Is there any reason to use thicker gauge string besides durability?

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  1. Jack Migger

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    I know all the benefits of using a thinner gauge string and the only positive thing I hear about thicker gauges is that it's harder to break them.

    Are there any other positives to using a thicker gauge?
     
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  2. Keifers

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    Good question. I'm interested in people's thoughts on this also.

    I'm thinking the thicker gauge might make for a slightly more comfortable stringbed -- at the expense of bite on the ball, among other things.

    Also, thicker might be a way to tame the power of a frame.
     
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  3. 3lowdown

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    stiffer, or if textured ala blue gear it supposedly gives more spin. But who knows if that is true.
     
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  4. Jack Migger

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    hmmm... very interested in peoples opinions on this

    I currently string with 17g but have been playing around with 16g for fun and am finding myself enjoying NOT having that feeling of sponginess a thinner string provides. Is this unusual?
     
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  5. 3lowdown

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    no its not, thinner softer, thicker stiffer.
     
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  6. Jack Migger

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    :confused: That's what I said...

    I'm looking to hear reasons other than durability factors that make thicker gauges less/more preferable
     
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  7. lawlitssoo1n

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    closer string bed allowing better control
     
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  8. Lsmkenpo

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    The thicker gauge holds tension longer.
     
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  9. Keifers

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    Let me clarify... I meant more comfortable in the sense that there is less bite on the ball with the thicker string, so a smoother feel ...so more comfortable. (A fairly esoteric aspect of feel, I admit... :) )

    More noticeable: Thinner strings will typically feel less stiff and more resilient than thicker, and in that way, provide a more comfortable stringbed. I think that's probably what you meant by the sponginess that thinner provides, yes?

    Thicker at the same tension provides less power than thinner; it stretches less when the ball hits (it's more stiff) and bounces back less and slower (less resilient).

    Hope that's helped. I'm quite open to more expert opinions on this as I don't consider myself an expert by any means.
     
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  10. dirtballer

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    I agree. Thicker gauge will give less power and it will be noticeable.
     
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  11. Jack Migger

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    Thanks! That's exactly the type of info I was looking for.
    Yes, that's what I meant when I talked about a thinner gauge being "spongier" or providing that extra feel.

    I see no real reason to use thicker gauges since I'm not a string breaker so I'll probably be sticking to my usual 17g.
     
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  12. goosala

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    I'm a string breaker and use thin gauge strings because the feel is so much better than thicker gauges like 16 or 15L. Of course, I use cheap syn guts like PSGO, Forten Sweet, and Pro Supex Titan so I can break as much as I want.
     
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