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I just switched to a Dunlop Biomimitec 200 Lite strung with Babolat Hurricane Feel 16 String @ 58 lbs. Though I've been using a vibration dampener, the racket/string combination is really rattling my arm. 

I used to hit with a Wilson Pro Staff 95 strung at 63 lbs with regular synthetic gut. I figured I could string down by 5-6 pounds switching to poly strings. Does anyone have feedback on a more forgiving string with good feel? Or should I reduce string tension?


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just go read here for a few hours.. till your eyes bleed.. Then you will know almost everything about tennis string.. J

If thats an 18x20 string pattern you should be 50# or even less.   If 16x19 try 52# and go up or down from there, poly strings are made to be strung much lower than 5-6 pounds.   I have a 100sq inch racquet and I string at 48# with my poly.  

thanks Bill. Its a 16 x 19 pattern. I'll try 52. Any recommendations on string that's arm-friendly and good for control?

Here's a review of strings I did:


            Alu Power (regular)- remarkable cut and drive potential, stiff but manageable, durable.

            Alu Rough- stiff, must be strung lower than regular Alu Power, great cross string to support either synthetic guts or multis, never do full set about 57 lbs, too boardy otherwise.

            Ace- great 18 gauge, do not string above 60, has nice feel with synthetic gut hybrid

            Timo- very good 17 gauge, good in a full set around 57-59 lbs.

            M2- little dull, too much spring, better off hybriding with a multi like Fisher M-One multi

            Original/ Fluoro- both very dull, sluggish.



            Red Code: 16 gauge great for flat hitters, 17 gauge for spin hitters, stiff, yet comfortable

            Black Code: rubbery, not good tension maintenance for very long, 18 gauge use as a cross only 

            X-One Biphase: very gut like multi, frays alot but has very soft feel, slight bite

            NRG 2:  More punchy than X-One, and not as soft, but still has nice feel



           Pro Line 2: very good blend of touch, feel, slight bite, more for those who like to roll their drives, all around string

           Super Smash: Very thick, bland feel. First generation, can get decent spin though, doesn't last.



          Hurricane Tour: solid, smooth playing, good bite, lasting control string, 17 or 18 gauge plays best

          Excel Power: very good multi, has nice soft feel, doesn't last very long, lightweight

          RPM Blast: works well for spinners, better than Black Code, but gets dull and dead at the same time

          Addiction: cheap soft string, loses tension too fast, avoid.

          VS Gut: Best gut I've ever tried. Good protective coating, but better to string only in the mains. Real easy to burn the string as a cross against poly mains and snap if not careful. Prestretch always. The hybrid package with Hurricane Tour is a very good one to have, if you have picky seniors who want the best.



           NXT Tour: very good multi but frays very fast

           Sensation: Very bad tension loss, overly soft, cheap. Avoid.

           Enduro: decent playing, some bite but can break suddenly on shearing mishits


Head:  FXP Power: polyolefin string, strange feeling, no bite



          Live Wire/ Professional : Very good multis with lots of bite, lasts moderately

          TNT2: soft multi, very decent

          Zo Tour: Good bite, Alu Power competitor



         OG Sheep Micro: very trampoliny, only use as a cross

         Nanocubic: punchy multi

         Kevlar: very stiff, always string low like 52 lbs


Weiss Cannon:

         B5E: highly rated spin string, crispy, lots of bite

         Scorpion: all around control string

         Silverstring: control string, but very dull on slices, not a great deal of bite


Klip Excellerator: very smooth string, no bite, maybe too smooth to point of weird feel


Topspin Cyberflash: cheap reel, plays good for about 4 hrs, then loses ALL tension, avoid.


Tourna Big Hitter Blue: slightly unpredictable, but has good cut on ball


Yonex 850: decent mid range multi, smooth. use in cross with Solinco Tour Bite or Alu Rough



          Pro Poly Plasma: very good medium performing poly, cheap reel, nice bite, orange, good feel, hold tension

          Hyperion: good soft poly with good feel

          Tornado: rubbery but soft, good feel, but needs to be strung tighter than usual, like 61



          Energy: good soft string, for conservative hitters, not much spin, oily coating, cheap reels

          Turbo: excellent spin, blade like profile, loses tension fairly quickly, cheap reels



          Cyclone: very textured, crispy, brittle feel, use 17 or 18 gauge only

          Powerfiber: decent multi


Boris Becker Bomber: probably the best cross for a stiff poly like Alu Power or Red Code



          Tour Bite: the best spin string period. Almost as stiff as Alu Power, but has slight trampoline, but not annoying. Always hybrid with either syn gut or multi like Yonex 850.

          Outlast: crappy plastic feel, avoid.


MSV Focus Hex: stiff, dull feeling, has some bite. did not like.


Pro's Pro: 

          Cyber Power: a cheaper alternative to Alu Power, supposed to have some of the same characteristics

          Vendetta: terrible feel, avoid. no feel.


Eagnas:  strings for the budget conscious. Reels are very cheap from Gardena factory, Nano string that might be like Gosen Nanocubic. received only fair performance ratings on 


Synthetic Guts: a must have reel if you're going to do a stringing business

          Prince: great feel, non Duraflex feels better to me

          Dunlop: gold version has great feel

          Head: nice feel

          Wilson Stamina: decent feel

          Forten: very decent feel, cheap.

The specs on the Biomimetic 200 Lite are below. Certainly a flexy racquet and at tweener weight. Open pattern. Hopefully you haven't been using the same set for more than a month. Polys lose elasticity in 12 hrs of use.

If Hurricane Feel is too jarring, you may like a string I've used, very soft. Head FXP Tour is part poly, part multifilament.

The Head FXP Tour provides a nice blend of power, comfort and control. Constructed from a polyester monofilament fiber core and an 8 layer multi-filament wrap. The liquid outer coating helps decrease friction for more spin potential. This string provides excellent ball pocketing for more power.

  • Gauge: 16 / 1.30mm
  • Construction: Polyester monofilament core with 8 multi-filament wraps.
  • Length: 40 feet / 12.2 meters
  • Colors: Black or Blue
Head Size:
95 sq. in. / 612.9 sq. cm.
Length: 27in / 68.58cm
Strung Weight: 11.5oz / 326.02g
Balance: 6 pts HL
Swingweight: 308
Stiffness: 57
Beam Width: 21mm / 21mm / 21mm /
Composition: HM6 Carbon/Aerogel/Graphite
Power Level: Low
Stroke Style: Full
Swing Speed: Fast
Racquet Colors:
Navy / Blue / Yellow
Grip Type: Gecko Tac

String Pattern:
16 Mains / 19 Crosses
Mains skip: 7H,9H,8T
One Piece
No Shared Holes

thanks Tim, that's useful feedback. 

Yes, too high..try going down to 54 first
Also it not best string out there nor the worst.


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