When to settle down?

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
Hey string community.
COVID lockdowns got me back to seriously playing tennis and improving after many years of just casually hitting with any old equipment.

for the last year I did the racquetholic dance and spent a couple grand buying and reselling (at a huge loss) racquets. The good news is I found a couple racquets I absolutely love.
1. RF97
2. prestige pro 360+

however it’s still really tough for me to say what strings I “love” and was wondering if I’m asking for too much.

My question is basically who values consistently playing with the same setup more than looking for the next best string? I’ve tried many of the popular ones and they’re all pretty good, I could do this dance for the next 5 years and not try everything.

Has anyone noticed an increase in their performance once they just bought a reel and stuck with it for month after month?

Or, as long as it’s quality string do you find you’re playing just as good (albeit in different ways) regardless of how much you switch?

I do play competitively and winning matters just as much as having fun to me.

Hyper G, Confidential, Lynx Tour, RPM Blast, etc they all do the trick for me but they all play slightly different, they all have differences in their linearity as they go through their lifespans.

please share your experiences of monogamy versus living that player lifestyle with one night stand after one night stand
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
If you aren’t an advanced tournament level player who is constantly playing tournaments and playing in new conditions, don’t worry too much about switching strings. I think for what you do I wouldn’t worry too much about trying new strings, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your play. If you do play constantly and travel a lot, I would recommend settling down with a consistent string setup you enjoy and plays the way you want it to.
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
A couple grand choosing a racquet? Good lord think you’re focusing on the wrong things.
I spent over a 100 grand on my car. I must have really screwed that up as well.

but I easily have bought 10 racquets in the past 12 months. Figure $200 a pop, yeah, I spent a couple grand before selling them on these forums.
 

Permitlady

Rookie
Play with the RPM blast, restring every 8 sessions, and blast off your elbow. You will win. You will find it what matters most to you.
 

Bhagi Katbamna

Hall of Fame
If you are looking for polys, I would recommend Kirschbaum strings(esp max power and the sharks). Their strings are pre-stretched so you don't lose playability. I have my son's flexpoint prestiges strung with yellow shark and they play great. Oh and they were strung during his senior year of high school-------in spring of 2014 and have not been restrung. They still play great, are still lively, and don't cause me any pain.
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
If you are looking for polys, I would recommend Kirschbaum strings(esp max power and the sharks). Their strings are pre-stretched so you don't lose playability. I have my son's flexpoint prestiges strung with yellow shark and they play great. Oh and they were strung during his senior year of high school-------in spring of 2014 and have not been restrung. They still play great, are still lively, and don't cause me any pain.
I’ve heard great things about KB and I’d like to give them more of a try. I can’t believe that the big brand name strings are 4x better at 4x the price. I already own some evolution 17 gauge. I’ll try that in my racquet next.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I’ve heard great things about KB and I’d like to give them more of a try. I can’t believe that the big brand name strings are 4x better at 4x the price. I already own some evolution 17 gauge. I’ll try that in my racquet next.
Evolution is pretty nice along with Pro Line 2. Their strings definitely have good longevity.
 

PKorda

Semi-Pro
I’ve heard great things about KB and I’d like to give them more of a try. I can’t believe that the big brand name strings are 4x better at 4x the price. I already own some evolution 17 gauge. I’ll try that in my racquet next.
And the money you save on strings you can put towards your next car which I'm guessing you'll be buying within the year.
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
And the money you save on strings you can put towards your next car which I'm guessing you'll be buying within the year.
Happy to see you’re still jumping into this thread to put me down. Anything you want to share about string consistency, highly appreciated!
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
I play with the same string and tension once I find a combo I like. I played with VS gut at 57 or 58 lbs for many years when I was playing with a Pure Strike Tour G1. Every time I tried poly or gut/poly hybrids, the comfort wasn’t there probably because I was stringing those around 55 lbs which is too high.

