How Long will Gut Last?
I read threads where the issue of how long gut will last if it is not played with. Some are concerned that taking it out of its package will somehow begin an aging process. Others are concerned what happens after it is strung.
To help answer this, I offer the following: Batteries not included, your mileage may vary.
My earlier tennis life went from the late 60's to the mid 70's. I still have two of the Head Ashe Competition racquets that I played with then. They are strung with what I remember as VS gut, likely circa 1973 or so. It definitely looks like gut and has a blue spiral woven with it. I do not remember the brand as Babolat, but I do remember VS. Be aware I live in New Mexico and the racquets have been stored in very dry conditons.
My Tourna string meter suggests a main tension in the mid 40's and a cross in the mid 30's. Very uniform. Its thickness measures strung between 1.35mm to 1.4mm.
The string looked very good, so I went out today and hit for about 30 minutes. Things are pretty much like they were in the 70's as best I can recall after 35 years. I was amazed at how little power they had and how much more flex/wiggle they had as compared to my Juice 100's. Nothing broke or seemed like it was going to. Serves felt especially good as well as other strokes when I did my part properly.
So there you are with a data point. Not sure what to make of it, except I conclude that Gut is pretty stable.
Now that everything is perfectly clear...