Natural Gut Suggestions

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  1. pbalderas

    pbalderas New User

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    Im purchasing a Head Youtek IG Radical Midplus. I plan on adding a leather grip, some lead at 3' and 9', and purchasing my first set of natural gut strings to go with it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what the best natural gut string on the market would be for this particular racquet? And also tension suggestions. I've never used natural gut before so any help is appreciated. My current setup is a Head Liquidmetal strung with FXP 16g at 55pds. Thanks.
     
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  2. Muppet

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    Before putting nat gut in the racquet, I would string it with an inexpensive string at high tension, to seat the grommets. I'd hate to have a set of gut turn out loose and inconsistent because it's the racquet's first set.
     
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  3. AlfaAce

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    Wilson nat gut 17g.

    Most people claim this is the original VS gut still made by Babolat for Wilson. The new Babolat nat guts have a coating (BT7 - "to make the string last longer") that most claim make it feel stiffer and have less "feel" than original VS gut is renowned for.

    You may want to try a slightly higher tension (like 60#) since nat gut tends to be a bit more powerful than most multis or polys. Another great attribute of nat gut is that is looses less tension than multis or poly... maybe 10% after a few hits then it pretty much stabilizes until it breaks. Just don't play with it in the rain ;).
     
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    That is interesting. I might have to revisit some strings then
     
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  7. pbalderas

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    Appreciate the replies. Can anyone describe what natural gut feels like? (firm, soft?)I am not a fan of Polys. I've tried to use them but just get the results I want. Im more of a MF guy.
     
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  8. GlenK

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    Good plan. I do the same thing. Anytime I order a new racquet I order it strung with whatever they string for free. Request tension about 3 to 5lbs tighter than my usual set up. Then when the racquet is received I cut them out and install my own set up.
     
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