Is 16 gauge more powerful than 17 gauge?

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  1. basil J

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    I have a set of 200GMW and I have one strung with Klip detonator at 59#/57 in a 17 gauge. Plays very nicely, but wanted to firm up the string bed a bit so I figured I'd try the same set up in a 16 gauge.
    I strung with the same strings in a 16 gauge on the other 200GMW at 60#/58#.
    The 16 gauge was much more powerful than the 17 gauge, even at a higher tension. So my question is: given the same string and racquet, is a 16 gauge more powerful than the same string set up in a 17 gauge?
     
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  2. Stchamps

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    I think thinner is more power, so no.
     
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  3. Jonny S&V

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    The 17g is thinner which means it will stretch more, so there will be more sling shot effect, so the 16 SHOULD be less powerful. Doesn't mean it will be, though.
     
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  4. tbini87

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    generally thinner is more powerful, and softer too. can't speak for the strings that you used, but seems odd that they would be noticeably more powerful even strung at a higher tension... maybe you ate your wheaties and were really ripping the ball or something...
     
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  5. Noisy Ninja

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    Were both racquets strung up on the same day prior to use? There's usually a drop-off in tension within the first 24 hours immediately after stringing and additional tension loss occurring once you actually hit with the racquet. I'm thinking tension loss may be factor.
     
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  6. rasajadad

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    Basil- Thinner is more powerful. I generally string 6-7% tighter when going from 16 - 17g. (Or vice versa.)
     
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  7. gjoc

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    Basically, in going to 16g you went the wrong way for what you wanted to achieve...

    To get what you want, a firmer/stiffer stringbed, either change to 18g at the same tension, or increase the tension of the 17g.

    Typically, the thinner gauge will have more power than the thicker one, for the same stringbed stiffness, but to get the same stringbed stiffness the thicker one needs to be strung at a higher tension. Lowering the tension of the thicker guage (from where it wants to be, back down to the tension of the thinner string) then increases the power level back up by reducing the stringbed stiffness, thereby offsetting the decrease in power from the greater thickness.
     
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  8. wksoh

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    For me, it depends on the climatic temperature.
    When i was in the US in Dec, I had to go 17g otherwise the string bed felt so stiff. When I'm in warmer countries with 90F, 16g felt more powerful went the strings begin to stretch. Not everyone have the same experience though..
     
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  9. steve s

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    Think each string is different.
     
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  10. stormholloway

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    I think it's a myth that thinner is more powerful. Thicker means the ball is hitting a denser surface, thinner means it's hitting a less dense surface. People say a more open string pattern results in more power. I disagree. I've always found more inherent power in a Prestige than a Pro Staff. That's just me.

    I don't think it's so black and white. Basically, if you need to think about string gauges to get power, you're either weak or over-thinking it. Pick which one feels better. Do you want a more consistent response or more spin? Thicker strings will give you a more solid, more consistent response. Thinner strings will give you more bite and more spin.

    That's how I see it.
     
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  11. moxio

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    Wait, is the difference between thickness, density or volume? I thought it was volume...
     
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  12. wksoh

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    Should be Gauge not volume; gauge = thickness measured using a micrometer screwgauge

    Anyway Volume is a function of the thickness.
    (Vol = Pi * Radius * Length)
     
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  13. wksoh

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    Sorry I stand corrected. I never knew what 16 or 17 meant!
    I only know 16g=1.30mm when I think of gauge.. oops
    But why 16?
     
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