What Strings Should I Try Next?

#1
I need to place an order for some more overgrips, so I think I'm going to add some string to my order. What do you recommend? I've tried a lot and open to a variety, but I generally tend towards strings on the control side. Looking for good poly strings I can buy from Tennis Warehouse, especially from less popular brands (no RPM, Luxilon, etc). Give me the one-line pitch/description on the string if you can. They might be used full bed or in a gut/poly hybrid. Two that come to mind that I'll be getting are Isospeed Cream and Tecnifibre Pro Red Code Wax. I've tried a lot, just wondering what the rest of y'all think would be good to try if I haven't given them a try already.
 
#3
I need to place an order for some more overgrips, so I think I'm going to add some string to my order. What do you recommend? I've tried a lot and open to a variety, but I generally tend towards strings on the control side. Looking for good poly strings I can buy from Tennis Warehouse, especially from less popular brands (no RPM, Luxilon, etc). Give me the one-line pitch/description on the string if you can. They might be used full bed or in a gut/poly hybrid. Two that come to mind that I'll be getting are Isospeed Cream and Tecnifibre Pro Red Code Wax. I've tried a lot, just wondering what the rest of y'all think would be good to try if I haven't given them a try already.
Seems you would start with stiffness preference ... big copoly range ... Cream 170ish ... rpm 230ish ... 4G piano wireish.
 
#4
Consider some Kirschbaum. I like spiky shark and super smash. Two completely different polys. Spiky shark is spin friendly while super smash is very control oriented point and shoot. You could also go with volkl cyclone or v-torque, both spin friendly. I've also enjoyed Ytex. I prefer squareX but quattrotwist and their round poly are good as well.
 
#5
Seems you would start with stiffness preference ... big copoly range ... Cream 170ish ... rpm 230ish ... 4G piano wireish.
I'm not necessarily looking for anything specific. I don't compete seriously much anymore, so I'm not looking for my perfect fit, just looking for some interesting stuff to try that I haven't had the pleasure of trying yet.
 
#6
There's also Solinco but that may be too big name for you. I do a lot of work with and for them. I enjoy their square strings, outlast is ok for a round poly, barbwire should be avoided, and revolution is good while it lasts, but tension goes super quick.
 
#7
If looking for softer side of things, I'd suggest Isospeed Cream and Gosen G-Tour

If looking for something more control and don't mind textured, Weiss Cannon Red Ghost or Solinco Revolution

Would be curious to hear what you decide and how it plays for you
 
#8
How often are you willing to restring? If I am playing, I restring after a single use. If just practicing, I will restring after 2 or 3 uses.
 
#9
I've been thinking about trying Solinco Revolution. I've tried Tour Bite and Hyper-G, but not Revolution.

I'll restring whenever I feel like. I have access to a Star 5 stringing machine whenever I want at work, so that's not an issue. I don't mind restringing after 5 hours or less if I feel like it. Only time I try not to restring quickly is when I put gut in the mains, which I only do occasionally because of the price.
 
#10
I'm not necessarily looking for anything specific. I don't compete seriously much anymore, so I'm not looking for my perfect fit, just looking for some interesting stuff to try that I haven't had the pleasure of trying yet.
I'm just saying the person that likes Cream (me) probably will hate 4G (me). Everyone's "interesting" isn't the same ... but I think Cream and HDX Tour are examples of new breeds of multi/poly hybrids in one string.
 
#11
I'm just saying the person that likes Cream (me) probably will hate 4G (me). Everyone's "interesting" isn't the same ... but I think Cream and HDX Tour are examples of new breeds of multi/poly hybrids in one string.
I probably have asked you before, but which gauge of cream do you use @ByeByePoly ? I have 1.23m in my racket, and I think the spin, tension maintenance, and softness are great but it's a bit lively for me. Perhaps I should string it higher than my usual 46lbs as it seems to be a rare poly with some power. I'm wonder if the 1.28 is the same.
 
