There is no magic string

WilPro

Rookie
I tried a lot of strings. Last one was the magic Luxilon Alu Power and Alu Power Spin.

My conclusion is, none of them is doing anything special. I think they are mostly the same. They are slightly different but not too much.

In my 510 gr. racquet they all feel pretty close. I can't tell much of a difference between them, other than maybe a bit of stiffness.

Most of the strings feel like hitting with a pillow. They all bite pretty well into the ball. So, I'd rather work on my strokes.

The list of strings I tried:

Pro's Pro Blackout
Kirschbaum Max Power Rough
Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable
Luxilon Alu Power
Luxilon Alu Power Spin
Babolat RPM Blast
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour
MSV Focus Hex
Babolat VS (natural gut) I used it in the mains with Kirschbaum Max Power Rough in the crosses
Wholesale Natural Gut also with Kirschbaum Max Power Rough in the crosses
Tourna Big Hitter Silver 7 Tour

And the only string I didn't like was Pro's Pro Hexaspin Twist. I gave the whole reel to a former trainer for free. I totally hated that string.

I used a full reel of Kirschbaum and have another new one and the same applies to MSV Focus Hex black 1.23
 
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Frankc

Semi-Pro
Try Full bed of natural gut (pre BT7 and recent stiffened brands) at not too tight - it will be very different, for a long time...
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
“There is no spoon”


Sorry couldn’t resist. Of course there’s no magic string, tennis is so subjective. What works for one person could totally suck for another. With hundreds of strings to choose from, just use the one that you play the least bad with. I think we all search for that perfect combination of the right string and the perfect tension. It’s like trying to find the end of a rainbow.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I tried a lot of strings. Last one was the magic Luxilon Alu Power and Alu Power Spin.

My conclusion is, none of them is doing anything special. I think they are mostly the same. They are slightly different but not too much.

In my 510 gr. racquet they all feel pretty close. I can't tell much of a difference between them, other than maybe a bit of stiffness.

Most of the strings feel like hitting with a pillow. They all bite pretty well into the ball. So, I'd rather work on my strokes.

The list of strings I tried:

Pro's Pro Blackout
Kirschbaum Max Power Rough
Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable
Luxilon Alu Power
Luxilon Alu Power Spin
Babolat RPM Blast
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour
MSV Focus Hex
Babolat VS (natural gut) I used it in the mains with Kirschbaum Max Power Rough in the crosses
Wholesale Natural Gut also with Kirschbaum Max Power Rough in the crosses
Tourna Big Hitter Silver 7 Tour

And the only string I didn't like was Pro's Pro Hexaspin Twist. I gave the whole reel to a former trainer for free. I totally hated that string.

I used a full reel of Kirschbaum and have another new one and the same applies to MSV Focus Hex black 1.23
 

WilPro

Rookie
To tame that extra weight?
No, I started playing it without the extra weight. Then the weight was added gradually.

But I moved from 16x19 to 18x20 because I had a problem with precision. I have to admit my technique was pretty bad back then and my topspin was nowhere near what I am doing today.
I moved first to BLX Six one 95 18x20, 332 gr., went through all those models (nCode, K-Factor, etc.) and felt better, they were all pretty much the same. Then accidentally got into this classic stick. And that was it, I called it my stick. When I got it home I realized it was longer, wow.
That's how I got to "MY" stick.
 
Have to admit that I've been having a magical time lately using 16 ga. Forten Nylon in my own racquets. Plays great for me, feels fine, the spiffy yellow version even looks nice... and it's more affordable than pretty much everything else out there.
Do you play it until it breaks or do you cut it out earlier after the slick coating wears off? I'm interested to see if I can find a racquet where my 15L nylon would play great all the way until breakage - thinking of trying some experiments on this.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@WilPro
-can you recall how many reels of LEAD you have gonne through so far ??
-I am on my second REEL of 1/4 and 1/2" lead tape, and will provably order a 3rd round this year
-I didn't know how addictive lead tape could be?!?!?!, I could not play without it anymore
-btw good job on the racquet ^^ looks good clean work on the head part, the handle part is a bit suspect for me, but it works for you,, (y)
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
I added lead and now it is 510 gr. and I love it. It cured my tennis elbow and plays like magic.
it might be 1 of the most effective option forcing te/ge-ers to stop 'arming balls' n 'wristing balls' n starting using their legs/waist + body/torso rotation weight transfer etcetc. like some1 wearing floaters will never learn how to dive n hold breath under water. take off the floater n put some iron on then they'll learn:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D......................

i once tried winding a ~500g bicycle chain lock on an old racket neck after a few 000s hits both lock n racket gone, lolololololol manohman. comparing the cracked weld joint on dat steel chain lock with te/ge's elbow/wrist, wowow dat's scary:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:..........................
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
it might be 1 of the most effective option forcing te/ge-ers to stop 'arming balls' n 'wristing balls' n starting using their legs/waist + body/torso rotation weight transfer etcetc. like some1 wearing floaters will never learn how to dive n hold breath under water. take off the floater n put some iron on then they'll learn:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D......................

