Originally Posted by parasailing
I usually get about 12 hours to 15 hours with a smooth copoly before the strings breakl. With 16 gauge, I probably get about 15 to 18 hours but for me, it's doesn't feel as nice as 17g and I since I don't play that much, a set usually lasts me about a month so it's not that big of a difference.
If you are like my friend who breaks it every 3 to 5 hours and plays more often, that could hurt your wallet
That's the most useful reply yet. So really the durability for the same player on the same racquet going from 17g to 16g is fairly minimal.
However, I've noticed that if I don't play with a racquet much that the actual playing time of those gut mains gets diminished greatly because they dry out and get more fragile.