Solinco Hyper G Soft 17g is:

I liked the original Hyper G 17g, but found that after a couple of playing sessions it became to springy and I didn't have the same control anymore.

With Hyper G 17g Soft, the feel is incredible and it maintains the same level of playability session after session. I am able to string the Soft version at a higher tension than the Regular version, and if maintains all of the benefits.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
how does the power level compare between HG and HGS? Does the softer one provide more power/energy return or simply more softness?
 
I think they both provide enough power. The difference for me is the feel and tension maintenance, which is much better with Hyper G Soft.
 

Curtennis

Hall of Fame
I am able to string the Soft version at a higher tension than the Regular version, and if maintains all of the benefits.

You’re taking all of the stretch out of the soft string by stringing it higher than the regular version.
Are you noticing this HGS is playing any softer than HG at all? Not only is the higher tension offsetting benefits, but the elasticity is being removed.
I imagine you’d like a prestretched string with less elasticity. Perhaps 4G soft is something you may like as well. But if you like this, no reason to switch.
 

kreative

Hall of Fame
interesting since other reviews i've read/listened to said that HGS tended to lose tension faster than HG
 

Curtennis

Hall of Fame
interesting since other reviews i've read/listened to said that HGS tended to lose tension faster than HG
Any soft string is going to lose tension faster than it’s non-soft counterpart. However, OP said he’s stringing the Soft higher than he did the normal. He’s likely taking the elasticity out of it in the first place and making it a prestretched string. It will hold its tension well at that point, but likely won’t play as intended (soft).
 

kreative

Hall of Fame
Any soft string is going to lose tension faster than it’s non-soft counterpart. However, OP said he’s stringing the Soft higher than he did the normal. He’s likely taking the elasticity out of it in the first place and making it a prestretched string. It will hold its tension well at that point, but likely won’t play as intended (soft).

Good points and well stated.
 

taydbear7

Professional
Good to know. I have the 17g sitting at home. I intended to hybrid it with a multi but then realized it would have shredded that to pieces like a knife through hot butter.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
Good to know. I have the 17g sitting at home. I intended to hybrid it with a multi but then realized it would have shredded that to pieces like a knife through hot butter.
Your experience might be different from mine. I hybrided VS17 mains/HG18 crosses for about six months on all my Pure Strike Tour racquets in early 2020 and then VS17 mains/HG Soft18 crosses for the last 18 months - usually at 47/44 lbs. I break the gut at around 10-12 hours if I play only singles and around 15-18 hours if I play a mix of 60/40 singles/doubles. Most of the time, the poly goes dead around 15 hours also in terms of arm discomfort/erratic control and I restring often before the gut breaks. This kind of lifetime for me is fine as I love the way the VS/HGS plays on the Pure Srike Tour. I play on hard courts at the 4.5 level.

I keep hearing of the ‘knife through butter analogy’ for short lifetimes when hybriding gut with shaped poly crosses, but many posters seem to be talking theoretically rather than from actual experience of using it. In my case, I have two years of experience playing every day using this hybrid and have used about 100 VS/HG (or HG Soft) string jobs on my three racquets as I play about 15 hours per week and have to restring one of my racquets every week.

Of course every player’s experience is going to be different, but my takeaway point is that you should try out a hybrid to see how long it lasts for you on your racquet/tension and also that often the poly will go dead way before the gut breaks and so, the lifetime of the gut doesn’t determine how long you want to wait before restringing a hybrid. Apart from the pace/spin you hit, the frequency with how often you have mishits/hits outside the sweet spot also determine how soon the soft string will last. Also, not kinking the gut during stringing is key as many inexperienced stringers might reduce the lifetime of the gut if they do that.
 
