Synthetic under $10 Recommendation?

TripleB

Hall of Fame
I've been using a Solinco Tour Bite 17g/Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L hybrid for years upon years now. Unfortunately I've started experience some pain in my upper arm (tricep) region that the doctor says isn't related to my muscles...maybe some arthritis.

I'm looking for your recommendation for a quality synthetic string that's under $10 a set and offers nice feel, good spin, and decent durability (and available at T-W of course).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

TripleB
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Gamma Marathon
Prince Premier Control ...
Buy 2 or more reels of PPC for $90/reel that's about $5 or a string job while it's on sale. It won't stay at that price though. $5 for a multi is a great price point IMO.
 
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tinyman

Rookie
I've had good luck with Tourna Syn Gut Armor - $3.29/set on TW, it is also sold in reels. I use the 17g personally, and someone I string for has gone through a few reels of the 16g (he switched to it after developing pain). I use it primarily as a full bed, but have had reasonable success with it as a cross. I'm using a dense pattern (radical) and get good life out of it, I'd say the friend probably rotates one every 3 weeks - but he plays a very open string pattern and at least 3 evenings per week.

Of the three points you picked, I'd say comfort is the highest, spin is second, durability is third.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Uhm, so TripleB requests this:



And the first two responses offer this...?
I added the part about availability at TW a little while after I had put up the original...in fairness to them they may have already replied before I added that (not sure).

TripleB
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Prince Premier Control and Genesis Thunderblast are 2 that come to mind.
On the Premier Control....would you advise going with a full stringing with this string or hybrid it with my typical Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L?

Thanks for the input.

TripleB
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
On the Premier Control....would you advise going with a full stringing with this string or hybrid it with my typical Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L?

Thanks for the input.

TripleB

Full bed. No reason at all to hybrid. PPC is a very good all-around string.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Full bed. No reason at all to hybrid. PPC is a very good all-around string.
Great to hear...one last question...if I'm used to my poly/syn hybrid at 46/49, what tension would be a good starting point for the PPC?

Again, I appreciate all the help!

TripleB
 

DANMAN

Professional
Have you thought about Head Rip Control. As a poly user it's the closest feeling dead-ish but still controlled and spin friendly string I have been able to use.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Have you thought about Head Rip Control. As a poly user it's the closest feeling dead-ish but still controlled and spin friendly string I have been able to use.
Actually the RIP Control is one of the few non-poly strings I have tried. I tried the 1.25mm several years ago and maybe it was the racquet I had it in (it was either POG Mid or a BLX Pro Open) but it lasted all of about 6 sets. Has durability been an issue for this string or did I just have a bum set or too open of string pattern for it?

Thanks for the recommendation!!!

TripleB
 

loosegroove

Hall of Fame
And I do agree with the Prince Premier Control by the way. Nice playing multi with good durability. It's what I would choose if moving to a multi from my hybrid setup. As far as tension, I'll leave that to the others, but with PPC, personally I wouldn't raise it as much as you'd might think.
 

Faris

Professional
Noob question...in terms of power how would the different kind of strings be like?

Is it gut>multi>synthetic>poly?

I've heard mixed things about level of power for multi and synthetic. Which is more power? I know natural gut is most powerful and poly is the lowest. Thanks to everybody and sorry to the OP for leeching onto this thread. Regards
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I've been using a Solinco Tour Bite 17g/Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L hybrid for years upon years now. Unfortunately I've started experience some pain in my upper arm (tricep) region that the doctor says isn't related to my muscles...maybe some arthritis.

I'm looking for your recommendation for a quality synthetic string that's under $10 a set and offers nice feel, good spin, and decent durability (and available at T-W of course).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

TripleB
I string my own rigs at home and I've had an enduring love affair with 17 ga. syn. gut for a number of years. I know that this stuff doesn't necessarily check off the durability box, but I don't blow through it too quickly and it just delivers for me. It gives me some inherent softness, really good touch and feel, perfectly acceptable spin, yaddah-yaddah... and it's crazy affordable in reels. Lately I've been buying Kirschbaum's standard syn. gut from TW at about $35/reel.

Not the most exotic stuff around, but every time I sample other string, it always feels like home when I get back to a fresh setup of this string. Feel is a very subjective issue, but this string really works for me. Even if someone else is stringing your racquets, you can minimize your string cost with this syn. gut and really only pay for the labor of installation.
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
Great to hear...one last question...if I'm used to my poly/syn hybrid at 46/49, what tension would be a good starting point for the PPC?

Again, I appreciate all the help!

TripleB
You don't have a big tension differential. If you are accutomed to stringing non-hybrids with the same mains/crosses tension, then 48-50 pounds. This is also a good starting point if you like to increase/decrease the cross tension by a couple of pounds. I don't know what your hybrid feels like, so best that you make the judgement call based on your experience with the feel. You know what you are looking for.
 

DANMAN

Professional
Actually the RIP Control is one of the few non-poly strings I have tried. I tried the 1.25mm several years ago and maybe it was the racquet I had it in (it was either POG Mid or a BLX Pro Open) but it lasted all of about 6 sets. Has durability been an issue for this string or did I just have a bum set or too open of string pattern for it?

Thanks for the recommendation!!!

