strings for my wife

Discussion in 'Strings' started by mastershake, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. mastershake

    mastershake New User

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    we are going to order her a bit nicer racquet now that i see she is serious about me teaching her. she has been playing with a walmart 39$ one which surprisingly was really not horrible (not great either but really not as bad as i would have thought, strings were terrible lol) and there are a few choices we are looking at. but none have strings included to start. i see they have the free option of the extreme syn gut or im happy to get it strung with something else. i would like to keep it lower priced maybe 10$ (roughly) or less since she is starting out. at least up till now she has not complained much about her elbow except the first few outings but i think thats because she never played before. ever since though she has not mentioned anything (ill ask her to be sure) like i would not order her kevlar (at least from reading on them) and even the really hard poly's, also if possible something durable so the dont need re-string all the time and i dont know she will treat them.

    i appreciated the help with the multi's you all had (im going to order both racquets this week for me and her) and ive been really torn on what to order for her. just not at all sure for a beginner where to have her start. the rep from tw suggested multi's and suggested addiction, and one other one which i dont have in front of me. but as i said in my other thread last time i had a racquet strung was so many years ago all these choices are crazy.

    thank you again really do appreciate the forum!!
     
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  2. McLovin

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    Get the cheapest synthetic gut available & save as much money for the lawyer you'll eventually need...

    All kidding aside, if she is truly a beginner, then a cheap synthetic gut (e.g., Gossen, Prince, Dunlop S-gut) will be perfect for her to start with.
     
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  3. mastershake

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    ive been teaching her for about 4 months she is learning a lot and doing very well imo. otherwise she is a beginner. is there any major differences in the syn guts? i see they have the free "extreme" syn gut how does that compare to the mentioned ones or is it worth spending a bit more?
     
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  4. Dont get poly strings because if she gets tennis elbow she wont be giving you thanks if you know what I mean :)
     
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  5. McLovin

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    I've never used Wilson's Extreme, but I'm certain it is on par w/ the others I mentioned.

    I string for many ladies at my club, and most really only care what color it is, and these are 3.5-4.0 ladies who play USTA leagues. I used to have a reel of Gossen OG Sheep Micro, but when I ran out, picked up some S-Gut on sale, mainly because it was offered in red, yellow & black. They commented on how much they liked it, but honestly, I think it was because it looked nice in their racquets...
     
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  6. eelhc

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    Actually the Wilson Extreme SG 16 is not a bad string at all... I have a stringing machine so whenever I order frames from TW I make a note to include a set of the "free" Wilson Extreme SG strings rather than string the frame prior to shipping out. Some frames come factory strung actually so I end up with an extra set of strings.

    I've used the Wilson Extreme SG and IMO it's not quite on par with the Prince or Gosen but still very good.

    Here's another thought... If the Wal-Mart frame isn't too shabby... Why not buy a low cost stringing machine and a reel of OGSM and experiment with different tensions?
     
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    she is asking me would she be better with a less expansive multi or should she stat with the synthetic gut? im not sure how to answer that for her.

    thanks again.
     
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  8. jonestim

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    Get a syn gut - they are the most neutral and a great place to start. Definitely not poly. Really. Read that again.

    Option 1:
    The free syn gut - Wilson here at TW - because even though you read about this syn gut vs that one they are all really similar. Yes, there are differences but not ones that she will notice at her level. After she has been playing regularly for a year she MAY notice a difference. It is white, for what that's worth.

    Option 2:
    Gamma Syn Gut or Dunlop Syn Gut, not because she will notice a difference while playing, but they come in colors. It doesn't really matter, but sometimes it does -- oooh, pretty. I've played the gamma and it is good. Haven't played the dunlop.

    Option 3:
    Prince Lightning XX, because it's nicer syn gut that a lot of beginner women (not to stereotype, but hey...) seem to like. And it comes in pink.
     
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  9. eelhc

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    Others may be able to get her into a range of strings and tensions but only she can answer that... Again... why not pick up an inexpensive stringing machine and try both?
     
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  10. jonestim

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    Multis are a lot more variable. There are higher powered ones, lower powered, some softer than others. Syn gut is a good place to start because after using it for a while she can decide what she does or doesn't like about it and then you can go on a search for one that has that characteristic. Or she may just want to keep playing with syn gut. My wife's racquet came strung with Lightning XX Spin. She likes it. I have tried putting 5 or 6 other strings in there and she just wants the Lightning XX Spin, so I bought a reel. Done.
     
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  11. mastershake

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    i have very little experience with syn gut so i appreciate the patience as always!!

    how is the durability of the Gossen OG Sheep Micro being a 17? also i see there is a deal on the Gosen AK Pro CX a 2 for 1 deal how is this string? it seems very few of the syn gut are very expensive so not a big deal. she doesnt seem to care about color (so she says lol). is the prince xx better then those (and she can choose a color)?

    im planning on getting a cheaper stringer soon hopefully so ill be able to change strings much easier.
     
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  12. McLovin

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    I highly doubt she will break anything at this point. Not trying to disrespect women in general, but like I said, I put 17g synthetics in ladies that play 3-4 times a week in leagues, and it lasts them 3-4 months. More if they are indoors.

    Not to throw more options at you, but Forten Sweet is also rumored to be a very nice synthetic.

    Take a look at TW's offerings (select 'Sort by lowest price'):
     
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  13. Chotobaka

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    If you are getting a light, stiffer, even balance to head heavy racquet just throw a set of $10.00ish multi on it.
     
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  14. jonestim

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    Forten is quite nice and dirt cheap - but don't over think it. Any syn gut will be fine. 17g should last her a while.

    Edit:
    It's not that we are saying "Oh, she's a beginner so just slap whatever junk in there." There is nothing wrong with syn gut until you get to the point where you are consistent enough to know IF you want something else out of a string. If you do, move on to the string with that characteristic. If not, that's fine too. I actually like syn guts over most of the multis that I have tried. The racquet I am currently using does need a poly, so I use a poly in it. Other racquets that I have in my bag and I hit with occasionally still have a 17g syn gut in them.
     
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  15. Valjean

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    I am a fan of Wilson Extreme Synthetic Gut. Compared to Prince OSG, another I tend to favor of the type, I think ESG is a bit springier and slightly more spin-friendly. Wilson asked me to give it a blind playtest when it first came out, and I liked it right away.

    OTOH, Prince Lightning XX often does elicit a favorable response from women, due largely to its wrap, which is designed to enhance its power.

    You can't go wrong selecting either of the above for her, in my opinion. But don't worry so much about breakage; your eventual problem for her will be keeping her string up to snuff.
     
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    strings for my wife

    Is that an offer?
     
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