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Not really. I'm not sure what you mean. Can't imagine happening inside the reel. Assuming during the stringing process? In that case, you might be shaving a little bit of the sharp edges while pulling excess cross string or going through a tight grommet hole. To help with that, slide the cross string with your finger downward towards the throat while pulling the excess string with your hand, until it's ready to pull tension, by then, horizontal. As far as the grommet hole, just go slow. That helps keeping the string sharp while it's being strung, if that makes sense.
No I meant inside the reel, there's like little strands coming off the string when i pull it out of the reel.
 
Not really. I'm not sure what you mean. Can't imagine happening inside the reel. Assuming during the stringing process? In that case, you might be shaving a little bit of the sharp edges while pulling excess cross string or going through a tight grommet hole. To help with that, slide the cross string with your finger downward towards the throat while pulling the excess string with your hand, until it's ready to pull tension, by then, horizontal. As far as the grommet hole, just go slow. That helps keeping the string sharp while it's being strung, if that makes sense.
No I meant inside the reel, there's like little strands coming off the string when i pull it out of the reel.
 
No I meant inside the reel, there's like little strands coming off the string when i pull it out of the reel.
I see. Same thing maybe? I mean, pulling string out of the reel at an angle and shaving some of the edge against the little hole? Would be good to see a photo, and I can help you in a better way. Just email us at grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com

We haven't heard of something like this, but I'm sure we can help. We got you.
 

jugheadfla

Rookie
I see. Same thing maybe? I mean, pulling string out of the reel at an angle and shaving some of the edge against the little hole? Would be good to see a photo, and I can help you in a better way. Just email us at grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com

We haven't heard of something like this, but I'm sure we can help. We got you.
That is most likely what is happening, but regardless it won't have any effect on the playability of the string....at least it didn't cause any issues with me when it happened during stringing.
 

the_ghost

New User
Hello Grapple Snake, Can you recommend a good hybrid cross string for a Liquidmetal Radical MP using Alu Power 16L Lime Mains (18x20) ?
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
No I meant inside the reel, there's like little strands coming off the string when i pull it out of the reel.
I have not yet tried Game Changer but I did experience what you are describing with the Weiss Cannon Rock 'n Blue string. It's a very sharply edged square string and little threads of it seem to shear off the corners when being pulled through the frame. I had a set so I didn't have to pull it out of a plastic reel but I'd imagine it would also happen there as well.



It did not happen when I strung up Cube or the Neon Dust Hybrid, nor with Ultra Cable.
 
Hello Grapple Snake, Can you recommend a good hybrid cross string for a Liquidmetal Radical MP using Alu Power 16L Lime Mains (18x20) ?
Nice racquet! I would suggest Alpha if you want to make that string bed a little more comfortable with ALU in the mains. Tour Sniper will also feel very similar to your mains, and won't lose as much tension, helping you that way.
 

jugheadfla

Rookie
I have not yet tried Game Changer but I did experience what you are describing with the Weiss Cannon Rock 'n Blue string. It's a very sharply edged square string and little threads of it seem to shear off the corners when being pulled through the frame. I had a set so I didn't have to pull it out of a plastic reel but I'd imagine it would also happen there as well.



It did not happen when I strung up Cube or the Neon Dust Hybrid, nor with Ultra Cable.
That's not what happened when I strung gamechanger. The "fraying" with GC happened within the string bed, not on the outside loops near the grommets. What your Weiss Rock n Blue did is very odd, I've never experienced that before.
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
Looking at the pic, seems like a tight new grommet, possibly running the string through the grommet hole a little to fast. That WC model is rather thick.
That pic is of the grommets at the throat, so they wouldn't be scuffed up. They weren't new - it was just that whatever process created those very sharp edges also left those threads of material to come off with any friction against the edges.

