Full Gut or Gut/Poly

Full gut or Gut/poly

  • Full gut

    Votes: 11 25.0%
  • Gut/poly

    Votes: 33 75.0%

  • Total voters
    44

martini1

Hall of Fame
Not everybody can play with full gut. It is just too powerful, or too easy to break for the rest of the people. Modern frames are also not well suited for full bed of gut. If the mids needed tension around 65-70lb to play well how many lbs do you string a 100 sq in at??

Poly hybrid is much much more playable and got more spin out of it.
 

joe sch

Legend
I believe that for racket heads > 85si Gut/Poly is the best performance. For the standard head wood rackets Full Gut is the way to go. Poly helps tame the power and allow more topspin. If you have big swings on a modern racket then you will probably need high tension on a Full Gut setup. A tight pattern like 18x20 also helps tame a Full Gut setup.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
Never found full gut to be amazingly comfortable either. They stick together and don't slide so they're very stiff laterally.
 

Fintft

Legend
Not everybody can play with full gut. It is just too powerful, or too easy to break for the rest of the people. Modern frames are also not well suited for full bed of gut. If the mids needed tension around 65-70lb to play well how many lbs do you string a 100 sq in at??

Poly hybrid is much much more playable and got more spin out of it.
  • To tame the power a bit, I go with an open string patter, 16X18, rather then the 18X20- the extra spin preventing the balls from sailing long.
  • Also my racquet is head light and control oriented.
  • I do string my 95 at 57 LBs main and 55 LBs crosses, also to prevent some of the movement (that contribute to early breaking).
  • An experienced stringer helps (that pre-stretches the gut manually, waxes it before feeding it through the grommets) as well as good storage (locker, not transported at all) and maintainance (clean it up/wax it after each hit) will extend its life.
  • Also I hit flat and try not to misshit (fewer of those than, let's say 2 years ago).
 

Top Jimmy

Semi-Pro
Can someone just post a quick comment on gut mains vs crosses in a poly/gut setup. I'd like to try it but not sure which way to go.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Can someone just post a quick comment on gut mains vs crosses in a poly/gut setup. I'd like to try it but not sure which way to go.
Use gut mains. If you are thinking of using gut in the crosses, a multifilament or synthetic gut will do the same job. The mains string decides about 80% of the stringbed's response, so using the most responsive string in the crosses is a serious waste. Even professional stringers (P1) have called gut in the crosses "a waste of gut".

Gut mains has:
-more comfort
-more spin
-more power (without a loss of control)
-better feel
-better playability duration (until the gut snaps).
 

Top Jimmy

Semi-Pro
Use gut mains. If you are thinking of using gut in the crosses, a multifilament or synthetic gut will do the same job. The mains string decides about 80% of the stringbed's response, so using the most responsive string in the crosses is a serious waste. Even professional stringers (P1) have called gut in the crosses "a waste of gut".

Gut mains has:
-more comfort
-more spin
-more power (without a loss of control)
-better feel
-better playability duration (until the gut snaps).
Thanks, I'll give it a shot!
 
Gut v gut/poly

Topspin hitter: can use either one, but hybrid better
Extreme/western grip: hybrid better
Flat hitter: full gut is better
Feel: full gut is better, but hybrid not bad
Pocket: hybrid better. You need to place full gut pretty loose to get the same cush sweetspot.
Power: moot point, depends on tension you use
Biggest difference between the two = launch angle.
Full gut has a much flatter trajectory than the hybrid.

I didn't vote cause I like both, but really I do prefer the full gut because it feels so nice and lasts me longer as well.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks, I'll give it a shot!
Oh, and make sure to use a smooth and slick polyester for a cross. Shaped or textured polyesters generally cut into the gut too quickly, greatly reducing the durability (without providing any noticeable advantage).
 

KaiserW

Hall of Fame
Looking forward to trying gut/poly. Just waiting for the gut to arrive going to use Topspin Cyber Blue for the cross.
 
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