View Full Version : babolat vs gut help

04-10-2008, 02:57 AM
ok here's my story,

so i've bought and ordered a pure drive roddick plus and im goin to get it stringed properly. i've played tennis on and off since i was little but im taking it seriously now. i know im defo going to get pro hurricane tour for the mains, and i was looking at vs gut for the crosses, both 16g, but when i went to my local tennis centre, and looking through these forums, i found that they are not durable and need replacing frequently.

i want to know if anyone can suggest a string, preferably babolat, that will be as close to vs gut, 16g, but last for as long as possible. are any of the synthetic guts good?

cheers for ur responses guys.

much appreciated.


04-10-2008, 03:01 AM
Babolat VS will last much longer than those polys will, Pro Hurricane Tour will be completely dead before the VS even starts to lose its feel.

04-10-2008, 03:06 AM
oh really? i thought it was the other way round! are they a good setup tho?

04-10-2008, 03:13 AM
Babolat VS might BREAK more quickly than polys, but most people will tell you that polys are only good for 20 hours tops and then they'll feel like absolute dog doo after that.

What level are you at right now? You might not wear it out as quickly depending on your level.

04-10-2008, 03:19 AM
as i said im only taking it seriously now. my current racket (until monday =)) is the old pure drive and i only had the standard strings on there. ive had that racket for years.

so i guess you could say i havent got a rating yet, but im getting a personal trainer and lessons, so hopefully ill be getting there.

ill prob get the tension to around 60-63 lbs


04-10-2008, 03:35 AM
You should try full gut.

04-10-2008, 03:42 AM
is that stronger?

04-10-2008, 03:42 AM
You should try full gut.

Full gut is an excellent choice. I was finally smart enough to man up and shell out the cash for an all VS job and it's worth every penny. It frays like crazy but I haven't broken it yet, just replace it every few months or so and you'll be fine.

04-10-2008, 03:48 AM
so you think i should go for vs gut? whats the difference with team vs gut?

04-10-2008, 03:52 AM
so you think i should go for vs gut? whats the difference with team vs gut?

VS Team IS gut. My only experience is with the 16g thermogut. Try it, I have a feeling you won't go back.

However, it IS a rather expensive thing to test out, my advice to you would be to find a gut you like a stick with it. No point in trying anything else if you've already found your holy grail.

04-10-2008, 04:23 AM
so vs gut is the same as vs team? thermogut looks quite cool, cheers!

04-13-2008, 02:56 PM
just found out that vs gut team is slightly thinner

04-13-2008, 06:30 PM
VS Team Gut is 17g, VS Touch Gut is 16g. So you are correct, Team is slightly thinner.

04-14-2008, 06:37 PM
VS Team Gut is 17g, VS Touch Gut is 16g. So you are correct, Team is slightly thinner.

VS Touch is also available in 15L, which would obviously last longer than either the 17g or 16g mentioned earlier. You did mention you wanted something 'durable' and going to a thicker string would do that. I've played with all 3 of these gauges and 15L plays great (IMO it is superior to any sort of synthetic and I have played with most top end synthetics)

04-16-2008, 02:34 PM
oh right ill look into that!, thanks for ur response! what exactly is 15L btw?

04-16-2008, 02:43 PM
15L means 15 light. It is thinner than 15g but thicker than 16g.

04-16-2008, 02:59 PM
oh right ok thanks for that! so is 16g the thinnest?

04-16-2008, 03:05 PM
oh right ok thanks for that! so is 16g the thinnest?

If I'm not mistaken strings can vary from 15-20g, 15 being the thickest and 20 being the thinnest.

I know, it seems backwards.

04-16-2008, 06:05 PM
You should give Babolot Tonic gut a try...thinnest is 16g, IIRC.

It's significantly less expensive than VS.

04-16-2008, 11:22 PM
That's right. Natural gut usually don't last as long as poly's but they will retain their tension and everything else pretty well. They will usually fray before breakage too. As for Hurricane...those don't break, ever. They do feel dead in a couple hours though...but hey how can you tell anyways? They ARE dead to begin with.

I find out that going full Natural Gut, full synthetic, or full poly is better. I'm not into hybrid since either my main or cross will break anyways. Hybrid doesn't make my strings last longer.

04-17-2008, 02:30 AM
if you want the nearest to gut from babolat, it will be the excel or excel power. plays as good as nxt, and other top line soft strings, with more durability than the gut.

04-17-2008, 02:41 AM
thanks for all ur advice guys, it all helps A LOT

04-17-2008, 12:23 PM
i had that same problem when i started changing to natural gut hybrid. if i were you, id put the vs gut in the crosses with the pro hurricane. plus, vs gut is really expensive anyways and if ur a beginner, its not worth the money that early in your tennis game. start off with babolat pro hurricane (not the tour), with wilson sensation in crosses or some other synthetic. that works really well when u start off. that was my first combo i used. right now i use luxilon BB alu rough in mains with babolat VS GUT 16g in crosses. i make sure to use string savers with this combo since gut shreds fast. string savers also help keep the tension, but only buy them if ur going to use a high gauge or gut.