Favorite natural gut

Best natural gut


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eaglesburg

Guest
What is your favorite natural gut for a gut/poly hybrid with gut in the mains with price not a factor? Please respond with a vote in the poll and you can reply with comments if you want.
 
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Booger

Hall of Fame
This isn't really a contest. Wilson natural gut is by far the best ng out there. You pay for it, though. $55/set *gulp*...
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Wilson Natural Gut > VS Touch BT7
I've heard
VS Touch Pre BT7 >= Wilson Natural Gut
VS pre BT7 IS wilson natural gut. Wilson doesn't manufacture natural gut, they buy it from Babolat. Babolat stopped making premium quality natural gut with the intro of cheapo BT7 crap, but for some unknown reason, still make the good stuff for Wilson.
 
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eaglesburg

Guest
I just received vs team (because Wilson was out of stock). However it doesn't say bt7 anywhere on the packaging. Is it bt7 still?
 

7zero

Semi-Pro
I tried pre BT7 VS, BT7 VS, but for me difference is not that big whoop. I prefer thin Tonic+ and Pacific classic to fat KLIP or fat Tonic. For me natural gut is heaven and BT7 is not destroyng the feel, but lasts longer which is fine. I am not a pro who can change racquet with umpire's: "new ball please". Tonic/4G is my champion choice
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
I tried pre BT7 VS, BT7 VS, but for me difference is not that big whoop. I prefer thin Tonic+ and Pacific classic to fat KLIP or fat Tonic. For me natural gut is heaven and BT7 is not destroyng the feel, but lasts longer which is fine. I am not a pro who can change racquet with umpire's: "new ball please". Tonic/4G is my champion choice
Tonic was much softer with more power before BT7 and found that with my BT7 experience it did not last as long as the original.
 

Overheadsmash

Professional
I like the Tonic 15L. I've been using it in the mains with Vokyl V-Starr 16 or 17 as a cross and and it's a great setup. Truthfully though, the Tonic in the mains is good with almost any poly cross. I loved it with Tourna Big Hitter Silver Rough 17 in the crosses, and was hitting the heaviest balls ever, but the rough string sawed right though it in no time at all. The V Starr is very smooth though, and the gut is holding up beautifully with that in the crosses.
 

0d1n

Hall of Fame
I like Tonic + Longevity. It's very playable and extremely durable (in a gut/poly hybrid).
I'm an all-court player who likes to volley and has "good hands". Even at that thickness the gut still provides plenty of elasticity, touch and feel, and is also cost effective.
I've tried other guts, all 16 or 15 G and the Tonic + Longevity was significantly "better" for me.
Better, due to a good balance of power/control/feel/durability in my 16x19 95'' racquet.
If you're using a Prestige, you might want to look at a thinner alternative.
 

0d1n

Hall of Fame
Tough gut 1.35 (15L ?) had a nice, slightly softer feel than Tonic + Longevity. It was slightly lower powered as well.
The Babolat is crisper and slightly more powerful. I usually string it 1 kilo higher than tough gut. What made that decision clear to me...was durability.
I get about 1/3 more durability with Tonic Longevity than with Tough Gut 1.35. 12-14 hours with Tough Gut...16-18 hours with Tonic. Given the fact that the price is similar, the durability difference is significant to me.
 

HRC-E.B.

Rookie
The customer feedback on TW seems to suggest that Tonic + is considerably less durable than VS. Apparently, what one sacrifices is not playability but, rather, durability.

Is that really the case?
 
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Deleted member 120290

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The customer feedback on TW seems to suggest that Tonic + is considerably less durable than VS. Apparently, what one sacrifices is not playability but, rather, durability.

Is that really the case?
NO

I've played with both. You would not be able to tell the difference between the two in playability and durability in a blind test.

If you are making a living on ATP/WTA tour, then use VS. Otherwise save yourself some $$$.
 

HRC-E.B.

Rookie
NO

I've played with both. You would not be able to tell the difference between the two in playability and durability in a blind test.

If you are making a living on ATP/WTA tour, then use VS. Otherwise save yourself some $$$.
How do you explain all the customer feedback regarding how much less durable it is in comparison then?
 
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Deleted member 120290

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How do you explain all the customer feedback regarding how much less durable it is in comparison then?
It's not my job to explain others' feedbacks. If you want to spend more, I'm sure Babolat won't mind.
 

HRC-E.B.

Rookie
It's not my job to explain others' feedbacks. If you want to spend more, I'm sure Babolat won't mind.
Sounds like you care more about making snarky remarks than getting to the bottom of this?

My point is I don't know about it but have to assume that there is something to these reports of low durability, unless these customer reports were manufactured.

Unless people with actual experience with both VS and Tonic have better things to share than "go with VS if you like to pay more".
 
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Deleted member 120290

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Sounds like you care more about making snarky remarks than getting to the bottom of this?

My point is I don't know about it but have to assume that there is something to these reports of low durability, unless these customer reports were manufactured.

Unless people with actual experience with both VS and Tonic have better things to share than "go with VS if you like to pay more".
You asked a question. I answered it based on actual experience of using both strings extensively. You do not believe the answer or do not want to believe it. You just want to hear the answer you want to hear. That is fine. But don't expect someone to explain other people's feedback.

If you are unsure, you can try both and see for yourself. No one's feedback really matters except your own.
 
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Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I certainly hope this helps, and it is born out in my experience as well:

TW - On the Description for Tonic said:
Now packaged as Tonic+ Ball Feel. Same great natural gut quality as Babolat VS. Only differences are slightly less consistency in gauging and minor cosmetic blemishes. Exclusive Thermogut Technology Finishing increases durability (+25%) and resistance to humidity (+60%), according to Babolat. Excellent feel and control.

Please note that packaging may be different. Sets of this string may read "15L" on the packaging. This is due to a misprint at the Babolat factory and the string is actually the correct 16 gauge. All 16 gauge sets should correctly be labeled "Ball Feel" on the front of the packaging (15L sets are labeled "Longevity").

  • Gauge: 16 (1.28 - 1.32 mm)
Please pay special attention to the underlined part in red. Many gut manufacturers have their "seconds" or imperfects listed at a lower price. I know with Klip, they even brand it differently as Titan.
 

HRC-E.B.

Rookie
So despite the negative feedback, Tonic IS as durable as VS? Great. Forgive my initial hesitation given that the info I had initially been provided was to the contrary.

I am in fact happy about this and will for sure try Tonic myself.
 
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