Full nat gut tension

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  1. formula16

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    I am planning on stringing my k90 with a full bed of natural gut. What tension should i string the mains and crosses? i hit with a lot of spin

    i usually string gut/poly hybrids at 57/54 pounds
     
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  2. baek57

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    why don't you just use 57 then?
     
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  3. formula16

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    isn't natural gut very powerful?
     
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  4. grover

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    I string my full gut set up a few pounds higher than where I want it and they say the tension with gut drops a few pounds. Whats great about gut and rarely talked about on this board is that the tension never changes after the initial drop and gives you complete peace of mind until it breaks. Yes gut is powerfull but with lots of control. Try a tension a few pounds over what you currently use and go from there. Tonic offers good value if you have never played with gut.
     
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  5. Keifers

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    Yes, I would go higher than your tension for gut/poly. 60 or 62.

    Let us know how it plays for you.
     
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  6. AG30

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    I would recommend 60-62 lbs. I switched from a poly/multi hybrid @ 55/58 to full natural gut @ 62 once, and it was not overly powerful though it did take some getting used to.
     
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    This was in a 90" frame? I vote 57M/55C
     
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    54lbs on main, and 56 on crosses.
     
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    Most NG are more powerful at 50-60 lbs than at 40 lbs.

    According to TW (http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/reporter.php),

    NG, multi/polys are more powerful at 50-60 lbs than at 40lbs.

    If you want less power, string at less than 50 lbs or higher than 65 lbs.

    If you have arm problems, string at less than 50 lbs for more comfort and less power.
     
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  10. baek57

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    One of the reasons you want to string at 57 is because you only want to change one variable at a time. Since you are already used to a gut hybrid just keep the tension the same (57) and see how you like it from there.
     
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  11. scotus

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    Changing one variable at a time is usually a good idea, but perhaps not in this case.

    Gut is very expensive, and I bet the OP wants to get it right the first time.

    Now, let's see what happens if you string it at the usual 57 and it turns out too powerful. Having used numerous sets of full gut and gut/polys, I know it would most likely be too powerful at that tension. In this case, the OP would have to cut out and waste a full set of gut. If the OP is using premier gut, that's $43 (and labor) down the drain.

    But what if you strung it higher, say 60-62? If it turns out too tight, all he has to do is let the racquet sit for a couple of days, or use it for a few hours of practice (players like Kuznetsova even steps on the string bed to loosen it up instantly). And if he chooses to, he can string it a bit looser next time, somewhere between 57 and the new number.

    At any rate, the point is that there are ways to lower the tension after a string job, but there is no way to raise the tension.
     
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  12. formula16

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    yes indeed, cost is an issue otherwise i would not be seeking opinions, i would be testing different tensions myself!

    you said you used full gut. What tension do you string and what racquet?

    THANKS
     
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  13. scotus

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    I like high tension for gut. My usual tension for VS at 70-72 lbs on a 100-sq-in ProKennex 7G.
     
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  14. scotus

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    BTW my recommendation for you still stands at 60-62 lbs.

    I used to string gut at lower tensions and very gradually went higher and higher. Not recommended for most people.
     
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  15. Boricua

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    But Ive heard that the lower the tension, the more power you get. Lately Ive heard the opposite concerning copolys and now gut. String gut under 50 for control and not affecting arm, is that it?:)
     
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  16. Boricua

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    Im a heavy topspin player. I am trying to determine what is the best setup for me. So, how many playing hours will I get from a full poly setup before it looses tension and goes dead or breaks? Obviously, approximate playing time expected before the latter happens.
     
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  17. formula16

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    get your own thread...

    and full poly lasts 3-5 hrs max for me
     
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  18. baek57

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    If full poly only lasts that long why do you want to use full gut? It most certainly won't last as long. My k90 is strung with full gut at 50lbs btw.
     
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  19. formula16

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    i dont break the poly, it goes dead on me

    gut plays well until it breaks right?
     
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  20. Boricua

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    I meant full gut, no need to be rude, bud!
     
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  21. formula16

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    sorry, you hijacked my gut tension thread asking about full poly!
     
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