Do string savers work for natural gut ?

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  1. recreationalplayer

    recreationalplayer Rookie

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    After having used Gamma Pro Live Wire 17g for years thought I would try a more current string and tried Babolat Hybrid RPM Blast 17+ VS 16 String. I loved it but it didn’t love me, after about 4-5 weeks I was developing tennis elbow so, just for fun, I tried Babolat Tonic + 16g. I love this stuff. I have also tried Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 String, I liked it but it doesn’t last long enough, IMO. The Babolat Tonic + 16g has the best combination of power, control and comfort of any of other strings mentioned by a wide margin. The pro who strings my racquets doesn't think much of string savers and I really don't understand how at least a few wouldn't pop out almost every time I play, but would they appreciably lengthen the life of the gut ?
     
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  2. ATP100

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    Easy Answer: Yes
     
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  3. syke

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    Yes. Don't let your stringer tell you otherwise.
     
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  4. Orion3

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    Totally agree but would suggest looking at the different types of stingsavers. personally, I'd recommend babolat elastocrosses - they are PTFE/Teflon and have groves cut into them, so allow the strings to slide and give great access to spin. They don't pop out easily.

    Some/most of the other stingsavers just sit between the mains and crosses - and seem to stifle string movement (and spin generation) - these ones do pop out easily when playing.
     
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  5. NothingButNet

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    Agree with the Babolat Elastocross - I use it on 16L Pacific Gut at 60 to 65 and have not had even one of them pop out on me. Genius design!
     
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  6. mikeler

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    Babolat Elastocross are the best string savers made.
     
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  7. recreationalplayer

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    Five responses, all yes with Babolat Elastocross the favorite. They sound like a little bit of insurance to protect a good investment...thank you for your input.
     
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  8. mikeler

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    Try the Gamma ones side by side with the Babolats. Then you can thank us later!
     
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  9. marlinspike

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    Just remember to account for the string savers when telling your stringer what tension you want.
     
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  10. bradsm01

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    +1 For the Babolat Elastocross being the best string savers made plus the most convenient to install. Pete Sampras used to keep one in his back pocket and would use it often throughout a match. For years, I have put Babolat Tonic + in my crosses with polyester in the mains and I can tell you unequivocally they work in keeping the gut from moving and thus extending their life.
     
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  11. lwto

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    Another Point.. as a stringer, I have found the common strigalings.. the savers actually dig into gut, almost serrating the strings. So, what happens over the string bed is that there will be natural shredding and then inevitably there is one spot where there is a big gouge from the stringaling.

    But that said I haven't seen to many people use gut with string savers to make a definitive answer.
     
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  12. recreationalplayer

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    Finally tried Babolat Elastocross string savers

    Today I finally played with the Babolat Elastocross string savers w/Babolat Tonic string. I may not can explain why but they seem to improve playability in addition to lenghtening the life of the strings.

    Maybe the string savers, in separating the strings & creating a more uneven string bed, allow for more bite on the ball, thus put more spin on the ball & make for a chrisper hit.

    Anyway I like this stuff.
     
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  13. Orion3

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    They are PTFE/Teflon and let the strings 'glide' and then snap back. Personally, I found more spin and better string life.
     
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  14. recreationalplayer

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    good stuff

    Maybe it is the "snap back" that privides the extra pace and spin but my only regret is that I didn't try them sooner.
     
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  15. ramos77

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    they also raise the tension of the string bed a little, handy when you've strung a little too low and want less depth.
     
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