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1. Gamma Live Wire (16G) - great pocketing and bite on the ball. However, as my stroke develops, I'm finding the string
too fragile, lasting 20 hours or less (Prince Rebel @59 lbs.).
2. Tecnifibre X-One Biphase - same as above, with a bit less feel, but lasting almost twice as long.
Tried Luxilon Big Banger (Prince EXO3 Graphite MP @ 56 lbs.), and it felt good for about two weeks, then strings felt dead.
For syn guts, I like Prince Syn Gut with Duraflex.
Live Wire has great bite on the ball. It's too bad it doesn't last longer. If the price went down to $8 a set, I would use it. Gamma makes some great stuff, including racquets.
X-One Biphase, Djoko's previous string choice, has that super smooth feel. Plays alot like gut, but I could not play it without a poly cross. Too much power for me.
Hmm, it's too bad you don't live next door to me. I would get some. I tried M2 in a hybrid with Fischer M Pro string which felt nice. But M2 in full felt like a more refined Lux Original to me.
Try Lux Ace with syn gut at 49 lbs. Awesome hybrid for slice and dice too.
Ugh, hate to say it, but I hate Gosen Polylon Ice. Feels like clear plastic. lol But I can't argue with the price of either Polylon or Sheep Micro. :)
Does it really last that long at 48 lbs? Incredible!
Yes. Gosen polyon ice is a pure polyester string. & many players dont like the stiffness.( you got to wear it down to feel better, it plays great when its about to break. )
the trick to the string is its the hybrid half. a Good synthetic gut supporting the polyon ice makes the price, playability, & endurance of the string worth while for frequent string breakers.
I will break luxilon string in a week or 2 weeks consistently that's about $60 a month if you buy in a store. I will break synthetic gut 17g 1 day on any surface if I'm playing & training for tournaments.
sometimes the ICE is very annoying when i have a tournament...
I don't know when the string will break. the synthetic gut Crosses break more often than the mains and I only string my racquets when they break.
example: My last tournament I was playing with my racquet for over six months. it finally broke in the second set of the semi-finals and it was the Ice in the mains. the Crosses synth-gut was so flatten out it might as well be hair. Then I have to switch racquets to a fresh racquet.
the fresh racquet the balance & weight is off like a gram here or there so switching is annoying. I have to strip down both racquets & balance them. that would require breaking the strings at the same time. which almost never happens. :'(
BUt I have a new Contract with Wilson ( yaa ) & will be getting the 2012 line up of new racquets. so the entire customizing of my racquets will have to wait until I receive my new ones to fix all the balances of all the racquets, so five racquets I have to customize...that suxs, the time I mean.
I will try out Ice with Dunlop syn gut then. I can get Ice for 3.99 at the local shop in L.A.. I have one racquet out of my 5 Prestige Mids where I just use full Dunlop synthetic gut at 65. I get it for 1.99. But I need just a touch of cut and I'm tired of paying $15 for Luxilon on every one of my racquets.
I like to keep a couple racquets with budget stringing, when I hit public park night doubles. There's so much dirt and leaves on the courts, doesn't make sense to waste good string on that.
I don't know about Head quality control on my Prestige Mids, but the five I have feel almost the same in balance. I've had to lead the head a bit though recently.
Hey, let me know what that new Fed racquet feels like. I heard they are ramping up the stiffness to RA 70 and putting that Amplifeel in the handles, whatever that is.