About two years ago, I switched to the Pure Strike Tour G3 and since it is more comfortable than the G1, I started experimenting with polys and gut/poly hybrids for a few months while stringing below 50 lbs. Tried RPM Blast, ALU Power, Cyclone, Cyclone Tour, Tour Bite, Tour Bite Soft and HyperG fullbed and in hybrids during drills/lessons before deciding that I like a VS/HyperG hybrid the best at 48/44 lbs which is what I used for all my matches for six months. Solinco introduced HyperG Soft last summer which I found even more comfortable than HyperG and I’ve been playing with VS/HG Soft hybrid at 47/44 lbs for almost a year now. It is a great combo of comfort, control and spin for almost 20 hours for me, but I play singles with it only during the first 10 hours when the feel is best.

Once I like the results on court with a racquet/string combo, I can tweak it to what I like by changing the tension. So, I am not one of the people who is always searching for the next racquet or string once I find a combination I like. I would rather spend my money continuing to take weekly lessons with a coach.
 
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PKorda

Semi-Pro
Happy to see you’re still jumping into this thread to put me down. Anything you want to share about string consistency, highly appreciated!
Not putting you down, it's your money, just find it amusing. You're not gonna find the perfect string. My recommendation would be to try a handful, which it seems you've already done and play with the one you like the best. Visit this forum for new ideas from time to time if you feel like you need to change.
 

FIRETennis

Professional
I spent over a 100 grand on my car. I must have really screwed that up as well.

but I easily have bought 10 racquets in the past 12 months. Figure $200 a pop, yeah, I spent a couple grand before selling them on these forums.
Try the Rolls Royce of strings:
Babolat VS or Wilson 16/1.30 natural gut mains & Luxilon 4G Soft 1.25 crosses.
 

antony

Professional
I spent over a 100 grand on my car. I must have really screwed that up as well.

but I easily have bought 10 racquets in the past 12 months. Figure $200 a pop, yeah, I spent a couple grand before selling them on these forums.
Hehe I can relate. Are you buying new instead of used racquets from the classifieds?

I’m also on sort of a string journey myself. Going through a bunch of different strings. So far Toroline Caviar is my favorite so far but I’m still trying different ones out. 40% toroline today too!! (“40-Love” coupon code).

I think you have to try different strings (and racquets) to know best.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
tier one black knight full bed is great! feels like a softer sharper RPM blast that provides more power comfort and spin. Also stays playable for a long time supposedly (claimed by others but still testing myself)
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
Hehe I can relate. Are you buying new instead of used racquets from the classifieds?

I’m also on sort of a string journey myself. Going through a bunch of different strings. So far Toroline Caviar is my favorite so far but I’m still trying different ones out. 40% toroline today too!! (“40-Love” coupon code).

I think you have to try different strings (and racquets) to know best.
I’ve definitely picked up a handful from classifieds I always seems to pay more than I sell them back for either way tho hah. Totally done on the racquet search now. I got one Ezone tour left to sell and the. I’m set.

i get the idea of needing to try different strings but with so many out there I doubt I’ll ever come to the self consensus of “what is best”. I’ll look at the caviar tho. Thanks!
 

antony

Professional
I’ve definitely picked up a handful from classifieds I always seems to pay more than I sell them back for either way tho hah. Totally done on the racquet search now. I got one Ezone tour left to sell and the. I’m set.

i get the idea of needing to try different strings but with so many out there I doubt I’ll ever come to the self consensus of “what is best”. I’ll look at the caviar tho. Thanks!
Log your string testing!!
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
Depends how much it’s depreciated/appreciated :)
Hah, right now in this market, used cars are going for better than new prices from when I bought mine in 2019. Wild world.
If you don't mind telling us, which car?
the point was that I’m able and willing to spend money on the things I like, so I don’t need to be shamed over spending too much on racquets. This wasn’t meant to be a thread on financial advice.

now I’m just not sure if I need to find my perfect string, or if good is good enough. At this point I feel like I’m never gonna settle down and play with consistent equipment. has anyone here settled down on the same setup and find it has improved their game? When I switch from a Aero to a blade to whatever else, I feel there is definitely an adjustment period and my quality of play doesn’t pick right up where it left off, I have to find a new groove. With strings I wonder if it’s the same/even worse.

