A more durable synthetic gut?

lelopez

Semi-Pro
After experimenting with a good range of polys, multis, gut, and hybrids over the last year, there is something about plain 'ol syn gut that sets it apart for my game. Yesterday I played with a full bed of Gamma synthetic gut and everything felt great about it, great feel, good control, ok spin for me (I know I won't be producing massive amounts with this string, but good enough for what I typically produce). The downside was that it lasted all but 6 games before it snapped.

For you chronic string breakers that still play with syn. gut, any one you would recommend over Gamma? My other thought would be a gut/syn gut hybrid, in the aim to extend durability while maintaining that "feel".
 

bob vdr

New User
Not sure what you're using right now, but a thicker gauge would be my first option. Maybe lowering tension by a couple of pounds might extend the life a bit more too.
 

lelopez

Semi-Pro
Not sure what you're using right now, but a thicker gauge would be my first option. Maybe lowering tension by a couple of pounds might extend the life a bit more too.
Yep, trying that but I want to stay with something no thicker than 16g. Tension right now is 50/47 on an RF97. May lose a little of the crisp feeling going lower but can certainly try.

I should say that I grew up playing with white Prince syn. gut (original, not the duraflex one) on a ps85 in the late 80's and 90s, so my comparison base is always relative to that.
 

etd

Rookie
Prince Original Synthetic Gut 16g is still my preferred basic synthetic gut after all these years. I think it has the best feel of all the basic synthetic guts. If I have to use the Duraflex version, I use the 17g only.

Gosen AK Pro CX is a very good string, but it is pricey for a synthetic gut. Years ago, it was on sale often, but that isn't the case anymore. There are good multifilament strings that are the same price as Gosen AK Pro CX.
 
If you string yourself, just get reels of Pro's Pro synthetic gut.

If looking for durability and better performance than synthetic gut, try Kevlar/ZX. I promise you won't be disappointed.
 

Tennease

Legend
My favourite string is not a syn gut but a multi, but it plays like syn gut, if not better. Super control, super spin and bite, comfortable, and most of all, very very very very very durable. This string doesn't seem to want to fray or snap. It is incredible.

The string is Alpha TSB-03 GEO hexagonal multifilament.
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I currently use Babolat Syn Gut 1.30 (in natural and pink), Pro’s Pro Syn Gut 1.30 (in all sorts of colours) and Angell Halo 3.
i usually use the first two if I am trying out new racquets/string setups. Once I settled on a preference, I will then use the Angell Halo 3, as my final go to/match play setup.
 

BenC

Semi-Pro
Not saying this is the solution but I've been trying Isospeed Cream mains and OG Sheep Micro crosses. Court time has been limited as of late though ...
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
After experimenting with a good range of polys, multis, gut, and hybrids over the last year, there is something about plain 'ol syn gut that sets it apart for my game. Yesterday I played with a full bed of Gamma synthetic gut and everything felt great about it, great feel, good control, ok spin for me (I know I won't be producing massive amounts with this string, but good enough for what I typically produce). The downside was that it lasted all but 6 games before it snapped.

For you chronic string breakers that still play with syn. gut, any one you would recommend over Gamma? My other thought would be a gut/syn gut hybrid, in the aim to extend durability while maintaining that "feel".
I adore syn. gut and use it in my own frames all the time. My most recent favorite has been from Kirschbaum, but if you want to get some of it now, you may need to contact the US rep directly to order yourself a reel. I haven't gone this route myself yet, but when it was available through TW, it was among the most affordable SG's around. Yes it's absolutely worth it!! I also think that Prince's Original SG is still a pretty good option and as far as I can tell, it's rather close to the Kirschbaum SG in terms of durability.

When local sluggers start blowing through 16 ga. syn. gut in a hurry, sometimes the next step I offer is the lightest gauge of Isospeed Baseline - 1.20mm - in a hybrid with Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16 as a cross. This poly hybrid doesn't seem to play any more rigid than a snug full bed of 16 ga. syn. gut, but it can be a bit more durable. The skinny poly will probably go dead before it snaps, but it hasn't seemed to fall off a cliff in terms of its performance when installed in a hybrid. This hybrid includes two very affordable strings, so that makes it a little easier to keep a fresh setup in your racquet.
 

Humbi_HTX

Rookie
I prefer Gosen over all other syn.gut that I have tried (Prince, Gamma & Wilson), I have gone thru a reel of 16g, several packets of 17g and currently have a reel of 18g. If you want more durability, PSGw/DF has an outer coating that makes it a little longer lasting but it feels a little more firm on impact as well and stretches less during stringing.
 
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