Discussion in 'Strings' started by eman70, Oct 9, 2007.
Natural Gut ?
NRG2 or Xcel Premium in 18
among nylon mono, alpha gut 2000 and head synthetic gut pps.
Definitley NOT poly.
Natural gut or a high-end multi are the softest.
Unique Tourna Gut 17 Natural Gut
My vote goes to Head Fibergel Power and the now-discontinued Alpha Winning Edge. I'll also add the X-1 Biphase after its break-in period.
No such thing for polys, though. Even the softest poly is much stiffer than any syngut.
My vote is for Forten Nylon 16 which you can get in a reel of 660 ft. I think it is softer than any multi or solid core string I have ever tried. It is also the absolute cheapest string that TW sells. At $17 a reel that translates to about 17 strings jobs costing $1 a piece. I think the sets cost $1.75 or so.
Babolat XCel Premium or Wilson NXT Tour for synthetics.
The softest string I've ever tried it Vollmer Boris Becker Super String. It played like crap. I know BB never used it. It stretched so much that each string had to be tensioned, clamped, tensioned again. It was even recommended on the package to string 5-6 #'s higher than normal.
Now for a good playing soft string, I think Alpha Sphere has the softest, best feel of any of the multifiliment strings.
Provided, of course, one has a string appetite capable of being, well, glutted by just one gauge, Steve.
Xcel is the softest ive used....most mushy feeling string ever...hated it
According to the latest tests from the USRSA, the 5 softest strings are listed below.
Company String Material Guage Stiffness
Unique Tourna Gut 17 Natural Gut 1.22 84
Pacific Tough Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.26 88
Pacific Classic Gut 16L Natural Gut 1.28 92
Pacific Prime Gut 16L Natural Gut 1.30 92
Pacific Prime Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.28 97
These strings also have some of the lowest tension loss of all strings tested (Pacific Prime Gut 16 @ 5.57lbs and Dunlop Max Touch @ 2.76lbs tension loss). The softest Synth Gut has a stiffness rating of 136(Intellitour 17) and the softest poly starts at 187 (Pro Hurricane 18 ).
Pacific Natural Gut is soft, especially Classic. Legend is also a nice soft gut. From multi's, your best bet is probably NXT.
Another vote for Babolat Xcel -- almost too soft
The Babolat Xcel line comes in at a stiffness rating of 182 Xcel Premium 17, 183 Xcel Power 17 and 187 Xcel Premium 16. That is a big difference from the stiffness/softness numbers of the gut listed above.
BTW, the Dunlop string I mentioned earlier was a Kevlar string used as a reference for tension loss.
Xcel Premium here......I don't use this for full string job, too mushy for my preference. Normally use this as my cross string hybrid with poly.
Natural gut, but there are some soft multis that won't break the bank.
NXT 16! like a pillow
Uniqe irradiated 17g softest ever no matter how time you string it.
nothing comes close with the natural gut!
gut is the way to go.............
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