Experts: Help me pick a couple strings to test

Discussion in 'Strings' started by VeeSe, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. VeeSe

    VeeSe Rookie

    Jul 11, 2012
    Hi all,

    I have only ever played with synthetic gut. I have never given anything else a try, and I've been playing with Alpha Hardcourt Synthetic Gut 16 for awhile now (and like it just fine compared to other synthetic guts that I've used). Does anybody care to chime in with what I should try?

    My playstyle:
    My game is very flat hitting, not too much power, with an opportunistic playstyle. I use the IG Radical MP.

    Qualities important to me in a string:
    1) Comfort: don't have big elbow problems but don't really want them either. I want to be able to play 4-5 days in a row and have my elbow be fine.

    2) Durability: By this I don't mean hard to break, since I'm not a string breaker (flat game with not that much power won't break too many strings). What I mean is that I don't want the strings to last only 2-4 weeks before I have to restring, i.e. poly strings.

    3) Power: I am not a big guy (5'7, 130 lbs), so this would help without having to switch to a more powerful racquet (I find racquets like the Pure Drive have power that is pretty hard to control)

    4) Improved spin capability would be nice since I don't generate a lot, but it's not necessary

    If anybody has any ideas, that would be cool! Ideally, I'd test it for a bit and then decide if I want to buy a reel, but I definitely don't want to be one of those guys who is tinkering all the time with their string. I just want to know what's out there, but I'm not sure what to test first. Thanks!
  2. Ramon

    Ramon Hall of Fame

    Sep 4, 2011
    If you like synthetic gut (monofilament), the next step up is synthetic multifilament. They will generally be more expensive, softer, and overall higher quality. Read Mikeler's thread if you want to see some reviews.

    The next step up after synthetic multifilament is natural gut. It's expensive and, in my opinion, is more beneficial to advanced players who tend to break strings frequently. Natural gut is more durable than synthetic which makes it more cost efficient for string breakers. For non-string breakers, I think it's a waste of money. Gut can stretch, and may even break, if you get it wet. I always bring a spare racquet with multi just in case.
  3. VeeSe

    VeeSe Rookie

    Jul 11, 2012
    Just read J011yroger's stickied guide at the top. Very helpful. Does anybody think trying out some natural gut would be a bad idea? How much does weather affect natural gut? If it's a really humid, summer day, would I not be able to play with it? Also, how much does hybriding in some syngut crosses affect how the stringbed feels/plays?

    edit: huge ninja by Ramon addressing this question.

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