KGut Pro Tension

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  1. Il Mostro

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    Man, I am stringing everybody's racquets but my own...

    First time with KGut Pro 16 -- I am guessing I should start at the same tensions as my favorite (and stand-by) multi, Xcel Power 16/17. Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.
     
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  2. lawlitssoo1n

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    i think k gut is a bit stiffer than other multi's?
    correct me if im wrong, i haven't used kgut in a while
     
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    Do the "Pro" and regular KGut have the same stiffness/softness rating? Thanks for your response.
     
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    Wilson K Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 191 11.98
    Wilson K Gut 17 Nylon 1.28 183 11.59
    Wilson K Gut Pro 16 Nylon 1.33 182 10.62
    Wilson K Gut Pro 17 Nylon 1.27 163 15.21
     
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    Despite the closeness in their stiffness and tension-loss numbers, this is a lower-powered string than Xcel Power, one that is pre-stretched and designed with control in mind. It also has a "crisp" feel--not as much as NXT Tour, mind you, but the "precision-placement effect" is there. You're going to have to *drop* tension with K-Gut Pro to get close to the same play feel as Xcel Power, which is engineered for it and plays somewhat softer. You should get sufficient power enhancement and the softer feel you'd want by dropping the mains a couple of pounds and then reducing the cross string tension. Or, if regaining some power isn't the most important thing, just the latter.
     
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    Thanks for the specs.
     
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    Valjean, thanks for all the details on playability in comparison to Xcel Power -- I have a very clear picture now. I added several sets of KGut Pro to my string inventory because I got it on a promotion for $15.00 a set (buy two get one free). It is good to know that it is not really redundant in relationship to Xcel Power, which remains my personal favorite when it comes to multi.
     
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    I agree with Valjean; I have played with both Xcel Power and K-Gut Pro, and would also recommend lowering KGP tension by a couple of pounds if you are looking for roughly similar power levels. At the same time, my sense is that while Xcel Power is a very good string, K-Gut Pro produces better spin, and is also better when high accuracy and “feel” are required, for example on volleys and touch shots.
     
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    Thanks Bad Dog. Good information.
     
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    Sorry for not acknowledging your response -- mind fart on my part. Yes, you are right-on about it being stiffer. Thank you.
     
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    hahah no problem bro
     
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