Mid Level Gut Playtest

Discussion in 'Strings' started by McLovin, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I don't know about that. Sort of defeats the purpose of having gut? (and they're expensive!)
     
  2. maxpotapov

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    New generation of players does not care to pocket/slingshot the ball, so no one would've noticed if the string is not as elastic as original natural gut. I'm playing with Tough Gut / poly @50lbs and aim for longer playability more than pocketing or anything. Otherwise I would have to buy a stringer and restring Black Widow/ syn gut every 4-5 hours.
     
  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I think that's because they haven't tried gut yet? :)
     
  4. maxpotapov

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    It is true and I'm also trying to convert everyone to heavier racquets, natural gut hybrids and smooth and calm swings, away from all this "modern" nonsense :)
    But for higher performing players those "armored" guts seems like the only economical choice. Just keep it below 50 lbs...
     
  5. boinz

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    Dont be sorry mate :) ... totally understand duties of being a dad, work and passion.
    Really appreciate your reviews here and I like to say you are pretty spot on with the KLIP Legend Tour. I string one up on one of my frames shortly after your reviews and like what you had mentioned, after one hitting session, the tension seem to have dropped a fair bit before holding steady again. So I am kicking myself for not stringing it higher initially despite reading your post. :-?
     
  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Any updates on the Hero gut? Last I heard was that it plays identical to Classic 16, but with crappier durability? That's expected with it being a 16L, but that doesn't justify the extra cost if it plays identical to the less expensive Pacific Classic 16.
     
  7. djNEiGht

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    My Hero set up broke last week. Had it strung in Nov. Played primarily doubles with this and also took some time on synthetic/multi string beads during rainy days in dec/jan. It might have broken maybe a month earlier as I put the racquet away while I hit with a hybrid set up.

    The sweet spot looked some what ratty but didn't have any notching or serious fraying. It broke though on a main 3 or 4 strings from the edge. I noticed that the string itself looked to have an odd bump in that section and half of it started to unravel. That section of the string still had it's orange coating and I don't think it was a mishit when it broke. It was on a 2nd serve.

    The power seemed to dip maybe about 2.5 months into it's use but the touch and comfort was still there. I have another racquet strung up and will see how it behaves during the warmer months.
     
  8. Or Tennis

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    BB Hero felt a little stiff and the durability is rather poor. It's somewhat similar to Volkl natural gut in feel but it seems thinner than the stated gauge (1.27mm). I believe that Volkl's 17g lasted longer than BB Hero's 16Lg. The surface is pretty stiff and the coating seems a little uneven, as some spots wear off and unravels while other spots stay stiff and even show some notches. Unimpressed!
     
  9. McLovin

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    Personally, I did not like it. As others have said, it felt a bit stiff. I'd equate it w/ KLIP Legend rather than Pacific Classic. I didn't notice any problems in durability, though. True, it did 'look' bad after only a few hits, but I think that was due to the coating rubbing off.

    I've put it in some people's racquets and they seem to like it. And, at $23 per pack ('buy 3 pay for 2' sale ends today), it was the right price for them as it kept the cost down. If it were the original $35 per pack, I'd never touch it.

    I do apologize for not updating this thread. I changed frames recently and have been obsessed w/ getting everything dialed in.
     

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