I love reading this thread too!Love reading through this thread!!!
I've got 1 set of natural gut I'm itching try out the gut/poly hybrid in but I'm getting ready to move to a new racquet and want to try a multi/poly hybrid first in order to compare two different round and slick poly's in the crosses...before I try it with the natural gut.
Wilson Revolve is one I know I want to try because it's known to be smooth and allows the multi/gut main to do its thing without notching.
What should be my 2nd smooth poly string to try out in the crosses with multi mains?
Both mains and poly's will probably be 1.30mm.
I'm back to gut/poly and im trying this set-up tomorrow, how has it held up for you?Right now, in an RF97 I have VS Touch in the mains at 56 with Tecnifibre Black Code 4S 17 in the crosses at 52. I think I have about 4-5 hours on them now and everything is holding up great. There is almost no fraying in the VS. With a full bed of Black Code 4S 17 I would break in about 12-14 hours, so this is very impressive.
I think the extra slick coating on Black Code 4S keeps the gut from getting stuck. Plus VS Touch has a slick coating on it as well. Technically, Black Code 4S is a shaped poly (square), but it is such a mild profile and the string is so slick I have no concerns about it cutting into the gut. And after 5 hours, I would have expected to see more sawing.
This is an expensive setup, but so far the feel is better than anything I've ever tried and I don't feel like I've lost any spin at all. If I can keep it in the racquet for more than 3 weeks, this will be my go to setup from now on.
Not really. I think I ended up popping the gut right after I posted this. “Almost no fraying” with VS means it’s fraying and once that starts it unwinds and pops very quickly. YMMV. Sweet feel though. I’m using a full bed of Black Code 4S at a lower tension now.I'm back to gut/poly and im trying this set-up tomorrow, how has it held up for you?
Are you using MaxPower 1.25 or 1.30? Do you notice any difference in stiffness between the two? TW string compare shows 1.30 a little less stiff.Really liking my lux gut hybrid with maxpower, strung up a second one with lux gut and alu soft.
The tests continue....
Softened up good, like the feel now. I have a guitar tuner I use to monitor the tension.Softened up as in awesome, or softened up as in unplayable?
What tension did you string at?
Did you monitor tension loss at all with RacquetTune?
Loses too much tension for me personally.How does it feel after the 6 weeks? Or does it just fray too much to use?
I string mine at 62# as well. It does saw through in the sweet spot but you can usually tell when the tension changes and becomes more jarring from the ball. I use several racquets and rotate through them so it just seems to last longer which it probably does not, just in my mind it does.Loses too much tension for me personally.
If I string it at 62 lbs after about 6 weeks of playing (30-40 hours) it drops to about 50 lbs and balls start flying more than normal. Spin potential is great the whole duration of the string job. In fact I get more spin as the tension drops, but more trampoline effect too.
My last string job though I had the crosses sawing into the mains after about 2 months though.
Are you saying you delayed clamping by 10 seconds? Or did you take 10 more seconds to reach lock out tension?Using a lock out stringer I have stayed around 58/55 and started using some extended pull times like 10 seconds and it has made a world of difference. Same set up feels completely different and lasts longer. Could go up on tension but the tension drop would probably still be there without the extended pull times.
So if, per frame, the poly is $5, that leaves $13 for the gut. Where are you buying Klip for $26 per full set?Players that break strings frequently are just going to break them no matter what the set up. (Federer goes through Gut/poly in about 45min of practice) Will show you some hours that I got from Gut/poly. Try to avoid early morning, night play and clay courts with gut/poly. Use full poly at 52 in questionable conditions. Humidity is a big issue.
VS Touch/ Revolve 10-12hrs
VS Touch/ 4g 15+hrs
Klip Legend (uncoated)/ Max Power 5hrs
Klip Legend/ Max Power 8-10hrs
*Klip/ Max Power may be my best option at $18 a frame. VS/4g is about $28-$29 including shipping though the playability on VS/4g is unmatched. I’m thinking Klip/Max for practice and VS/4g for events.
OGSM/ Vel @ 55/53 is getting me through the winter nicely.
I like the nat gut on the mains for power and poly on crosses for directional control and limiting overall power.I use fullbed technifibre razorcode 18g on my 18x20 Wilson ultra tour at 52/49 lbs. What tension should I try on the same racquet using the same string on the mains and luxilon NG 17g on the crosses? Im thinking about switching bc my arm is slowly breaking down
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Where do you get your gut so cheap? At TW the price for Klip hiked up to $30 a set.Klip Legend (Uncoated) 1.30/ Max Power 1.25
Just got 9hrs out of this set. Great play until the end and unraveled on three strings. Not bad for an uncoated string. $17 a frame.
Very true. Right now I'm at the start of 4 packs of Luxilon gut 16g that I got during the Black Friday sale for nearly $32 each.Bought Klip uncoated from TW on sale for $25.99 and Max Power for $4.50 for 4 sets or more. Actually cheaper than $17 but tried to factor in the shipping. All about buying strings when they are on sale.
With Klip Legend at $29.99 I bought a reel of Tourna Biack Zone. Keeps my cost around $17 a frame. Can still sleep at that cost.
It's been a while since I hit with Luxilon gut, probably over a year, but from what I remember it was damn near bullet-proof for natural gut. I got around 26 hours of court time with it at 50 lbs in the mains and 47 lbs Poly Tour Pro 1.25 in the crosses of my Pro Staff 90. In contrast the hybrid with Klip lasted me around 20 hours. I play in Florida and have an eastern forehand for what it's worth.Never tried that gut before. Is the durability similar to Klip?