17g more powerful than 16g?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by backcourt, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. backcourt

    backcourt Semi-Pro

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    I had a brief flirtation with 17g strings 10 or so years ago, but seemed to break them too quickly so have been using 16g since. But I recently picked up some 17g Sensation cheap from a sports store that was getting out of the tennis business. Do you think this would give my rdx 500 mp a little extra pop over restringing with my usual Yonex 16g?
     
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  2. PBODY99

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    At the same tension, no. What you are more likely to notice is a bit more bite on your spin shots.:cool:
     
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  3. ChipNCharge

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    According to TW's Learning Center, thinner guages are more powerful than thicker guages.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/BasicFacts.html
     
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  4. Midlife crisis

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    A string that is more elastic would typically result in more ballspeed. That's because string deformation returns more ballspeed than ball deformation, which is more lossy from an energy viewpoint.

    Elastic strings usually result in less stiff stringbeds, and RSI's string maps show that many thicker strings are more elastic than their thinner gauge counterparts when strung to the same tension, so in these approximately half of the strings, the thicker gauge will provide a little bit more ballspeed.
     
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