View Full Version : natural gut syn gut appearance

07-13-2008, 05:46 AM
hi, is there a difference between the appearance and/or maybe texture of natural gut string and the various other strings?

how do people normally differentiate the types of string that are on a particular racquet?

think this would be useful for buying used racquets.

07-13-2008, 05:54 AM
One way is to look at the brand and gauge normally inscribed at several places on the string itself.

07-13-2008, 07:12 AM
yeah but usually if its been played with alot all of that info is gunna ware off. If your buying a used racquet alot of the time the strings are going to be dead anyway. I've noticed people tend to sell the racquet the strings are already dead or they sit awhile while the racquet sells.

07-13-2008, 08:01 AM
a lot of strings have no markings or are too worn to read, are there other ways to tell?

also how do you tell if the strings are "dead" and needs to be replaced?

07-13-2008, 11:14 AM
A lot of them still do, though; it all does depend on how long the strings were used and how often. As to their replacement--buying a used racquet and playing with the strings can be like playing in someone else's used socks. Replacing those with something fresh that you're used to can be the best thing you do for yourself then. In fact, you assume a lot when you suggest you'd consider keeping those old strings without first seeing how they played for you, even. Apart from playing with dead strings and identifying them that way, you should look at the depth of the notches at the intersection of the mains and crosses where you think you hit the tennis ball. At or around 40% then and they should be close to breaking.

07-15-2008, 03:32 AM
but no way of telling if it's natural gut or syn without specific labelling?