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Dunlop Aerogel 100, Gosen OG Micro 17 & Gosen Polylon Ice 17 hybrid.

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Dunlog Aerogel 100

Dunlog Aerogel 100, my racquets.

So the other day I decided to try a new string setup in my Dunlop Aerogel 100’s. Before the new setup I was using Gosen Polylon Natural 16g in the mains and Forten Nylon 16g in the crosses (we will call this setup Gosen/Forten for the rest of the post). The Gosen/Forten string setup has always been a favorite of mine, a favorite for two years now. Before that decision I had tried the Ice version of the Polylon (Gosen Polylon Ice), and I remembered liking it. Thinking the Natural version would be no different, I bought it instead. My friend, Zach Anderson, bought a reel of the Ice version recently, so I decided to give it a try and see if there was any difference.

Gosen Polylon Ice

Gosen Polylon Ice (via Tennis Warehouse)

The new Setup would be a hybrid of Gosen OG Micro 17 in the crosses and Gosen Polylon Ice 17 in the mains (Gosen/Gosen). I know, I know, what about the Nylon? I buy Nylon because it’s cheap, I’ll admit. For a cross string that is cheap, I would always recommend a Nylon. But, Nylon is very slippery, there’s lots of string movement. So, I opted for a more textured string, Gosen OG Micro. And, as I expected, the Gosen OG Micro worked like a charm and minimizing string movement.

Gosen OG Micro (via Tennis Warehouse)

Gosen OG Micro (via Tennis Warehouse)

The Gosen/Gosen setup had immediately started biting at the ball. With the Gosen/Forten setup about only the first 2 hours would get bite, then because of string movement I suspect, the ball would would get less and less bite. This would make it very frustrating with my backhand, as it is slightly flatter than my forehand. This frustration was experienced right before I tried the Gosen/Gosen setup. For hours the Gosen/Gosen setup has kept the spin on my backhand. Gosen Polylon Ice 17 has a bit of a softer feel to it than most poly based strings, even the Natural version. It feels as if it stretched more. It even has a bit more texture to it, I think.

This setup/hybrid may be the two reels I buy next…