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tennis24/7
02-04-2006, 07:42 AM
there is a section called, "the complete player" in the latest tennis magazine. this section shows several of the top players' racquet and strings they use. i noticed 16 gauge string was by far the most popular. i figured since they probably get their strings for free, they would choose 17 or 18 gauge for playability over the 16 gauge for durability; but it doesn't appear so. i wouldn't think they care for durability when they have their racquets restrung before every match and have 9 racquets in the bag. maybe 17 gauge doesn't really offer better playability over 16 gauge?

anyone know why 16 gauge is the most common?
and what gauge do you use?

Rhinomilk
02-04-2006, 07:46 AM
I was wondering the same thing...

I use a 17/18 guage hybrid string job because it's supposedly better from what I've heard in creating spin potential and such. Plus, I'm not really a stringbreaker (that helps). :)

ffrpg
02-04-2006, 07:49 AM
I personally use 16g string. I use it because it gives a great combination of durability and playability. I played with Babolat VS 16 and 17 side by side and the 16g just felt better. It feels a little softer. Who knows, it could all be in my head. I didn't notice a difference in spin between 16g and 17g strings.

oscar_2424
02-04-2006, 07:49 AM
most of the times i use 16, but ocassionally change to 17

Rickson
02-04-2006, 07:58 AM
there is a section called, "the complete player" in the latest tennis magazine. this section shows several of the top players' racquet and strings they use. i noticed 16 gauge string was by far the most popular. i figured since they probably get their strings for free, they would choose 17 or 18 gauge for playability over the 16 gauge for durability; but it doesn't appear so. i wouldn't think they care for durability when they have their racquets restrung before every match and have 9 racquets in the bag. maybe 17 gauge doesn't really offer better playability over 16 gauge?

anyone know why 16 gauge is the most common?
and what gauge do you use?
I use 16 because 17 is too thin and 15 is too thick, and just like the baby bear's porridge, 16 is just right.

PBODY99
02-04-2006, 09:29 AM
With gut the thinner gauges feel harsher so I like 15L. In ZYEX and multis 16g, in Polys and Kevlars 17 to 18g.

Pomeranian
02-04-2006, 09:42 AM
Honestly, I don't find that 17g has more playability. It feels stiffer to me, though they say that it's supposed to be more elastic? What I do find is that breaking strings during a point can be a large disadvantage. ;) Also very money depleting.

Sixpointone
02-04-2006, 09:57 AM
I personally prefer 16 Gauge.

SteveI
02-04-2006, 10:19 AM
Hi,

17G in Polylon Ice and Gamma XP.

Regards,
Steve

#LT
02-04-2006, 04:19 PM
i also prefer 16 gauge, but mainly just because of the durability.

armand
02-04-2006, 06:59 PM
I find you get more power+spin with a higher gauge but less control. I like 16 but 17 is too 'springy'. That's why we pros like the 16.

equinox
02-04-2006, 07:25 PM
15L nylon.

fishuuuuu
02-04-2006, 07:56 PM
I use 17 gauge strings.

Becker
02-04-2006, 08:05 PM
I prefer 17 gauge. 18 breaks way too fast for me, and I don't like the feel of that. 16 is fine, but 17 seems to be the perfect feel for me. I can afford to restring after matches, which I always do after each if possible, but I don't want to be breaking strings in the middle of them -another reason not to go 18.

15 and the strings feel dead to me.

thetenniskid07
02-05-2006, 02:18 PM
Just changed from 16g to 17g. I am not a big string breaker so... 17g is a better choice for me. Provides a little bit more spin and feel.

theace21
02-05-2006, 06:15 PM
17 Gosen Sheep Micro

I also hybrid with BDE Preformance gut 16

jlui21
02-05-2006, 09:39 PM
What is the best tension for durability and playability using 16 gauge string (within the confines of the recommended tension of your racquet)? I understand ppl have their preferences, but whatever feedback you can give will be of help. Thanks.

BTW, I am currently using 16 gauge TNT gamma strings (something like that) strung at 56 lbs.

snoflewis
02-05-2006, 09:59 PM
currently, ive been using hybrid of 17g poly mains/16g synthetic crosses. but im going back to a full 17g synthetic job...should last about...10-15 hours or so...lol

goosala
02-08-2006, 06:19 PM
I string my own frames so 18 gauge is great and gives me the feel and spin I need.

joe sch
02-09-2006, 06:31 AM
I really enjoy using the thicker strings at a loose tension.
Playing 14g natural gut at 45lbs is really fun.
You gotta have control for that setup which will supply tons of power and touch.

santolg321
02-10-2006, 08:13 AM
I like 16L and 17 gauge strings....

Go Tennis
02-10-2006, 03:14 PM
You can produce a better "heavy spin ball" with 16g. With 16g the ball bounce faster than 17g with the perfect aceleration. Thats the reason because the most of spanish ATP players prefer Big Banger Original - and Rafael Nadal uses still a thicher string like 1.35mm.

roddick_rulz
02-10-2006, 03:59 PM
16 and 16L are the best...good performance and good durability.

ace of spades
02-10-2006, 04:05 PM
I like 18 but i usually settle for 17g. Almost never go below 17. I need a thinner string to open my stringbed, but there arent to many good 18g strings out there...

CheapStrings
02-11-2006, 01:26 PM
I used to use 16 gauge but when I switched to poly strings for better durability I found I liked 17 gauge polys better.

dingo
02-11-2006, 05:45 PM
I use 16g as 17g loses tension on me way to quickly - I hate it when strings move too much. I tried all gauges and couldn't percieve any change in my game. I wish changing a string gauge could make one a better player:) Certainly not me:(

coach
02-11-2006, 08:21 PM
the surprising thing is that anyone of us can tell any difference in feel b/t 16 and 17 gauge--- comparing 1.29 mm to 1.22 mm we are talking .07 (as in 7/100ths of a MILLIMETER) -- as in 25.4 of them = an inch. I don't know if my math is correct but that's 0.00275591 of an inch. Anyone got any human hairs hanging around?

Of course you can multiply it times 4 for the "box" that is made by the cross section of mains and crosses. Seems to me that the pattern would dictate a lot more feel-- 100 sq inch with 18x20 vs 100 sq inch 16x19 as an example

TheSneakerologist
02-11-2006, 08:27 PM
what is the difference between 16 and 16L?

La Bomba
02-12-2006, 12:23 AM
I use 16 gauge Gamma Syn.Gut w/wearguard at 64lbs, or kirschbaum super smash at 64lbs 16

brian.sat
02-14-2006, 07:22 AM
I'm using Signum Pro PP 1.18 on my HM200G to replace Wilson Reaction 17 with 5% drop in tension. It greatly enhance the power and spin with a even softer feel that is never dream of before.

RogerY
02-14-2006, 11:19 AM
what is the difference between 16 and 16L?


16L is a half size thinner than 16, and a half size thicker than 17.

legolas
02-14-2006, 02:43 PM
titan natural gut 17, and for the corsses, luxi alu rough 16