Like I said, I never had that issue with Cube or CES, even though those edges are equally sharp. It's just that your string manufacturing process creates a cleaner edge. The Blue Rock 'n Power edges feel serrated and that's probably what comes off as the string is pulled through a grommet.
 

djkahn86

Rookie
16x19 . going to be sad when i cut it out. i have no more alpha to replace it
Put in Luxillon Adrenaline at 50. Played two hours and I miss my Alpha already. I will give the Luxilon two more hours and if it doesn’t get better, it’s getting cut out and will need to find a few sets of alpha somewhere.
 

SaaKha

Semi-Pro
Sooooo, when is that Nat Gut arriving? :unsure:

Also got a pack of Excellent Purple and Irukandji and plan to hybrid it in my Blade 98 18x20 (y)
 
I look forward to trying out the gut strings you are going to be making available here. I normally use gut mains and have been using the Irukandji crosses you suggested. I really like this combo. I will be anxious to try out your brand of gut strings.
Thank you. We are completely sure you guys/girls will find our gut to be top quality at a good price. Thanks for the enthusiasm. It keeps us going!
 
We did it! Grapplesnake Natural Gut now available!

"Our ultimate offering. Grapplesnake Natural Gut represents one of our highest achievements as a company. We have been able to develop a string of exceptional quality, feel, and tension maintenance, made in Europe. We have also added a thin moisture protective coating, which further extends the life of our gut in humid conditions. Since its test run, Grapplesnake Natural Gut has been widely appraised by players and envied by well-established competitors. We encourage players to try it and see the benefits for themselves, while letting the string do the talking. We have worked hard to fulfill our dream of offering the best Natural Gut in the market, at a fair price.
We strongly recommend trying Grapplesnake Natural Gut in the Mains along with Grapplesnake Irukandji in the Crosses.
Available in 1.25mm and 1.30mm, 2x6.5 meters."





Additionally, our Sampler Packs are also available, offering seven popular Grapplesnake strings. Can't go over prices here, but it's obviously convenient compared to buying separate, also with free shipping. Please check our website for more info.



We are beyond excited about all this. Thank you all very much for allowing us to grow and develop our Natural Gut despite Covid!


Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
 
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Znak

Professional
We did it! Grapplesnake Natural Gut now available!

"Our ultimate offering. Grapplesnake Natural Gut represents one of our highest achievements as a company. We have been able to develop a string of exceptional quality, feel, and tension maintenance, made in Europe. We have also added a thin moisture protective coating, which further extends the life of our gut in humid conditions. Since its test run, Grapplesnake Natural Gut has been widely appraised by players and envied by well-established competitors. We encourage players to try it and see the benefits for themselves, while letting the string do the talking. We have worked hard to fulfill our dream of offering the best Natural Gut in the market, at a fair price.
We strongly recommend trying Grapplesnake Natural Gut in the Mains along with Grapplesnake Irukandji in the Crosses.
Available in 1.25mm and 1.30mm, 2x6.5 meters."





Additionally, our Sampler Packs are also available, offering seven popular Grapplesnake strings. Can't go over prices here, but it's obviously convenient compared to buying separate, also with free shipping. Please check our website for more info.



We are beyond excited about all this. Thank you all very much for allowing us to grow and develop our Natural Gut despite Covid!


Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
Natty gut just ordered, excited to try it out!
 

SaaKha

Semi-Pro
Strung up my blade 18x20 with Excellent Purple in the mains and Irukandji (blue) in the crosses at 50/48. Sublime stuff. So much control. Forehand was automatic. Was just hitting bombs all day and was super confident going for all my shots. Decent amount of spin as well. Will definitely be using this set up again.
 
I also snagged some Grapplesnake gut, and I'm looking forward to trying it out. Was thinking of adding some Irukandji to demo against Yonex PTF as a cross. @Grapplesnake USA Official (or anyone else who knows), how's tension maintenance on Irukandji compared to your other polys? Do different gauges of gut change Irukandji's behavior at all?
 
