Best Synthetic Gut

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  1. EastAngels2014

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    What is the best synthetic gut that is a good price and that still plays well? I am a high school player and cant afford the more expensive stuff.
     
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  2. pvaudio

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    Most synthetic guts are more or less the same but with slightly different feels. If you're a HS player working on a budget, Gosen OG Sheep Micro in natural color is going to give you your best bang per dollar.
     
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  3. EastAngels2014

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    ok thank you
     
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  4. slowfox

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    I have a soft spot for Prince Original Syn Gut. Different colors play slightly different though...
     
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  5. EastAngels2014

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    can you explain how?
     
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  6. Steve Huff

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    If you're a stringbreaker, Wilson Red Alert is about the most durable synthetic I've tried. It plays well too.
     
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  7. rodrigoamaral

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    Pro Supex spiral flex
    forten sweet
    gosen og micro
     
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  8. Praprad

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    how does gosen og micro compare to Prince synthetic gut original or duraflex?
     
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  9. slowfox

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    PSGO white feels a tad stiffer than the gold which is softer but still sorta crisp. The white's texture is smoother than the gold. As for the other colors, it's been a while since I've used them. I mainly stick with white and gold.
     
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  10. max

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    Prince has a good string lineup, I feel. I use their Prince Synthetic Gut Soft. . . which they "discontinued" but which you can find, through TW's sister company, Racquetball Warehouse, now called "Ektelon Powerplay". Same string, it just had to be set aside to make way for new additions to the string lineup.

    Powerplay is a softer version of Original Synthetic Gut. Many players have used Original Synthetic Gut as the baseline measure, or standard, for synthetic gut. It's pretty good stuff.

    I avoid the Prince synthetic gut with duraflex, since it makes the string feel very stiff, gives a harsh response, etc., but which may be the ticket for stringbreakers who don't want to use kevlar! :)

    When it comes to colors, I like the gold.

    Used to be a wild time about 15 years ago, when you could source Gosen OG in about a dozen colors from Macy's Sales. Back then I'd punk out with purple, or blood red or gold OG.
     
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    I think the original syn gut is a tad softer than og micro and both are noticeably softer than the syn gut dura stuff.

    I imagine the og micro holds its tension best.
     
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  12. mikeler

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    I always liked Gamma synthetic gut best, non-Wearguard version.
     
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  13. nightfire700

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    Nobody recommending Forten Sweet today? I thought that was one of the most liked syn guts in here. I am waiting for my first set to arrive soon and will know.
     
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  14. EastAngels2014

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    I have some gamma syn gut that i was going to string up after i cut out my current set up.
     
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  15. EastAngels2014

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    Once that is done i will get some og micro
     
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  16. struggle

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    Gosen OGSM 17 is a winner all the way around.

    cheap AND decent/good. can't go wrong, get a reel. natural.

    also makes a good cross for your poly hybrid, if you must.
     
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  17. mikeler

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    OGSM 17 plays a good bit stiffer than the Gamma synthetic gut 16. I got a whole 14 games out of OGSM 17!
     
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  18. coolblue123

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    I like sweet 17g. It's as crunchy as a bowl of Capt Crunchies.

    Don't know why, but I always like OGSM as a cross (especially to dampen harshness of polys) and sweet for mains. But i like Prince Original Syn Gut 17g as well. String moves like legs in a Square Dance but I like the playability of that string (even though I can get only 5 sets with these strings)
     
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  19. EastAngels2014

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    I am looking for a cross for a poly hybrid that's why durability is important here.
     
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  20. Lakers4Life

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    Tecnifibre Syn Gut costs less than OGSM, and comes in black on the reel.
     
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  21. SteveI

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    Wonderful cross string.. it might be a bit soft and mushy in a full bed.
     
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  22. EastAngels2014

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    i will add it to my list because i am looking for a good cross string with a poly main.
     
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  23. SteveI

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    Great HS.. budget set-up. Reel of Gosen Polylon 17G and reel of Forten Nylon 16G in nat for crosses. TW just did a review of the Gosen Polylon 17G.. they really loved the Black...
     
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  24. Lakers4Life

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    That's the cheap player's setup. I think it comes out to something like $3> a set. The only bad thing about Polylon is it loses tension quickly.
     
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  25. SteveI

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    I would go with the IsoSpeed Baseline 16L for the poly and spend a few bucks more... great string for the price. Much better than the Polylon and much easlier on the arm.
     
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  26. EastAngels2014

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    I have some polys but i am looking for one that is a good price that i like but i don't have anything for a cross. my arm can deal with the full poly but i like the feel of a hybrid better.
     
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  27. eks-mat

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    Hmm, I found the opposite to be true, the string database backs up my findings too. I have OGSM in white though maybe that's why...
     
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  28. Praprad

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    hows the durability of OGSM 17?
    and has anyone tried technifibre synthetic gut?
     
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  29. EastAngels2014

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    just so you all know the highest price i am most likely going to go for is around $10, unless there is something exceptional out there that is in that 15 to $17 range. And since i have my own stringer reels would also be very nice to have. Thank You.
     
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  30. SteveI

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    My fav cross if you are going $10.00 a set would be Wilson Sensation Control 16G. A very nice multi... just under $10.00.
     
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  31. EastAngels2014

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    ok thank you
     
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  32. Overheadsmash

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    I have a reel of TF syngut. It's plays well as a cross, and is $35 a reel. Great value. Gosen OG is good too and in the same price range. I think the gosen is a little bit crisper than the TF.

    Any cheap poly reel in that same price range and you will be able to get 32-34 string jobs out of that combo - well worth it. Plus, you can string it up at one tension, test it out, then restring it lower or higher as you dial in your preference.
     
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  33. EastAngels2014

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    that's my plan, so i have a list of a few strings to try for crosses but now i need to find that good poly in that price range.
     
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  34. Praprad

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    I usually hybrid luxilon alu power with a prince synthetic gut original and have been looking at some cheatper set ups that are similar feel because i have started breaking them rather quickly
    Any thoughts?
     
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  35. acura9927

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    Gamma Syn Gut- very good.
     
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  36. maxpotapov

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    Forten Sweet is not so good as a cross string, it's not slicky enough. Gosen OGSM allows poly mains to slide more freely, although it has other disadvantages compared to Forten Sweet.
     
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  37. THESEXPISTOL

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    I can't point which one is the best but wilson's is the most extreme.

    (Hopefully some will get the joke)
     
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  38. Overheadsmash

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    Probably Isospeed baseline (spin or control) for that poly. $39 a reel.

    Heck, I may go get a reel now....
     
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  39. SteveI

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    Best deal in the world for a poly...much much better than Gosen Polylon
     
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  40. mikeler

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    I used the white one. The string database is nice to have but look at how they test the stiffness. It does not really mimic real life tennis conditions.
     
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  41. EastAngels2014

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    What does IsoSpeed Baseline play like?
     
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    i don't break it, but i do feel it's a good value. maybe i'll try something different next reel.

    currently enjoying some asterisk tour 16 samples. thinking i might move over to multi's/

    gonna try some rip control soon.
     
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  43. vandre

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    this. i've got almost a full reel of psgd in the basement because when i started using ogsm 17 i never when back to it. seems to hold tension pretty well. i like it in crosses like you said!
     
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