Difference between 16 and 16l

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  1. mr33

    mr33 New User

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    Hi There,

    Is there a big difference between 16l and 16 gauges? I know the 16 will last a lil longer but is there a noticible performance difference between the two gauges?

    Thanks ;)
     
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  2. Valjean

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    That depends on how sensitive you are; for me, assuming the same brand and string, the feel of the two gauges can be different, there is a slight swing speed improvement with a 16L, and typically more spin then. However, some manufacturers subject their thinner gauges to different manufacturing techniques--typically to add durability/tension-holding capability to the thinner one--so the gauge difference is often not the only thing you experience when you playtest one.

    One excellent 16L *multifilament,* in case you are interested here, is Wilson's NXT *OS*...
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    Usually, about 2mm in diameter.
     
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  4. thebeast73

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    the l means that it is in between a 16 and 17 gauge. maybe a little less power, spin, and playability if u go with a 16 instead of a 16l, but more durability
     
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  5. AndI

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    String Gauges and Diameters in millimeters
    15 1.41-1.49 mm 17 1.20-1.24 mm
    15L 1.34-1.40 mm 17L 1.16-1.20 mm
    16 1.26-1.33 mm 18 1.10-1.16 mm
    16L 1.22-1.26 mm 19 1.00-1.10 mm



    16L is about 0.05 mm (about 4%) thinner than 16
     
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  6. SpinToWin

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    no.

    yes.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    Actually Steve Huff and AndI were both right (almost.) Most of the time the diameter of a string varies for any gauge from one manufacturer to another but more often than not from one string gauge to another for one specific manufacturer there is a difference between gauges of about 0.05 mm. The "L" designation is for light gauge which are just a little smaller than the full gauge or about 0.02 mm. I think Steve just made a (large) small mistake in where his decimal point should have been. 2 mm is the difference between tennis string and heavy weed eater line. Oops!
     
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  8. LeeD

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    Main diff is 16 is denser, lasts longer, feels more stiff.
    L is thinner/less dense, doesn't last at all, but plays really nice.
     
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