Looking for a decent Synthetic Gut String

Discussion in 'Strings' started by FedererForehand, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. FedererForehand

    FedererForehand Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Messages:
    714
    I'm just curious which Syn gut strings have the best tension maintaince. I'm not much for expensive multifilaments or co-poly, etc. just a good old fashion Syn gut like PSGD, Wilson Extreme Syn gut, Head Syn gut, etc.

    Of Synthetics likes those mentioned about which are best for holding tension and playability? Looking for something for my Pure Drive Cortex's coming in a few days- thanks.:confused:
     
    #1
  2. tennisfreak15347

    tennisfreak15347 Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,655
    Location:
    NJ
    So far, my gamma synthetic gut seems to hold up pretty well, regarding tension maintenance. Either that or PSGD seem to be my ideal choices so far.
     
    #2
  3. goakka

    goakka New User

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    98
    I like Klip synthetic gut myself
     
    #3
  4. [d]ragon

    [d]ragon Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,466
    psgd played prety well for me. decent feel, durable, cheap, decent spin
     
    #4
  5. Valjean

    Valjean Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Messages:
    4,729
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Gosen's OG Sheep Micro Super JC, the Jim Courier string.

    Then, Prince's Original Synthetic Gut, which is typically a better fit for thinner beam racquets like yours than PSGD, which came out when widebodies did.
     
    #5
  6. maui boy

    maui boy New User

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Messages:
    38
    Location:
    Honolulu
    Klip Kicker 17 Nylon 1.24 190 11.68
    Head Synthetic Gut PPS 17 Nylon 1.22 190 11.38
    Forten Sweet 17 Nylon 1.27 194 12.62
    Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 Nylon 1.24 199 12.35
    Pro Supex Synthetic Gut Titan 17 Nylon 1.25 202 13.05
    Gamma Synthetic Gut 17 w/Wearguard Nylon 1.26 203 9.15
    Prince Lightning XX 17 Nylon 1.26 207 9.68
    Babolat Superfine Play 17 Nylon 1.25 208 11.49
    Prince Synthetic Gut 17 w/Duraflex Nylon 1.26 212 10.69
     
    #6
  7. FedererForehand

    FedererForehand Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Messages:
    714
    Do 17 gauge strings hold tension for longer than 16 gauge strings?
     
    #7
  8. tennisfreak15347

    tennisfreak15347 Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,655
    Location:
    NJ
    no, 16 guage strings generally hold tension longer, because they do not stretch as much; 17guage strings are generally softer; assuming the same material is used, and they give more ball-bite, with more spin and a tad bit livelier.
     
    #8
  9. maui boy

    maui boy New User

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Messages:
    38
    Location:
    Honolulu
    I've been stringing for juniors, 3.0 - 4.0 level, Prince Synthetic Gut 17g w/Duraflex on the mains and either Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17g or Pro Supex Titan 17g for the crosses with pretty favorable feedback.

    Duraflex is crisp and probably the most durable of 17g synthetic gut strings, while the Gosen and Pro Supex Titan adds some softness and bite to the string bed. Overall good combination for the intermediate player.

    Does anyone know if the Gamm Synthetic Gut 17 w/Wearguard is any good? Seems like for the intermediate player it might be a good string.
     
    #9
  10. tennisfreak15347

    tennisfreak15347 Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,655
    Location:
    NJ
    its just a slightly softer version of PSGD
     
    #10
  11. Valjean

    Valjean Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2004
    Messages:
    4,729
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Gamma's Synthetic Gut, the one with Wearguard, was introduced to compete with PSGD. The problem with PSGD appeared to be it was too harsh.

    When Gamma's Synthetic Gut with Wearguard turned out, for its part, to be somewhat "dull" or "dead", Wilson came out with its "livelier" Stamina.

    From this level, I'd still opt for POSG.
     
    #11
  12. bluescreen

    bluescreen Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,636
    my vote goes to gosen og sheep micro. i much prefer it to psgd.
     
    #12
  13. revolutionary technique

    revolutionary technique Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Messages:
    272
    Location:
    in MD
    gosen og sheep micro is more crisp and soft at the same time than prince sgd and has a very nice pop sound at high tesion . by far the best syn gut out for its price
     
    #13
  14. Conquistador

    Conquistador Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,192
    Gamma makes the best synthetic gut--Followed by Prince
     
    #14
  15. tennisfreak15347

    tennisfreak15347 Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,655
    Location:
    NJ
    wearguard or regular?
     
    #15
  16. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,816
    Location:
    Central Florida
    I'm a 5.0 player that hits with heavy topspin and has been using synthetic gut all summer. I used Gamma 16 gauge first, then the Gamma 16 gauge with Wearguard and now I'm using Prince 16 gauge with Duraflex. In terms of feel, they are all pretty close. In terms of string breaks, here is what I've found for me:

    Regular Gamma: Lasts 4 matches
    Wearguard Gamma: Lasts 2 matches
    Prince w/ Duraflex: Lasts 5 matches

    I read somewhere online (probably in these forums), that Wearguard did not last as long, but now I have seen it for myself.
     
    #16
  17. Fedace

    Fedace Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Messages:
    23,292
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    What the heck is the difference between the Synthetic gut and Multifilament string ???? and Prince Synthetic gut the new version got the highest rating ever in the racket tech.com
     
    #17
  18. Daycrawler

    Daycrawler Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    365
    I like Wilson's personally.
     
    #18
  19. Mansewerz

    Mansewerz Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    9,164
    Location:
    Caught in No Man's Land
    Regular gamma lasts longer than wearguard?


    My brother and cousin were popping sets of Gamma real quick. I had a busy summer (I had the yellow color if it matters)
     
    #19
  20. T10s747

    T10s747 Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2008
    Messages:
    350
    Location:
    NY
    The only thing good about syn gut is that it is cheap. Other than that, they are all similar and they break too soon.
     
    #20
  21. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,816
    Location:
    Central Florida
    Yes, regular white Gamma lasted twice as long for me. It does not make sense, but after doing 4 string jobs in 8 days b/c I played every day, I said goodbye to WearGuard. You would never know they are supposed to be the same type of string looking and feeling them side by side.

    I should note that I play 90-95% of my matches on Har-Tru. I also string at 60 lbs, so maybe a lower tension gives you more use.
     
    #21
  22. TheRealTruth

    TheRealTruth Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2008
    Messages:
    142
    +1 for OG sheep mico 17. Best syn gut string IMO.
     
    #22
  23. tennisfreak15347

    tennisfreak15347 Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,655
    Location:
    NJ
    By the way, could you see spirals on the Gamma wearguard? I just bought a couple of those, based off of the gamma wearguard I played off of someone else's racquet, but it seems that there was no spiral effect on the one i played, yet it looked like it was there in the picture for TW.
     
    #23
  24. supertrex

    supertrex Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    431
    Gamma Syn Gut. The $3.50 one yes that one.

    And Forten 17.

    btw I string 63lbs on both of this strings
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
    #24
  25. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,816
    Location:
    Central Florida
    If I remember correctly from a few months ago, the WearGuard had the spirals and the Regular gamma was smooth.
     
    #25
  26. zidane339

    zidane339 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,720
    Pro Supex Spiral Flex or PSGD are the best IMO
     
    #26

Share This Page