i once tried winding a ~500g bicycle chain lock on an old racket neck after a few 000s hits both lock n racket gone, lolololololol manohman. comparing the cracked weld joint on dat steel chain lock with te/ge's elbow/wrist, wowow dat's scary:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:..........................
Bat weight may be an easier method to add significant weight. Never got beyond 440 grams
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Bat weight may be an easier method to add significant weight. Never got beyond 440 grams
I got as high as 16.35 oz. it was a plastidip experiment gone wrong with tooooo many coats. Was super heavy. Had to add a 25g brass puck to the bottom to get it to be playable.
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
Bat weight may be an easier method to add significant weight. Never got beyond 440 grams
not sure wat's the threshold for te/ge-ers to stop chicken wing motions but guarantee u they won't do it anymore to hold a 2kg dumbbell simply doing the shadow swing. dat weight will stop them abuse chicken wings n force them to call on their non-domi joining the action ie help domi lift the weight as high as possible (here comes the unit-turn) + legs pushing + torso/shoulder rotation + etcetcetc:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D...............................
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
not sure wat's the threshold for te/ge-ers to stop chicken wing motions but guarantee u they won't do it anymore to hold a 2kg dumbbell simply doing the shadow swing. dat weight will stop them abuse chicken wings n force them to call on their non-domi joining the action ie help domi lift the weight as high as possible (here comes the unit-turn) + legs pushing + torso/shoulder rotation + etcetcetc:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D...............................
U is very smart, intelligentsest perzon

if ppl listen to u, there eould be no golfer or tennis elbow
 

meowmix808

New User
i’ve heard good things about this, from a comfort standpoint, they don’t ship outside of europe tho, right?
They do! I'm pretty sure anyways, I just paid $15 for shipping from Italy ALLLLL the way to Hawaii. I was lucky enough to have a set already on my Ezone 2020 prototype and after trying it I've decided to try all their strings. Now I'm just waiting for the String Project sets to come in. They have a box that has 2 of each string they sell and 1 of the multifilament. The sets are like around $15 or something but if you buy the box you get them for about $8 each! Great deal. Plus two overgrips and a dampener but I dont care about that.
Heres a pic of the Magic in the Ezone 98.

 

megamind

Hall of Fame
They do! I'm pretty sure anyways, I just paid $15 for shipping from Italy ALLLLL the way to Hawaii. I was lucky enough to have a set already on my Ezone 2020 prototype and after trying it I've decided to try all their strings. Now I'm just waiting for the String Project sets to come in. They have a box that has 2 of each string they sell and 1 of the multifilament. The sets are like around $15 or something but if you buy the box you get them for about $8 each! Great deal. Plus two overgrips and a dampener but I dont care about that.
Heres a pic of the Magic in the Ezone 98.

Even the cat approves!!!
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
They do! I'm pretty sure anyways, I just paid $15 for shipping from Italy ALLLLL the way to Hawaii. I was lucky enough to have a set already on my Ezone 2020 prototype and after trying it I've decided to try all their strings. Now I'm just waiting for the String Project sets to come in. They have a box that has 2 of each string they sell and 1 of the multifilament. The sets are like around $15 or something but if you buy the box you get them for about $8 each! Great deal. Plus two overgrips and a dampener but I dont care about that.
Heres a pic of the Magic in the Ezone 98.

The Finest Cat or Rat Gut?
 

tennishabit

Hall of Fame
U is very smart, intelligentsest perzon

if ppl listen to u, there eould be no golfer or tennis elbow
me no sin so...........lololololololol manohman, lmao m8. 'talk the talk walk the walk' n won't b dat simple m8. btw if no te/ge-ers, 1/2 the worldwide tennisers according to itf website/stat etcetc the factories/sellers of braces/straps etcetc gonna losing big m8. also physios gonna losing $$$ too. no one wants to destroy part of our eco-no-me m8, lmao:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D.....................
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
me no sin so...........lololololololol manohman, lmao m8. 'talk the talk walk the walk' n won't b dat simple m8. btw if no te/ge-ers, 1/2 the worldwide tennisers according to itf website/stat etcetc the factories/sellers of braces/straps etcetc gonna losing big m8. also physios gonna losing $$$ too. no one wants to destroy part of our eco-no-me m8, lmao:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D:-D.....................
m8 it wont destroy the econ-mi, it will revive it, toonis courts will be built everywhere, new tennis clubs, new racquet teech thhat actually makes a diffeerencee, more prize money in atp touurnaments due to influux of playersss, physios will quit to beecome profeessional tennis fitness trainerss
 

weelie

Semi-Pro
Having started playing in the 80s with nylon, I still think the polys (or my current Kevlar + Zyex) are magical. :)
 

WilPro

Rookie
:-D:-D:-D8-B
this means you are not hitting the ball at the right area....... so it isn't the string after all.... :X3: :-D:-D:-D
It was that way when I started playing the longer racquet and then it stayed that way. I needed a bit of time to adapt to longer frame. When asked in the first post I thought a while to realize why I did it in the first place.
Because at first I didn't remember why I did it. It was a long time ago. But I got used to it that way and kept it that way.