But since I do love talking cars, I’ll share. I picked up a new Porsche Cayman GTS in 2019. It came in a little less than I claimed -_-

it’s my full on dream car. I test drove all sorts of other things but the way this handles on the actual Pennsylvania roads is just sublime. Perfect size to enjoy the twistys and went with a manual transmission.
 

blai212

Hall of Fame
Hah, right now in this market, used cars are going for better than new prices from when I bought mine in 2019. Wild world.

the point was that I’m able and willing to spend money on the things I like, so I don’t need to be shamed over spending too much on racquets. This wasn’t meant to be a thread on financial advice.

now I’m just not sure if I need to find my perfect string, or if good is good enough. At this point I feel like I’m never gonna settle down and play with consistent equipment. has anyone here settled down on the same setup and find it has improved their game? When I switch from a Aero to a blade to whatever else, I feel there is definitely an adjustment period and my quality of play doesn’t pick right up where it left off, I have to find a new groove. With strings I wonder if it’s the same/even worse.

But since I do love talking cars, I’ll share. I picked up a new Porsche Cayman GTS in 2019. It came in a little less than I claimed -_-

it’s my full on dream car. I test drove all sorts of other things but the way this handles on the actual Pennsylvania roads is just sublime. Perfect size to enjoy the twistys and went with a manual transmission.
the way a racquet and/or string feels is similar to the way a car handles...once you find something that you like, you’ll know and you can settle down
 

Bhagi Katbamna

Hall of Fame
Hah, right now in this market, used cars are going for better than new prices from when I bought mine in 2019. Wild world.

the point was that I’m able and willing to spend money on the things I like, so I don’t need to be shamed over spending too much on racquets. This wasn’t meant to be a thread on financial advice.

now I’m just not sure if I need to find my perfect string, or if good is good enough. At this point I feel like I’m never gonna settle down and play with consistent equipment. has anyone here settled down on the same setup and find it has improved their game? When I switch from a Aero to a blade to whatever else, I feel there is definitely an adjustment period and my quality of play doesn’t pick right up where it left off, I have to find a new groove. With strings I wonder if it’s the same/even worse.

But since I do love talking cars, I’ll share. I picked up a new Porsche Cayman GTS in 2019. It came in a little less than I claimed -_-

it’s my full on dream car. I test drove all sorts of other things but the way this handles on the actual Pennsylvania roads is just sublime. Perfect size to enjoy the twistys and went with a manual transmission.
Very nice.
 

antony

Professional
If good enough is good enough then you might as well try a bunch of good enough strings
Hah, right now in this market, used cars are going for better than new prices from when I bought mine in 2019. Wild world.

the point was that I’m able and willing to spend money on the things I like, so I don’t need to be shamed over spending too much on racquets. This wasn’t meant to be a thread on financial advice.

now I’m just not sure if I need to find my perfect string, or if good is good enough. At this point I feel like I’m never gonna settle down and play with consistent equipment. has anyone here settled down on the same setup and find it has improved their game? When I switch from a Aero to a blade to whatever else, I feel there is definitely an adjustment period and my quality of play doesn’t pick right up where it left off, I have to find a new groove. With strings I wonder if it’s the same/even worse.

But since I do love talking cars, I’ll share. I picked up a new Porsche Cayman GTS in 2019. It came in a little less than I claimed -_-

it’s my full on dream car. I test drove all sorts of other things but the way this handles on the actual Pennsylvania roads is just sublime. Perfect size to enjoy the twistys and went with a manual transmission.
porsches are the absolute best
 

Turbo-87

Legend
Yes you did. No financial advisor will ever suggest $100,000 on a car as a good investment. But boys will be boys.
Fair point, but a sensible monthly car payment should be between 10-15% of your net income. Maybe he makes $16k/month. We just don't know... :) There are few cars that are considered investments.