TripleB
I'm assuming you're still using strikes in which the tighter pattern for the 16x19 will be more favorable to strings than the POG or pro open. It lasted well for me but it was in an 18x20 prestige classic.
 

rockbox

Semi-Pro
Tier one triumph is really nice. It retails for 12 bucks but you can get coupons from them pretty regularly.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the help and advice!

I'm going to give a full bed of Prince Premier Control a try in one of my racquets!

Again, I appreciate everyone taking the time to respond.

TripleB
 

mikeler

Moderator
I just bought a reel of Prince Premiere Control (PPC) 15g to help me play through some tennis elbow. I think the 15g price was $70 per reel. Even in my 16x16 pattern, I can get about 8 sets of singles in before the string breaks.

My friend has been using the 15g PPC for years. Right after I bought a reel of white PPC, he told me that the black is more durable. Ugh!
 
I've been using syn gut (nylon)
In a 98 sq dunlop
Here's a nice cheap combo that worked well
Forten sweet 17 mains
Wilson nylon 15L crosses
String mains higher then crosses by 2lbs
Mid to upper range of your racquet specs.
Hit for 1 hour and played 2 sets of doubles
Strings hardly moved and the wilson nylon was 15 years old, taken from a cheap racquet I found in the basement.
 

snvplayer

Hall of Fame
Why don't you try Gosen OG Sheep Micro if you haven't already? Personally, it was more comfortable string than other synthetic guts.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Why don't you try Gosen OG Sheep Micro if you haven't already? Personally, it was more comfortable string than other synthetic guts.
I liked Gosen OG Micro string too especially in the Crystal and Amber color. Wouldn't you know they discontinued both.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
I appreciate all the help and responses!

I ended up giving Prince Premier Control 1.30 a shot to begin with. I have plenty of Gosen (both 17g and Micro Super 16L) on hand so I may end up trying those strings in my TFight 295 Dynacore as well.

Ordered three the racquets and had them strung as follows:
- Prince Premier Control 1.30 full bed
- Solinco Hyper G 1.20/Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25
- Wilson Revolve 1.25 (although it was supposed to be Solinco Revolution)/Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 1.25

I ordered a second set of the Prince Premier Control 1.30 so I could try it in a hybrid if the full bed doesn't work out. Got a little carried away on my order, splurged and ordered a set of Klip Legend in order to compared it to the Prince Premier Control 1.30. Ordered both Wilson Revolve 1.25 and MSV CoFocus 1.18 to try in a hybrid with the gut and premier.

If these don't work out I'm definitely going to try some of the other strings you mentioned!

Again, thank you for all your help!!!

TripleB
 

ricardo

Hall of Fame
String Tension is a very important success/failure factor..

In testing different strings, tension plays a very important role in determining whether you would like a string or not.

  1. I string my racket
  2. I play with it for a few hours.
  3. If I don't like it, I re-tension.
Some strings I don't like at any tension.
Some strings I like at a specific tension.
 

Liam Grennon

Professional
I would recommend Prince Synthetic Gut w/ Duraflex 16 g, you can get some for 75$ through a certain company that does drone delivery. Comes out to 4.85$ per racket...
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I would recommend Prince Synthetic Gut w/ Duraflex 16 g, you can get some for 75$ through a certain company that does drone delivery. Comes out to 4.85$ per racket...
Wow what A deal? I gonna call Amazon right now and order some. NOT LOL I only have one question. Why in the hell would I want to go buy from Amazon when I can buy Prince Synthetic Gut W/Duraflex from Tennis Warehouse for $4.75 / set? Or if I wanted a reel I could get it for $70 / reel from Tennis Warehouse.

EDIT: Assuming I can get 18 jobs from a reel that's under $4/job. Does Amazon have a better Tennis forum they have to subsidize by charging more?
 

Liam Grennon

Professional
Wow what A deal? I gonna call Amazon right now and order some. NOT LOL I only have one question. Why in the hell would I want to go buy from Amazon when I can buy Prince Synthetic Gut W/Duraflex from Tennis Warehouse for $4.75 / set? Or if I wanted a reel I could get it for $70 / reel from Tennis Warehouse.

EDIT: Assuming I can get 18 jobs from a reel that's under $4/job. Does Amazon have a better Tennis forum they have to subsidize by charging more?
I had an amazon gift card....
 

Karstic

Rookie
I was getting ready to recommend Gamma Gut 2, but I thought I'd check to see if it was still available first. Apparently not.
 

JustTennis76

Professional
I've been using a Solinco Tour Bite 17g/Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16L hybrid for years upon years now. Unfortunately I've started experience some pain in my upper arm (tricep) region that the doctor says isn't related to my muscles...maybe some arthritis.

I'm looking for your recommendation for a quality synthetic string that's under $10 a set and offers nice feel, good spin, and decent durability (and available at T-W of course).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

TripleB
I was using Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 for a long time and recently switched to Prince Premier Control(PPC) 16 after trying several multis like addiction, fxp, power fiber. There is no looking back even though I have almost full reel of OGSM in reserve. PPC is the total package and I have never fallen in love this much with any other string before. I use it in the crosses with Cyclone, sometimes I use it as a mains with smooth poly cross. Works great on all those setups. I have stocked up by purchasing a couple of reels of PPC 16 and I am set for the next few years. I believe it's $90 if you buy 2 or more in TW - comes down to under $6 per string job.
 

wksoh

Semi-Pro
Forten competition 16 full bed. Fantastic tension stability until string breaks. I'm giving up on poly due to tension maintenance.
 
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