Thicker gauge more spin?

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  1. heavyspin

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    I just read in tennsi magazine that to get more spin you should get a thicker gauge and lower the tension. I always thought that thinner gauges give you mor spin. Which one is right?
     
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  2. Tomek

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    I think that thinner one is better for spin. Also interesting thing is string pattern. I' ve lately read that denser one is better for spin because ball compresses more when hit....
     
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  3. David Pavlich

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    This is an ongoing debate. I've seen pictures of a balls imbedded in a string bed at the time of contact. The ball is visibly protruding through the strings.

    I would think that the more the ball is imbedded into the strings, the more influence on spin there would be. Therefore, a thin string and an open string pattern would give the most potential spin production.

    Having said all of that, the biggest influence on spin is racquet head speed and angle of attack.

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  4. PHSTennis

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    I dont know ... On my triad I put 15L on it... I didnt calibrate my machine... so when I did I found out the machine was 10 lbs off... so Its only 50 lbs on there... and its thick... sure gives some spin... but it feels weird... and the strings are loose... I dont think I should waste it and cut it off... ;) Its great with volleys...
     
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  5. brian.sat

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    Dense pattern and thicker string would give more spin for power players only. You may find it out on any tournment player.
     
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  6. armand

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    I think fatter gauges get more spin/bite too! Before I was a 16L string user and used many different kinds of strings and I'm now switching to 17 or 17L and I'm finding less spin! So far I've only tried Weisscannon Silverstring 1.2 and SPPP 1.18 but they both have less spin than SPPP 1.23, Cyberflash 1.25 and many, many other strings of 16g that I've used.

    I think the reason for it is because a thicker gauge string will make the entire stringbed rougher. When the mains and the crosses meet, the strings will 'hump' more(haha) because they are thicker and are sorta more in eachother's way. So where the mains and crosses meet throughout the stringbed, they protrude more, making a rougher surface.

    Is this right? Is this why even the pros use 16g?
     
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    And of course! This is why pros like Federer use string savers; to make the strings protrude even more. Mystery solved.
     
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  8. sruckauf

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    I believe I get more spin from a thicker string. I usually play singles matches with a 75% baseline game, and find myself at the net about one in four points. For this reason I like 16 gauge string for the spin I can generate on ground stroke points.

    I do string one stick up with 17 gauge though, of the same string and tension, for when I'm called in to play a doubles match. For whatever reason, I much prefer the action I get on 17 gauge strings for doubles play. I seem to get better and more accurate stick on my volleys and overheads that come with doubles play.

    But as far as the argument of string gauge and spin, I'm on the side of thicker string provides more spin, in most cases.
     
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  9. armand

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    sruckauf: thanks for the response.

    Everyone else on the TW forum: you're useless
     
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  10. sruckauf

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    ha ha ha ha

    Cheers!
     
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  11. Steve Huff

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    I guess a better question would be, "which one do YOU get more spin with?"
     
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  12. Fedfan4life

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    That is the theory because you are working with more material on the thicker gauges.
     
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  13. kalic

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    Thicker string has less power, so you must swing faster, and you produce more spin.
     
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  14. Ripper

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    Maybe, it depends on the type of string. Have you noticed how the surface of those PU covered multis feel so sticky/tacky to the touch? With those, you would, probably, get more bite with a thicker gauge.

    Edit: Same for textured strings.
     
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  15. bsandy

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    So many Variables -- So little Algebra
     
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  17. Pusher

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    I think the linked post means that thinner strings give more power (going up in gauge). The whole concept of power relative to gauge is a little misleading-IMO. Thicker strings will stretch more and can give equal or better power than thin strings. I really think it can depend on the player. If you are a banger and hit against heavy pace then thicker strings may outperform the same thinner string. Label it power or playability or whatever-just my opinion.
     
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  18. skiracer55

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    Stop, you're both right...

    ...it's a floor wax and a dessert topping, too! As somebody noted, so many variables, so little algebra. I like thin guage (17), strung tight (61/63 for hybrid) and an open (16x19) string pattern for control, power, and spin...oh yeah, my current stick is a Head Metallix 2.

    So I can already hear the Screams of the Doomed: "Skiracer55, you stupid pig animal! How could you ever imagine that a combination like that could give you any spin?" Hey, it works for me, but I'm willing to bet your mileage will vary. If you tell me that you like a Dunlop Maxply Fort strung at 40 pounds with fishing line because it gives you more spin, who am I to disagree? If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody hears it, did it make a sound?
     
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