When you hear the term hybrid you usually think of a cross between two things. Take a hybrid car, for example. This type of vehicle uses more than one method to propel the car – usually a combination of gas and electric power. The same principle applies to the idea of hybrid tennis strings in that they use two different types of strings at once – one for the mains (up and down) and one for the crosses (side to side).This means that you have two different strings pulling from opposite sides of the tennis string spectrum in your string bed.
Recently, we’ve seen a mix of a strong polyester string used in the mains and a natural gut in the crosses. This contrast can help preserve the life of your string and offer you the best of both worlds, with the different characteristics of each string complementing each other.
Sounds interesting, right? Let’s dive into this topic a bit more.
Like we said before, the mains are commonly strung with polyester string, because they’re usually the first to snap during a match. Since you want a strong, durable string that can withstand the wear and tear of play, polyester strings are typically used in the mains because they’ll help preserve the longevity of the string job.
We’ve talked about how polyester strings offer strong feedback and bite on the ball. This is the kind of power that some players crave. However, if you want to lessen the harshness that’s felt using an entire string bed of poly string, offset it with a softer, more forgiving string like a natural gut our iO Soft.
If you still want a durable string, but want to focus more on comfort, switch around the configuration of your hybrid string job: Use a natural gut or softer string in the mains and a more sturdy polyester string in the crosses.
Of course, there’s a wide variety of hybrid string combinations that can be used, and as we always say when talking about tennis string, deciding on the right one(s) for you is simply a matter of personal preference. What works for one player might not work for the next.
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