Which is more dominate in the racquet, mains or crosses?

dmastous

Professional
I strung a racquet for a guy last week who brought in a package of Alu Touch hybrid. The package states "Can be strung both ways". One string is Alu Power and the other is SuperSense.
Which string controls what in a racquet. If you strung the mains with the Alu Power would you get more power, or would stringing the crosses give you the more power? Or if you're looking for the properties that Supersense gives, would you put them in the mains or crosses.
 

dmastous

Professional
So, if the guy wanted the power charactoristics of the hybrid I should (and did) string the mains with the Alu Power and the crosses with Supersense.
 

bsandy

Hall of Fame
dmastous said:
So, if the guy wanted the power charactoristics of the hybrid I should (and did) string the mains with the Alu Power and the crosses with Supersense.
Yes
 

shacked

New User
dmastous said:
So, if the guy wanted the power charactoristics of the hybrid I should (and did) string the mains with the Alu Power and the crosses with Supersense.
You got it!!!
 

JaisBane

New User
If this is the case, then why do high level pro's like Roger Federer and Andre Agassi string gut on the mains and poly on the crosses? I've always heard that the mains dictate power and the crosses feel, so a string setup opposite of this seems to be counterproductive. Could someone please shed some light on this for me?
 

ambro

Professional
They like the feel of a full gut job, but poly crosses tame the power a bit. That's why they use it like that. It also does not move around as much.
 

ragnaROK

Professional
The mains are more dominant in the overall string performance, but I do believe the crosses determine some of the feel and power, which is why you see some pros using poly in the crosses. Also, stringing poly in the crosses may reduce string movement of the gut.
 

Alafter

Hall of Fame
I am gonna try this set up on my next stringing: multi fila on mains and poly on crosses. Now, even though poly lose a lot of initial tension, people still tell me to string poly at about 3 lbs lower than the mains. Why is that? And when it loses the initial tension, will it still be able to hold the mains in place?
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
JaisBane said:
If this is the case, then why do high level pro's like Roger Federer and Andre Agassi string gut on the mains and poly on the crosses? I've always heard that the mains dictate power and the crosses feel, so a string setup opposite of this seems to be counterproductive. Could someone please shed some light on this for me?

Since moving to Luxilon, Agassi, to my knowledge, has played with a full Luxilon job, either ALU or Original. Prior to that, Agassi did use gut, but it was always in the crosses with kevlar mains.
 

alan-n

Professional
There is no such thing as one direction (cross or main) dictating the entire feel of the string bed... Its always a proportional function of the main which dictates everything.... Usually 70-80% of the racquet. When you strike the ball and brush with topspin, notice which string is longer, moves around the most and ends up transferring to most energy to the ball... Yep the mains.
 
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