#12
I'm just saying the person that likes Cream (me) probably will hate 4G (me). Everyone's "interesting" isn't the same ... but I think Cream and HDX Tour are examples of new breeds of multi/poly hybrids in one string.
Even if what I try isn't my cup of tea, I'm okay with that. I'm fine just trying things to see what they feel like so I can better recommend strings to others and expanding my knowledge. I've enjoyed a full bed of 4G in the past, but I've also enjoyed a full bed of a softer string like a Ytex Square X or Protour. I've enjoyed harshly shaped strings like Diadem Elite XT and round strings. I'm not looking for my new favorite string. Volkl Cyclone is one of my favorites, Genesis True Grit I really enjoyed, I have Yonex Poly Tour Fire in a racquet right now that I'm enjoying, I have a couple racquets with a poly/multi hybrid that are decent, I've tried gut/poly hybrids that I've liked. I'll try anything. Some setups I like playing with, some I like teaching with, some I like rallying with, some I only like if I'm playing serious competition where I'm swinging full out all the time (full bed 4g). Sometimes I just don't like something and I'll cut it out after 2-3 hours of play. I'll try just about anything.
 
#14
I probably have asked you before, but which gauge of cream do you use @ByeByePoly ? I have 1.23m in my racket, and I think the spin, tension maintenance, and softness are great but it's a bit lively for me. Perhaps I should string it higher than my usual 46lbs as it seems to be a rare poly with some power. I'm wonder if the 1.28 is the same.
I have only played with 1.28 (not currently). I played fb @50 ... about perfect for me. Played tonic/cream @55/50 ... also about right. I found fb Cream to have a brief "very lively" 30ish minutes, then more control.
 
#15
I really like Volkl Cyclone. Has a bit more feel than I found with red code wax (the one set I tried broke after maybe 20 minutes; probably just a fluke), hyper g, or tour bite. It does seem to transmit a bit more vibration to the handle which I actually like. I don't like the muted feeling of a lot of strings/rackets where you hit the ball and really have no idea what kind of shot you hit.
I wouldn't call it uncomfortable, but it's definitely not the best in that regard.

I would also say cyclone plays like **** towards the end of its life so I started using the 18g so it breaks pretty much right as it starts playing crappy. Switching to the 18g also upped the comfort, spin, and power with really no downside except durability. Even if you've tried cyclone in 16g the 18g is a surprising upgrade imo.
 
#17
I have only played with 1.28 (not currently). I played fb @50 ... about perfect for me. Played tonic/cream @55/50 ... also about right. I found fb Cream to have a brief "very lively" 30ish minutes, then more control.
Thanks. I might give that a try before committing to Yonex Poly Tour Strike. So close to ending my string search journey haha.
 
#18
Even if what I try isn't my cup of tea, I'm okay with that. I'm fine just trying things to see what they feel like so I can better recommend strings to others and expanding my knowledge. I've enjoyed a full bed of 4G in the past, but I've also enjoyed a full bed of a softer string like a Ytex Square X or Protour. I've enjoyed harshly shaped strings like Diadem Elite XT and round strings. I'm not looking for my new favorite string. Volkl Cyclone is one of my favorites, Genesis True Grit I really enjoyed, I have Yonex Poly Tour Fire in a racquet right now that I'm enjoying, I have a couple racquets with a poly/multi hybrid that are decent, I've tried gut/poly hybrids that I've liked. I'll try anything. Some setups I like playing with, some I like teaching with, some I like rallying with, some I only like if I'm playing serious competition where I'm swinging full out all the time (full bed 4g). Sometimes I just don't like something and I'll cut it out after 2-3 hours of play. I'll try just about anything.
Oh ... got it ... you are just adding to that string database in your head. :cool:
 
#21
Even if what I try isn't my cup of tea, I'm okay with that. I'm fine just trying things to see what they feel like so I can better recommend strings to others and expanding my knowledge. I've enjoyed a full bed of 4G in the past, but I've also enjoyed a full bed of a softer string like a Ytex Square X or Protour. I've enjoyed harshly shaped strings like Diadem Elite XT and round strings. I'm not looking for my new favorite string. Volkl Cyclone is one of my favorites, Genesis True Grit I really enjoyed, I have Yonex Poly Tour Fire in a racquet right now that I'm enjoying, I have a couple racquets with a poly/multi hybrid that are decent, I've tried gut/poly hybrids that I've liked. I'll try anything. Some setups I like playing with, some I like teaching with, some I like rallying with, some I only like if I'm playing serious competition where I'm swinging full out all the time (full bed 4g). Sometimes I just don't like something and I'll cut it out after 2-3 hours of play. I'll try just about anything.
I’m about to put cyclone tour mains with cream crosses in my PS97. I’m finding a groove with groundies with a full bed of CT but would like a bit more feel on drop volleys and slices so hopefully this hybrid might helpI’ve also got a set of yellow jacket to put in my RF97 next.


