Why don't pros play with thinner gauges?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by DonDiego, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. DonDiego

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    I'm talking mainly about polys.
    Don't they like better playability? An 18-gauge poly can also be durable. And anyway, some pros switch racquet every 4 points, so durability shouldn't be an issue.

    Why most pros play with 16 and sometimes 15 gauge? Why not go thinner? Is it about control, power, spin, durability?
     
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  2. asusundevils1971

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    They use what feels good in the racquet. Like you mentioned about them changing sticks every ball change. Yeah you would think that using the thinner 17 or 18 gauge would benefit their game. There is a reason why the pro's use gut/poly or poly/gut at different tensions. It goes back to what feels good for each player. There could be one player who likes it at 55# and another player who prefers it at 49#. I am sure your set-up won't be like many other players at your club.
     
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    They don't switch every 4 points. Furthermore, they use what they're comfortable with. That's why they don't often switch rackets or strings.
     
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    I think there are several reasons, but here are the two I believe apply to most players.

    1. An 18g string can be durable for some players, but for most it would be too risky. An 18g would likely snap after only a few points for Nadal or Fed.

    2. Many players grew up with thicker gauges to save money. Now that they are pro, they could afford go to a thinner gauge and bring out like 20 prestrung racquets. But almost none of them do. Pros like to stick to what they know due to comfort, superstition, or actual belief that it is better for them. Same reason why Nadal plays with PJ non-cortex aero.
     
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    Control. Thick gauge gives solid feel
     
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  6. Lukhas

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    Because gut and a good bunch of multis are powerful enough as they are, no need for thinner gauges or a trampoline instead of a stringbed. Although last year at RG, I still saw a footage with Wawrinka bringing like 13/15 racquets to his match, and saying "I didn't have enough last time"... :lol:
     
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