Moving to a thicker gauge string

Discussion in 'Strings' started by PanicRev, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. PanicRev

    PanicRev New User

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    On my Graphene Speed Pro (18x20) I had Wilson Natural Gut in the mains (60lbs) with Hyperion 1.18 in the crosses (54lbs). I'm now going to try Babolat Tonic+ 16g in the mains and a thicker hyperion (1.25) in the crosses. I have three questions that are related.

    1) What difference will I feel if I string the Babolat at 60lbs and the poly at 54lbs?

    2) What difference will I feel if I go 62lbs (mains) and 56lbs (crosses)?

    3) What difference will I feel if I go 58lbs (mains) and 52lbs (crosses)?
     
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  2. Muppet

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    Tonic+ 16 is pretty stiff for a nat gut. I put it in my 95" racquet at 58, but it was with a dropweight stringer. It came out too tight. For constant pull, I'd go with 55 lbs. for the gut. If the 60 lbs. is with a lockout type machine, 60 lbs. should be fine.
     
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  3. Rjtennis

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    If it is the new BT7 Tonic I would go a few pounds lower than you would with the Wilson. Like the other poster said, it plays stiffer and wont provide as provide the same level of power as the Wilson. I don't think going to a 1.25 cross of the same string will create that big of a difference. Also, a 6 pond difference is pretty large. The poly is going to lose tension much more rapidly than the gut so you are going to end up with a large disparity at the end of the day.
     
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  4. PanicRev

    PanicRev New User

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    Thank you for the input. It's very helpful.
     
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