Your Favorite CHEAP Poly Reels?

bigserving

Hall of Fame
I've been contemplating buying a reel of either Isospeed Baseline or Pro Supex Big Ace. Played with BA and loved it, but the current sale price of Baseline is hard to pass up if they are similar. Has anyone here played with both strings and if so would you care to share your thoughts? Thanks.
At those prices, buy both.
 

kcmiser

Rookie
I wouldn't expect Isospeed Baseline (ISB) to play like Big Ace (BA). I've played both, but in the case of BA, it's been at least 5 years. My recollection is that BA is an okay semi-soft poly. ISB is very, very stretchy for a poly and has terrible tension maintenance and durability. I think it's a good option for those who are okay restringing frequently and want something soft on the arm with good pocketing and less harshness than most polys, but bad for those who like a a stiffer string.

For me, it's a bit too much trouble to use as a main (I don't want to restring every 2 times out) but great as a cross. It softens the stringbed nicely and its tension deficiencies aren't as noticeable as they are when used as a main. It also lowers the per-job cost considerably if you use it as a cross in a poly-poly hybrid.
 

BlueB

Legend
I wouldn't expect Isospeed Baseline (ISB) to play like Big Ace (BA). I've played both, but in the case of BA, it's been at least 5 years. My recollection is that BA is an okay semi-soft poly. ISB is very, very stretchy for a poly and has terrible tension maintenance and durability. I think it's a good option for those who are okay restringing frequently and want something soft on the arm with good pocketing and less harshness than most polys, but bad for those who like a a stiffer string.

For me, it's a bit too much trouble to use as a main (I don't want to restring every 2 times out) but great as a cross. It softens the stringbed nicely and its tension deficiencies aren't as noticeable as they are when used as a main. It also lowers the per-job cost considerably if you use it as a cross in a poly-poly hybrid.
ISB actualy plays like (some would say it actually is) Head Sonic Pro (HSP).
When pre-stretched and strung at low tensions, ideally with quite a bit of main/cross tension difference, it plays consistent for very long time. It would lose some tension in the first 2 hours, then it would play about the same for at least 15-20 hrs. It will not become harsh at any stage, but eventually it will not snap back any more and the balls will fly long...
 

Rjtennis

Hall of Fame
Hello Amigos,

I plan on stringing on my kitchen table soon, and wanted to know your favorite CHEAP (under 60$) Polyester reels to buy? I say cheap because I want to get a lot of practice stringing so tension maintenance isn't the issue here. Basically looking for good bite on the ball, spin, control, etc.

List them all if you can! I've seen some weirdo off brands on that auction site and have not seen many reviews on them, so any input is appreciated.
I wouldn't worry about practing stringing. After you string a few sticks you will know how to produce a good string job, but it will take you a while. Someone gave me that advice when I started stringing and I'm glad I took it. Just by a poly you actually want to use long term and go from there.

There are a lot of good inexpensive polys out there though.
 

Muppet

Legend
As your stringing speed increases, you will have the string under tension for less time on each pull. Less time under tension will give you a looser string bed, so as you get better at stringing expect to increase your tension settings. For an inexpensive reel, Google Pro's Pro for the US distributor. They have a great selection and with the low prices you won't feel as bad cutting a string bed out early because you want to try something else.
 
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