babolat aero storm 98 sq. in. (the one Dinara Safina plays with)
i'm using some kind of wilson natural gut string 62#.
my grip is 4 1/2 but i'm finding it a little too big. i think i'm getting some 4 3/8 grips pretty soon.
Yeah, I play with a chick's racquet too! ;-) I play with the Wilson nTour which is what Justine and Lindsay play(ed) with. It's a great racquet and I figure I'm not putting any more on the ball that those two pros are.
Conicidentally, earlier this year I switched from 4 1/2 to 4 3/8 grips also. Loving that.
It's because different types of strings work better at different tensions. Generally, polyester strings should be at a lower tension because they're so stiff, and multi-fil and gut should be at a higher tension. But this isn't a hard and fast rule. It really depends on you what you like.
Yeah, it's pretty much with Terence said. When I started out hitting with the Pure Storm Tour, I was using a variety of synthetic gut strings, and found that a good tension was about 55-56 lbs for me. Because the Luxilons are so stiff, I typically end up going about 5% lower string tension on them. I think the combination is pretty playable because the Yonex is very soft and help absorbs some of the bite from the Luxilon. On lighter or stiffer rackets (such as the Tecnifibre TFlash 310, which I use against opponents that don't generate much power on their own or when I'm just feeling sluggish), I really feel the impact of the Luxilon on my elbow even if I have it crossed with a pretty soft multifilament. I am planning to try a few other poly's such as Topspin CyberFlash and Pacific Poly Force original in the hopes of finding something that's easier on my elbow.
Thanks for the suggestion Terence. Pro Supex is on the list too and I'll probably go for that next. As it is, I still have a bunch of packs and strings just lying around my apartment, so I'm just trying to wind down all the excess strings first. I thought I'd be breaking strings much more often this summer (didn't happen) so now I ended up with a bunch of strings of all kinds that I haven't even used yet.
Were there any poly's that you liked? Historically, I have hit primarily with ALU Power and ALU Power Rough; Rough is way too tough on my arm and Power is pretty borderline. Even when crossed with Tecnifibre NRG-2, the Rough was still too tough for me especially on a stiffer frame (like the Tecnifibre TFlash 310 or a number of the Wilson "player" rackets).
Anyway, I'd like something that can hit with the same bite as ALU Power but more gentle as well. Durability is not really a concern; I'm much more interested in playability, as I can re-string as needed.
i've only tried Luxilon, Babolat (I forget the name) and Pro Supex Big Ace and Blue Gear. Once I came upon Big Ace, I stopped playing around with Polys because I like Big Ace so much. You might want to try Blue Gear, but Blue Gear, I found to be too stiff for me, but you get a ton of spin from it. I'd say Blue Gear feels a lot like Luxilon.
The reason I've stuck with Big Ace is because it give me the control I want but I don't feel the pain in my arm.
The Babolat poly I used feels pretty good too and doesn't give me any arm pain. I just don't remember the name. It was blue color, from what I remember.