What's the difference using poly on crosses?

dolphinsrus

Rookie
Hi,
I usually string my Babolat Aeropro Drive with Alu Power Rough on Mains and Babolat xcel on crosses both at 53 lbs. I was thinking about putting Alu Power rough on crosses and babolat xcel on mains. What effect should I experience? Am I going to get more feel, spin? or should I go back to my original setting? What tension do you guys recommend? Thanks.
 

v-verb

Hall of Fame
IMO more spin, less feel. Xcel on the crosses is softer than polys. Try Ashaway ZX monogut to give some poly-like slipperyness while still being comfortable. That's what I've found.

Good luck in the quest
 

ricardo

Hall of Fame
Hi,
I usually string my Babolat Aeropro Drive with Alu Power Rough on Mains and Babolat xcel on crosses both at 53 lbs. I was thinking about putting Alu Power rough on crosses and babolat xcel on mains. What effect should I experience? Am I going to get more feel, spin? or should I go back to my original setting? What tension do you guys recommend? Thanks.
You will get less spin.

Spin potential = grippy mains (high ball COF)/slippery crosses (low string COF).

Look this up:
http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/reporter2.php
 

v-verb

Hall of Fame
Apologies I think Ricardo may have this right. I misread your original post and thought you were just talking of a multi cross vs a poly cross - poly cross would have more spin if the mains were the same.

Anyhow apologies again and carry on;<)
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I'd expect a softer feel with poly in the crosses instead of poly mains and a multi cross, but I'd recommend using a smooth poly in the crosses if you go this route. A rough poly cross will likely tear up the multi mains even more quickly than a smooth cross.

I'm pretty sure that the upside of using a rough poly main, at least in theory, is to get a better grip or "bite" on the ball for more spin potential. Not so helpful to have one string biting into another though. That will just eat them up more quickly.
 
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