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jaykay
03-09-2008, 03:17 PM
I'm looking for a gut alternative (yes, I know - there will be several compromises) that I can use in the mains (either Cyber Flash 1.25 or Cyber 1.25 Power or WeissCANNON Silver 1.25 in the crosses). I plan to start stringing on my own and till I get comfortable, I don't want to waste nat.gut; hence this question. It has to be in a reel, has to be soft, has to hold tension reasonably well (as close to gut as it possible) should in 17 gauge (if not, I can live with 16 gauge) and should be easy to string for a newbie.

Any suggestions?

I DO WANT TO EMPHASIZE that I don't mean to start a flaming war here; just looking to get educated and seek some expert advice.

Pls help.

Thnx.

iplaybetter
03-09-2008, 03:27 PM
how cheep?????

iplaybetter
03-09-2008, 03:31 PM
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACBAB-ATTPR17.html

this is nice stuff my coach says its like gut, its nice i like x-1 better, and have only used gut in other peoples sticks in hybrids so i cant give you much comparison, buts its fairly good string

nickb
03-09-2008, 03:36 PM
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACPK-PKIQE17R.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACHEAD-HFGPWR17R.html

diredesire
03-09-2008, 04:31 PM
You are looking at gut UN-like strings. Polys are not going to give you a similar response at all. They lose tension much more quickly, are friendly for spin (albeit in a subtle, different way), and are lower powered. They ARE more durable, though (for big hitters, but I should mention that gut is no slouch).

If you are looking more towards a gut-like feel, you should pick up a multifilament reel, not a poly reel. They will be more similar in comfort, "softness," "touch," etc. Babolat Attraction is alright, but I like NRG2 in reel form.

YULitle
03-09-2008, 04:36 PM
diredesire: I don't think he was saying that he wants a poly reel. :|

OP: If they make Yonex Tour Super 850 in a reel, my vote is for that. But, I've never seen it. :(

diredesire
03-09-2008, 08:14 PM
diredesire: I don't think he was saying that he wants a poly reel. :|

OP: If they make Yonex Tour Super 850 in a reel, my vote is for that. But, I've never seen it. :(

Hah! You are right, shows my comprehension skills after 26 hours awake :)

(See thread: Fourth all nighter..)

jaykay
03-09-2008, 08:25 PM
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACPK-PKIQE17R.html

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACHEAD-HFGPWR17R.html

nick: Have you used the Head FiberGel Power 17? Can you share your impressions? Feel/playability, comfort, tension retention?

I have played with the RIP Control 17 extensively --- I mostly liked it for comfort (which was exceptional), except for the highly dampened, muted feel and lower than average tension retention. Is FiberGel Power 17 supposed to be like the RIP Control 17?

jaykay
03-09-2008, 08:29 PM
Hah! You are right, shows my comprehension skills after 26 hours awake :)

(See thread: Fourth all nighter..)


DD: You work way too hard. Lack of sleep is a killer.

DD/Nick/YuLitle: Can you compare NRG217 vs Babolat Attraction vs Head FiberGel Power 17?

YuLitle: I tried Yonex Super Tour 850 a while ago and didn't like it at all. Felt like a board. I think perhaps I chose the wrong tension on it...

goldenyama
03-09-2008, 08:53 PM
Jaykay - In my honest opinion:

Price no object:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageAC-TMULTI17R.html
Note its a 360` reel. I use this in the mains and its fantastic, very like gut - see my post on great arm friendly hybrid.

Performance at low price:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACPK-PKIQE17R.html
Very good, great feeling string.

scowalters
03-09-2008, 09:41 PM
Jaykay - In my honest opinion:

Price no object:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageAC-TMULTI17R.html
Note its a 360` reel. I use this in the mains and its fantastic, very like gut - see my post on great arm friendly hybrid.

Performance at low price:
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageACPK-PKIQE17R.html
Very good, great feeling string.

I second the IQ-Elite, although I switched mostly because I started breaking it too much.

goldenyama
03-09-2008, 09:45 PM
scowalters is right - but that also goes for almost any multi. I would recommend using string savers if you put them in the mains.

saram
03-09-2008, 09:53 PM
nick: Have you used the Head FiberGel Power 17? Can you share your impressions? Feel/playability, comfort, tension retention?

I have played with the RIP Control 17 extensively --- I mostly liked it for comfort (which was exceptional), except for the highly dampened, muted feel and lower than average tension retention. Is FiberGel Power 17 supposed to be like the RIP Control 17?

A great string that deserves more attention.:)

diredesire
03-09-2008, 11:58 PM
DD: You work way too hard. Lack of sleep is a killer.

DD/Nick/YuLitle: Can you compare NRG217 vs Babolat Attraction vs Head FiberGel Power 17?

YuLitle: I tried Yonex Super Tour 850 a while ago and didn't like it at all. Felt like a board. I think perhaps I chose the wrong tension on it...


Not sure about the fibergel, although i think I have a set laying around...

NRG2 = slightly muted, good cushion/ball cupping (and as a result, decent bite). Dwell time is pretty good, durability isn't so hot, but that is to be expected. Overall a pretty good string, If it didn't cost so much, i'd hit with it a lot more.

Attraction: firmer, frays a lot, but durability is decent. Tension maintenance IMO is better than NRG2. Feel is overly muted (or something), I didn't like it very much. Lower powered, spin production is average (if not slightly below). It's a decent string, but I prefer NRG2

ctdeuce
03-10-2008, 03:25 AM
I have RIP control's in my liquidmetal 4 which I barely ever use, however, I love the strings.

jaykay
03-10-2008, 04:04 AM
Thanks DD. Your review, as well as USRSA's (albeit dated) is swaying me towards NRG2 17.

nickb
03-10-2008, 05:08 AM
I have used Fibergel a few times...its nice and soft, has good power and decent spin. For the price I think its a really nice string...its not as durable as some other multis but its not that expensive if you string for yourself. With Fibergel you might want to go for the 16g..

I have not used Pro Kennex IQ but have heard excellent things about it....many players have commented on it being a hell of a string for the money..

As for comfort they are both very comfortable like most multi strings..

Nick