On strings, I think you get more value out of playing with different strings in one frame over time. I used to stick with the same string and tension in any new frame I bought, thinking I didn't want to change too much at one time. It is only now that I have begun trying different strings and tensions just to see how things feel to me. When you have a friend that can string, it makes it a pretty cheap way to experiment.
 

antony

Professional
Fair point, but a sensible monthly car payment should be between 10-15% of your net income. Maybe he makes $16k/month. We just don't know... :) There are few cars that are considered investments.

On strings, I think you get more value out of playing with different strings in one frame over time. I used to stick with the same string and tension in any new frame I bought, thinking I didn't want to change too much at one time. It is only now that I have begun trying different strings and tensions just to see how things feel to me. When you have a friend that can string, it makes it a pretty cheap way to experiment.
the right Porsche usually costs you less than a brand new Prius or whatever

 

guilhermefdc

Semi-Pro
Get the one that's most arm friendly and you win matches with. A lot of people also seem to like Gut/Poly (mainly VS/slick round poly), so you might want to have a look at that.
 

eah123

Semi-Pro
The strings you listed are fairly similar in playing characteristics (moderately stiff spin friendly polyesters). Since you don’t have any arm issues, I don’t think you need to experiment with hybrids.

If want to focus on game improvement, it is better to stick to 1 racquet and 1 string.
 

beepee1972

Semi-Pro
Find a string you like, find the kilo's you like, and start playing. Almost every brand has some kind of string that should suit your needs. It is impossible to try them all and will lead you nowhere. I focus on 2 brands for poly strings (MSV and Kirschbaum), and buy some that fullfil a niche in the market: comfortable mid-priced round, comfortable mid-priced shaped, hardhitter shaped thick gauge, also mid-priced, budget round and premium round. Me myself, I usually stick to the comfortable mid-priced shaped poly, but hey, since I have some other stuff lying around for customers, I do try something every now and then. But don't think too much of it, your footwork, technique and tactics will always be more important ;-)
 

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
Find a string you like, find the kilo's you like, and start playing. Almost every brand has some kind of string that should suit your needs. It is impossible to try them all and will lead you nowhere. I focus on 2 brands for poly strings (MSV and Kirschbaum), and buy some that fullfil a niche in the market: comfortable mid-priced round, comfortable mid-priced shaped, hardhitter shaped thick gauge, also mid-priced, budget round and premium round. Me myself, I usually stick to the comfortable mid-priced shaped poly, but hey, since I have some other stuff lying around for customers, I do try something every now and then. But don't think too much of it, your footwork, technique and tactics will always be more important ;-)
Agreed on Footwork, Technique and Tactics being more important. Pick a string that I’m already comfortable with and get that drama out of my head, and start improving!

how important do you think prestretched is? I love the value in Solinco strings, but KBaum is even better value and they’re prestretched. On paper, prestreched seems like an enormous benefit. Any thoughts?
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
Without going into extensive detail, the simple answer would be: if you do your own stringing = experiment. If not than stick with one string.
Reason being is because there may be times where you try a string and absolutely hate it. The labor costs and string mark ups will add up if you are stringing too early.

My experience is that I will always be open to trying new strings. As you stated there is an almost infinite selection out there with new models coming out quickly as well. But if you do experiment, it would be helpful to be objective. By that I mean to have criteria in which you choose your strings. Even something as simple as color or gauge can help you narrow down what strings to focus on. In my experience, it is not so much a “blind experiment” but rather “educating” yourself on strings so you can pick the best one for you. I don’t fully agree with the advice to suddenly pick the best string out of a small bunch and stick with it. I think it’s better to try many types of strings, at different tensions and even different gauges colors before sticking with a string. One thing you can do to stay consistent and save money is to start with buying a stinging machine. Also if you do choose the experimentation route just know it can be exhausting. For one, multiple racquets are necessary. Also I always have way too many strings in queue to try and not enough time to try them. Also introducing the elements of tension, gauge selection and possible hybrid combinations really makes the search for your perfect string impossible.
 
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