firm multis vs. synth gut

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  1. Muppet

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    I've been thinking about switching from a poly hybrid back to a multi, to get better tension maintenance. I was considering either Genesis Thunderblast, or Gamma Revelation pre-stretched. A few minutes ago, it occurred to me that a synth gut may play as well as a stiffer multi. The only multis I've played with were softer. What is the difference in playability between firm multis and synth gut? Is there a general difference in tension maintenance?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Stiffness is only 1 part of the equation. Thunder Blast is just superior in every way but price when compared to a standard synthetic gut.
     
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  3. nickarnold2000

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    Hey mikeler, in what ways is Thunder Blast better than an average syn gut in a poly hybrid? I've always used syn gut so I'm very interested.
     
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  4. bad_call

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    not mikeler here...found ThB to be a bit higher in power so low tension stringing not an acceptable option.
     
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  5. nickarnold2000

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    How low is low stringing for you?
     
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    depends on which racquet and string pattern (# of mains). upper 40s to low 50s in leaded 4D 100, 52 in yy200 and now using blx blade strung in mid 40s.
     
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  7. mikeler

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    Multis are inherently more powerful than synthetic gut. Some play OK down at low tensions but most will not have enough control. So here is a breakdown of ThB versus synthetic gut:

    More power
    Better feel
    Better spin
    Awesome punch on volleys
    More control if strung high enough
     
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  8. Chotobaka

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    I totally agree with this when comparing to SG. The other factor that comes into play today are more strings with non-traditional multifilament geometry and construction, which creates a whole new range of playing characteristics.

    Strings like PPA, FXP Tour and Thunder Blast have strayed away from the traditional core made purely of a multitude of thin multifilament fibers. Not so long ago, Tecnifibre broke ground with solid core and multi-multifilament strand construction. More and more strings will be straddling the line between multi and co-poly in the future -- de facto hybrids in a single string. It is going to be more difficult the paint multi characteristics with a broad stroke of the brush going forward.
     
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  9. nickarnold2000

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    Thanks for posting. It looks like I have some string testing to do! :)
     
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