Cotton Strings

db10s

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Am I the only one who thinks this is the next nat gut... :)
In all seriousness, has this ever been explored?
 

canny

Rookie
In theory seems reasonable to try. I guess someone could go to craft store and get a selection and give it a run. But I imagine its not durable at all. Especially if you hit with topspin.

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db10s

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I know it wouldn't be durable... But the next time I'm in MS during college football season, I'll make sure to grab some cotton and make 13G strings.
 

db10s

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Well being that guy that gets Dunlop stuff really cheap, I'm somewhat obligated to say this: Dunlop Silk.....
 

Overheadsmash

Professional
Echo weed trimmer line works great if you can get a thin enough guage. EXTREMELY durable, and those sharp edges literally tear the felt off the ball. Great feel too...
 

The Meat

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Get thin twine and make a twine out of strands of twine, so you have a thicker twine made of that twine. Then just coat it in hot wax and call it cotton gut.
 
My friend CLAIMED his uncle used piano wire for tennis strings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_wire

"Piano strings are among the most demanding of all applications of steel. Placed under high tension, they are subject to repeated blows, they are stretched and slackened during tuning and are still expected to last for decades."

Sounds like they hold their tension at least. :wink:
 

db10s

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My friend CLAIMED his uncle used piano wire for tennis strings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_wire

"Piano strings are among the most demanding of all applications of steel. Placed under high tension, they are subject to repeated blows, they are stretched and slackened during tuning and are still expected to last for decades."

Sounds like they hold their tension at least. :wink:
Metal wire
Metal wire, usually piano wire, was used in some historical racquets.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strings_(tennis)
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I'm not sure about cotton, but I'd like to see them make strings out of hemp.
Let's try a hybrid. The crosses of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia, Cotton, and Hemp. Mains of WeedWhacker string. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 5 sets on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.
 

db10s

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Let's try a hybrid. The crosses of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia, Cotton, and Hemp. Mains of WeedWhacker string. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 5 sets on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.
Did you major in Agrostology?
 

Overheadsmash

Professional
Let's try a hybrid. The crosses of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia, Cotton, and Hemp. Mains of WeedWhacker string. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 5 sets on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.
Cannonball comin':mrgreen:
 

Bagumbawalla

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Or wool- for when it gets really cold outside.

Actually, now that I think about it, when I was in high school, they gave us rackets in P. E. that had piano wire strings (for durability).
 
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db10s

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I strung up weed whacker string, it's pretty tough to string as its 2mm thick. The knots don't tighten very well. But it has an extreme gear shape, so I should get some spin. I strung it at 40 lbs as a reference tension. I will do one at 50 if I feel like it.
 
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