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tnkGod4tns
06-30-2006, 07:10 AM
same string, same tension, which one is more comfortable, 16g. or 17g.

Valjean
06-30-2006, 07:34 AM
The USRSA years back came out with a study that found 17 gauge solid-core synthetics strung up stiffer, and recommended, for it, that the 17 be strung two lbs. lower than a 16. Until then, the general advice had been to string the 17 two lbs. higher than 16, because a 17 is more more elastic--hence, comfortable--and powerful. You even swing your racquet more. I still think to string a 17 two lbs. tighter is right myself, and that it's still more comfortable that way. Try it out.

TennisProPaul
06-30-2006, 07:47 AM
The String Selector Map 2005
http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/200509/200509stringselector.html

ThePlungerMan
06-30-2006, 09:26 AM
The USRSA years back came out with a study that found 17 gauge strung up stiffer, and recommended, for it, that the 17 be strung two lbs. lower than a 16. Until then, the general advice had been to string the 17 two lbs. higher than 16, because a 17 is more more elastic--hence, comfortable--and powerful. You even swing your racquet more. I still think to string a 17 two lbs. tighter is right, and that it's still more comfortable that way. Try it yourself.

It was clear to me the BDE Perf gut in 17 was much stiffer than the BDE 16 gauge. The 16 was much softer. In a way, a huge diffference. So i did a search and finally found that it is dependent on the string for the final say so.

thetenniskid07
06-30-2006, 09:35 AM
17g for sure

Valjean
06-30-2006, 11:10 AM
It was clear to me the BDE Perf gut in 17 was much stiffer than the BDE 16 gauge. The 16 was much softer. In a way, a huge diffference. So i did a search and finally found that it is dependent on the string for the final say so.
How long did you have the 17 gauge in? Was it so just initially?

ThePlungerMan
06-30-2006, 12:03 PM
How long did you have the 17 gauge in? Was it so just initially?
For enough time to know for sure, that's for sure. Initially had tried both at the same tension. I liked it both ways so I hybrid the two gauges on my just recently old racket. Ms 16 xs 17, And liked it much. Now Im trying to dial in the new racket as the max tension on the new one is 5 pds lower. I have a feeling I will like the softer 16 in my, (little) firmer new racket. On my new racket , it, (the BDEs) was much firmer in both gauges at two pounds under the max in respect to two under on the old rackets higher max.

Kevo
06-30-2006, 12:04 PM
It really does depend on the specific string. You can always string at the same tension and adjust from there if needed. That is my usual mode of testing. I have found that many 17g strings are fine if strung at the same tension as the 16g.