11-23-2010, 08:07 PM
A while back I asked about using gut over again. The response was try it and then let us know the results. Well, finally I did try it, and here are the (partial) results: Over a period of about a year, I had three racquets with Babolat 16 gage natural gut VS break. I simply cut out the gut the first time it happened and saved it all in a bag. The last two times, I laid the two racquets on the table and cut out the "bad" spots. As carefully as I could, I then took out the remaining gut. I now had a bunch of gut string, in various lengths. I took each piece and wrapped it around my hand, counting the number of times the gut went around my fingers. I then put that particular piece of gut in a baggy, with the number of times it wrapped around my fingers written on a piece of paper--also in the baggy. I ended up with about fifteen baggies, with numbers going from 8 to 54. Each wrap around my fingers was about six inches. 54 then represented 27 feet of gut, if I figured it out correctly. By looking at what I had, I could see bags than had "good" quality gut. Other bags, less so. I then gave it all to my stringer, a friend that strings for us tennis players locally. He just brought the two racquests back (55 pounds) and charged me $45.00. He said it was a little harder than usual. But he thought it turned out OK. The racquets look good, almost as good as if I had used new gut. I am going away to Reno for a few days so I can't tell you how they play (I am about a 4.0 player.) I even have gut left over.