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I also snagged some Grapplesnake gut, and I'm looking forward to trying it out. Was thinking of adding some Irukandji to demo against Yonex PTF as a cross. @Grapplesnake USA Official (or anyone else who knows), how's tension maintenance on Irukandji compared to your other polys? Do different gauges of gut change Irukandji's behavior at all?
Nice! We recommend stringing Irukandji at your normal poly tension. It maintains that tension quite well. Your gut gauge shouldn't make a noticeable difference. You'll notice that Irukandji will slide quite well against the gut, with almost no notching (=more spin and gut durability). Enjoy it!
 

mctennis

Legend
Nice! We recommend stringing Irukandji at your normal poly tension. It maintains that tension quite well. Your gut gauge shouldn't make a noticeable difference. You'll notice that Irukandji will slide quite well against the gut, with almost no notching (=more spin and gut durability). Enjoy it!
Agree! I have been using this combo at my regular tensions with great success and satisfaction with this string combo.
 
I noticed irukandji has a version 2.0 in black? What is the difference with original white? Love the white as a cross with gut mains in my PS97s
It's a firmer version with added aluminum paste, like Tour Sniper. Color is actually dark grey. Not planning on bringing it over at the moment, since production is limited and most people here have expressed more interest in Irukandji being more comfort-oriented. Like anything else, it's always possible to offer it in the future if enough players want it.

It's awesome to see how Irukandji is finally receiving the attention it deserves, and is becoming one of our most popular strings. Plays beautifully with our new Natural Gut. White version (sets) is out of stock now, but we have more coming. Blue is in stock, along with both color reels.

Thanks for asking!
 
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1990's Graphite

Hall of Fame
It's a firmer version with added aluminum paste, like Tour Sniper. Color is actually dark grey. Not planning on bringing it over at the moment, since production is limited and most people here have expressed more interest in Irukandji being more comfort-oriented. Like anything else, it's always possible to offer it in the future if enough players want it.

It's awesome to see how Irukandji is finally receiving the attention it deserves, and is becoming one of our most popular strings. Plays beautifully with our new Natural Gut. White version (sets) is out of stock now, but we have more coming. Blue is in stock, along with both color reels.

Thanks for asking!
Thank you for the swift reply. Another poster on here put me onto irukandji @DJ- I'm sure he would also find this information useful!
I saw some sets for sale online and was curious. Your strings are making some noise in terms of popularity. Keep up the good work and customer service.
 

DJ-

Hall of Fame
Thank you for the swift reply. Another poster on here put me onto irukandji @DJ- I'm sure he would also find this information useful!
I saw some sets for sale online and was curious. Your strings are making some noise in terms of popularity. Keep up the good work and customer service.
Huh yep that was me, guilty as charged.... I have used Irukandji with Vs Touch gut mains and I get a good 35-40hrs, slightly more than Vs Touch / max power . Love the fact Irukandji has a crisper black version, I can see that working well in some really soft frames ! As mentioned above, keep up the great work @Grapplesnake USA Official .... hope you can expand your services worldwide !
 
Huh yep that was me, guilty as charged.... I have used Irukandji with Vs Touch gut mains and I get a good 35-40hrs, slightly more than Vs Touch / max power . Love the fact Irukandji has a crisper black version, I can see that working well in some really soft frames ! As mentioned above, keep up the great work @Grapplesnake USA Official .... hope you can expand your services worldwide !
Thank you! Means a lot. We will try to bring Irukandji 2.0 in the near future (it's dark Grey), based on availability! We handle the US and Canada through our website, but are also able to fulfill orders in the Americas as special orders. We've also shipped to Australia a number of times. Just email us if you're not in Europe and need some strings. We'll try to make it work.

Thanks again!

Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
 

SaaKha

Semi-Pro
Thank you! Means a lot. We will try to bring Irukandji 2.0 in the near future (it's dark Grey), based on availability! We handle the US and Canada through our website, but are also able to fulfill orders in the Americas as special orders. We've also shipped to Australia a number of times. Just email us if you're not in Europe and need some strings. We'll try to make it work.

Thanks again!

Grapplesnake USA
Tennis Strings Made in Germany
grapplesnakestringsusa@gmail.com
Will 2.0 completely replace the first version, or will both be available at the same time? I dig the version 1 Blue.
 
