Discussion in 'Strings' started by mongoose_tennispro, Jul 21, 2011.
list your top 3 polys and put your favorite at the top of the list!
I like Tecnifibre Red code.. havent tried others lately but imo in 18 gauge its nice and soft and lasts well anyhow.
Do you hybrid it or use it full bed? How is the tension maintenance?
If someone says Pro Line II in this thread, I'm going to do the following:
1. Walk out outside
2. Find a large brick wall
3. Headbutt the wall 50 times.
Dunlop Black Widow 17 and PH 18 are the softest, most comfortable polys that I can think of. Not that this question hasn't been asked already quite a few times.....
1- Polystar Energy 1.20
2- Babolat Pro Hurricane 18 (regular, not tour)
3- Signum Pro Hyperion 1.18
For best tension maintenance, reverse the list.
Pro Line II. Go ahead, most posters wouldn't mind you doing that...
These are the 3 softest I've tried as main strings with a multi cross:
1. Weiss Cannon Black 5 Edge 17 - My favorite poly by a mile.
2. Genesis Black Magic 17 - The softest poly of the 8 or so that I've tried. Too much power for me, perhaps a higher tension might have made me like this string better. Spin potential not as good as other polys.
3. Dunlop Black Widow - Super spinny but almost too much spin since all my shots seemed to land short.
Video please... :shock:
#2. PolyStar Energy 17
#3. Weiss CANNON Mosquito Bite 18
Have you tried WC Scorpion? I am curious if WC MB 18 is better as I would like to use it in a cross.
Pro Line II
MB is softer, but has less power and control. Scorpion also wins with spin. Serving though, MB can't lose.
And yet the fact that you know that someone will say this just in itself gives credence to their opinion.
Has no one said Silverstring?
1. WC silverstring. (soft for me, others have said otherwise)
2. Golden Set Snake Bite. Dang. Incredibly soft. So much touch as well.
3. Lux Alu Power Rough. Too soft for me. Broke after 4 hrs.
1. Polystar energy. There is no poly softer
2. Genesis Black Magic
3. ProLine II
Doesn't give any credance to it at all. It just means they have a limited experience of that string, or strings in general, or their experience is limited to a particular application, or they simply haven't playtested enough, or are simply parroting what another poster has posted.
If sheer numbers of opinion were conclusive then 17g Gosen Micro is stiff and boardy, and Blackcode is apparently the spinniest poly you can get.
Funny how everyone else has a different opinion from you regarding the Gosen. Must just be all of us that are mistaken.
In other words, if I may paraphrase, they're all wrong, and you're right. Got it.
A "soft poly" is a paradox. If you want soft strings, use a multi.
True but there are definitely some polys that are much softer than others.
Yup, that's correct. If they're saying PLII is among the three softest, most comfortable, most arm friendly polys out there - which is what this thread is supposed to be about - then they're very wrong.
I'm getting a feeling of deja vu...
Not in a million years could Gosen be described 17 stiff and boardy compared to the all the strings out there. Stiff and boardy to the multifilament crowd with their Big Bubbas but not stiff and boardy to anyone else.
Just started playing Black Venom at 55# in a BLX PO. Feels pretty darn good.
True, but even the softest poly will be stiffer than the average multi.
True, but how is this even remotely relevant?
My thoughts exactly: We're talking about polys here.
First two are correct. I'm not convinced with your #3 selection. There are plenty of polys softer than PL2.
My experience is:
1. Polystar Energy (no comparison)
2. Genesis BM
3. Babolat Pro Hurricane
4. Topspin Cyber Blue
I love Polystar Energy. It's an incredible string... for the first 3 hours, then it loses tension pretty quickly. But man, is it ever a GREAT string initially.
I was just kidding about the PLII to annoy the angry dude.
Volkl Cyclone 18 is really soft ... but nothing like Pro Line II
Because if you want a "soft" string, why even bother with poly at all? Poly is for people who want stiff strings.
1. Polystar energy 17/16L
2. Pro Supex Big Ace Revo 1.20
3. Dunlop explosive 17
List of strings sorted by stiffness. I know stiffness doesn't always mean softness, but I think that's a pretty good indicator for softness. Looks like pro hurricane 18 is softer than even most multis.
Topspin Cyber Blue
The softest two I could think that I have used.
(and I don't think that WC MB is either good, or that soft)
what about sppp? is that a soft poly compared to those that you guys have mentioned?
Which is why nobody takes those stiffness ratings seriously. :shock:
I dunno much about multi, tried a few times, always die really fast and lose spin so fast then move like crazy. I take cheap gut over multi anyday. they hold tension so much better. Hybriding gut with poly >> multi
Not exactly. People looking for "soft" poly are not looking for a "soft string" per se. They want the playability of poly without the full-out harshness of a Luxilon or Duralast string that play like brick walls. Soft polys are of course still stiff when compared to multi and especially gut, but still afford one a different breed of playability not to be found with multis, gut, syn gut, etc.
Plus, polys can be strung very low, into the 40 lbs ranges (and lower for some), and still be controllable with effortless spin, something that if done with multis would only create effortless rocket-launching.
1. Polystar Energy 1.20mm
2. Polystar Energy 1.20mm
3. Polystar Energy 1.20mm
So soft and "pockety," makes you wonder if it's even a poly at all.
Polyfibre TCS is very soft. I can't use polys, but I can use this one!
What tension on what stick?
Agree 100% that Polystar Energy is a great string. My first serve % has gone up since using this string. You can generate effortless power combined with great placement with it. Shame that after 2 matches it has los so much tension that the strings move all over the place.
For the player who doesn't mind frequent re-stringing it is far-and-away the best poly I have used.
Ah, taking things out of context, nice work. In that other thread we were comparing synthetic guts. I'm no longer part of the full multifilament crowd and don't use a Big Bubba so getting a little catty there. Must be that time of month, this too shall pass.
I used Polystar Energy 1.20mm on YT Extreme Pro at 45 and 50lbs. The feel and comfort to me are 2nd to none in polys. There is a lot of power and decent amount of spin. But in a powerful stick like mine, I need less power and/or more spin to get better control. BHBR at 47lbs gives me almost as good feel and less comfort but a lot more spin.
Agreed. Multis aren't just for older players, and they sure as hell aren't only for people with oversize rackets.
Even a top 20 pro uses full multi. (Simon, uses head intellitour).
Multis are a good choice for people with arm problems. And everyone can get arm problems just from normal wear and tear.
I agree with mikeler, compared to other synthetics, gosen ogsm is stiff and boardy.
Wow, I had no idea that Simon uses a multi. That Aus Open match against Fed was really good.
^^^ yea, Intellitour is a really unique multi-hybrid pack. One of my favorites, it is soft yet very low powered; great for flat hitters seeking comfort and control. But now we're getting off track.
I'll be trying Polystar Turbo this weekend, to compare to Energy to see how the softness, spin & power compare between the two. That string was kind of a pain to weave, but felt stretchy like Energy on the dropweight.
I cant use super soft poly strings but for me:
Volkl Cyclone 18
Genisis Black Magic 1.20 (too powerful for me)
WC Silverstring 1.20
Pro Line II
All you're doing is just misleading the noobs who read this thread.
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