String setup for Yonex Ezone DR 98

Hi,
I have been playing with a hybrid setup ( ALU Rough Mains @48lbs, Babolat Excel @52lbs) for the last 15-16 hours. However I think that the bite is no longer the same and maybe it's time to restring.

What setup would you recommend for more feel and spin?
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
I am interested in this question as well. I had been using a hybrid of Volkl Cyclone Tour poly mains, usually 53 or 54, and then some synthetic gut cross (Head, etc), usually 56 or so. Have been trying all poly for the past few weeks. Also using the DR98, and have arm / wrist issues. Have been trying the all poly at 46 or so. Topspin forehand is better, slice is worse. Would not mind going back to the hybrid if I could find a set-up that is comfortable enough, and that I could jump on the forehand. Being able to hit an inside out down the line topspin forehand swinging all out is the goal. Can do it will all poly, iffy with the hybrid. I found the Cyclone Tour is not all that spinny when using all poly, so maybe need to try a different poly main, or drop some tension. Big hitter, so I need some control, but can't handle really stiff frame or string.
 

Big Bagel

Professional
Being able to hit an inside out down the line
Not sure you quite understand what inside out means... an inside out shot goes cross court, like a righty standing in the ad side hitting a forehand to the ad side.

Regardless though, I think a gut/poly hybrid would suit both of y'all well, like what zettavaska said. If you're worried about control, bump up the tension of the gut mains, then use a round, control-oriented cross string; Luxilon 4G or Kirschbaum Max Power for the most control and best playability, Isospeed Cream for a little more comfortable setup. Wilson Revolve, MSV Co-Focus, and Tecnifibre Pro Red Code Wax are other good options to maximize spin potential.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Yep Bagel, that's what I meant, but not as extreme as your example. Singles, center mark of the singes court, but then bombing a lefty forehand back to my forehand side singles corner. With my traditional hybrid, I can blast cross court, but with all poly, I can also have that slight inside out big forehand that is hit hard and low, but still dips enough to stay in. Not a traditional down the line shot, but back to that singles corner. I was just reading about Isospeed Cream you mentioned. Was wondering about it as an all poly set-up. For sure it would be something to try as a hybrid. Thanks for the info. Think I will order some.
 

LoanStar

New User
Friday I strung my DR98’s with Klip Legend Natural Gut 16 in the mains (54) and Yonex Poly Tour Pro 17 (yellow) in the crosses (51). Over the weekend I hit with a pro plus played doubles and singles matches...with this set-up I experienced a great mix of control, spin and touch. The VS Touch / RPM Blast I had in before was okay, but the YPTP makes for a much softer feel. I’ve been having problems with my arm and the Klip/Yonex was much easier on it.
 
Update: I went for a hybrid of Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable @56lbs/Isospeed Cream @53lbs in the racquet and it's playing wonderfully for the last 2 weeks.
 

Poseidon

New User
Hello, I am also wondering what kind of string would help me.
I used YPTP 16g at 55 pounds which I hated.
I used Volkl Cyclone at 49 pounds which I kinda liked but hurt my arm.
I tried Mantis Comfort at 52 pounds which I liked the spin and control but made my arm go numb after a while.
I now use Wilson NXT at 52 pounds which is ideal for my 2-3h sessions. It doesn't make my arm feel numb at all and I kinda like the power, but it has no spin and control.
Overall I liked Mantis Comfort at 52 pounds in the spin and control departments, and liked NXT in the power and Comfort departments.
Ideally I am looking for a stringjob that would provide both with main focus on the comfort levels.
Is this achievable by going hybrid, or would I lose so much comfort and have my hand go numb after a while by using a hybrid, so that I won't be able to complete the sessions?
Or would using a thin poly like Cyclone tour 17g at let's say 42 pounds improve the feel so much, with maintaining spin and control levels?
Thanks a lot in advance

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1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@Poseidon
2 options you can look at, that I use on my racquets

1 multi.mains/poly.cross
2 full bed poly at low tensions

I am currently trying/demoing the y.e-dr.98 (blue) 50/48lbs
I have 17gpolymains/18gpoly.crosses

the tensions I choose are based on the strings I select and/or the tensions I typically need for my game/control/power
btw, yonex suggests stringing the crosses a few lbs lower than mains,
 

NastyWinners

Professional
Hello, I am also wondering what kind of string would help me.
I used YPTP 16g at 55 pounds which I hated.
I used Volkl Cyclone at 49 pounds which I kinda liked but hurt my arm.
I tried Mantis Comfort at 52 pounds which I liked the spin and control but made my arm go numb after a while.
I now use Wilson NXT at 52 pounds which is ideal for my 2-3h sessions. It doesn't make my arm feel numb at all and I kinda like the power, but it has no spin and control.
Overall I liked Mantis Comfort at 52 pounds in the spin and control departments, and liked NXT in the power and Comfort departments.
Ideally I am looking for a stringjob that would provide both with main focus on the comfort levels.
Is this achievable by going hybrid, or would I lose so much comfort and have my hand go numb after a while by using a hybrid, so that I won't be able to complete the sessions?
Or would using a thin poly like Cyclone tour 17g at let's say 42 pounds improve the feel so much, with maintaining spin and control levels?
Thanks a lot in advance

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Hi Poseidon! Welcome to the boards!!

My current set up with the DR98 is Solinco Revolution (55lbs) mains and Yonex Poly Tour Fire at (53lbs) crosses and that's been a nice smooth transition for me from full bed poly. To me I get more spin from the revolution due to the slippery cross and the comfort is a lot better.

What you could do though is use the Cyclone that you liked at around 48-50 lbs and use Alpha Gut 17 or Technifibre Multifeel on the crosses at the 46-48lb range. It would be ideal for the spin/control level you are looking for but also add some comfort.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask, I've played with a lot of different configurations in this specific racket and could hopefully help you out better.
 

Poseidon

New User
Thanks a lot for the answers. Since comfort is my major concern I will try a hybrid setup first with NXT at 54 and Cyclone or some other poly at 50.
If that is up to my standards on comfort, I will keep experimenting more with different tensions on the crosses/mains, or even go full poly and try something like 50/48 or even 48/46 if I feel I need more spin in my game.

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