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Old 2009-01-10, 15:05   #1
Coimbra
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Default Hybrid: Poly Plasma - Big Banger Ace or Babolat XCel

I am about 20 years old and I play 10h a week, some competition.
I like to play strong forehand baseline in topspin. I also use topspin on the serve.

I play with Prince O3 tour rackets and I currently string full Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 with 22/23kg (50lbs). I started with Poly Plasma 1.25 but they only lasted a couple of hours. Even the 1.28 broke quite soon with 25kg (55lbs) thus the change for a lower tension.

Coming from a great feel of the Poly Plasma 1.25 - 25kg, the actual feel of the racket is not quite as good as I liked it to be. This combo is very soft and confortable as the racket is very forgiving and easy to play with, it also has reasonable power output but it lacks liveliness, shapness, precision and most of all FEEL. As I always break the mains and never the crosses, I first thought of simply increasing the tension of the crosses. I came across with this forum and read some opinions about hybrids and the advantages so I am now considering another string for the crosses.

To get Feel and SHARPNESS, I thought of:
Mains: Poly Plasma 1.28 tension = 23kg (50lbs)
Crosses: Luxilon Ace 1.12 tension = 25kg (55lbs)

or else:
Mains: Poly Plasma 1.28 tension = 23kg
Crosses: Babolat Xcell 1.20 tension = 25kg

Is it usuall to string the crosses higher tension? I just thought that higher tension equals more control sacrificing durability, since they always break after the mains there would be no problem. Can I buy a set of 12m and cut it by half to string two rackets' crosses?

What do you think of these hybrid setups?
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Old 2009-01-10, 21:01   #2
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The Big Banger Ace is not so different from the Poly Plasma such that you would find a significant difference from a full Poly Plasma string job.
Try the Babolat XCel in the crosses at 25 kg - you will get better feel and liveliness, as well as increased comfort.
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Old 2009-01-11, 23:05   #3
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Thank you for your answer, I'll try on the Xcell crosses.

Can I use one single set of 12m to string two rackets' crosses?
This would keep the cost at a reasonable level.
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Old 2009-01-11, 23:36   #4
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Good advice from Jens. I'll be interested to see if you find the Xcel setup just a bit too soft and hard to control after playing with full poly setups for so long.
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Old 2009-01-12, 07:27   #5
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Can I use one single set of 12m to string two rackets' crosses?
This would keep the cost at a reasonable level.
Yes you can
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