Cotton Strings

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  1. db10s

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    Am I the only one who thinks this is the next nat gut... :)
    In all seriousness, has this ever been explored?
     
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  2. v-verb

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    A little early for April Fools. Cotton would have zero durability
     
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    In theory seems reasonable to try. I guess someone could go to craft store and get a selection and give it a run. But I imagine its not durable at all. Especially if you hit with topspin.

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    I know it wouldn't be durable... But the next time I'm in MS during college football season, I'll make sure to grab some cotton and make 13G strings.
     
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  5. The Meat

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    Using cotton twine would be the closest to a cotton version of gut right?
     
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    For sure!!!!
     
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  7. Passion4Tennis

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    I'm not sure about cotton, but I'd like to see them make strings out of hemp.
     
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  8. db10s

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    I'm not sure how to respond..... But that was hilarious!
     
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    Cheech&Chong's Smokin' Strings
     
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  10. Povl Carstensen

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    We need silk strings.
     
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  11. Povl Carstensen

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    We need silk strings. I want to string up my Vac 90 Pro with mohair.
     
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  12. db10s

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    I thought about silk... But cotton seemed like a bigger joke.
     
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  13. man_untd11

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    What about spider's silk? :twisted:
     
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  14. Cup8489

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    The natural gut version of Kevlar!
     
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    Or that stuff Peter Parker uses.
     
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    Well being that guy that gets Dunlop stuff really cheap, I'm somewhat obligated to say this: Dunlop Silk.....
     
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  17. Overheadsmash

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    Echo weed trimmer line works great if you can get a thin enough guage. EXTREMELY durable, and those sharp edges literally tear the felt off the ball. Great feel too...
     
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    That thread was part of the inspiration.
     
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    How's the tension maintenance?
     
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  20. Francis27

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    Id pop cotton strings in 1 hit
     
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  21. db10s

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    What about 13 gauge? lol
     
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  22. canny

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    Would weed trimmer strings work in an actual thin gauge lol?
     
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  23. The Meat

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    Get thin twine and make a twine out of strands of twine, so you have a thicker twine made of that twine. Then just coat it in hot wax and call it cotton gut.
     
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  24. db10s

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    Yes, there is a whole thread on this, and its a cheap alternative.
     
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    Crazy...the things you guys come up with on here smh
     
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    Haha... When the economy crashes we still have to play tennis...
     
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    Really Cotton? What's next.......Hemp? After they break you can smoke'em. The ultimate in going green.
     
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    I was making a joke. You can really play with weed trimmer line? Seriously?
     
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    I can't imagine you actually use that string.
     
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    Never! Its the most mediocre/blah multi ever...
     
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  31. db10s

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    Seriously, I have some that I'm going to string up soon. It stretches quite a bit though (from what I've heard).
     
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    Very stiff too. Not smooth as Silk like I was expecting.
     
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  33. db10s

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    I've hit so much with it because its the default demo string in Dunlop rackets.
     
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  34. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    My friend CLAIMED his uncle used piano wire for tennis strings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_wire

    "Piano strings are among the most demanding of all applications of steel. Placed under high tension, they are subject to repeated blows, they are stretched and slackened during tuning and are still expected to last for decades."

    Sounds like they hold their tension at least. :wink:
     
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    Metal wire
    Metal wire, usually piano wire, was used in some historical racquets.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strings_(tennis)
     
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    I would like to publicly apologize to David Thompson for thinking and implying he's a goddamn liar all these years.
     
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    Let's try a hybrid. The crosses of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia, Cotton, and Hemp. Mains of WeedWhacker string. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 5 sets on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.
     
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    Get a job and a haircut hippy!
     
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    Did you major in Agrostology?
     
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    No but have a license to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations.
     
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    The pond would be good for you.
     
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    Cannonball comin':mrgreen:
     
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    I've sentenced boys younger than you to the electric chair. Didn't want to do it. Felt I owed it to them.
     
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    Anyone tried dental floss?
     
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  46. Andyroo10567

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    How about a 40ft strip of rubber.
     
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    Or wool- for when it gets really cold outside.

    Actually, now that I think about it, when I was in high school, they gave us rackets in P. E. that had piano wire strings (for durability).
     
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    Spandex... for that extra 'trampoline effect'.
     
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  49. db10s

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    I strung up weed whacker string, it's pretty tough to string as its 2mm thick. The knots don't tighten very well. But it has an extreme gear shape, so I should get some spin. I strung it at 40 lbs as a reference tension. I will do one at 50 if I feel like it.
     
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