String update: So two weeks back, I did try a combination of NXT 16g multifilament string in the mains and a (yellow) Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17 String for the crosses. I really did like the better feel, control, and topspin i was able to put on the ball, but ….
They lasted only nine days before they broke while I was playing in Connecticut!
One of my doubles opponents had done a fair amount of professional stringing and he thought having Babolat on the crosses really notched the softer NXT on the mains; and that I should switch the pattern.
He also had opinions on the whole subject of what and how to use strings, if you are trying to get feel, power, and/or spin WITHOUT the arm problemsâ€¦
- Hybrids: Use a combination of different strings (like he suggest above),
- Gauge: On the solid core strings, use thinner 17 or even 18 gauge to minimize the vibration, increase the feel, and not worry about breaking.
- Tension: On the solid core strings, really lower the string tension at least 10% / 5 pounds or more.
So, I am now having my racquet restrung with the same two strings; but with the solid core in the mains and the tension on that one at 55 lbs. We shall see.