Substitute for Babolat VS. Natural Team Gut 17 on cross

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  1. tanman

    tanman New User

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    Currently I have a LM Radical with a complete ALU Power 16L job at 65lbs. I've been using the ALU for a while now, in my previous Head I Prestige as well, and have never broke them. I am purchasing a Head LiquidMetal Radical Tour from TW, and I'm going to string the mains with ALU Power Rough 16L, but I want to try something different on the crosses like a VS. Natural Gut 17 because I've been told this hybrid is one of the best in terms of playability . I don't play as much so I don't need the super pricey VS. Natural, but I would like to get something comparable (preferably less expensive). What is a good substitute?

    Another quick question, I usually string the mains at 65lbs with the ALU and the recommended is 62lbs on my LM Radical. Recently someone told me that since the ALU is such a rigid string I shouldn't string it above recommended racquet tension because it can do damage to my racquet . . . Should I worry?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    If you want to go with a cheaper cross string there are less expensive natural gut strings: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/catthumbs.html?CREF=55

    I would not be worried about your racquet if you are only stringing 3lbs over the recommended tension range. However, I would be more concerned for the health of your wrist, elbow and shoulder hitting with a poly strung that tight.
    If you add gut as a hybrid, you are going to get more power than an all poly stringbed. If you go with a thin gut, you are going to get an even livelier feel. As you are used to using a very stiff stringbed, I would suggest trying a 16 gauge gut first so the stringbed doesn't feel too lively.

    Chris, TW.
     
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    Thanks Chris! Yes, the health of my arm is a factor. The other route I thought I may try is to go with an all gut string job. However, I'm afraid I may loose control if I go all gut. I used to use a Head I Prestige, but I changed to a LM Radical because I wanted some extra ummph on the ball, and a racquet that I didn't have to swing out so hard on because my elbow was hurting a bit. Anyway, now that I have a more powerful racquet in the LM Radical (I like this racquet tremedously) I've been using the ALU Power 16L at 65lbs to maintain control. If I switch to a 17 gauge gut at 65lbs do you think I will still have control, and have a string easier on the arm with better playability?
     
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    The Liquidmetal Radical with 17 gauge gut will play with a lot more power and feel livelier than with all poly. I would start by adding the gut in the crosses and keep the tension the same. If you think you can handle more power after trying that combo, either lower the tension or put the gut in the mains. Only change one variable at a time so you can keep track of what is and is not working. Once you've got used to a livelier stringbed, then you might want to try all gut.

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