Natural Gut Maximum Tension

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  1. Trevor

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    What would the highest tension I could string at but at the same time being sure the string or frame will not break in a 98" head?
     
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  2. Mdubb23

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    Depending on which brand, if you use VS Gut, for example, 63 MAX, but cheaper gut like Tonic+, you could go 66-67.
     
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  3. JavierLW

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    I thought Topic was basically similar to VS except for the impuritys? I would think that you'd actually not want to go higher because it may break easier?

    I agree that 63 is the highest worth going otherwise, it loses it's great resiliency at some point.
     
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    wouldn't VS gut be able to withstand more tension than Tonic?
     
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  5. slkbassist

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    Didn't Sampras string in the 70's with Babolat Vs?

    Just wondering the same thing b/c I'm going gut for my next string job, and don't want a waste. I already string tight (62ish) for synth. I found if I string softer, especially with a soft string like K-Gut my shots have way too much power and I have to take like half swings to be effective.
     
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  6. m27

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    I strung my Pure Drive at 63/65 with Pro Hurricane Tour 16/Tonic 16. The Hurricane broke after about 2 weeks; the other racquet is still good but the gut looks like it's on its way out (will probably break it tonight).
     
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  7. m27

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    Keep in mind I hit very hard and will LOTS of topspin.
     
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  8. davidahenry

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    I read that Venus and Serena use Wilson Natural Gut (which is actually VS) at 65 lbs. and 67 lbs. respectively.

    I also read the Mark Philippoussis used VS Team at 75 lbs.

    Not sure how accurate this info is, but it comes from http://www.colinthestringer.com/pros-strings/

    DH
     
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  9. Fatkat

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    Usually 67lbs is already a high tension, however I also heard that some people do go to 70lbs.
     
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  10. m27

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    yup the gut in the crosses broke today.
    dead center, too; not a mishit.
    technically it broke in about a week since I strung both racquets 2 weeks ago, used them equally, and both now broke.
     
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  11. Octavianus

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    Based on my own experince, if you string natural gut too tight, it plays like cheap synthetic gut.
     
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  12. slkbassist

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    That is what I am afraid of. I hit flat, but with a lot of pace, because of this, I need higher tension to keep the ball down and maintain control.
    I guess I need to try it out once or twice. Maybe a full set once, maybe a hybrid with poly another.
     
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  13. mctennis

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    I had a friend do a test on gut strings tensions. He stated anything over 64 lbs tension makes gut not play like gut aymore. He did his research at a government facility. I trust his research. Just a FYI.
     
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  14. anirut

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    Interesting ... thanks.

    IMO, I have a feeling that gut performs "just right" somewhere around early to mid 50's (lbs, not year), depending on the racket, of course.
     
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