View Full Version : What is a good tension for natural gut?

12-22-2009, 09:12 AM

I want to string my Vantage -- 90" head size, 63 RA, 330 g unstrung, 30.5 cm balance unstrung, with tension range between 50 and 65 lbs -- with Babolat VS Touch 16. But I don't know at what tension I should string the natural gut.

I normally string my other racquets, such as Donnay Pro-One International, with a full bed of Prince Original Synthetic Gut 17 at 57 lbs or with a hybrid setup of MSV Focus Hex 17L at 52-51 lbs in the mains and Gosen Sheep Micro Super JC 16 at 57 lbs in the crosses. Also, I am a very flat hitter, 4.5-5, who likes to serve and volley.

Thank you for all of your help.


12-22-2009, 09:48 AM
You have to try different tension levels first and then decide what's best for your game and your elbow & shoulder.

I would recommend trying full VS 16 NATTY GUT @ 60 lbs MAINS & 62 lbs CROSSES first.

If that's too tight, go 58 lbs MAINS & 60 lbs CROSSES. On the other hand, if you feel It's too lose, then go 62 lbs MAINS & 64 lbs CROSSES.

I always string the crosses a bit tighter to AVOID string movement and to get better control.

12-22-2009, 09:55 AM
I have Wilson KPS 88 racquets and I find that 57lbs to be the right tension for me. At 59lbs, it is way too stiff and at 55lbs, I can't keep the ball in the court. I hit pretty flat as well.

12-22-2009, 11:22 AM
I have a 95" head size and when I used vs gut 17, I strung it at 64.