String Movement

Bigtime

Rookie
I'm currently using a Dunlop MaxPly McEnroe w/NXT 17. I like this setup, however the strings move around a lot, SO that brings up two questions:

(1)I'm considering trying gut, is natural gut noted for lot's of movement?

(2)I thought I saw a pro on TV with some sort of "tool" (comb-like?)
re-aligning his strings during a side change. Are those widely used/available?
 

Stan

Professional
String the crosses 4 pounds tighter than the mains. This will reduce string movement somewhat.
 

Lleytian3

Semi-Pro
it jus depends on what type of string you use

most polys dont move around a lot

also like stan said, stringin higher also reduced movement
 

jonolau

Legend
Yup, agree with what is said. Poly on the mains will reduce or even totally eliminate string movement.

The only racquet that seems to resist this principle are the Prince O range.
 

abenguyen

Hall of Fame

kabob

Hall of Fame
Pretty much any switch to a hybrid will fix string movement. I use Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17G in the mains and Babolat XCel Premium 17G in the crosses and my string don't move.
 

Bigtime

Rookie
The "comb-like tool" I was describing, appeared to be having the "tines" pushed in between the strings to sort of re-align them. Maybe it was some obscure homemade thing that only one person uses. I don't even remember which match it was, (sorry, it was several months ago), I just remember thinking, "I need on of those".
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Court_Jester

Hall of Fame
The "comb-like tool" I was describing, appeared to be having the "tines" pushed in between the strings to sort of re-align them. Maybe it was some obscure homemade thing that only one person uses. I don't even remember which match it was, (sorry, it was several months ago), I just remember thinking, "I need on of those".
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I know what you're talking about. It costs about $6 but I can't mention where you can buy it. Just search for the name " String Straightener" and you'll find it.
 

Valjean

Hall of Fame
The "comb-like tool" I was describing, appeared to be having the "tines" pushed in between the strings to sort of re-align them. Maybe it was some obscure homemade thing that only one person uses. I don't even remember which match it was, (sorry, it was several months ago), I just remember thinking, "I need on of those".
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It takes longer to use than fingers, though.
 

Bigtime

Rookie
Thanks for the info!

For $6.00 it might be worth trying. I think maybe I'll sart by trying full natural gut with the crosses a little tighter first, then maybe I won't need the string straightener.
 

lovelove

New User
Pretty much any switch to a hybrid will fix string movement. I use Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17G in the mains and Babolat XCel Premium 17G in the crosses and my string don't move.
Similar to my setup, Gosen Micro 17 in mains at 60lbs and Gosen Poly 17 in cross at 58lbs, I still have some string movement, and more and more movements after a few days of playing.
I really do like the feel and more power than poly in mains, though. But less durable.
 

Bubba

Professional
if your strings are moving it will only saw throug the gut that much faster. use a poly in the mains. give nxt tour a try as a gut replacement... great string and works nicely in hybrid with poly mains.
 

Valjean

Hall of Fame
Yeah, but after stringing 10 racquets, why put your fingers through more of a beating?
However, the OP is the player, not a stringer; did you get that or not!?!!

And I reiterate, for the OP, abenguyen's suggestion to adopt string savers.
 
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TennezSport

Hall of Fame
OK, lets get to the bottom line here. All strings move on ball contact. The difference is in how much they move and how they work against each other (mains vs. crosses). Tensile strength and enlongaton has a major impact on how a string performs, along with racquet stiffness. The stiffer the string the less movement; the softer the string the more movement.

OK, even though poly strings say that they resist movement, slow motion video says that they do move but because of their slick surface thay return to the original positions with minimal wear. This is why they last longer than softer strings. It's also why they give you a bit more control. However, they can be very harsh on the arm and wrist if you do not hit the ball cleanly.

Some players have requested stringing with hybrids of poly and natural or synth gut to get the best of both worlds. Natural or Synth gut in the mains will give you a softer feel with more power, however, polys in the mains with natural or synth gut in the crosses will be stiffer and deliver more ball control. Of cource, tension and racquet type have a major impact also.

With over 130 string types out there, a USRSA certified stringer can help you in finding the string that best serves your playing style.

TennezSport :cool:
 

jdelcue

Rookie
OK, lets get to the bottom line here. All strings move on ball contact. The difference is in how much they move and how they work against each other (mains vs. crosses). Tensile strength and enlongaton has a major impact on how a string performs, along with racquet stiffness. The stiffer the string the less movement; the softer the string the more movement.

OK, even though poly strings say that they resist movement, slow motion video says that they do move but because of their slick surface thay return to the original positions with minimal wear. This is why they last longer than softer strings. It's also why they give you a bit more control. However, they can be very harsh on the arm and wrist if you do not hit the ball cleanly.

Some players have requested stringing with hybrids of poly and natural or synth gut to get the best of both worlds. Natural or Synth gut in the mains will give you a softer feel with more power, however, polys in the mains with natural or synth gut in the crosses will be stiffer and deliver more ball control. Of cource, tension and racquet type have a major impact also.

With over 130 string types out there, a USRSA certified stringer can help you in finding the string that best serves your playing style.

TennezSport :cool:
If ya don't mind...I'm starting to learn all about this hybrid stuff just now...

What would you say the real difference between poly mains/nat. or synth. gut crosses vs. the other way around is...? I understand what the fundamental differences are, and that it's noticeable...but exactly hoooow noticeable?
 

AlpineCadet

Hall of Fame
I would argue that since the main strings move the most, it would equate to more/less of the sensation that you would feel.

You should try this for yourself. It might be noticeable enough for some, while being totally unnoticeable for others. I have personally noticed less feel when the polyester stings are in the mains, while the synthetic gut strings are in the crosses, than when the synthetic gut are in the mains and the polyester strings are in the crosses.
 

Gimmick

Semi-Pro
I have noticed the same enhanced feel with multi in the mains and poly in the crosses, but also more string movement and shorter life.
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
The "comb-like tool" I was describing, appeared to be having the "tines" pushed in between the strings to sort of re-align them. Maybe it was some obscure homemade thing that only one person uses. I don't even remember which match it was, (sorry, it was several months ago), I just remember thinking, "I need on of those".
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I've seen these in the A T S catalog.
 

Jonny S&V

Hall of Fame
However, the OP is the player, not a stringer; did you get that or not!?!!

And I reiterate, for the OP, abenguyen's suggestion to adopt string savers.
I was talking from my experience, and there is nothing in the original post nor from any of his other posts that say he is not a stringer, just thought that he ever wanted to or is into stringing that he should invest in one.
 

kalic

Professional
Yup, agree with what is said. Poly on the mains will reduce or even totally eliminate string movement.

The only racquet that seems to resist this principle are the Prince O range.
Jonolau, what is your advice for less string movements in O3 tour. Hybrid that I always used move like crazy. I play with heavy spins...
 

jonolau

Legend
Jonolau, what is your advice for less string movements in O3 tour. Hybrid that I always used move like crazy. I play with heavy spins...
Since play with heavy spin, I presume that you break strings quite often. If that's the case, a full poly setup will give you better durability and is also more resistant to string movement - the only caveat is that you should have the abilty to generate your own power from your technique as the O3 Tour is not an inherently powerful frame.
 
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