Tour Bite advice

JoshyS

Rookie
I’ve been playing with 1.25 Hyper G at 55lbs in my 2013 APDs for a while now and out of curiosity recently tried 1.25 Tour Bite at the same tension. I enjoyed the crisp feel and improved control but it had a little less pop and was harder on the arm. My question is, should I stick with the 1.25 Tour Bite and try 52lbs next time or give the 1.20 a go at 55lbs? Any help would be much appreciated.
 
For me, TB always plays better at lower tensions. It's low powered and firm enough that it doesn't get mushy feeling. In my DR98 I went from Hyper G 16L @ 54 to TB 16L at 52 to now playing TB 17 at 47. Loads of spin, better pop than tension in the 50s and easier on my arm. I used 16L bc I broke so much string in my previous racquets. Since the DR has 8 mains in the middle, I'm able to go thinner gauge and still get double digit court hours before I break it.
 
I am using Tour Bite 1.30 at 48/46 pounds for the center mains and crosses in an SW104, and wanted a bit higher launch angle. A stringer gave me a pack of Tour Bite 1.15 to try and suggested I go up 2-3 pounds to compensate. It worked, sort of. Moderate velocity shots, even when I put extreme spin on them, were great. I got the higher launch angle I wanted, and still had the typical Tour Bite control. However, the stringbed was just too springy when I tried to hit flat and really hard, and the ball control just wasn't there. It didn't feel like there wasn't enough tension - it was more like the thin gauge just didn't have enough material to firm up when really trying to hit the ball.

As a result, the string lost tension after just a few hours and I cut it out. You're not going to the thin gauge that I tried so it may work out better for you, but the 1.15 was just not linear in ball speed versus swing speed.
 
I’ve been playing with 1.25 Hyper G at 55lbs in my 2013 APDs for a while now and out of curiosity recently tried 1.25 Tour Bite at the same tension. I enjoyed the crisp feel and improved control but it had a little less pop and was harder on the arm. My question is, should I stick with the 1.25 Tour Bite and try 52lbs next time or give the 1.20 a go at 55lbs? Any help would be much appreciated.
I'll give my input on this since I've used those two strings pretty extensively.
Here's what it comes down to. Tour bite in that 1.20 gauge may feel softer but if you are used to the 1.25 thickness then you might notice the effects of a thinner string more than you think. Those effects being less durability and possibly less tension maintenance. Now, the other problem is even if you lower the tension on the 1.25 gauge tour bite, the natural stiffness of that string doesn't go away. Yes, reducing the tension can help the stringbed feel less "stuck" and therefore feel better overall but the string's composition does not change and so I think that tour bite in the 1.25 gauge will feel stiffer than 1.25 hyper G every time without fail, given the same tension.

So to help you with as good an answer I can give, I'll say this: reducing the tension on the 1.25 gauge Tour Bite can fix SOME of the problems you were describing (high stiffness/vibration and low power) but I don't think it will COMPLETELY fix those aspects of the stringbed. I mean sh*t, if someone told me they felt they were lacking power and didn't like the stiffness, I'd say run far away from Tour bite, especially in the 1.25 gauge. So your options are you can try both the reduced tension and 1.2 gauge tour bite or stick with hyper g.

If I may, if you're really chasing after a softer shaped poly with good control and power, I'd look into trying Signum Pro X-perience. I just ordered a set of 17g for myself because from what I've heard, it's like hyper g but has more comfort and easier power.
 

dr. godmode

Semi-Pro
I am using Tour Bite 1.30 at 48/46 pounds for the center mains and crosses in an SW104, and wanted a bit higher launch angle. A stringer gave me a pack of Tour Bite 1.15 to try and suggested I go up 2-3 pounds to compensate. It worked, sort of. Moderate velocity shots, even when I put extreme spin on them, were great. I got the higher launch angle I wanted, and still had the typical Tour Bite control. However, the stringbed was just too springy when I tried to hit flat and really hard, and the ball control just wasn't there. It didn't feel like there wasn't enough tension - it was more like the thin gauge just didn't have enough material to firm up when really trying to hit the ball.

As a result, the string lost tension after just a few hours and I cut it out. You're not going to the thin gauge that I tried so it may work out better for you, but the 1.15 was just not linear in ball speed versus swing speed.
Centre mains and crosses? Are you using the Lendl stringing technique?
 

JoshyS

Rookie
Thanks for the help. To clarify, it’s not necessarily that I’m lacking power, it’s just that I don’t get quite as much pop at the same tension as with hyper g. And I don’t necessarily want a soft(er) string; I enjoy the extra stiffness, it’s just a little too much.

I’ll probably give 1.25 tour bite a go at 52 as well as try the 1.20. But I think I’ll also give kirschbaum max power rough a go as i hear it’s crisp but not as harsh as tour bite. And maybe cyclone too.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I’ve been playing with 1.25 Hyper G at 55lbs in my 2013 APDs for a while now and out of curiosity recently tried 1.25 Tour Bite at the same tension. I enjoyed the crisp feel and improved control but it had a little less pop and was harder on the arm. My question is, should I stick with the 1.25 Tour Bite and try 52lbs next time or give the 1.20 a go at 55lbs? Any help would be much appreciated.
1.20 tourbite is great and is easier on the arm. 52 lbs
 
Centre mains and crosses? Are you using the Lendl stringing technique?
No, I'm too lazy and break strings too frequently to spend that much effort. I just decrease tension as I move outwards. My racquet is 18X19 and I string one piece. 8 center mains are 48 pounds, the next two are 44 pounds, then 40 for the two after that, and 36 for the outer mains.

For the crosses, from bottom to top are 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 46, 46, 46, 46, 46, 45, 43, 41, 38, 35, 32, 32.

In competitive play, I probably mis-hit every third ball or so to some degree, and this pattern gives me a much better chance of getting the ball back in the court near where I'm aiming, especially if I catch a ball high near the tip of the strings, along with softening the impact shock. I never really looked into the various proportional stringing systems to see how I should alter tension. Thus is just something I tried on my own about 10 years ago and found that it made a positive difference so I've been doing it this way since.
 
Thanks for the help. To clarify, it’s not necessarily that I’m lacking power, it’s just that I don’t get quite as much pop at the same tension as with hyper g. And I don’t necessarily want a soft(er) string; I enjoy the extra stiffness, it’s just a little too much.

I’ll probably give 1.25 tour bite a go at 52 as well as try the 1.20. But I think I’ll also give kirschbaum max power rough a go as i hear it’s crisp but not as harsh as tour bite. And maybe cyclone too.
Sounds like you might enjoy a stringjob with varying tension like I described in my previous post. It lets me use a full bed of 1.30 thickness stiff poly in a dense pattern in a relatively stiff racquet without killing my 57 year old arm. The overall stringbed will be softer and a bit more powerful but you will still have a crisp and solid response right on the sweetspot.
 
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