More On Strings

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 problems…

  • 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.

1 thought on “More On Strings

  1. If I’m not mistaken the more durable string would typically go in the mains as it is usually the mains that break. With your hybrid string job I assume you’re trying to achieve the best of both worlds, easy on the arm but with some durability. Tom Mcune is using Head ETS and seems to like it, although I don’t know how easy on the arm it is. As you well know we’re big fans of Technifiber and the Multifeel does offer some increased durability over the NRG2. It’s a tricky thing to achieve a great feel and durability.

    Pam – Logic says you are correct on the string pattern!  george

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