Why do so many pros use 16 gauge?

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  1. chess9

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    Why would so many pros use 16 gauge string? Wouldn't they have better spin and feel with 17 or even 18? Is this a question of needing the extra bit of durability? It seems odd that you would walk out with 6-10 rackets with 16gauge string. I walk out with 4-6 in mostly 18 gauge. Of course, no flies have ever died at my hand. :)

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  3. fishuuuuu

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    It's the durability.
     
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    Interesting. That's what I guessed, but I like playing with 18 SOOOOO much better than 16. The feel and spin difference is palpable.
    Also, I notice some of the lighter hitting women also use 16 gauge. Hmm...is it possible...nah, nah not possible....?

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  5. tennis24/7

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    i had a similar post on TW.
    here is the link:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=85372
     
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  6. Valjean

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    FWIW, Sampras used to agree; Babolat even made him a 17L gut to try out...
     
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    They hit and spin the balls lot harder and sustain longer rally. Smaller strings will open big holes on the string bed during the long rallies and make them lose control.
     
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    Tennis24/7:

    Thanks for that helpful link.

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  9. Rabbit

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    From what I undertand, the trend is more and more toward thinner guages in the pro ranks. I've been told that 16 (1.30) is no longer the de facto standard in gauge on the pro tour any more.
     
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  10. coach

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    I guess this makes sense b/c strings do move during a rally and a long rally the strings could open up even wider, and 17/18 gauge would logically move more given there is less string in contact.
     
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    i bet malisse wished he had a thicker guage on the last point of yesterdays
    final in delray. i have no idea what he plays with, but he broke a string on
    match point.
     
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