does fatter string = more power?

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  1. rxblitzrx

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    I've experienced better playability and feel with thinner guages (17 and 18) but I haven't been able to find info on lower guages (15L and 16).

    Do 15L and 16 guage strings offer more power over 17 and 18 guage?

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  2. No should be less. Thicker strings would be stiffer and offer less displacement/trampoline effect.
     
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  3. rxblitzrx

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    thanks for the response! i keep getting this backwards for some weird reason. always feels counter-intuitive to my brain.
     
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    mainly durability
     
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  5. bad_call

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    depends on the string. take for instance gosen ogsm. ratings indicate that the 17g is more powerful than the 16. however some polys (which are more elastic/power) will exhibit more power in the larger gauge. i posted a thread on this a while back and it appears to depend on the individual string.
     
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  6. rxblitzrx

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    good to know. i doubt i'll ever use full poly. i'm more into syn gut or multifillament. thanks!
     
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  7. tennisnerd09

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    If you're noticing your shots going longer with a 16g compared to a 17 or 18, it's probably the difference of spin potential that's causing it, not the strings' inherent power. If you hit the ball the same with 16g and 18g strings, the 18g will go shorter because there would be more topspin on the ball.
     
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  8. lawlitssoo1n

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    thicker strings=less power
    the more open the string beds are 16x18 its more spin and POWER
    as for a 18x20 it is control

    so thinner strings=more bigger square patterns
     
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  9. rxblitzrx

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    So if I'm complaining about too little power with my 18x20 pattern, then I could possibly fix that by lower tension with 18 guage strings. I hope.

    I'll give it a try. I'm already using 17 guage and the thing just doesn't blast balls that explode in mid-air the way I want it to.
     
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  10. lawlitssoo1n

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    whoa u use x-1 biphase? doesn't that play close to natural gut? hm...
    i use BG/tech xr3 and its like blasting everywhere! i can't even keep the ball in! and i string at 64/65 but now im used to it. why don't u use natural gut or something.
     
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  11. rxblitzrx

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    oh, woops. i actually haven't tried x-1 biphase yet. my experiences have been based on
    1. NXT 16 @ tension too high
    2. PSGD 17 @ 55lbs probably the sweetspot, tension-wise
    3. POSG 17 @ 52lbs haven't hit yet, but hoping 52 will give more power without feeling too mushy
    4. X1-Biphase 17 @ ? I'll try this next week depending on how the 52 lb experiment works out. If X1 Biphase really does add power to the racquet then I'll be very happy.
    5. Gosen OG 17 - I really want to try this because of the rave it gets here in the forums as a good, cheap string.
     
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  12. lawlitssoo1n

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    prince synthetic gut is REALLY low powered u can tell the difference. i think u should try tecnifirbre xr3.
    gosen is also low powered
     
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  13. rxblitzrx

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    which one do you think has more power
    1. NXT 17
    2. X1-Biphase 17
     
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  14. lawlitssoo1n

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    i would say x1-biphase is a lot closer to natural gut then nxt; and natural gut is the most powerful strings out there. so bi-phase
     
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  15. rxblitzrx

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    OK, the POSG 17 @ 52 was terrible. It has a very muted feel and the mains were all over the place after 1 hour. It definitely plays a lot softer than the PSGD 17. I was able to take the rubber band out and get more feedback from my shots without it tearing up my arm.

    It is definitely a LOW powered string, and now I have tennis elbow. X1-Biphase 17 @ 55 is going in tomorrow.
     
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