"Everyone should try gut at least once"

Discussion in 'Strings' started by FoldingChair, Sep 7, 2012.

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should everyone try gut at least once?

  1. Yes I think so

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  2. Nope save your money

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  1. FoldingChair

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    This was stated by a hitting partner of mine as we were on the bench. It got me thinking, I never have actually tried gut before. I've tried everything but natural gut because it's so expensive. But what do you all think? Are natural gut strings something that every player that takes the sport seriously should experience?
     
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  2. Dreamcastin

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    if your not a string breaker, gut is actually cheaper in the long run. most strings i can put up with for a couple weeks maybe, gut is good until it breaks.
     
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  3. Hi I'm Ray

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    Maybe it should be every serious player should try it. I'm not seeing how it would benefit a hacker/dinker - prob just waste some $$.

    It really is a very interesting string. When strung high it felt firm but very elastic with very good snap back & power, good comfort and feel. But it moved around a lot and got stuck all over the place very badly, much like wilson sensation does. I didn't get enough spin from it in a thin gauge, a thicker gauge was actually better for me. I think I would have been happier splitting that set of gut into two hybrids, gut/poly and gut/syn gut or multi.
     
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  4. pvaudio

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    Absolutely. People need to understand why manufacturers still in the 2000s make strings that are supposed to mimic strings that came out in the 1800s. If you just push the ball all of the time, then it doesn't matter. However, if you are a serious player, full gut is something to try at least once. And I mean a good gut; rope aka Unifibre or Volley or Global gut does not count.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    Every stringer should have to work with Unifibre at least once. :twisted:
     
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  6. Smasher08

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    Hybriding gut is probably the best way to go since gut-poly is highly conducive to today's game. It also helps to defray the cost. Then there's also the fact that gut-poly can last 2-4x longer than multis and syngut, while retaining tension far better.

    But in all honestly, I tried gut a couple of times back when I was a NTRP 3.5 and didn't notice anything special. I'm not sure that many people below 4.5 will really notice the difference. There's also the fact that you'll need a backup stick for moist/wet conditions.

    If a non-stringbreaking 2.5 switches from syngut to gut, I doubt they'll notice much if anything. But I'd argue that players 4.0-6.0 will definitely notice and and benefit from it.
     
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  7. pvaudio

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    It astounds me that people actually play tennis in the wet. That concept boggles my mind.
     
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  8. TenFanLA

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    You are not a TRUE tennis fan unless you've played a 5 setter in the pouring rain, ruining your racket and clothes, getting yelled at by your wife or mom, straining to get out of bed the next 5 days...
     
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  9. Smasher08

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    I was thinking primarily of drizzle or taking to the courts after rain has passed and they're 75-80% dry.

    But then again when I lived in England there would always be people playing on through showers and on puddle-covered courts. Since it rained at least a little almost daily, happened all the time! :)
     
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  10. lynnbart

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    I've yet to try gut. Everytime I start to buy a set it seems that I look at the price tag and back away. My son is loving Black Iontec crossed with PSGO and it is so cost effective, comfortable, and playable that it's hard to justify the extra cost.

    I would like to try gut/poly just for reference. With a Pure Drive Roddick headed my way, I may just have to try it.
     
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  11. TenFanLA

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    If my arm could handle full poly, I'd never use gut/poly. Gut is expensive, temperamental and high maintenance. Nothing special in performance of gut/poly that you don't get from full poly except arm comfort. That being said, I think the next revolution in tennis equipment will be or should be a string that gives you the spin of poly but has the comfort of gut or at least a multi.
     
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  12. West Coast Ace

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    I'm with you.
     
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  13. jgrushing

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    Other than a little difficult to string, what's temperamental about today's gut. And high maintenance? I just play with it--for a long time, nothing else. I would never put gut with poly. I know plenty of people like that but it just makes that sweet, buttery feel of a full bed of gut go away. Not convinced that the difference in spin makes any difference to the vast majority of players below 4.5 - 5.0.
     
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  14. Tyler91

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    So...I like Babolat XCel 16g. Which natural gut should I try? Any suggestions?
     
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  15. UCSF2012

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    I actually like Unifibre...a lot. It's a bit thick 15L gauge, but it plays well. Super spin, and steady. It unravels sometimes before you even string it (you can see the 6 sub-strands making up the entire string) but it doesn't break upon stringing it.
     
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  16. TenFanLA

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    Stringing $30-$43 gut that kinks easily with my cheap Klippermate is time consuming and stressful. Also gut seems to get too lively when it gets very hot outside which is not good for returning hard, flat serves and groundstrokes. When it gets too sunny, humid or wet outside, I worry about gut getting ruined. Recently I played with full gut and gut/poly. The spin and the kick is night and day. For me gut/poly makes the court play much longer and wider. Nothing beats full gut for serve, volley, overhead and comfort though.
     
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