18G Vs 16G

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  1. Squid

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    with all things the same, would a 18g string in a dense string pattern racket equal the same 16g string in an open pattern?

    mainly looking for spin potential, but any other differences?
     
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  2. Valjean

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    Better feel, touch and better power. A higher swing speed, which helps with spin. And, faster tension loss.
     
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  3. morten

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    great question btw. I hate thin strings in an open pattern.
     
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  4. ChipNCharge

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    Keep in mind that 18g string will weigh quite a few grams less than 16g string. It really messed up my game going from 16g to 18g, and I think it was the timing associated with the reduction in swingweight. I switched back to 16g and my timing came back.
     
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  5. westy

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    its amazing how such little differences, guage of string for example, can really screw u your game!! this happened to me aswell, at first i was doubtful of how much difference it could have, but after reading here the weight differences, i understand!!
     
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  6. racketrx

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    Yes, 16 vs 18 can make quite a difference. Consistency is the thing. Don't switch many variables at the same time. I like thin strings so I stick with them and only try a new string or a different tension in one frame at a time. (I have 3 frames, same model, grip size, I have customized them to the same weight and balance.)

    Use a scientific approach and control variables.
     
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  7. Steve Huff

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    I just strung some 12g today, I think. Could have been 14g, but this looked thicker than one of the other packages which was marked 14g.
     
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  8. tennis_hand

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    always 16 g for me. hate tension loss over everything else.

    Most pros use 16g too, some even use 15g, while few uses 17g and 18.
     
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  9. federer_nadal

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    what did kind of string was the 12g? who was it for? what kind of racquet?
     
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  10. jackson vile

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    The thinner guage will not have as much "body" to it, so with the 18g you will get more feel and spin, but with the 16g you get a fuller, more even feel and response off the string bed.
     
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  11. Pro_Tour_630

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    and here I thought few grams did nothing;-)
     
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  12. tlm

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    I used to think thin strings were better but now i would say that thin strings sucks compared to 16g.The thin stuff may feel a little better at first but they wont for long, like after 1 set they are already on the decline.

    It always surprises me how much difference there is in the same string when going from 17 to 16 gauge.The 16 will play with a lot more control, hold tension longer,absorb shock from power hitters+last much longer.

    Like someone else mentioned why wouldnt the pros use thin gauge, when they have 8 sticks strung up+ some change every 6 games.
     
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  13. travlerajm

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    Aside from the weight difference and the slight difference in stiffness (the thinner will feel tighter unless you string a few lbs looser) the main difference is how long they last.
     
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