different gauges

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Squid, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. Squid

    Squid Rookie

    Dec 11, 2005
    if you were to string a larger guage in the mains and then a smaller gauge in the crosses, for example, 16g in the mains and 18g in the crosses, will you get more spin since the difference in guage make the mains stick out more?

    wouldnt it grab the ball better?
  2. travlerajm

    travlerajm Legend

    Mar 14, 2006
    For multis it doesn't make much of a difference.

    But for polys at low tension, thicker mains do give more spin. But the reason has nothing to do with the mains sticking out more.

    Polys give good spin because the slippery surface makes it so the mains can stretch more laterally, since they are not locked in place by string-on-string friction. So you want to have mains that can deflect more than the crosses. If you use a thicker string for the mains, then they are not strained as much due to the stringing tension. So they are effectively looser than a thinner gauge would be.

    This is why many pros who want to maximize spin potential (like Fed) use thick elastic gut mains and thinner poly crosses. It allows the crosses and main strings to be at different effective tensions, without distorting the frame like differential tension stringing does. Spadea actually uses 15g mains and 17g crosses to maximixe the effect.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2006

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