Any plans to sell hybrid sets of gut and Irukandji together?
That would be great, and I'll pass that on to Germany. Wouldn't expect to see it in the short term, but I would personally like it. There are downsides to adding more and more setups in the inventory with the current logistical nightmare all around the world, but we'll have more freedom once things calm down and we all go back to normal. Players can also become a little overwhelmed with too many models to choose from, but at least this is just a combination of current strings. I love your idea.
 
Also, if we have the ability to start working on this hybrid later this year, I would like to ask the audience here which gauge gut would be preferable? 1.30 or 1.25mm? And which color Irukandji would you like best in the package? We love that type of feedback.
 
Got a set of the Natty gut this week after enjoying trying Alpha. Strung it yesterday to hit today and honestly was pretty lukewarm on it. Out of the package it felt very dried out and brittle and you could see the fibers kinda start to separate in some spots during pulls. I was honestly a little worried that it may not make it through stringing but it held up fine.

Played today and it was fine. Not terrible but nothing outstanding IMO. Seemed on the stiffer side for gut and had just OK power and spin. It was paired with a round poly cross. I'll hit tomorrow with the other half I paired with Irukandji and see it it comes alive. My early impression is that for the price point, I'd probably stay with Klip based on my prior experiences with it.
 
Got a set of the Natty gut this week after enjoying trying Alpha. Strung it yesterday to hit today and honestly was pretty lukewarm on it. Out of the package it felt very dried out and brittle and you could see the fibers kinda start to separate in some spots during pulls. I was honestly a little worried that it may not make it through stringing but it held up fine.

Played today and it was fine. Not terrible but nothing outstanding IMO. Seemed on the stiffer side for gut and had just OK power and spin. It was paired with a round poly cross. I'll hit tomorrow with the other half I paired with Irukandji and see it it comes alive. My early impression is that for the price point, I'd probably stay with Klip based on my prior experiences with it.
Thanks for sharing your impressions. We always appreciate it.
 

jered

Rookie
Also, if we have the ability to start working on this hybrid later this year, I would like to ask the audience here which gauge gut would be preferable? 1.30 or 1.25mm? And which color Irukandji would you like best in the package? We love that type of feedback.
1.30mm with blue Irukandji is my preference but I wouldn't be mad if it is paired with the white Irukandji either.
 

jered

Rookie
Got a set of the Natty gut this week after enjoying trying Alpha. Strung it yesterday to hit today and honestly was pretty lukewarm on it. Out of the package it felt very dried out and brittle and you could see the fibers kinda start to separate in some spots during pulls. I was honestly a little worried that it may not make it through stringing but it held up fine.

Played today and it was fine. Not terrible but nothing outstanding IMO. Seemed on the stiffer side for gut and had just OK power and spin. It was paired with a round poly cross. I'll hit tomorrow with the other half I paired with Irukandji and see it it comes alive. My early impression is that for the price point, I'd probably stay with Klip based on my prior experiences with it.
Which gauge did you use (both GS and Klip) and for Klip, which version of their gut do you usually use? Any details on comparing the two? e.g. feel, power, control, etc.
 
Which gauge did you use (both GS and Klip) and for Klip, which version of their gut do you usually use? Any details on comparing the two? e.g. feel, power, control, etc.
1.30 in both. I only intermittently use NG but the last Klip I used was Legend.

IMO Klip had better power and feel. Control was similar with maybe a slight edge to GS. The GS felt more like what I remember of my trial of Luxilon NG (firmer feeling, more control than power). I was just honestly surprised at how dry and brittle it seemed to be. Like I said I’m curious to see how it performs tomorrow with Irukandji crosses.

Just between the two and what I am wanting when I do use gut, Klip is a better match. But who knows maybe the different setup tomorrow will wow me.
 
Strung up some Grapplesnake Gut hybrids this weekend. Brain dump incoming.