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g4driver

Legend
Good to know. I have the 17g sitting at home. I intended to hybrid it with a multi but then realized it would have shredded that to pieces like a knife through hot butter.


if you use HGS, HG or another shaped main, instead of using a multi try using 1.30mm syn gut.. if you snap the 1.30mm syn gut before 12 hours move to 1.35mm syn gut

I have a 4.5 buddy using the 16x19 PureStrike (PO7) with RPM rough 1.25mm / 1.35 mm syn gut and another 4.5 buddy using a Ezone 98 Tour w/ HG 1.25mm / 1.35mm who both snap the crosses with no elbow / arm issues.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
Your experience might be different from mine. I hybrided VS17/HG18 for about six months on all my Pure Strike Tour racquets in early 2020 and then VS17/HG Soft18 for the last 18 months - usually at 47/44 lbs. I break the gut at around 10-12 hours if I play only singles and around 15-18 hours if I play a mix of 60/40 singles/doubles. Most of the time, the poly goes dead around 15 hours also in terms of arm discomfort/erratic control and I restring often before the gut breaks. This kind of lifetime for me is fine as I love the way the VS/HGS plays on the Pure Srike Tour. I play on hard courts at the 4.5 level.

I keep hearing of the ‘knife through butter analogy’ for short lifetimes when hybriding gut with shaped poly crosses, but many posters seem to be talking theoretically rather than from actual experience of using it. In my case, I have two years of experience playing every day using this hybrid and have used about 100 VS/HG (or HG Soft) string jobs on my three racquets as I play about 15 hours per week and have to restring one of my racquets every week.

Of course every player’s experience is going to be different, but my takeaway point is that you should try out a hybrid to see how long it lasts for you on your racquet/tension and also that often the poly will go dead way before the gut breaks and so, the lifetime of the gut doesn’t determine how long you want to wait before restringing a hybrid.
It really comes down to how hard you hit and how much spin you use along with the string pattern of your racquet. Personally, I like to whomp the ball when I play (similar to nadal but at a 4.5 level). I have tried multi/poly hybrids for increased comfort only to have the multi become heavily notched within 3-5 hrs and that is with a round poly cross. HG/HGS is sharp but does not have protruding sharp edges the way silver 7 tour/solstice power so I believe it is still viable as a cross since it provides good tension maintenance among other qualities. One last thing to note: strings do not last forever. However many inexperienced players seem to think they shouldn’t break in under 25 hours *confused*
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
if you use HGS, HG or another shaped main, instead of using a multi try using 1.30mm syn gut.. if you snap the 1.30mm syn gut before 12 hours move to 1.35mm syn gut

I have a 4.5 buddy using the 16x19 PureStrike (PO7) with RPM rough 1.25mm / 1.35 mm syn gut and another 4.5 buddy using a Ezone 98 Tour w/ HG 1.25mm / 1.35mm who both snap the crosses with no elbow / arm issues.
i absolute hate the feel of syn gut, there is zero ball pocketing like that of low tension poly. Feeling the ball sinking into the strings is incredible. There is no better feeling.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
It really comes down to how hard you hit and how much spin you use along with the string pattern of your racquet.

Apart from the pace/spin you hit and the racquet/string pattern, it seems like the frequency with how often you have mishits/hits outside the sweet spot also can determine how soon the soft string will break/notch. If you hit very clean with good timing mostly in the sweet spot, a hard hitter can have longer lifetimes for soft strings than an erratic player who hits less hard - I’ve seen that many times with guys I play regularly with who hit relatively slow for the 4.5 level and have to restring often. Also, not kinking the gut during stringing is key as many inexperienced stringers might reduce the lifetime of the gut if they do that. Lastly, baseline tennis as happens in singles seems to lead to lower string lifetimes compared to playing doubles where points are quick and it is mostly serves/returns/volleys.
 

XFactorer

Hall of Fame
I must add my praise for Hyper G Soft as well. I tried regularly Hyper G way back and it was too firm (that's all I really remember, can't comment on its control, power, spin). But this softer version might be a new favorite. It's a tad firmer than I would go for, but it never hurt my arm/wrist/elbow. It provided me lots of power and spin. The tension maintenance seems to be the same from day 1 to day 14 (when I cut it out). I don't have a measurement device, so I can't comment on the numbers and must rely on memory/feel. I string all my strings at 45 lbs in my 2020 EZONE 98.

