Gut Hybrid preference

Preferred Gut Hybrid Configuration

  • Gut Mains/Synthetic Crosses

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dmastous

Professional
Which do you think is a better configuration for a gut hybrid?
Gut mains/synthetic crosses
synthetic mains/gut crosses
also, what sythetics do you recommend to be paired with gut and why?
I recently had to take my MRT and the test had you string with synthetic mains and gut crosses.
I liked the feel of the combination a lot, and want to keep playing with it. But the synthetic string broke pretty quickly and, though I wanted to keep the gut in place and string the mains only, I found it impossible due to the tie offs. So it seems to me for economy gut mains are better because you can just replace the synthetic and keep the gut.
I could also go with an Aramid main string and gut cross. Or find some other robust synthetic to pair with gut crosses.
 

theace21

Hall of Fame
I currently use BDE Preformance in the mains, and Gosen sheep micro 17 in the crosses. I use string savers when the gut starts to fray. I is kinda risky to keep the mains and replace the crosses. This has been discussed often...
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
Gut in the mains!!!

If you're going to hybrid with a "synthetic" like a synthetic gut, gut in the mains...

Don't sacrifice the structural integrity of your racquet to "save" a set of gut. Chances are it wont' play that well anyways, and you'll have wasted the same amount on labor that you did saving the gut.
 

dmastous

Professional
diredesire said:
Don't sacrifice the structural integrity of your racquet to "save" a set of gut. Chances are it wont' play that well anyways, and you'll have wasted the same amount on labor that you did saving the gut.
I can understand you thought that it might be tough on the frame, but if you installed the racquet in the stringer to keep the frame supported when you cut out the crosses wouldn't that be enough? Have you seen or heard of frames getting stretch from something like that?
So your suggesting a synthetic gut cross, but poly or Armid in the mains?
 

monologuist

Hall of Fame
Gosen OG Sheep Super Micro is a great cross for a gut hybrid.

Some people like Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex. I've also enjoyed Forten Sweet (Synthetic Cut) as a cross. I've heard Laserfibre Synthetic Gut is a good choice as well.
 

dmastous

Professional
woody6.1 said:
uh . why would you do that ... go with poly in the mains and gut in crosses !!
If it's good enough for Roger Federer it's good enough for me ;)
Also, the people who run the USRSA aren't stupid. They have MRT candidates string synthetic mains and gut crosses. Though I suspect that is more becuse it's more difficult to string gut crosses than mains.
Ulimately it's a matter of taste and feel of the player. If a poly main/gut cross feels right for Fed they go with it. That doesn't mean it would be right for me, but I'd give it a shot in my search for the best set-up.
 

theace21

Hall of Fame
dmastous said:
I can understand you thought that it might be tough on the frame, but if you installed the racquet in the stringer to keep the frame supported when you cut out the crosses wouldn't that be enough?
It is not worth the risk - the board has several long threads on this a couple of months ago.

When I break a strings, I cut out the strings alternating between mains and crosses - Why, to reduce any possible damage to the frame and extend its life.
 

dmastous

Professional
monologuist said:
Gosen OG Sheep Super Micro is a great cross for a gut hybrid.

Some people like Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex. I've also enjoyed Forten Sweet (Synthetic Cut) as a cross. I've heard Laserfibre Synthetic Gut is a good choice as well.
I like Forten sweet, and use it now as my crosses. Is the Gosen a 17 gauge? Is it very durable?
 
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