View Full Version : Why dont some people like thin string gauges in open pattern?

12-23-2006, 07:41 AM
:D Why dont some people like thin string gauges in open pattern? Should i use a 16 gauge string or an 18 gauge string in my 16X18 string pattern ( nsrq 7)? Which one results in more spin?

Thanks in advance

12-23-2006, 07:43 AM
because thin gauges are more fragile, and break more often on open pattern

12-23-2006, 07:53 AM
And then thats a lot of power. Open Pattern= Power and spin
Thin Gauge= Power and spin.

Too much power for most people. And the open pattern also puts the same force, but on less strings, equalling lower durabilty.

If you really want spin, you can use the 18 gauge, but I'd need to string mine tighter to even out that power level. With an 16x18 pattern, you are already set-up for some good spin potential.

I was looking at Lux. ALU Power (16L gauge) and Lux. ACE (18 gauge). Both strings are rated very good, but only come in those respective gauges.

12-23-2006, 12:35 PM
i dislike it because there is just less material making contact with the ball. It feels to me as if it is less consistent in feel and/or i lose directional control. It's probably all in my head, though ;)

Richie Rich
12-23-2006, 02:36 PM
more about durability for me. for me, my preference is 18x20 string pattern = 17g and under. 16x19 = 16g and 16x18 = 16g or 15L.

12-23-2006, 02:47 PM
Do that if you're crazy rich. XD

12-23-2006, 09:51 PM
just use 16 gauge. stiffer, but it lasts much longer.

12-24-2006, 06:34 AM
I luv 17g in an open pattern!

12-26-2006, 07:18 AM
I use 16 gauge mostly. It lasts longer and I can bang away harder with the 16 G. Ocassionally I'll use 17 G in the crosses in a hybrid stringing job ( with Ashaway 17G Dynamite ) and 16 G gut in the mains.

12-26-2006, 07:57 AM
The most obvious reason against doing this is if you are a string breaker you will go through a lot of strings quickly. When using synthetic gut I definitely noticed the added feel of using thinner guage strings but I don't really notice the same difference using polys.

12-26-2006, 08:47 AM
I'm kinda with diredesire on this one. ( Maybe it's all in my head ) but I remember feeling a real consistent response, and good directional control from the 18 x 20 frames I've used - LM Prestige, and Volkl Quantum 10 Tour.

String spacing is about the last thing out of specs I look at. Power level, which is a combination of length, headsize, Sw, and flex, are the things I look at first when it comes to specs evaulation. Open patterns will give you slightly more power at the same reference tension due to the increased string elongation, and less ball deformation. The change in rebound velocity and angle is suprisingly small, but might imply slight changes in technique when switching from one pattern to another.


12-26-2006, 08:55 AM
I like 17 gauge in my 16X18. 16 gauge would be fine. I tend to stay away from 18 gauge because I don't like the feel, not very cushioned at all; rather tinny.

Paul Goldstein
12-26-2006, 09:40 AM
i suggest you try the sppp 1.19 17L( its really a 18g if you ask me) full poly set up with the open string bed. you might love it. i sure love the feel