I want to buy some reels to begin stringing tennis rackets. But first I need to know which strings to buy. What's your favorite string, and why? What's your most popular string?
Would appreciate any feedback you can give. Thanks!
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Well the top sellers tend to be, Prince syn multiflex, Lux Alu, Wilson Sensation and NXT, Babolat RPM. I personally like Solinco Tour Bite, Lux M2, gamma professional, Pro Line II.
Giselle, here is the list I promised you, but this is more like what I feel about all these strings.
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
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.
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 stringforum.net.
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.
Tim, This is quite the list. You are awesome!
I've read about Genesis strings. Does Spin X get as much bite as Tour Bite? There is only one string I feel that got more spin and that was Polystar Turbo. A reel of that is $90 from a seller named "BigT Tennis" in Encino, CA. He sells reels on ebay too. Genesis has a similar price.