Ashaway MonoGut ZX 16 String Natural 360 Reel Customer feedback
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Comments: I'm a big fan. I'm a 4.5 player and take a good cut at the ball. I am used to to using natural gut in
crosses to soften up the string bed and provide comfort and feel. If you dial these up into the mid-upper 50s, you get just that --
- comfort and feel with good power like natural gut. I have been using a stiffer, lower powered poly like Volkl V-Torque, K-Baum
Black Spiky Shark, or Genesis Spin X. All of them serve as great mains with this as the cross.
Comments: I have played with both multis and monos and perfer the feel of multifiloment strings. In fact, I do
natural gut in the mains with a nylon or syn. gut in the crosses. I am a serior sectional ranked level player and have a traditional
playing style. I tried ZX (red) with X1 Biphase (red) in the crosses. This turned out to be a very good combo. The string plays well
in regard to having sufficient power and provides excelent feel i.e. good spin and touch. I am somewhat amazed at the durability
of the string as a mono does not fray nor has really have I seen any notches. I do think to build a better feel and softer playability
one should string down about 12-15% on the mains and however you like the crosses.
Comments: This string is not for a player that can not attack the ball in an aggressive manner. A quality
would serve a 4.0 player much better. Ashaway is a good company and has a solid line of strings, but this Zyex string does not
compare favorably to a Luxilon poly or any high end multi. Perhaps it does not cause any arm pain and it probably won't break
for a month.
Comments: Using this string for an elite junior recovering from elbow injury. Went to this after averaging 3
set of Babolat or Klip natural gut. This lasts 5 times as long and is nearly as soft as natural. Plays a lot like Wilson NXT and
BiPhase, but far more durable. If looking for a soft string, be sure you get the Zyex Monogut, rather than regular Monogut. Unless
you are willing to insert string savers in natural gut, this has by far the best combination of durability and comfort.
Comments: I think there must be some sort of formula switch with this string. I bought/used and liked this string I
bought about a year ago. I bought a new pack and it plays nothing like the so called same string as the one I just purchased. Same
racquet combination, same tension but plays and feels no where close to the older one. I cut out these strings I did as a hybrid
with gut. That was a mistake. Too stiff and plastic feeling. I was afraid I would get tennis elbow or should problems with this
string after reading the review two below mine (from David). Sorry I have to give this a thumbs down vote. If this is a new formula,
please bring out the old formula version.
Comments: I played with this string in a two different racquets and the first one was a BLX Pro Staff 95 as a
with XCel 17 and it was ok. Then I tried it in a Pro Staff 95S as a main and it felt horrible. It feels too plastic and stiff and my
sensitive elbow didn't like the strings at all. I did cut it out the next day. I can't see where it feels like a gut -- it's not even close. I
don't recommend buying this string.
Comments: This is the worst string ever. It broke while tying the knot on the mains. What I had left over I used
the crosses. I used Lux Alu for the mains. The ashaway monogut cut through the Lux Alu in 3 days and I hit mostly flat. I also lost
about 10 lbs on from the Monogut and it gave the racquet s super dead feel or what others would say soft. Now because the Lux
was so much tighter than the Lux there was more vibration but not in a normal way. The extra stress from the dead Monogut gave
me arm problems. I have used other "Zyex" tennis strings before and this Ashaway monogut makes all Zyex strings look bad.
Comments: I played with this string for a month, strung it twice at 55 lbs mains and 50 lbs crosses on a 95
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
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
Comments: I bought two sets of strings based on their amazing physical metrics. On paper, in terms of
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
Comments: I thought I would try a new string and unfortunately I wasted my money on this string. I purchased a new
frame and choose this string to be strung at 58 pounds, but after playing with it for two hours, it felt like it had lost all its tension.
had our stringer test the tension and it was registering at 34 pounds in center of the sweet spot and 40 on the outer edges of the
string bed. I had the frame restrung using Ashaway's 17 gauge Kevlar for the mains and used the Ashaway MonoGut ZX 16 gauge
the crosses at 58 pounds for both strings. After two hours of doubles play, the tension then registered at 50 pounds. If you are a
heavy hitter, I would not recommend this string.
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