View Full Version : What are Benefits of 18G v. 17G

05-05-2010, 01:25 PM
I know that 17G will last longer but were are the pros and cons of using 18G synthetic over 17G synthetic..particularly Gosen micro

05-05-2010, 04:15 PM
Might be in my head but 18g feels better, and has a little bit more control; totally worth the loss in durability in my opinion.

However, the benefits are not as pronounced as going from 16 ->17, and the durability drop is worse than the 16->17 transition.

Something to keep in mind....

Autodidactic player
05-05-2010, 04:53 PM
I find that I get a tiny bit more spin, power and feel from 18g vs. 17g. I define "tiny" as noticeable during play but not so significant that your regular opponents would comment on your improved play. As you point out, the downside is less durability. Since I use an 18x20 pattern racket - which, in my opinion, allows 18g strings to last at least as long as 17g string in a more open pattern - I find the playability increase from 18g string worth any minimal durability decrease.

05-06-2010, 02:46 AM
In a word too, I just wish they made more 17L's...