Would a natural gut/poly hybrid be a good option for durability?

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  1. TooManyRacquets

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    Durability as in strings retaining their playability as well as not breaking for a long period of time. Thoughts?
     
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  2. mrc

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    I'm a 4.5 player and hit with a fair amount of spin. I get 15-20 hours in 18x20 frame using 16g gut. Pacific Classic, Vs, volkl, and Wilson all seem to be very good. I love the spin and feel. I get better durability than Multi X poly main.
     
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  3. gplracer

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    A gut is better than a multi for durability and playability.
     
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  4. TooManyRacquets

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    Wait, are you guys using a full bed of gut, or a gut/poly hybrid?
     
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  5. Rjtennis

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    I get the same durability from gut/poly as I so when using a bed of shaped poly. It actually amazes me how durable the setup is.
     
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  6. TooManyRacquets

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    Would gut/shaped poly last longer than gut/round poly?
     
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  7. Rjtennis

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    Shaped poly will torch the gut. Only use a smooth poly.
     
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  8. mrc

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    You need a poly that holds tension well. SPPPlasma or Yonex poly tour pro are my favorites.
     
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  9. struggle

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    16g gut and 17L poly cross for me. I think the thinner poly cross saws through the gut just about the right pace for the whole setup to be done as it breaks (poly is dead too and I'm not into restringing just the crosses anymore, all or none.)
     
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  10. TooManyRacquets

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    Does the kirshbaum pro line series work for holding tension as well?
     
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  11. bigdaddyps

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    I've used the Champions Choice and Babolat/RPM Gut/Poly hybrids and they last 3-4 months for me. But you have to use string savers to get that kind of longevity. I use at least 75% of the Babolat string savers on my racquet from the center out.

    I've never broken these 2 hybrids, just put in fresh set after 3-4 months.
     
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  12. souledge

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    Let's start using standard terms:

    Durability: Resistance of a string to snapping / breaking
    Longevity: Time of good playability
     
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  13. EpitomeOfAwesome

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    I use Pro Line II 17 with Klip legend mains. I like this set-up. Been using this for 5-6 months. I have 2 racquets and I string each alternate months.

    Strings have never broken on me and they perform well too for the 2 months they stay before I cut them out.

    I heard Pro Line X holds tension better but is stiffer than Pro Line II.
     
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  14. MixedMaster

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    I've had Klip Legend 15L mains and Gamma Io 16g in my sticks 1 week shy of 3 months and they are still hitting strong!! I'm amazed as to how well the gamma Io has held up.
     
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  15. taurussable

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    love & hate

    love: super feel fresh strung at right tension

    hate: too expensive if strung frequently.
     
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  16. allenkau

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    I use a Gut/Poly combo on an POG100 and get at least 30 hours from the gut. I pop the cross at about 8 to 10 hours and reuse the gut.
     
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  17. Smasher08

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    Yes. But remember that water is like sulphuric acid to gut, so make sure you have a back up stick for inclement weather.

    I get 50+ hours from my gut-poly hybrid in my MGPM.

    Gut-poly appears to last significantly longer than full-bed gut.
     
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  18. TooManyRacquets

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    Is there anything different you have to do with the tension when stringing gut?
     
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