I think later when it was no longer needed I didn't remove the rubber band because I thought it will change the weight or the balance, so I continued using it.
And as long as it works fine, I'll continue using it. So, it's fine.
 
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WilPro

Rookie
@WilPro
-can you recall how many reels of LEAD you have gonne through so far ??
-I am on my second REEL of 1/4 and 1/2" lead tape, and will provably order a 3rd round this year
-I didn't know how addictive lead tape could be?!?!?!, I could not play without it anymore
-btw good job on the racquet ^^ looks good clean work on the head part, the handle part is a bit suspect for me, but it works for you,, (y)
I don't remember the exact number. But there were many. I usually buy from artist's shops because it is cheaper. They use it for stained glass art.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Do you play it until it breaks or do you cut it out earlier after the slick coating wears off? I'm interested to see if I can find a racquet where my 15L nylon would play great all the way until breakage - thinking of trying some experiments on this.
I'm usually replacing it before it snaps. Come to think of it, I'm probably replacing my beds of syn. gut or nylon before they snap in at least half of my players. I don't like them super tight - just enough to feel firm and snappy. Once that feel starts turning flimsy and tougher to control, that's when it's time for a fresh layout. Can't say how many hours I'm getting with the Forten or the other syn. guts though, just because I hopscotch around among a half dozen Volkls.

Half of that wanting to replace the Forten Nylon is probably an aesthetic thing. The yellow version of this string can get looking really cruddy after a while, but it probably plays a little nicer when it's on the fresh side. Strike that - it definitely plays better when it's fresh. For me at least, it's personality is firm enough to give me nice consistency, especially in a powerful frame like the C10, without feeling quite as rigid as a bed of Gosen OGSM 16.

Experimenting with the Forten Nylon ought to at least be easy on the wallet, right? (y)
 

Boubi

Rookie
I tried a lot of strings. Last one was the magic Luxilon Alu Power and Alu Power Spin.

My conclusion is, none of them is doing anything special. I think they are mostly the same. They are slightly different but not too much.

In my 510 gr. racquet they all feel pretty close. I can't tell much of a difference between them, other than maybe a bit of stiffness.

Most of the strings feel like hitting with a pillow. They all bite pretty well into the ball. So, I'd rather work on my strokes.

The list of strings I tried:

Pro's Pro Blackout
Kirschbaum Max Power Rough
Weiss Cannon Ultra Cable
Luxilon Alu Power
Luxilon Alu Power Spin
Babolat RPM Blast
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour
MSV Focus Hex
Babolat VS (natural gut) I used it in the mains with Kirschbaum Max Power Rough in the crosses
Wholesale Natural Gut also with Kirschbaum Max Power Rough in the crosses
Tourna Big Hitter Silver 7 Tour

And the only string I didn't like was Pro's Pro Hexaspin Twist. I gave the whole reel to a former trainer for free. I totally hated that string.

I used a full reel of Kirschbaum and have another new one and the same applies to MSV Focus Hex black 1.23
Still to try: volkl cyclone and Wilson revolve....
Maybe L-tec too
 

meowmix808

New User
Still to try: volkl cyclone and Wilson revolve....
Maybe L-tec too
I just tried both. I stuck with the same string for a LONG time so I just went through a crazy phase of testing as many strings as I could so I can find something new. I put the orange Revolve in my orange Blade 98 for fun to match the colors but that string was absurdly powerful. I thought it'd be a spin string because of the name but it was not at all anything close to that.
You can see the orange Revolve in my racket on the right. The Cyclone in the ProStaff in yellow.


In the last two months I've strung my rackets with
Luxi Banger Rough Luxi Fluoro Luxi Element
Yonex Strike Yonex SpinG (my favorites so far!)
Diadem Solstice Power (cut this out after <8hrs of play, was really expecting to like this string but this was the worst for me on this list along with the Revolve)
Babolat RPM Blast and Blast rough
Wilson Revolve
Solinco Hyper G Solinco Tour Bite
Head Hawk
Volkl Square Volkl Cyclone
String Project Magic

Just slapped a String Project Rocket in my Ezone 98 and a Babolat RPM Power in my Blade 98 and will be testing tomorrow

So far I've only loved the Strike, SpinG, Hyper G, Fluoro, and Blast. I like the rest of the strings, just dont love them. Could not stand the Solstice Power and Revolve for some reason. I feel like I'm not a fan of harsh shaped polys but the Hyper G was great.
 
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