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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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.Wilson Natural Gut > VS Touch BT7
VS Touch Pre BT7 >= Wilson Natural Gut
Then I already know the result of this poll.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.
If the package has Nadal and Tsonga pictured, it is most likely BT7.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?
Since my Babolat package features Bill Tilden, can I safely assume it is pre-BT7?If the package has Nadal and Tsonga pictured, it is most likely BT7.
See the details on TW.
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.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
NOThe 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?
How do you explain all the customer feedback regarding how much less durable it is in comparison then?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 $$$.
Sounds like you care more about making snarky remarks than getting to the bottom of this?It's not my job to explain others' feedbacks. If you want to spend more, I'm sure Babolat won't mind.
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.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".
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.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)