Volkl Power Bridge 7 - String Suggestions

lstewart

Semi-Pro
My 15 year old son plays the Volkl PB 7. I have been playing the Becker London, and string my son's PB 7's with the same set up I use. This is Volkl V-pro poly in the mains, and a multi in the crosses. I've tried my son's PB 7's a few times, but they felt a little more harsh than the London, and I've got elbow issues. Had an extra 7 unstrung and decided to try something different. Strung it with a full bed of multi (Gamma TNT Tour) very tight (68). Hit a little with it last night, and it felt pretty good. Seemed to be getting good spin, even with the multi. Anyone using the 7 have any recommendations of what string you are using? I thought it was too harsh to consider using with poly mains, and assumed all multi would not offer enough spin and control. Might still get that with a tight bed though. Insterested in what others may have found. Seems like a good racket for dubs, so would like to give it an extended try.
 
My 15 year old son plays the Volkl PB 7. I have been playing the Becker London, and string my son's PB 7's with the same set up I use. This is Volkl V-pro poly in the mains, and a multi in the crosses. I've tried my son's PB 7's a few times, but they felt a little more harsh than the London, and I've got elbow issues. Had an extra 7 unstrung and decided to try something different. Strung it with a full bed of multi (Gamma TNT Tour) very tight (68). Hit a little with it last night, and it felt pretty good. Seemed to be getting good spin, even with the multi. Anyone using the 7 have any recommendations of what string you are using? I thought it was too harsh to consider using with poly mains, and assumed all multi would not offer enough spin and control. Might still get that with a tight bed though. Insterested in what others may have found. Seems like a good racket for dubs, so would like to give it an extended try.
You're right on. I've never tried TNT Tour, but my PB 7 has Gripper in it strung at 63M/60C, WITH the dampener. I do not play with a dampener, but this frame was designed to play with one, and certainly, plays MUCH better with it. If a young player was to use this frame, they could get a lot out of it with all poly or a hybrid, which is what makes the frame so good and so versatile. However, for older, slower players, especially for those who play dubs, gut and multi is the only way to go. How tight you string would really be more of a function as to how much you half-volley, volley, and manipulate your wrist. the more you do so, the lower the tension you should use.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Thanks Mav, good info. I've got some Gripper, so I'll try it next time. The poly hybrid does work well for my son, but just did not feel as comfortable as it does in the London. I figured 68 lbs would provide control with any multi, just by toning down the power. I only used it last night for cardio tennis, which was more doubles oriented and using very old balls. Will check it out tonight in a singles type workout. I was impressed with the spin I was generating though. I've always got to find a frame, string, and tension balance for control for hitting hard forehands, but still have some touch for slice, volleys, etc. I've been feeling like it takes at least a poly main set-up for good spin, but this frame seems to not need it.
 
Thanks Mav, good info. I've got some Gripper, so I'll try it next time. The poly hybrid does work well for my son, but just did not feel as comfortable as it does in the London. I figured 68 lbs would provide control with any multi, just by toning down the power. I only used it last night for cardio tennis, which was more doubles oriented and using very old balls. Will check it out tonight in a singles type workout. I was impressed with the spin I was generating though. I've always got to find a frame, string, and tension balance for control for hitting hard forehands, but still have some touch for slice, volleys, etc. I've been feeling like it takes at least a poly main set-up for good spin, but this frame seems to not need it.
The PB 7 and its predecessor, the Tour 7, are unique frames. IMPO, it's because of the head shape--the strong shoulders--which allows you to drive the ball, even with the larger head size, which provides for all of the attributes of a larger head which you would expect.

Two things:

1- If you are using a CP machine, drop tension on the crosses. If you are using a crank, don't.
2- If you are using a CP machine, 68lbs maybe a tad high in a 23mm beam. If you are using a crank, you maybe OK.
 

lstewart

Semi-Pro
Yeah, 68 is a little high, but the TNT Tour string is one of those multi's that has alot of stretch and pop. so I was trying to limit excess power. I'm going to try another string that is a little less powerful, but back off on the tension some. I'll experiment and find what works. This is the time of year to try something different.
 
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