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#22
I've already tried cyclone, a couple Ytex strings, RS Lyon, and Kirschbaum spiky shark that were mentioned, I've decided to go with 2 sets of cream (one to try full bed, one to try in a gut/poly hybrid), red code wax for for the hybrid, MSV co-focus (wasn't mentioned but I've heard good things and liked focus hex and I stumbled upon it while browsing), Revolution, V-Torque, and Red Ghost. Most of this stuff will probably be going into my weighted up Duel G 97 330, except the gut/poly hybrids might make it into my 93P. Most will be going full bed poly, probably at my (recently) usual 48 pounds. If anybody wants a mini-review they can let me know, otherwise, thanks for the suggestions!
I’m about to put cyclone tour mains with cream crosses in my PS97.
I might try that too, that sounds like a good combination! I'm a big fan of shaped/round poly/poly hybrids. I've done that with some Diadem Solstice mains or some Tier 1 Firewire mains and they've worked very well. I think I have two sets of Cyclone lying around, so I'll use one of them to hybrid with the Cream in either my Duel G or RF97 to see how that goes. Yellow Jacket was a fairly solid string, definitely worth a try, but I don't think I'll be going back to it.
 
#23
I've already tried cyclone, a couple Ytex strings, RS Lyon, and Kirschbaum spiky shark that were mentioned, I've decided to go with 2 sets of cream (one to try full bed, one to try in a gut/poly hybrid), red code wax for for the hybrid, MSV co-focus (wasn't mentioned but I've heard good things and liked focus hex and I stumbled upon it while browsing), Revolution, V-Torque, and Red Ghost. Most of this stuff will probably be going into my weighted up Duel G 97 330, except the gut/poly hybrids might make it into my 93P. Most will be going full bed poly, probably at my (recently) usual 48 pounds. If anybody wants a mini-review they can let me know, otherwise, thanks for the suggestions!

I might try that too, that sounds like a good combination! I'm a big fan of shaped/round poly/poly hybrids. I've done that with some Diadem Solstice mains or some Tier 1 Firewire mains and they've worked very well. I think I have two sets of Cyclone lying around, so I'll use one of them to hybrid with the Cream in either my Duel G or RF97 to see how that goes. Yellow Jacket was a fairly solid string, definitely worth a try, but I don't think I'll be going back to it.
My guess is cream will not hold up with a shaped main. Cream is not full copoly, and even @6 hours in fb Cream got what I would call a micro fray (think cream hairs). That said ... gut is harder on crosses than you would think, and Cream was fine for me tonic/cream.
 
#24
I need to place an order for some more overgrips, so I think I'm going to add some string to my order. What do you recommend? I've tried a lot and open to a variety, but I generally tend towards strings on the control side. Looking for good poly strings I can buy from Tennis Warehouse, especially from less popular brands (no RPM, Luxilon, etc). Give me the one-line pitch/description on the string if you can. They might be used full bed or in a gut/poly hybrid. Two that come to mind that I'll be getting are Isospeed Cream and Tecnifibre Pro Red Code Wax. I've tried a lot, just wondering what the rest of y'all think would be good to try if I haven't given them a try already.
Three that come to mind are

1.Weiss cannon Mosquitobite- aptly named it is on the stiffer side but not really stiff. If you get control from spin and bite, its awesome. Gut/mosquitobite is fantastic
2.Ashaway monogut (not zx) -cheap $5 and good budget string also sold in a hybrid pack with monogut zx
3. Kirsch Max Power- stiffer and well behaved. Prestretched from the factory but has a way to go

Also agree with the spikey shark rec.
 
#25
Three that come to mind are

1.Weiss cannon Mosquitobite- aptly named it is on the stiffer side but not really stiff. If you get control from spin and bite, its awesome. Gut/mosquitobite is fantastic
2.Ashaway monogut (not zx) -cheap $5 and good budget string also sold in a hybrid pack with monogut zx
3. Kirsch Max Power- stiffer and well behaved. Prestretched from the factory but has a way to go

Also agree with the spikey shark rec.
What color of Mosquito Bite are you partial toward? I mostly used red, but I've tried the other 3 as well. Not a fan of Blue. Have you tried white? What was the config and how did it play?
 
#26
What color of Mosquito Bite are you partial toward? I mostly used red, but I've tried the other 3 as well. Not a fan of Blue. Have you tried white? What was the config and how did it play?
Red mostly and black. Never white or blue.

Mb with kevlar and VS gut.

I try not to worry about the colors which probably do play differently but its not a huge deal. Maybe at my tensions it matters less
 
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