View Full Version : tonic vs bde gut?
04-25-2005, 10:47 PM
which gut is better the tonic, bde rally, or bde performance? thanks.
04-26-2005, 04:15 AM
IMO BDE Performance is the best of the three. BDE Performance is first quality gut with a thin protective coating that allows the user to really experience the feel of gut. The Rally and the Tonic are second quality. They contain some blemishes and the guage is sometimes wildly inconsistent. They are not terrible, but you can never be certain what you are getting. Some are much closer to first quality than others. IMO it is better to pay the extra couple of $'s and get the first grade stuff.
04-26-2005, 06:09 AM
I have not used tonic, but having been using BDE this spring in a hybrid. Very happy with it...
05-14-2005, 05:58 PM
Any more opinions or experiences?
05-14-2005, 09:52 PM
Lev - love that handle, baby. Well done.
As far as the three guts in question - bde rallye, perf and Tonic, believe it or not, I just strung with all three for exactly the comparison you were asking about.
After four sets and a couple hours of drills, It is so close I can hardly discern a difference - except that the Bab is ever-so-slightly more soft. Miniscule difference, in my opinion.
I've played bde for quite some time and tried Bab for the first time based on its rep. I'll stick with bde.
BDE Perf is first-rate, I've used it both in 17g and 16g -- excellent feel. Tonic Ball Feel is also very good. I've used what is sold as 16g and it felt great and was quite durable. I have a set of Rallye, but I've never used it.
05-15-2005, 05:17 PM
I prefer BDE as well. It plays as good as Babolat, IMO and costs far less.
05-15-2005, 08:28 PM
Don't know BDE but Bow was better playing than Tonic
05-15-2005, 08:49 PM
I like the BDE as well. Bow Brand was softer, but I've had a few sets break while the racket was in the bag. I've never had an unexpected break with BDE. I've only used Tonic once, several years ago. It wasn't bad, but for some reason, I stayed with the BDE. I used Victor Imperial for a long time, then V.S. Africord. Maybe the BDE feels more like the previous guts I'd used.
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