I really should have restrung it with another set of Hyper G Soft, but I went back to my standard PolyTour Pro. And guess what... it's not as good. I missed some feel and power from this. PTP is my baseline string and what I use in all new Yonex racquets before I play around with setups. I like its plasticky string bed feeling. It consistently performs in all the EZONEs (but it's not my favorite in all iterations of the EZONEs).
 

dl125

Rookie
I just got back into experimenting with polys like a few weeks ago after being full multi for the last 3+ years or so. I tried a stiffer gamma one and had the typical stinging hand, sore wrist/elbow/forearm and shoulder. Was searching for "soft polys" and hyper g soft was one of the first to pop up. I did my usual 17 guage multifeel at 59lbs and HGS @ 55 lbs and I liked it but had moderate soreness. Tried 58lb crosses and 54 mains and it was nicer. Home now after a couple hours last night and today and still a little sore but not too bad. I really like it. It seems to to "enhance" everything and made hitting more fun in away. I'm eyeing the Volkl Cyclone Tour as well to try out...

 

g4driver

Legend
Been in my two of frames since the TW play-test..

After the playtest, I went with HGS 1.25mm/ GW 1.22mm but use lux NG 1.30mm /GW 1.27mm Dec to Feb.

TierOne FW 1.25mm/GW 1.22mm and VCT 1.30mm all work for me.. I am just not so string sensitive. Can use any of those four string combos and play no better or worse.
 

HitMoreBHs

Professional
Good to know. I have the 17g sitting at home. I intended to hybrid it with a multi but then realized it would have shredded that to pieces like a knife through hot butter.
HGS 1.25 mains in hybrid with Velocity MLT 1.3 crosses at 52/50lbs is one of my favourite setups for good spin, pocketing and arm comfort. It lasts me around 10-12hrs of play, and then the VMLT crosses snap.

In comparison, VMLT 1.3 full bed will snap on one of the mains in just 6hrs of hitting. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the shredding of a multi cross by a shaped poly main was less rapid than I had expected. I certainly hadn’t anticipated such a hybrid to last longer than full bed multi. Happy days.
 

taydbear7

Professional
So I got to play 2 doubles match over the weekend with HGS 17g at 52 lbs and must say wow it's probably my new favorite string. I got a nice combo of spring, comfort and touch. Everything was clicking especially my one handed back which people said I was ripping it crosscourt. Absolutely love HGS!
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
I just got back into experimenting with polys like a few weeks ago after being full multi for the last 3+ years or so. I tried a stiffer gamma one and had the typical stinging hand, sore wrist/elbow/forearm and shoulder. Was searching for "soft polys" and hyper g soft was one of the first to pop up. I did my usual 17 guage multifeel at 59lbs and HGS @ 55 lbs and I liked it but had moderate soreness. Tried 58lb crosses and 54 mains and it was nicer. Home now after a couple hours last night and today and still a little sore but not too bad. I really like it. It seems to to "enhance" everything and made hitting more fun in away. I'm eyeing the Volkl Cyclone Tour as well to try out...

I used to play with full gut at 57 or 58 lbs on a Pure Strike Tour G3. When I started hybriding with gut mains/soft poly crosses, I went down 5% in tension first, then 10% before finally figuring out that the best tension for the VS17/HG Soft 18 hybrid is 47/44 lbs which is what I have been used for about 100 string jobs in the last two years on my three racquets. Adding the poly crosses makes the gut feel much more stiff than in fullbed gut and for me, I had to drop tension substantially by more than 20%. Also should add that fullbed poly felt good at 42-43 lbs which is again about 25% less than the fullbed gut tensions that I like on the same racquet.
 
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