Need some help figuring this out, from anyone who knows a bit about strings, and racquet firmness. Long post warning.
When I bought my six.one 95 (used off ebay), it came with a full-bed of a multi-filament that I couldn't identify. But from the very first hit, it felt perfect. It had perfect balance of what I like from my old six.ones and that flat/stiff feel that I get when playing with my brother's old Babolat - and actually, any babolat for that matter. It had that flatter firmer feeling and the lack of vibration that I've felt in newer raquets (don't want to generalize but like the Babolats). The ball leaves the racquet with a nice 'thwack', and especially on my backhand - the lack of vibrations made it much more pleasant to deflect balls back and I felt solid blocking harder hit balls back deep.
Please note that I am trying not to confuse putting spin on the ball and playing flatter - I have always characterized myself as a flat hitter relative to players who i consider to be at my level, but this feeling I am describing is independent of my playing style. That said, it definitely felt a better fit for the flatter game I play. I am not sure if I can say I had a tougher time putting spin on the ball only because it felt so good and in control to hit flat and hard that I didn't bother trying to generate additional spin and rally from the back much.
So overall, I was very pleased with the racquet. It seemed exactly what I was looking for, played very much like the old six.ones I'm used to with the added firmness that I have always been jealous of in newer racuqets because it helps me generate power so much easier. Then my strings broke. Then I had the whole fiasco of stringing it 10lbs lower with a poly/multi hybrid setup.
And now my racquet feels just like my old six.ones. That flat/stiff/crisp feel is gone. From a racquet stats perspective, the old ones and the new one are nearly identical, but I had hoped that "new technology" was what gave it that feel that I liked. And of course the lack of tension has totally screwed with my game but that's just a matter of re-stringing properly. But my biggest concern/confusion is that the firmness/stiffness - what I felt was a characteristic of the racquet - seems almost entirely a characteristic of the STRINGS and how I string it. I expected the strings to have a big impact as they always do but I thought certain characteristics of the racquet would still remain.
So my question is, how do I string my racquet to get that feel back. Is that a racquet characteristic or a string-setup characteristic? If it's a stringing thing, maybe my old racquets can gain that same feel if I set it up 'correctly', am I right? However, I have played with my old six.ones for over 13 years and gone through every setup imaginable and I don't ever recall having that flat/crisp/stiff feel, to the extent that I felt on this new racquet, and what I feel each time i play with someone else's Babolat. I think I am just not understanding racquet stiffness and how the type of string effects it, not just string tension.
Thanks for reading guys! I've posted this on FB as well for anyone prefers to reply there