how high can you string gut? What's a string I can tension 70+ lbs without snapping

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  1. 2ndServe

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    I know gosen 17g og sheep and rip control will snap or the tieoff slips if I string it over 70lbs on the crosses.
     
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  2. db10s

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    Babolat VS Gut, or any other high end gut
     
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  3. pvaudio

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    To be honest, the better question is why would you possibly want to do this?
     
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    Haha, I was thinking that.
     
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    It would have to be a high end gut like VS, Wilson, or Pacific Prime. However, I don't think there are any guarantees that any of them would hold up regularly at 70+ pounds. Bjorn Borg strung his racquets with VS gut at over 70 pounds, and it's well known that several of his strings would break during the stringing process, or they would pop later on their own. So I think if you go that high, it's at your own risk.
     
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    Agreed, at the cost of gut, I wouldn't take the risk.
     
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    Wilson Natural Gut 17 gauge

    It breaks above 60 pounds (note 17 gauge)
    No info about 16 gauge
    No info about hybrids
     
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  8. db10s

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    What? Nat Gut? What brand is that?
     
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    Mamba premium natural gut. I've done it before. I promise it won't snap. :twisted:
     
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    I am really interested in why you could possibly want to do this?
     
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    I agree it's probably not a good idea, but the fact is that Borg did it (with a small head I might add), so at least you can say it's not unheard of. :?
     
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  12. 2ndServe

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    I play with an oversize so 70lbs kevlar isn't as tight as it sounds. Still way to springy after 1 match at 70lbs. Plus I really like super tight strings on the returns.
     
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    wouldn't it be easier to just switch racket? to a lower powered, more control oriented racket?
     
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    yeah oversize sounds too springy. Try a 95. Tons of highly notable 95-98 headsize rackets out there.
     
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    I frequently string gut at 70+ lbs.

    The highest I've gone up is probably 73 lbs. Babolat VS (Classic) and Wilson hold up without a problem.

    I've had Pacific Prime and Tough Gut snap on me in the bag over night.
     
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    You don't happen to have a bionic arm, do you? 70lbs with kevlar seems extreme to me. There is that stuff that mountain climbers use that has incredible tensile strength. If not, I would go for piano wire. Or, you could just fill in the face with fiberglass and make it a paddle. Now that would be stiff!

    I would suggest switching to a PS85 and stringing it normally. Next best thing is the Pure Storm LTD GT.
     
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    I don't really understand why anyone would want to turn an OS racquet into something that it's not.
    Maybe if it has sentimental value, otherwise, get a smaller, heavier, headlight stick, like a 98in, 18M or even a real mid like the Dunlop 100 instead of trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
     
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    If 70 pounds with kevlar seems "springy" to you, gut @ 70 is not the answer.
     
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    Hey Rabbit, is that a Shih Tzu in your avatar?
     
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    Thanks for the link
     
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    Knot opens up sometimes

    Sometimes a knot opens up for tension above 60 pounds.
    It happened to me last week.
    It is unpleasant because of the cost
    BTW:The 17 gauge gut was pre-stretched.
    The string was in the original Wilson sealed envelope.

    Once more-I do NOT know whether the same is true for 16 gauge
    Basically there is a tradeoff between more responsive/elastic thinner gauge
    and more durable 16 gauge.
    I used to have similar problems with Klip 20 years ago
     
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