18g or 17g poly?

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  1. beststringer

    beststringer Rookie

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    Is 18g a good idea? i have 17g polys and they play fine. a little stiff still. wanna try 18g but am concerned about durability.
     
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  2. HitItHarder

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    My sticks have a 18x19 pattern and I don't typically don't break 17g polys before the 12-15 hour mark and I am ready to cut them out.

    I have been trying MSV Hex 1.10 and 1.18 mains and I really like the additional response I seem to get from the smaller gage.

    Hybrids with synthetic gut seem to last longer than full beds, but I can still get about 8 hours out of a full bed of the 1.10 Hex. If you string for yourself, I think the smaller gage is a real option. If you need your string jobs to last longer, you may want to stay with the 17g.
     
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  3. beststringer

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    Thank you.
     
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  4. tennisnyc007

    tennisnyc007 New User

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    I'll 2nd that

    Yeah, depending on the feel that you are looking for. I used to use a PD, and hated thin strings in the frame, but when I switched to a MG Prestige Mid, I liked the thinner gauges for the bite on the balls.

    If you like the thin and can restring yourself, go with it for sure.
     
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  5. PKUSA

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    I prefer a 1.15 in all of my 18x20 frames.
    On my 16x20 and 16x19 frames I prefer a 1.25.

    K-baum PL2 is my preferred poly
     
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  6. beststringer

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    18 g feels just as stiff as 17g. I cut it out. have wrist pain. can't take a chance.
     
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  7. Tennissee

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    Thinner gauge is supposed to have a bit more yield, which would mean more power, and more bite. I tend to think that one should go with the thinnest gauge that will not break on you too often. But that's just me.
     
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  8. schenkelini

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    I agree with you.
     
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  9. alidisperanza

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    Wierd as it sounds... 18g in a PureDrive (non-cortex) felt awfully pingy and conveyed quite a bit of vibration for me. I love 18g in my Prestiges though when I can afford to splurge.


    To the OP, If you're not a string breaker, go for it! 18g Plays great. Lux ace 18 is particularly nice, so is Black code 18 and MSV to name a few.
     
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  10. alidisperanza

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    Stiffness is more a matter of what string type you're using as opposed to gauge. Poly will still play pretty stiff whether it's 18 17 or 16, though there are slight differences.
     
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  11. BigT

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    The thinnest you can handle.
     
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