thinner strings - 18x20 mid

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  1. eman resu

    eman resu Semi-Pro

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    I'll soon replace the strings on my Wilson Rok (very dense 18x20 on a prestige-like 93 sq in). I want to increase the sweetspot, and I'll probably put thinner strings (from 1.30 to 1.25 syn gut, no poly or nat gut for me). Is this change in thickness enough for me to feel any difference regarding forgiveness or should I also lower the tension? If so, how lower should I go (currently 50 lbs)? SHould I pay much more to try an even thinner gauge? Or maybe I should only lower tension and keep a 1.30 basic syn gut string?
     
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  2. eman resu

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    I'm not looking for more power, necessarily, my goal with this change is to get some extra forgiveness.
     
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  3. Matchball

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    Try lowering the tension on crosses only (2-3 lbs). It should in theory help you get a nicer sweet spot. Thinner gauge is definitely O.K. for tight patterns.
     
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  4. THESEXPISTOL

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    If you want synthetic gut go with gosen og micro sheep.
    If you poly, rock on Topspin Cyber Blue 1.20mm.
     
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  5. eman resu

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    I don't think I have many options here where I live. The only thinner string would probably be Babolat Nvy 1.25. If I want another one (maybe even thinner), I might even get it, but it would cost much more. Poly is out of question for me.
     
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  6. Jessekershaw

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    It's a little pricy but I personally like the WIlson NXT Tour. I've played it with the 17 gauge in a Rok and liked it. It actually lasted longer than I expected. Played great when I was on and in my opinion provided more spin than an 16 gauge string.

    I am now using an 18 gauge NXT Tour with a poly 16 in a 2011 Prince Rebel 95 and I like it. I really liked the Rok but like you was looking for more sweet spot. I ended up finding it in another racquet.
     
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  7. THESEXPISTOL

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    Am i the only one who thinks that synthetic gut is actually a smarter choice than cheap multis? Cheap multis break fast and don't maintain tension that well. Syngut last considerable more and when it breaks, who gives a damn? It's dirt cheap!
     
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  8. eman resu

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    Thanks for the answers! What I'd like to know is wether going thinner is enough to open the swetspot or I should also lower the tension.
     
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  9. keithfival

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    I played 18x20 Radicals for years and when I finally tried an 18g poly main there was quite a difference, definitely opened it up in a way that 17g did not. 18g poly/17g syngut at 52/54 worked really well for me in that dense pattern.
     
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