Hi, Thought I might make a post concerning an alternative method of hybriding with natural gut. I use a Wilson Steam Steam (15 x 16) which can be fairly severe on gut because of its open string pattern. I've been hybriding Pacific Tough Gut 17 gauge with Big Banger Ace gause18, and more recently, Pacific X-Force 18 gauge. The usual method I have used is to string the crosses in gut, which adds enough feel, power and "life" to keep me happy, however, in experimenting I have found even better results can be achieved with the use of less gut with the following method. I string both the mains and crosses with the poly covering basically the sweet spot of the racquet. This means I stop with the mains 2 or 3 strings from the end on either side, then start with the crosses 2 from the top and finish 2 from the bottom. I then string the remainder of the racquet with one piece of gut. In comparing this method side by side with two of my Wilson Steams (same strings, same tensions on both) the alternative showed superior feel, power and spin. The orthodox hybrid, mains verse crosses, felt dull in comparison. I asked another player to make the same comparison test between the 2 racquets. His comments mirrored my perception. Apart from better performance there are other additional advantages. - the life of the gut is greatly prolonged because it is spared the impact of shots as it is not in the sweetspot. With my Wilson Steam Spin99 fraying quickly occurs with an orthodox hybrid stringing, however, there is next to none with the alternative method. In fact, after many sessions the gut still has its protective waterproof coating in tact. - the alternative method requires less gut to be used. Instead of getting 2 restrings from a pack, I can easily manage 3. So far, I have not noticed a negative, except it's a little more fiddly and timely in the stringing. Other than that, it is all positives. I'd be interested to know if others have experimented with this string configuration or if, having read this, you try it for yourself, what your reaction is. I have also tried it with a synthetic gut and poly hybrid and, that too, gives better feel than the orthodox method. Basically, the whole sweetspot is cushioned and given greater power by the external stringing of the gut, while allowing the poly, used for spin, to have greater affect by keeping more of it in contact with the ball.