What tension for full Zyex for a spinmeister?

#1
So I've been a full bed copoly user for a decade who now has manageable but constant tennis elbow and can't use it anymore. When I used full bed copoly, I had an APD; now I'm using the Prince Tour 16 x18 (which I like a lot) and have been using X-1 Biphase around 53. Besides the price, the biphase plays pretty well and has some spin potential, but I'm experimenting with Ashaway Monogut Zyex to see what performance enhancements it offers...

I started out at 54, which was nice--I've heard not to treat it quite like a copoly/poly AFA those ideal lower tensions-- then tried 50, which was a bit too much power to tame.

What tension should be used to maximize topspin with a Prince Tour 16 x 18 for a 4.5+ who basically rips big fhs and slices bh? (I'm thinking 53 or 54; I really don't wanna go higher than 55 with my fragile elbow. Also seriously considering adding about 5 grams at 12:00 to increase topspin with minimal weight gain...it's a head light stick, so I should be okay with 5 grams AFA maintain an arm friendly balance pt.

I'd appreciate any solid input (although this string is not all that prolifically used).
 
#2
I am a huge fan of a full bed of this stuff. It's incredible string, hard to categorize.

I have found that dropping 2-3 lbs less than what I would use a full bed of synthetic gut is my sweet spot.
 
#3
So I've been a full bed copoly user for a decade who now has manageable but constant tennis elbow and can't use it anymore. When I used full bed copoly, I had an APD; now I'm using the Prince Tour 16 x18 (which I like a lot) and have been using X-1 Biphase around 53. Besides the price, the biphase plays pretty well and has some spin potential, but I'm experimenting with Ashaway Monogut Zyex to see what performance enhancements it offers...

I started out at 54, which was nice--I've heard not to treat it quite like a copoly/poly AFA those ideal lower tensions-- then tried 50, which was a bit too much power to tame.

What tension should be used to maximize topspin with a Prince Tour 16 x 18 for a 4.5+ who basically rips big fhs and slices bh? (I'm thinking 53 or 54; I really don't wanna go higher than 55 with my fragile elbow. Also seriously considering adding about 5 grams at 12:00 to increase topspin with minimal weight gain...it's a head light stick, so I should be okay with 5 grams AFA maintain an arm friendly balance pt.

I'd appreciate any solid input (although this string is not all that prolifically used).
Take this with a grain of salt because I have never done a full bed of zx just zx crosses.

I would try 60/50. I know you had a 55lb limit but 60/50 should play softer than 55/55 and help with your spin fhs and slices
 
#7
Zyex has a hard dent-resistant glassy surface (unlike poly, which tends to dent), and also has low modulus, stretchier than nylon. No other string has both of these nice properties. In my opinion, zyex in full bed is not the best use, because its hard surface will wear against itself. I think you are better off either using zyex as a main with a softer-surfaced nylon cross (so that the mains last long), or using zyex as a cross with a durable kevlar main.
 
#8
I have done several full beds of ZXP but have since reverted to Kev/ZXP.

First, I find that the black ZXP is superior to tan/natural ZXP. Not only does it break less frequently during stringing IME, it also seems to play a bit more like ZXP should (elastic), if that makes any sense. Second, I have generally found ~53-55 lbs works well for full bed ZXP as long as you have good control of your racket angle under a variety of pressured shots. If the racket face is too open at contact, there is a trampoline effect. But if you can control it, I found great spin and comfort at this tension.

Now, the weird part. I absolutely LOVED how ZXP black at 53 lbs played in my Volkl VS8-315. Great power (especially helpful on serve returns), fantastic spin, and the comfort of syn gut. Not the best touch (and definitely needed a dampener for the annoying sound) but you can't have it all. I got around 15 hours out of it before the ZXP sawed through itself. I was converted. But then I strung this combo up a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time. Not only did I have quite a bit of issues with mains breaking during the stringing process, more importantly, I could never replicate the performance of the first time I used full bed ZXP.

So, I have since gone back to Kev 75 lbs / ZXP 45 lbs and, outside of reduced touch vs. syn gut or gut, have no complaints. I get ~20 hours of out of each setup, consistent performance with good spin, great comfort, etc.

PS - I always prestretch ZXP to a 10-12% greater length (e.g. I get 24-28" stretch from a 20' run).
 
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