Synthetic gut Mains / Polyester Crosses Club

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  1. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

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    After many, many, many dollars spent on string (and cortisone), I think I have arrived at a "perfect" string bed. It's not too firm, not too soft, just right. Synthetic gut mains with a poly cross is just about the perfect blend of two worlds. I like the feel of synthetic gut because that's what I grew up playing with; well that and natural gut. But, sticking polyester in the crosses adds a nice element of control to the mix. The result is a string bed that is very livable and user friendly. It has touch, enough power, and control to satisfy. I also find that the synthetic gut breaks when it's supposed to and you don't wind up with a dead set of string that'll wind up hurting your arm. If it breaks too quick, just up your gauge.

    My personal preference is Gosen OGSM 1.15 in the mains at 54 and Luxilon Ace 1.12 in the crosses at 50. I have it in 3 rackets in rotation and get about 6 sets out of a string job. When one of the three breaks, I string them all. Cost per string job is a staggering $10 :).

    For those of you who also like this setup, what do you use?
     
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  2. tennytive

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    Many many dollars is a grand understatement when I remember your threads on trying every gut string ever made. :D

    I used a similar set up to yours for a while with OGSM and Polyon Ice. I strung two of my sticks, one with poly in the mains and the second with syn gut mains. Since they felt equal in performance, I preferred poly mains from then on as the syn gut was much easier on my fingers when weaving. If I recall, my tension was 45 for poly and 49 for the syn gut, both 17 gauge. A 2 year recovery from tennis elbow made me give up polys for good or I most likely would still be using this hybrid.
     
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  3. hlausic

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    Now, Gosen OGSm 1.25 main, Tecnifibre Red Code Wax cross...
     
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  4. Ft.S

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    I use Klip Legend 16 in the mains and Lux 4G Soft or Max Power in the crosses with 3# difference. Very comfortable setup for sure, when my arm or wrist starts complaining of full poly, I switch to this hybrid setup for couple of matches and all gets back to normal :)
     
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  5. gmatheis

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    Big difference between natural gut in the mains and synthetic gut. The synthetic gut breaks way too fast for me. I think I tried a multi with a poly cross and broke it in one day.

    Currently on Wilson NG/Genesis Black Magic and it's been a little over a week.
     
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  6. 1HBHfanatic

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    Best combo I found for the head.rad.mpa
    when through several combos, high, low with poly/poly
    poly/syn.gut, high, low, no good
    finally tried s.g/poly
    16g pp.syn.gut/18g pp.poly,, 56/52 lbs.. great combo for this raket..
     
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  7. am1899

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    FWIW, I found cheap solid core nylon synthetic gut mains and poly crosses to be a more durable setup than multi mains and poly crosses. Years ago I strung up sensation mains with sonic pro crosses. Felt amazing. 30 min later, POP! Thought I must have nicked the string, so I strung it up again. Same result. Tried Gosen OGSM 16g mains instead, and it lasted quite a bit longer. Didn’t love the feel as much, though.
     
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  8. Wes

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    Was this strung up as 16x19 or 16x16?
    Also, what does "pp.syn.gut" and pp.poly" mean... Pro's Pro syn. gut and Pro's Pro poly?
     
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  9. 1HBHfanatic

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    Yes, pp=pros pro
    and yes, I tried it both ways
    16/16 sg/poly, I did not like, too open pattern for me, but it was a fun test
    16/19 sg/poly was exactly what I liked on this raket..
    I should mention, I have it set to 8pts HL with lead at 2,5, 8, 10 oclock (2" of 1/4" lead tape, and about 2' of 1/2" on handle),, my 1hbh likes it..
    this is my fun hit raket..
     
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  10. Paragon

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    Hey guys im looking into trying out Wilson Nxt and Lux 4g, i used to play with 4g full bed @ 50. Any recommendations on where i should put the NXT either in the mains or crosses? and what would be the benefits of both? Thank you.
     
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  11. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

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    It depends on what you're looking for. If you like the control/spin of 4G, put it in the mains and the NXT will soften up the string bed. If you like NXT but would like a bit more control, go the other way.

    I like the feel of synthetic gut and find that a thin poly in the crosses gives me a bit more spin and control. That's how I landed on my set up. If I go the other way, the feel is usually too stiff to my liking. I also string the mains 4 pounds tighter than the crosses.
     
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  12. dak95_00

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    I play really well with Prince Synthetic Gut w/ Duraflex 17 at 60 lbs in my mains and Isospeed Baseline Spin & Speed 17 at 60 lbs in my crosses. I play a Prince Mono which is a 97 and 16x21. My only issue is I break the mains very quickly. I’m trying out later today some cheap Genesis 16 nylon at 63 lbs in the mains. I just want to see what f playability will be similar and get more longevity. I’m currently only getting a match if I’m lucky out of the Prince 17.

    The Genesis was purchased as a reel from that bird store for maybe $20. My initial impression of it was that it was similar in feel as a full bed to Prince and also Head Synthetic Gut w/ PPS.
     
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  13. PBODY99

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    PSG/df @ 52# mains/ various 1.20mm poly @ 48 in my signature Speedport 110
     
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  14. BenC

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    I'm using Forten Sweet 16 and Ashaway Monogut 16L in my Wilson 6.1 95. It feels like a more controllable and muted version of a full bed of syn gut with increased dwell time. The copoly also seems to retain tension much better than when it was used as a main (as measured with a Gamma tension testing tool).

    I also (hilariously) tried Gamma TNT Ruff 16 and Ashaway Monogut 16L. Weaving and fanning the crosses was very annoying. Hitting partners did report much more spin but it felt like dwell time was reduced and I was getting more power than I wanted over the Forten/Ashaway setup.
     
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