syn cross to a full multi was probably too much of a change for me. The Velocity/Revolve gave me that great feel of a multi and had enough of that poly feel to satisfy my urge of wanting to go back to my poly/syn hybrid. What really sold me on the multi/poly set up is the slice I was able to get with it...so low and so much spin without any sacrifice of control. My volleys, not my strong suit, were also rock solid with amazing control and touch. Topspin not quite as good (nor did I expect it to be) as my 1.20mm poly/1.25mm syn set up, but they might be a blessing as I seem to be getting the ball to move the court better.

I would say I have about 6 hours on the Velocity 1.30mm/Revolve 1.30mm set up and only see a very slight amount of notching.

I'm having two of my three Wilson Burn 100 CV racquets strung up with a hybrid using IsoSpeed 1.28mm Cream crosses. One with Velocity MLT 16g mains and one with Prince Premier Control 16g mains. After trying those to determine whether I like the Velocity MLT or the Premier Control better as a main, I'm hoping to try one of those with the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 16g as a cross.

I guess my question is about going to a thinner main and cross - does a 1.25mm multi main have any longevity at all with a 1.25mm cross such as Revolve or Cream or Poly Tour Pro?

Also, should the multi mains and poly crosses always be of the same gauge?

Thanks!

TripleB
 
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I ended up getting rid of the full multi set ups...while they felt great, I couldn't get as consistent of a response off the string bed as I did with the Head Velocity MLT 16g/Wilson Revolve 16g (at 57/51) hybrid set up. And going from ten+ years of a poly main/syn cross to a full multi was probably too much of a change for me. The Velocity/Revolve gave me that great feel of a multi and had enough of that poly feel to satisfy my urge of wanting to go back to my poly/syn hybrid. What really sold me on the multi/poly set up is the slice I was able to get with it...so low and so much spin without any sacrifice of control. My volleys, not my strong suit, were also rock solid with amazing control and touch. Topspin not quite as good (nor did I expect it to be) as my 1.20mm poly/1.25mm syn set up, but they might be a blessing as I seem to be getting the ball to move the court better.

I would say I have about 6 hours on the Velocity 1.30mm/Revolve 1.30mm set up and only see a very slight amount of notching.

I'm having two of my three Wilson Burn 100 CV racquets strung up with a hybrid using IsoSpeed 1.28mm Cream crosses. One with Velocity MLT 16g mains and one with Prince Premier Control 16g mains. After trying those to determine whether I like the Velocity MLT or the Premier Control better as a main, I'm hoping to try one of those with the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 16g as a cross.

I guess my question is about going to a thinner main and cross - does a 1.25mm multi main have any longevity at all with a 1.25mm cross such as Revolve or Cream or Poly Tour Pro?

Also, should the multi mains and poly crosses always be of the same gauge?

Thanks!

TripleB
I've never had great luck with gauges of multis thinner than 16 ga. The lighter ones just seem to degrade too quickly for me. But I should also note that I've never tried a hybrid with a lighter multi main crossed with a poly. The firmness of that poly cross could bump the consistency of the string bed, but I'd still expect the lighter gauge of multi to break down rather fast. The teaching pro I work with in the summers likes to use a hybrid of NXT mains and Luxilon Element crosses in his Wilson Ultras, but I don't know his gauges or tensions. Actually I'd bet that the NXT is 16 ga. and the Element is the 16L (1.25mm).

Although I'm still a big fan of 17 ga. syn. gut, I know that it can be a tricky match-up with a racquet like your Burn 100. Your pattern is rather open at least compared with my more oval-shaped Volkls with their 98" hoops. But the syn. gut just doesn't seem to degrade for me like a multi usually does, even when the multi is a 16 ga.

If you haven't tried it, you may want to sample a 17 ga. syn. gut main combined with a poly cross. Tensions are entirely up to you.

I doubt that your multi mains and poly crosses need to be the same gauge. I'd just expect the heavier gauge of poly cross to work better at a lower tension (better for me, but I'm not a poly guy).
 
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