Suggestions for gut

Discussion in 'Strings' started by samarai, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. samarai

    samarai Rookie

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    Want to make the transition to gut. Looking for some suggestions on brand and tensions to string. 3.5/4.0 player. Mid 40's so looking for better control, some power. Dunlop BIo 400 racket. Been playing with full beds of multi (multifeel 17, PPA 17). Should I stick with 17 gauge string? Looking at mid price guts? I string my own rackets so also looking for something I can string without much fuss.
     
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  2. Fintft

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    I've been stringing for years (not myself, but a certified stringer that pre streches and even waxes my strings before feeding them through the grommets) with Babolat VS Team 17 (VS Touch is a good option too).

    The only other gut close (but stiffer in my books) was Wilson.

    For better control, well actually just to prevent the balls from sailing long, I went with 16x18 open strings pattern (as opposed to 18X20) in my Wilson 6.1 95 BLX Amplifeel at 57 mains and 55 crosses. I get about 4-5 weeks out of each one of my two raquets, playing about 5-6 times a week, 2 hours per day, hitting flat and hard (I am 6'2", 220 LBs, around 3.5 and try to generate high raquet head speed). I do clean(once it a while) the natural gut with wax, even when playing indoors, according to some "natural gut 101 guide" found here at TW and it seems to help (although it gets the balls dirty- my beautiful Slazengers lol).

    I never practice my serve with my natural gut strung raquets, as I have a third stick, strung with Wilson NXT Max (not too much difference of a feeling from natural gut, but less powered).
    Ah and lately I've kept my raquets in a locker at the club, because even with "head or moisture" protection compartments in my bag, I had some snap even when just transporting them.
     
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  3. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

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    I'd say take a look at the thread here where the guy's club won't string natural gut - lots of interesting feedback in there, including some more stuff from our pal Flintft.

    Given its extra cost and unmatched resilience that we get with natural gut, I suggest you consider a 16 gauge set so that you get some extra durability. I've strung a pal's frames with a few sets of VS Touch from Babolat and the first go-round was certainly interesting. Speed kills when it comes to installing natural gut, so be ready to take a good chunk of time and avoid any kinking as it runs through the grommets. With gentle handling, it should go in just fine.
     
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  4. ultradr

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    I wouldn't pay $47 for current, BT7 Babolat natural gut lines.
    I would buy Klip instead. Kilp and BT7 Babolat VS and Tonic are stiff guts.

    If you want real potent gut, go with Wilson (original VS) or Prince.
     
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