Ashaway MonoGut ZX 16 String Natural Customer feedback
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Comments: I played with this string for a month, strung it twice at 55 lbs mains and 50 lbs crosses on a 95 18x20
string pattern with a 62 RA. It gave me good spin, but it felt kinda stiff. I thought it was stiff because of of advanced opponets, but
I got the worst tennis elbow I ever got in my life. I'm writing this review after having tennis elbow for over 9 weeks. Do not buy this
string if you think it's going to be good on the elbow. I played with rough polys like LUX rough, snake bite, and others strung at
58 lbs and it did not give me this type of issue. If you are going to buy this string, string it at high 40s lbs or lower. Be careful of
this string. I am a 4.5 player,and I play about 4 times per week.
Comments: This string is revolutionary. You should try to pre-stretch it before you use it. It is simply amazing.
Comments: I bought two sets of strings based on their amazing physical metrics. On paper, in terms of physical
properties (stiffness, etc.) they seemed to be the closest thing to gut. However, in the real world, they felt horrible. The stringer
told me those were some of the stiffest strings he had ever strung. After playing for 30 minutes, I decided to cut my losses short
and cut them and return to my standard Technifibre X-Biphase 16 gauge. If you like any of such "soft" playing strings that play
gut like, you will most probably hate this ZX strings. It plays completely differently. It feels stiffer. It has a disturbing high
metallic sound. When I played during the same practice session with my Technifibre X-Biphase, the contrast was brutal. There
was no doubt, I had to replace the ZX with the X-Biphase immediately. I am really puzzled on how a string can look so good on
objective physical metrics (low stiffness like gut). But, actually feel, play, and sound just the opposite is beyond me. My take is
that the physical metrics capture one thing. And, they miss out a lot. In other words, don't just buy strings based on excellent
metrics as I have. The latter provides you either flawed or incomplete information.
Comments: Too much vibration with these strings. Need to be used with higher tensions (close to 60 lbs), but they
aren't designed to be strung at the high tensions (difficult to string it at 58 lbs and higher). Durable, holds tension well, good
balance for all types of strokes. It isn't very efficient in terms of developing of spin. I cannot recommend these.
Comments: Fantastic string! This is the second feedback after April, 2013. Now I hybrid ZX on the crosses with a
soft co-poly on the main. My favorites are 17ga YTex Pro-Tour and 17g Topspin Cyber Blue. These hybrids are phenomenal in
their performance characteristics such as feel, comfort, power, control, durability, etc. Tension retention seems to be quite good
when properly handled. ZX is a highly elastic string. It stretches while being pulled, you are gonna have to pull three times or
more making sure stretching has stopped. Therefore, stringing will be more time consuming than other type, but it's worthwhile.
Now I have four of my customers on MonoGut ZX.
Comments: This string plays amazing as a cross string. I was playing with some unknown super soft synthetic and
it killed all the feel and touch from my K90 racquets, something I thought no string could do, so I cut that out in three days. Then
I tried this string and it feels better than LaserFibre string (if anyone remembers the brand), it seems that the string is best as a
hybrid and not a full bed, tension maintenace so far seems great, but I've only hit three hours with it.
Comments: I strung this at 55/53 lbs in a modified Pure Storm GT using an electronic CP machine following
Ashaway's detailed instructions to avoid breakage during installation. It's a very comfortable string with a feel similar to a very soft
co-poly or stiff multi. However, it's also very powerful and offers very little control or feel. After a month of testing I came to the
conclusion that other strings offer far more control and more spin with the same power for the same or lower price. The string is
simply too erratic in performance compared to strings in the same price range.
Comments: Fantastic string. It has it all. Power, ball pocketing, arm friendliness, durability, to name a few. I think
it's wrong to compare this with a poly. The elongation is like a soft multi, yet the durability is close to a poly. I first tried MonoGut
ZX full bed on my Microgel Radical OS and it feels weird. Then I used it on the mains with Isospeed Control Classic 16 on the
crosses. Now it's a million dollar hybrid. There is one caveat though! You have to double or triple pull since the string keeps
relaxing during stringing. Ashaway acknowledges it. I would recommend every serious tennis player should try it out. I am a 3.5-
4.0 doubles player and a USRSA certified stringer.
Comments: I like this string. It is soft on the arm, powerful, good spin, does not need straightening, and holds
tension. Plays a bit like a poly but also very soft and powerful.
Comments: Be sure you are commenting on the Zyex Monogut, rather than the Monogut. There is a big difference.
The Zyex Monogut is softer and has better feel. It's a great string, though more expensive than the Monogut. Zyex Monogut has
nearly the durability of polys and impressive feel. I string it at 54 lbs and it plays very similar to natural gut. The only strings that
play as well and are not natural gut are Wilson NXT and Tecnifibre Biphase. The Zyex Mongut lasts 3 times as long as either.
Comments: I absolutely love this string. It gives me great pop on flat serves. My kick serve kicks and my
groundstrokes have great topspin and my slice bites. I just recently had rotator cuff surgery and played with a poly string. This
string is a little much as a full bed and can definitely feel a bit harsh. However, if you put this string in the mains with a soft syn
gut or multi in the cross, it plays amazingly well. I strung mine in a Prince EXO3 Rebel 98 at 54 pounds in the mains and 57
pounds in the crosses with Ytex YTouch (similar to Wilson Sensation).
Comments: I like this string a lot but why do the crosses move in both directions (up and down). The verticals
move. I've been stringing for 30 years while never experiencing this phenomenon with any other string. I can't find an
anywhere on the internet.
Comments: To me, this string played like any soft poly. Very, very similar to a Polyfibre or MSV string. I have a wrist
injury and I need a soft string bed, I was hoping for a nice control string that didn't make my wrist hurt. Ashaway Monogut is not
To mention the word "gut" in the description of this string, should be criminal.
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