Stringing recommendations for VT Pro 98/Pro No 1 (silver/red)

Ross K

Legend
I'm seeking some string recommendations for the VT Pro 98/Pro No 1 (silver/red), and I'm looking to boost the power, but if possible, not taking away from the superb impact feel too much, nor spin capacity (okay, it's all technique I know, but you see where I'm coming from.) In the main though, yes, TBH it's a bit more oomph I'm after.

It's a very solid, low powered 'player's racquet' then of course, and very possibly just beyond my capabilities to wield 100% effectively (haha), but it's such a beautiful feeling and sweet swinging frame with brilliant accuracy and great control, well, frankly, I can't put it down, least not quite yet!

I'm a bit non-plussed though... full multi job?... synth job?... poly hybrid?... natty gut?... What do people recommend here? Plus also, the recommended range from Fischer is a crazy 57/55 lbs range. Is it advisable to ignore that? For reference I normally play with full polys at low 50's or lower! Have also been hybriding of late with Bab Nvy (50/54 lbs).

What do people advise?

Thanks in advance
 

Ross K

Legend
Just came across this from NoBadMojo, which seems very illuminating...

like marc says. i dont know fischer recommended tensions now, but my venerable vt pros had a suggested range that varied either 2 or 4 pounds from high to low. outside of that range either way and the frame just didnt perform well..now if they could only make their frames a full 27". anyway, the fischer frames certainly arent the most powerful, so i would go w. a fairly lively setup unless you have a great amount of power on your own, and also something soft to match the silky feel. gut or gut hybrid in this frame is ideal IMO. other than that a soft multi would work well. i would avoid anything stiff and boardy. Ed
And this too, from TT Fischer/VT Pro 98 guru - 007...

prior to the Gamma-ti-zation of Fischer (which brought about changes to recommended tension which are ludicrous) the suggested range on the Pro 1 was 57 mains/55 crosses for optimal overall performance. Try it....it's perfect esepcially with a crisp playing mono.
So... lively set up... something soft... maybe a soft multi... (hmm, which one I'm now thinking)...

Or from the latter, a crisp playing mono... (okay, hmm, not my field of knowledge)...
 

Hi I'm Ray

Professional
I found it very easy to transition between the Fischer (red/silver) and the APDGT. Maybe it has something to do with both having very similar head shapes and head size. I see you also use the APD.

I'm enjoying the Fischer with a thin, spin friendly poly main / thin, resilient cross (I think a lively cross would be best imo). I think the frame benefits from a string set up that gives it a crisp feel and some liveliness & power. I like playing with spin so I look for a string set that gives a little extra spin as well. For a poly hybrid I string 2lbs below midrange.

However, I think this frame is really excellent for hitting flat. A multi works well for this, but IMO the frame becomes too dampened with a soft string, so you might want to consider using a crisp feeling multi. For a multi or syn gut I string right at midrange.

*Poly Main: thin and spin friendly, with some pop if possible / *Cross: something lively with power
*Full Multi or syn: Crisp, lively, and with power

I'll let others make recs for the actual strings.
 
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Ross K

Legend
I found it very easy to transition between the Fischer (red/silver) and the APDGT. Maybe it has something to do with both having very similar head shapes and head size. I see you also use the APD.

I'm enjoying the Fischer with a thin, spin friendly poly main / thin, resilient cross (I think a lively cross would be best imo). I think the frame benefits from a string set up that gives it a crisp feel and some liveliness & power. I like playing with spin so I look for a string set that gives a little extra spin as well. For a poly hybrid I string 2lbs below midrange.

However, I think this frame is really excellent for hitting flat. A multi works well for this, but IMO the frame becomes too dampened with a soft string, so you might want to consider using a crisp feeling multi. For a multi or syn gut I string right at midrange.

*Poly Main: thin and spin friendly, with some pop if possible / *Cross: something lively with power
*Full Multi or syn: Crisp, lively, and with power

I'll let others make recs for the actual strings.
Interesting that we both use the APD too. Have to say I find them pretty chalk and cheese. The APD is a frame I've never loved, if you will, but up until now, it suits my requirements better than just about anything I've tried (and I've tried quite a lot!) But then a frame like the silver/red Pro No 1 comes a long and pretty much blows you away...:)

Thanks for the informative feedback re strings... I'll certainly bear that in mind.

What are your thoughts on a fully poly job like TB or similar (big power/spin/control) @ 52 lbs?
 

Hi I'm Ray

Professional
Yeah I get the same feeling about the APDGT, its not "perfect" but so far gets the job done better overall, from day to day, than any other frame I've used. I'm likely switching to a PD 2012 for matches simply because they play so similar when weighted up the same but the PD serves bigger. But it's a step back in the feel dept from the APDGT.

There might be some differences in the printed rec tension range in the Fischers. My usual tension for the APDGT is 53/53lbs for a 17L poly/17g syn gut, for the Fischer I would go 49/49 or 50/50 for the same strings.

What are your thoughts on a fully poly job like TB or similar (big power/spin/control) @ 52 lbs?
I'm not sure what gauge TB you are using, but my guess is that you should string it 3-4lbs lower than would for your APD. I'm thinking a full bed of poly might feel a bit too firm in the Fischer unless the poly is thin.
Ideally for me, I would cross it with a lively, non-sticky/non-gummy multi, not only for power but for feel as well.
 
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tball

Semi-Pro
Mains: Natural Gut 16 @ 54 lbs, Crosses: Isospeed Professional Classic 17 @ 51 lbs. Ideal setup (at least for me).

Tried some poly hybrids, but everything was way too low powered and felt bad.
 

Ross K

Legend
Mains: Natural Gut 16 @ 54 lbs, Crosses: Isospeed Professional Classic 17 @ 51 lbs. Ideal setup (at least for me).

Tried some poly hybrids, but everything was way too low powered and felt bad.
tball,

Could you say a bit more re WHY this set up was ideal for you. What does this give you that the poly hybrids couldn't, etc? What is the power level like with this? Thanks
 
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