Less Risky String Gauge

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Micalzon, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. Micalzon

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    I'm looking to pick up a few mini reels of string to have on hand for clients who aren't too particular about brand. Those that I string for most care about what the string is made of (mostly syn gut), but I was wondering what y'all carry as far as the gauge goes. I prefer a thinner gauge on my string so I'm leaning to a 17g but not sure if people care more about the durability of a 16g.

    Mostly the reason I'm asking is that I'm going to pick up a whole slew of new work from a local coach who will have a variety of specific requests - though the requests won't be as granular as requesting specific brands.

    What are your thoughts? What would you have on hand for your clients? I've got a local shop and can, of course, pick some up from TW for those with very specific requirements, but I would like to limit the number of orders/trips to buy string for clients. It's a tricky balance, though. I want to have a good variety but not too much overhead.

    Any and all recommendations are welcome.
     
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  2. loosegroove

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    Personally, I'm just a home stringer and player, I see most people using syn gut in 16g and poly in 17g.
     
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  3. Bdarb

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    just cover your bases like you said, have a syn gut and a poly on hand. I usually have 17 and find people are happy with it. You need to keep them coming back ;) just kidding but seriously I find the playability is better and most people I've found didn't care or want to know much about their string, it kind of goes over there head. As long as it plays well, they shouldn't care.

    Just don't flip flop. Get a product you're confident in and stick with it not whatever is on sale. As a customer who isn't making an informed decision, I would want to hear the person who is knowledgable (i.e. the stringer) have nothing but good things to say and clearly have some assurance in the product. None of the "this is a great bang for your buck", tell them "this is what I like and here's why".

    Point for me anyway is if they don't ask for a bunch of options don't give it to them. They don't want to hear babolat makes a good poly so does wilson and prince, they want to hear, Prince is all I play with and have for years.

    good luck keeping up with all the new business. Sounds like a good excuse for a new stringer :)
     
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  4. Micalzon

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    What price point for a decent syn gut would you recommend to carry? Would you carry something like Babolat Xcel (roughly $16/set if bought in a reel) or some OG Micro (~$4/set)? Would you carry a NRG2 or X-1 Biphase just in case someone wants something a little more...sophisticated?

    Which poly would you carry?
     
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  5. Micalzon

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    That's exactly what I have been thinking :)

    I think if I can get some good, steady business, I might just have to.
     
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  6. Bdarb

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    If you're stringing for people who don't know anything, I wouldn't donsomethjg like excel, maybe some gamma or something cheaper like og. Than you can keep a few sets of babolat to "upsell" your more serious players. If I don't know anything I'm pprobabaly not trying to drop 35 on a string job.

    What are you stringing on? Just curious
     
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    OG sheep
    Prince syngut

    some poly

    some multi
     
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  8. Micalzon

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    Yeah, I was thinking the Xcel cause I can pick up a cheap(er) reel from a friend. Don't want to drop $200 on a reel but it works out to right around $11 a set. A lot cheaper than buying individual sets through TW.

    I'm using a Alpha Axis Pro right now. Thinking of selling and upgrading to an electric if I can find one at a decent price. Or just adding the Wise but they don't seem all that durable. I'd rather just get something that I can depend on for several years.

    I'm thinking of stocking some MSV Co Focus/Focus Hex/Volkl Cyclone Tour for some Poly/Textured polys (decent prices and reviews) and possibly some Forten Sweet 16 as the Syn Gut (mostly to use as a cross for some hybrids with the polys - per my current set up) and Maybe some Head Rip Control for a decent all around multi. I used the OG Micro almost exclusively in the past but they never lasted very long (wasn't expecting much due to the price) but the Forten looks and feels about the same but with a little better durability. Might even grab a NRG2 just to have on hand in case someone wants something a little more fancy.
     
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  9. Bdarb

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    The volkl cyclone is a great string especially for the price good pick. Their whole string line is a safe bet, they've upped their string game recently. Someone mentioned prince syn gut, I usually have the prince duraflex, people seem to like that it, pretty durable and cheap.
     
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  10. Joonas

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    For polys Yonex Poly Tour is good value. Also Signum Pure Plasma or Poly plasma are very good value. Many of my customers love Poly Tour and those who look for less soft, crisper string are happy with Signum.

    For textured polys Völkl Cyclone or signum Tornado are both good value. I prefer Tornado. But both are nice.
     
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  11. am1899

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    I agree with OG Sheep, and it makes a great string to hybrid with poly. I would have 16g around for that purpose.

    I find OG sheep to be pretty "bright" so I would want a softer syn gut in a 17g, for customers on a budget. There's quite a few options here, but Forten Sweet is one that immediately comes to mind.

    My go-to multi these days is Discho Microfibre. I couldn't tell much if any difference in playability between it and Babolat Xcel. It's cheaper than Xcel too. I prefer the 16g variety - it lasts a bit longer, and to me offered slightly more control.

    With poly being so popular, would make sense to have some on hand. Lots of good suggestions mentioned above. Honestly, I don't think the offerings from Babolat & Luxilon are worth the extra money. There are plenty of similar strings from Tourna, MSV, Solinco, and many others that offer a better value.
     
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  12. fuzz nation

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    My own findings in recent years:

    The most useful thing to have on hand is a reel (or two) of 16 ga. synthetic gut. I'm really loving Tecnifibre's offering, but I've also done fine with Gosen OG Micro. Prince Syn. Gut w/Duraflex is perhaps rather durable, but I'm no fan of the clunky feel I get from that string in 16 ga. If you need great bang for your buck with a 16 ga. synthetic, there' also Ashaway Liberty (720 feet for $24). This string is fine for very basic setups.

    Forten Sweet is perhaps the softest syn. gut on the block and it's affordable - looks to cost the same for individual sets and full reels. Just be careful with the 17 ga. version of that string - probably okay in a racquet with a dense pattern, but I found that it was quite fragile in an open-pattern frame.

    Agree with the recommendation of Head RIP Control for a decent multi. Prince Premier Attack is a multi that has earned pretty good reputation, too. Usually I'll only need a multi for specific requests. Often when somebody needs new strings, they want something similar to what was in their racquet. If I can replace a multi with a multi instead of something else, I can usually make that customer happy.

    I'm not a poly user, but I keep it handy for the folks who ask for it. Lately I've tried Tourna BH Black 7 (16 ga.) and also grabbed a reel of Isospeed Baseline Control 16L. These softer co-polys seem to work fine, but before buying these strings, I had a reel of 17 ga. Gosen Polylon. That's an earlier generation poly that's a bit more firm than a typical co-poly, but I got consistently good results with that stuff in my hybrids. When I pick up some more string soon, I'm figuring on getting another reel of that. It made a good hybrid with a 16 ga. syn. gut cross like Gosen OGSM or that Tecnifibre syn. gut.

    While I don't suggest that you buy too much string, I'd say you'd be better off having both 16 and 17 ga. syn. gut handy, but expect to need more of the 16 ga. stuff. As time goes by and you need some tougher string that isn't poly, you may consider picking up some 15 or 15L gauge synthetic, too. It's cheap and can provide an alternative for a string-breaker who doesn't need to get into the poly world.
     
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