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Offline tennis_guy_andrew

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« on: March 26, 2005, 06:46:45 PM »
Just thought I would post a question about style of play and strings that accent your strokes.

I play with a Prince More Control DB 850, I use a topspin forehand and double handed backhand, im pretty consistent off both wings but I have found that a regular Syn. Gut string that my coach strings my racquets with doesn't give me the feel off of my ground strokes that, specifically, the Prince Lightning XX's do.

lol This epiphany just came to me tonight from playing with a More Control DB w/ Prince Syn. Gut strings, and my newest More Control DB w/ Prince Lightning XX strings...

I don't know, maybe I am supersticious, but the strings are visibly different to the naked eye and feel very different. The Lightning gives me a more dampened and controlled feeling than synthetic gut strings do.

Do any of you feel this way about something with your strokes, strings, anything particular?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2005, 06:48:52 PM »
The Lightning XX is supposed to have more power than standard syn gut, it's one step up performance wise.  I like the bite of polyesther strings.  They dont have as much feel but don't move either, which I find to be a good thing.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2005, 06:51:52 PM »
Yeah, I can get alot better depth with the Lightning XX strings without as much backswing.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2005, 07:13:44 PM »
So, what strings do you guys all use, and at what tension?
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2005, 07:59:00 PM »
Prince Duraflex 16G, 60 lbs.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2005, 08:03:49 PM »
Right now:  Luxilon Big Banger Alu 16g @ 55lb
Soon: Technifibre E-Matrix 16g @55, hybrid of Babolat Pro Hurricane 18g (mains) with Ematrix(cross) @53
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2005, 10:17:35 PM »
At the moment: Prince Problend 16g -- 63 lbs in my Chucky (the I.rad)

What I Hope to switch to soon: Big Banger 16g rough -- 60 lbs in Chucky (my i.rad)

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2005, 01:21:22 AM »
Strings: Hybrid, Babolat Vs Natural thermo gut 16 and Luxilon power rough 16L

Tension: Between 65-70, I like to have a few sticks a little tighter when things aren't going so good.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2005, 03:53:35 AM »
I use Babalot Super Fine Play 17 guage strung at 63 lbs. Durability sucks but it got great feel.
It is pointless for me to use anything that's more than 5 bucks a set since I got thru them every 2 hours.
Kevlar last the longest but it screws my elbow.
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2005, 07:54:24 AM »
Quote from: "timd818"
I use Babalot Super Fine Play 17 guage strung at 63 lbs. Durability sucks but it got great feel.
It is pointless for me to use anything that's more than 5 bucks a set since I got thru them every 2 hours.
Kevlar last the longest but it screws my elbow.


Have you tried Conquest?  SFP kinda blows.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2005, 07:56:05 AM »
Quote from: "Arcforce"
At the moment: Prince Problend 16g -- 63 lbs in my Chucky (the I.rad)

What I Hope to switch to soon: Big Banger 16g rough -- 60 lbs in Chucky (my i.rad)


Do you string your own rackets?  If so you should pair Big Banger up with a cheap syngut in the crosses.  Might move a bit more but a much better value and better feel.
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2005, 08:30:10 AM »
I buy the cheapest string I can get.  Nylon, 15L, $1.50 to $1.75 a set.  They usually break every 3 hours or so.  Open string pattern, low tension = breakage.  I string my racket at 57 and I think on the next ones it's going down to 52 just "to see."

During college, the team paid for string so I played with nicer stuff, sets that probably went for 3.50 to $5.00 a set.  It really made a difference but 16 gauge breaks so quickly.  I'll never forget one match I lost because all three of my strings broke.  I had to go from my Prince OS to a Wilson 6.1, and boy did I suck butt.  :(

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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2005, 10:13:16 AM »
I am currently playing with Babolat VS or Tonic natural gut. 104 sq in , 16X21 at 65#. when the bed loosens I tighten it up with string savers. I had been getting a couple of months out of a set before I snap but my play is less predictible and sometimes I play alot and if I do I see the sweet spot alot more and snap after as little as a couple of weeks so I have a couple others also strung with syngut as backups, of those one is Lightning XX and I like it okay less touch or power  but for a syngut it's okay.

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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2005, 01:19:51 PM »
16x21?  What racket are you using?  I'm assuming it's a super-oversize  :))
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2005, 07:17:07 PM »
104 sq in is by no means huge, smaller than all OS frames.

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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2005, 07:30:52 PM »
What racket are you using?
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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2005, 07:43:11 PM »
Probably the most flexible frame prince ever made, the Ripstick. I own ten of them currently and have broken 7.

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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2005, 07:54:12 PM »
What will you do after you run out?  I hear Volkl's are pretty flexible.
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2005, 08:06:06 PM »
I will find them somewhere. I figure another 10 years before it gets critical

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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2005, 08:21:29 PM »
Haha, I'm sure you can still play walker tennis in 10 years.
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