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Old 2014-03-12, 18:25   #1
rts82
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Default Tension for Gut Main/Poly Cross Hybrid

Hello,

I'm a 5.0 all court player who just recently switched from TNT synthetic to a natural gut mains/poly cross setup. While I like the feel of the new setup, I'm having trouble with certain types of shots I used to be able to hit with the TNT and was wondering if there are any suggestions for tensions to try.

For background, I switched because I was breaking the TNT every 3-4 hours of play, which was breaking my bank. The hybrid has at least lasted 15 hours already and still has life left in the strings.

All the rage nowdays is using a low tension for these setups, but there are reasons why I don't think it would be good for my game. I hit heavy topspin a lot, but I also like to take a lot of balls on the rise on service returns and high balls, coming over the top of them and flattenning them out, reducing my opponents reaction time and throwing their timing off. This is where I have had trouble with the gut/poly hybrid. The ball always sails long if I try to flatten it out.

Stick: Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 5.0 Stretch MP

Old TNT Tension: 16x20 - 64 lbs
18x19 - 63 lbs

Current Hybrid Tension:
16x20 - 66 lbs VS Tonic+ mains / 62 lbs Yonex Poly Pro Tour crosses
18x19 - 64 lbs VS Tonic+ mains / 60 lbs Yonex Poly Pro Tour crosses

I string the 18x19 a little looser due to the denser pattern, though 64/60 was definitely too loose.

I'm thinking about bumping my tension up because I feel the hybrid plays much livelier than the TNT used to, however, I'm worried about tension loss in the poly without having much loss in the gut, and therefore, having too much difference in tension between mains and crosses if I increase tension too much.

I'm thinking about going up to 68/64 (16x20) and 67/63 (18x19), maybe even 70/66.

Any suggestions? Should I go up in tension as I feel I need to? Or should I take the plunge and try a setup with low tension as seems to be the popular thing right now. I'm worried I will have no control if I do that, especially when I try to hit flat balls. Unfortunately, trial and error with natural gut is expensive, hence my looking for advice.

Thanks and appreciate any advice people can give me.
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Old 2014-03-13, 04:24   #2
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Go full poly if you are a 5.0 player and stay away from natural gut, gut/hybrid. It's costly and in most cases, not practical for hard hitters on a budget.

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All the rage nowdays is using a low tension for these setups, but there are reasons why I don't think it would be good for my game. I hit heavy topspin a lot, but I also like to take a lot of balls on the rise on service returns and high balls, coming over the top of them and flattenning them out, reducing my opponents reaction time and throwing their timing off. This is where I have had trouble with the gut/poly hybrid. The ball always sails long if I try to flatten it out.
You're basically describing a typical 5.0 / college player. There's nothing special you need to do with your string setup to fit "your" game.

My advice is to go with what feels good to YOU.
As you can see, I didn't give string/tension/setup advice since EVERY (5.0 to 6.0) player I know has his/her own preference.

BTW, every 5.0 to 6.0 player I string for uses full poly of some sort, every single one of them from Challenger level friends to D3 gals.

Good luck to you.
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Old 2014-06-18, 17:05   #3
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I agree with psp2
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