alternative to gut for my prestige mp

Discussion in 'Strings' started by EKnee08, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. EKnee08

    EKnee08 Professional

    Sep 9, 2009
    Hi Guys:

    I am currently playing with 2 youtek prestige mps strung with babolat tonic at 54.

    I would like to buy a third stick for the outdoor season to use in case the conditions are wet and have it striung with a synthetic that will play similar to the gut at the above tension.

    The two strings I am looking at are technibre NRG2 and x-one biphase. Will either of these work? If so, which one, would you recommend and why?
    What tension would you string them to be similar to tonic at 54?

  2. Valjean

    Valjean Hall of Fame

    Mar 17, 2004
    North Carolina
    Babolat's Xcel Power is more reliable, powerful and soft too...
  3. zpilot

    zpilot New User

    Apr 14, 2010
    X-one biphase is a great multi-filament :)
  4. rudester

    rudester Professional

    Sep 29, 2009
    I am a long time full bed natural gut user and after years of experimenting, have found that i prefer a hybrid more. Currently i have my racquets strung with Spin x in the mains and Babolat Tonic or Pacific classic gut in the cross, because i have been playing some tournaments and this is my favorite combo. When not playing tournaments i string with Spin X in the mains and NRG2 in the cross, and to tell you the truth it is hard to tell the difference between the natural gut and the NRG2 in the Crosses. With the cost of natural gut these days, I have really taken to using the NRG2 in the crosses and whatever Co poly i am currently experimenting with in the mains.
    Anyway since you already have the NRG2 on hand, might be worth a try. I would string them at a similar tension to what you are used to, if you end up using a soft co poly, with the NRG2 a couple of pounds tighter in the cross
  5. Lakers4Life

    Lakers4Life Hall of Fame

    Jul 13, 2009
    Laker Land
    Pro Supex Maxim Touch is by far the softest multi I've tried.
  6. Mig1NC

    Mig1NC Professional

    Jun 13, 2009
  7. David123

    David123 Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2010
    x-1 biphase and NRG2
  8. DrpShot!

    DrpShot! Semi-Pro

    Jun 5, 2009
    NRG2 will feel more like natural gut, X1 will feel crisper, more like a poly, both are great strings but very different. If you go with X1 you may want to string it down a few percentage points to soften up the feel (as compared to natural gut).
  9. jim e

    jim e Legend

    Aug 4, 2007
    I have a racquet for outdoor use during wet conditions as well, and since I use all VS gut, at 64lbs. I keep the most worn string racquet of the VS, for the wet weather and still use all VS. It really never effected my strings , granted I don't hit in a downpour, but have hit in a light rain a good # of times over the past couple years, and the gut still holds up fine, as I just sprinkle baby powder in the racquet cover after I wipe it down, and the strings hold up fine. Granted I am not a typical stringbreaker, as I hit a relatively flat ball, but the gut holds up fine even when it gets wet.Possibly the strings may have lasted longer, but they last a long time for me anyways, and none last forever. Todays nat. gut is much improved over years ago.You should just use one of your normal racquets with the gut for this.
  10. ClubHoUno

    ClubHoUno Banned

    Jan 26, 2008
    Scandinavia, Europe
    I do just like Jim e does - I have 6 racquets in my all strung with VS TEAM 17 nat gut mains and a CoPoly in the crosses. If I play during a very light rain or just after it has rained, I simply use the 2 racquets in my bag with the most worn out strings with the VS TEAM 17 nat gut hybrid and expect them to break either while I play or within the next day or two, while in my bag.

    More often than not, they don't break and I can play with the same stringjobs once or twice before they eventually break and have to be restrung.

    However, when I sometimes end up playing in more than light rain - and this happens once every month during the outdoor season, I pull out my 2 'rain wet weather racquets', which are both strung with X-One 1.24 mains @ 56 lbs and Alu Power crosses @ 53 lbs.

    X-One, while probably for some the worlds best multi string, it is not the closest string to gut, but I like how it feels and plays in wet weather, where the balls are heavy, the red clay is slow and the combo of X-One 1.24 mains and Alu Power crosses works very well for this type of situation.

    NRG2 and Xcel Power probably feels more like natural gut, but as you should know - NOTHING really feels like natural gut besides natural gut of course ;)

    But for really wet rainy weather, I find the combo hybrid of X-One 1.24 mains and Alu Power crosses to be the perfect blend for me and my game.

    I've more than once played on with a hybrid of VS TEAM 17 mains and Hyperion 1.24 crosses for hours in very HEAVY rain and the strings didn't break. Babolat VS natgut is much more durable than you think!

    But to be on the safe side, avoid using expensive nat gut in wet or humid weather conditions - but as stated - VS NAT GUT is much more durable than people think!
    The coating on the VS strings for extra protection really works very well indeed.

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