String recommendation to get me more power from the Wilson BLX

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Autodidactic player, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Autodidactic player

    Autodidactic player Semi-Pro

    Mar 28, 2010
    Greensboro, NC
    I'm looking for a string recommendation to get more power from the Wilson BLX team 18x20.

    Background: I’m a 52 year old 5.0 with “classis” long strokes. I learned to play tennis on clay in the early 70s wood racket era of steady deep balls. I still hit with moderate topspin on the forehand and moderate topspin or slice on the backhand. I break a multi about every four hours so I’ve begun to hybrid a poly in the mains and some multi/syn gut in the crosses which gives me much better durability but much, much less power and depth (especially with heavy topspin). Currently I have Kirshbaum pro line II 17L gauge in the mains at 42lbs and Gamma Pro 18 gauge at 50lbs in the crosses. Eight grams of lead tape at 3 and 9. Strung on a Prince Neos 1000.

    I’ve got loads of string at home so I’m asking for recommendations that will give more power and depth with acceptable durability from from any hybrid or full bed from these strings (or any other string you might suggest):

    Ashaway dynamite (zyex) 17
    Klipper zyex 17
    Prince Topspin 15L
    Prince synthetic gut 18
    Weiss Cannon exploviv! 16
    Gamma Live Wire 17
    Gamma Professional 17 & 18
    Gamma gut 17
    Leona 66 16

    Luxilon ALU Power rough 16
    Luxilon Adrenaline 16L
    Kirshbaum Pro Line II 17L
    Kirschbaum Helix
    Technifibre Black Code 18

    Sorry so long but looking forward to the recommendations.
  2. Valjean

    Valjean Hall of Fame

    Mar 17, 2004
    North Carolina
    Your options you already are aware of:

    1) Restring as frequently as called for.

    2) Use a sturdier material that doesn't break as much but can cause discomfort.

    3) Use a thicker gauge.

    You're now at a point of combining 1) and 3), it seems. Thus, taking into account your list, I would recommend both Prince's Topspin 15L and Leoina 66, which is a solid, all-around 15L string too...
  3. goran_ace

    goran_ace Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2009
    At Large
    I'd go full bed of Ashaway Dynamite. If that's not durable enough for you, then maybe go with one of the thin gauge poly's in the mains.
  4. Racer41c

    Racer41c Semi-Pro

    Jul 5, 2007
    A question and a comment:

    Q: When you break the multi's is it always a main? If it is you could use a 16g main at a couple of lbs lower tension.

    C: I'm finding that poly mains with multi crosses is like a math formula of starting tension, tension loss rate and playbility. The last setup I strung up was great for about 2 hours, but the multi lost tension faster than the poly. At that point, the string bed lost power and the poly began to dominate. So when I re-strung I made the multi higher hoping it would have too much power for a short time, then settle in. So getting the combination to last a decent amt of time is tricky. I hope you have a stringing machine!
  5. kiteboard

    kiteboard Legend

    Jun 18, 2009
    alu power main, weiss explosiv cross.
  6. Autodidactic player

    Autodidactic player Semi-Pro

    Mar 28, 2010
    Greensboro, NC

    On a full multi bed I will always break the mains. On an poly main/multi cross hybrid I almost always break the multi cross no matter how thin the poly main (even MSV Hex 1.10). At 52 I don't hit as hard as I used to so polys are pretty safe from breakage (not so with the zyex?).

    I agree with your math formula theory. In fact, I'll go you one better! Since the "stretch" of the poly at ball impact is so much less than the stretch of the multi at ball impact I've always believed that you need to account for that. So if the poly is strung at 45 then the multi needs to be tighter. Of course how much tighter depends on which specific strings are used. When you try to factor in tension loss, air temp. humidity etc you either need a PhD in string technology or loads of luck.

    Luckily I do have my own machine, an old classic, the Prince Neos 1000. Thanks for the suggestions.
  7. David123

    David123 Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2010
    gamma professional!
  8. HitItHarder

    HitItHarder Semi-Pro

    Jul 24, 2009
    Weisscannon TurboTwist 1.18 is a fairly "powerful" poly, at least as far as any poly can be powerful. I tend to string it higher than any other poly I use for that reason.

    It is also fairly arm friendly considering it is a poly. You may want to consider using that as an alternative main to get some more power out of your hybrids, especially since you are already stringing at really low tension. Plus it holds tension well and seems to produce a good level of both spin and control.

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