Better option than Prince SynGut 16 w/Duraflex ?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by InsideOut, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. InsideOut

    InsideOut New User

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    Hi.

    I just buy strings when I'm in US, which has been 3 years ago. I usually play with the Prince SynGut 16 with Duraflex, but it seems the price has been increased, and I don't find the string good value anymore, so I'm considering other options.

    I play with a Dunlop Aerogel 5Hundred, and like the feel and consistency of the Prince string for the first 30 minutes, then it looses a little and strings starts to move a lot, and after 90-120 minutes it usually breaks (on red clay). The last 15 minutes it is not very consistent.

    My shots are very flat, so I'm not looking for any spin oriented string.

    I'll need to order in the next few days, so I'm hoping to get a little input from others.

    I'm considering going multifilament with the Mantis Comfort (only $7 more than Prince), or synthetic with the Forten Sweet 16 (for value).

    I have previously tried the Wilson Stamina and did not like. I also tried the Gosen OG sheep Micro 16, and found it very similar to the Prince, but it just feels a little dead.
     
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  2. logrock

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    As far as syn. gut goes, I have found Forten Sweet 16ga to be an all around
    solid performer. Similar to Gosen OG sheep & Prince orginal syngut but softer and better at holding tension. Also cheaper!
    For reference, I use it both as a hybrid and full set in LM Rad midplus at 55lbs.
     
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  3. redbirdone

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    What's your budget? Prince syn gut is running $4.75 a pack, are you looking to spend less? Or are you okay with spending more provided there is a performance gain?
     
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  4. InsideOut

    InsideOut New User

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    logrock, thanks for the info about Forten.

    redbirdone, mostly looking for value, but also a price below $100 for a reel. While PSG is below $100 I just don't find it a good string for $83, considering it's syngut and breaks easily.
     
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  5. loosegroove

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    Your best bet is Pro Supex Spiral Flex. Great syn gut and inexpensive too. Unfortunately they don't sell it at TW.
     
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  6. redbirdone

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    Have you considered poly? Tourna big hitter blue rough for $89 a reel is hard to beat for "bang for your buck"

    And if you want to stay with a syn gut, Wilson syn gut reels are a little bit more than half of the Prince reels ($50) for about the same performance
     
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  7. OHBH

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    Yeah Wilson extreme syn gut 16g gives you a lot more playability and durability than the Prince. I typically hybrid it with Isospeed Baseline which is a great poly for the price.

    Prince Duraflex is a god awful string in my opinion the playability is gone almost instantly with that junk.
     
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  8. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

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    I 2nd the above, Prince Duraflex along with Dunlop Silk should be taken off all stores shelves everywhere.
     
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  9. ishiun

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    agreed. This string is amazing. the big hitter black is also great but bhb7 is mainly a spin string and you said you werent looking for spin. so you shud try BHBR
     
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  10. rich s

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    If you are going to keep using syn gut, take a look at Gamma Synthetic Gut with Wearguard. I've found it to play similarly to PSGD and maintain tension as well or better...

    rich
     
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  11. mikeler

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    The version without WearGuard lasts longer.
     
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  12. rich s

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    how ironic... :)
     
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  13. newyorkstadium

    newyorkstadium Semi-Pro

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    Volkl Synthetic Gut 17 is a much better string at a cheaper price. Likewise Ashaway synthetic gut & liberty. I haven't tried Liberty but it is incredibly cheap.
     
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  14. anubis

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    If you're just looking for a cheap nylon reel, go Gosen OGSM or Forten Sweet.

    Go to TW's string reel finder and sort them all by price. You'll see the cheapest ones there. But, you get what you pay for. Cheap nylon strings are just that - cheap and nylon. You aren't going to get whiz-bang performance out of them, but you will certainly be able to string a lot of racquets for very little money.
     
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  15. rev200g

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    I really like my Forten Competition Nylon 16 as a cross in my hybrid as does a friend of mine who plays at the 5.0 level and has compared it to the Prince Syngut. He says the Forten nylon is a bit softer while being more durable and maintaining playability longer.
     
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  16. max

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    The duraflex stuff is lousy; Prince ruined a good string by adding it. . . and then 'fessed up to it by reissuing original syn gut.

    Unless you bust strings constantly, there are plenty of other good options out there.
     
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  17. TW Staff

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    InsideOut,

    I'd like to reinforce what newyorkstadium and mikeler said. Both Volkl Synthetic Gut and Gamma Synthetic Gut are good options. We found Volkl's syn gut to be quite lively for the breed, so you might consider starting there.

    Jon
     
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  18. mikeler

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    Have not read much about the Volkl. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  19. donnygg

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    Note that there are 2 versions of Volkl syn gut - the classic and non-classic 'duraguard'.
     
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