I don't want to overstate, but Gut/Poly will cure all your life problems.

#1
Seriously, it's great.

I tried a hybrid of Wilson Natural Gut/ Big Hitter Silver 52/49 today. I had tried a similar hybrid once, but strung it up at 58/55. That was way too high, as I string poly at 48/45.

The power was pretty good, but not overly lively as I feared it could be.

The spin actually seemed pretty much as good as fully poly.

The big thing I noticed was how it allowed me to be more consistent. It was easier to get depth and pace when on the run, and I was able to hit defensive slices and squash shots much better when necessary.

The only thing that remains to be seen is if the durability will make using this set up plausible. If it can last more than a month and maintain its characteristics, I think it would be worth it. I'm not a string breaker, so I'm hopeful.
 
#3
What racquet did you string it in? Depending on swingspeed and string pattern you should get decent durability from gut/poly (based on my own experience).
I use an Rf 97. I hit about average pace for 4.5 level. I don’t think I’ve ever broken a poly string, but I usually cut them out after about 2 weeks.
 
#5
Agree with everything, but it took me a little bit of trying out different tensions and finding a poly I really like to use as crosses, so I could see why ppl would not venture out to try or give up on it because of the cost of natural gut. A little easier to cut out poly after a few outings if you don’t like the setup. with gut poly I felt like I had to keep playing with it before I could try the next setup. But with enough patience, research, and asking questions in the forums to find what you like, in the long run it’s worth it, in my opinion. and could potentially be more cost effective than full poly.
 
#9
I'll give this a try!

Order this ?
https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Natural_Gut_16_String/descpageACWILSON-WNATY16.html

I have some Poly laying around, so I will use that.

Is it Poly/Main and Gut/Cross ?
You'll want to string Gut in main/Poly in cross.

You want most of the characteristics of Gut: Comfort, accuracy, feel, playability. Using poly in the cross helps to tone some of the power down for added control. The slick cross adds to the snap-back for more spin potential. It also helps prolong the life of the gut.

If you play poly @ 50#, you could try gut@58/poly@53 as a baseline.
 
#10
The RF97 is an interesting frame. The most string dependent frame I have ever used. Using Klip Legend 1.30/ Max Power 1.25 at 57/54-59/56. A friend of mine uses the same set up at 52/52 in a RF97. Matter of preference.
The first few hours is like nothing else. Maximum performance. Drops off a bit after that but is still playable until it breaks.
I notice Federer is still playing with the Black/black version of the RF97 in the Australian open this year. Wonder what that is about.
 
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#11
I'll give this a try!

Order this ?
https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_Natural_Gut_16_String/descpageACWILSON-WNATY16.html

I have some Poly laying around, so I will use that.

Is it Poly/Main and Gut/Cross ?
That’s some expensive string. I’m at $18 a frame with Gut/poly. VS Touch/4g is about the best I have played for $28 a frame.
I bet that Wilson gut with 4g crosses would be serious. May be why players like Serena, Venus, and Dimitrov use it.
Champions Choice I didnt like as much as these other setups and it broke in 45min. The rough chews up the gut faster.
8-10 hours from Klip/Max Power and
VS Touch/4g.
 
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#14
Seriously, it's great.

I tried a hybrid of Wilson Natural Gut/ Big Hitter Silver 52/49 today. I had tried a similar hybrid once, but strung it up at 58/55. That was way too high, as I string poly at 48/45.

The power was pretty good, but not overly lively as I feared it could be.

The spin actually seemed pretty much as good as fully poly.

The big thing I noticed was how it allowed me to be more consistent. It was easier to get depth and pace when on the run, and I was able to hit defensive slices and squash shots much better when necessary.

The only thing that remains to be seen is if the durability will make using this set up plausible. If it can last more than a month and maintain its characteristics, I think it would be worth it. I'm not a string breaker, so I'm hopeful.
Long time user of Tourna strings. Should be interesting to see how long this set-up maintain its characteristics. Knowing what I know about the Tourna Big Hitter Silver.. I might have gone up a few lbs on the crosses or used a pre-stretch. The BHS tends to get "hot" after about 8-10 hours. I have never used to BHS in the crosses that I can remember...only in a full bed or in the mains with a syn gut in the crosses. Enjoy...
 
#15
I'm surprised that on my first try I wasn't too impressed. I find myself starting with it then switch to poly/syngut after about 10 minutes of hitting (no match play). Yes comfort is there. Spin is quite impressive too. But not as accurate/controllable as my poly/syngut. I strung it with Tonic+16/Topspin Cyber Blue 55/53 on my C10 Pro. This is the first time I've tried both strings. I still have the other half so maybe I'll increase the tension by at least 3 lbs.
 
#17
I'm surprised that on my first try I wasn't too impressed. I find myself starting with it then switch to poly/syngut after about 10 minutes of hitting (no match play). Yes comfort is there. Spin is quite impressive too. But not as accurate/controllable as my poly/syngut. I strung it with Tonic+16/Topspin Cyber Blue 55/53 on my C10 Pro. This is the first time I've tried both strings. I still have the other half so maybe I'll increase the tension by at least 3 lbs.
Increasing the tension should work.
 
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