Trying full bed poly after poly/multi hybrid

Hi all!

I have been using a poly/multi hybrid for the past year or two, usually in the form of Luxilon Power ALU 16L Lime and Head Velocity 16G Black at 53lbs and 56lbs in a 2015 Blade 98 18x20.

I love this combo because I can take bigger cuts at the ball while maintaining control, generate solid spin, and feel the ball well on my racquet. I have also tried Kirschbaum Super Smash in the mains and liked those as a cheaper alternative to Luxilon Power ALU.

I have a pack of Volkl Cyclone 17G in Orange and I want to try those out, but knowing those are shaped polys, I don't want to pop those into a hybrid just to saw through the crosses. I also want to try out a full bed of Cyclone as I wouldn't mind a little bit more spin. My big concern would be losing out on some of the comfort that the Velocity provides, but my understanding is that Volkl Cyclone isn't as firm as other polys such as Power ALU.

So my question is: If I try out a full bed of Volkl Cyclone, how would you recommend I adjust my tension to retain some sort of comfort switching from hybrid to polys?

I was thinking about keeping my main at 53 lbs, but then dropping the cross tension to 49 or 50 lbs to keep a little softness in the string bed. Tell me if I am crazy.

(I also string my own racquets so messing around with tensions is not an issue)

Thanks!
 

eah123

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With a full bed of poly using the same string, you shouldn't reduce the tension in crosses as the static tension is already lower than the tension on the stringing machine due to friction from the mains while stringing. To maintain comfort when going from hybrid to full poly, I suggest going down on the mains tension by 5# and using that tension also in the crosses.

Generally, I'm a fan of using the lowest tension possible in the 40s that allows you to maintain good control. When you start going below 40#, it starts to affect the duration of string playability in my experience.
 
Hi all!

I have been using a poly/multi hybrid for the past year or two, usually in the form of Luxilon Power ALU 16L Lime and Head Velocity 16G Black at 53lbs and 56lbs in a 2015 Blade 98 18x20.

I love this combo because I can take bigger cuts at the ball while maintaining control, generate solid spin, and feel the ball well on my racquet. I have also tried Kirschbaum Super Smash in the mains and liked those as a cheaper alternative to Luxilon Power ALU.

I have a pack of Volkl Cyclone 17G in Orange and I want to try those out, but knowing those are shaped polys, I don't want to pop those into a hybrid just to saw through the crosses. I also want to try out a full bed of Cyclone as I wouldn't mind a little bit more spin. My big concern would be losing out on some of the comfort that the Velocity provides, but my understanding is that Volkl Cyclone isn't as firm as other polys such as Power ALU.

So my question is: If I try out a full bed of Volkl Cyclone, how would you recommend I adjust my tension to retain some sort of comfort switching from hybrid to polys?

I was thinking about keeping my main at 53 lbs, but then dropping the cross tension to 49 or 50 lbs to keep a little softness in the string bed. Tell me if I am crazy.

(I also string my own racquets so messing around with tensions is not an issue)

Thanks!
I have few players that use Cyclone main in Blade. But the cross string I provide them is Gosen OG Ship Micro 17G black (53lb). Great string to offer some power to poly main (55-56lb).
 
With a full bed of poly using the same string, you shouldn't reduce the tension in crosses as the static tension is already lower than the tension on the stringing machine due to friction from the mains while stringing. To maintain comfort when going from hybrid to full poly, I suggest going down on the mains tension by 5# and using that tension also in the crosses.

Generally, I'm a fan of using the lowest tension possible in the 40s that allows you to maintain good control. When you start going below 40#, it starts to affect the duration of string playability in my experience.
Interesting.

Static tension isn't really that important as far as I am aware though. Isn't dynamic tension the more accurate measure for how stiff the string bed "feels"? I feel like dropping 5lbs across the board is a pretty significant measure.
 
I have few players that use Cyclone main in Blade. But the cross string I provide them is Gosen OG Ship Micro 17G black (53lb). Great string to offer some power to poly main (55-56lb).
I do have a set of GOSM Super in 17G White I believe... I just don't want to eat through the crosses. That is why I am looking to try out full bed Cyclone.
 
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