I don't doubt the account of @the_faceless_player, but my experience was quite different on the stringing end. My package wasn't brittle at all — very smooth and pliable. To the touch, it feels like there's a light coating, but I think it's less than Volkl or Klip Legend (which are my most recent points of comparison). I had no fraying during stringing. The package comes pre-cut into two halves, which might be a downer for those who prefer full-bed gut, but I appreciated it. There was a small imperfection in one strand, but luckily it was near the end so it was cut off after the knot. Otherwise, quality seemed high.

I thought the GS gut had a lot of pop. More than I was expecting, actually. I strung at 56/52 in both the hybrids I tried, and I would probably dial up the tension a pound or two next time. I've only hit once very briefly with Lux gut, but I thought the GS was more plush. Durability seems pretty good so far (not much notching yet), but I'll be keeping a close eye to see what happens when the coating wears off. I used the 1.30 gauge.

On to Irukandji, which is one of the crosses I tried. I can confirm that this is a nice cross, and it feels great with the gut. Great feel, decent power and spin. The other cross I tried was Yonex Poly Tour Fire. At current tension, I'd probably give PTF the edge in pop and spin (that slick coating/infusion really works), but Irukandji better feel and control. Tension maintenance TBD between the two; I'll report back if possible.

My only beef with Irukandji is stringing...which is a bit of a pain. Clamp adjustment is wonky, and you have to clamp tight if you don't want the string to twist and slide under tension. It's a hassle to try to align Irukandji with the same side facing up/down all the way through the string bed, so I just let it be. Pulling tension removes most of the twisting, but there are a couple places where the shorter face is forced into contact with the gut. I'm a little worried that these spots will notch prematurely, but it's too early to tell. Maybe this can be minimized by weaving technique? If you can get the stringing dialed, it is a nice setup. For the record @Grapplesnake USA Official, I'd also be interested in a firmer Irukandji, especially if it means better tension maintenance and predictability.

TL;DR: Gut seems solid, Irukandji and PTF are both great crosses. Regardless, I love to see a company working hard to bring a quality product at a reasonable price, which this seems to be.
 
Strung up some Grapplesnake Gut hybrids this weekend. Brain dump incoming.

I don't doubt the account of @the_faceless_player, but my experience was quite different on the stringing end. My package wasn't brittle at all — very smooth and pliable. To the touch, it feels like there's a light coating, but I think it's less than Volkl or Klip Legend (which are my most recent points of comparison). I had no fraying during stringing. The package comes pre-cut into two halves, which might be a downer for those who prefer full-bed gut, but I appreciated it. There was a small imperfection in one strand, but luckily it was near the end so it was cut off after the knot. Otherwise, quality seemed high.

I thought the GS gut had a lot of pop. More than I was expecting, actually. I strung at 56/52 in both the hybrids I tried, and I would probably dial up the tension a pound or two next time. I've only hit once very briefly with Lux gut, but I thought the GS was more plush. Durability seems pretty good so far (not much notching yet), but I'll be keeping a close eye to see what happens when the coating wears off. I used the 1.30 gauge.

On to Irukandji, which is one of the crosses I tried. I can confirm that this is a nice cross, and it feels great with the gut. Great feel, decent power and spin. The other cross I tried was Yonex Poly Tour Fire. At current tension, I'd probably give PTF the edge in pop and spin (that slick coating/infusion really works), but Irukandji better feel and control. Tension maintenance TBD between the two; I'll report back if possible.

My only beef with Irukandji is stringing...which is a bit of a pain. Clamp adjustment is wonky, and you have to clamp tight if you don't want the string to twist and slide under tension. It's a hassle to try to align Irukandji with the same side facing up/down all the way through the string bed, so I just let it be. Pulling tension removes most of the twisting, but there are a couple places where the shorter face is forced into contact with the gut. I'm a little worried that these spots will notch prematurely, but it's too early to tell. Maybe this can be minimized by weaving technique? If you can get the stringing dialed, it is a nice setup. For the record @Grapplesnake USA Official, I'd also be interested in a firmer Irukandji, especially if it means better tension maintenance and predictability.

TL;DR: Gut seems solid, Irukandji and PTF are both great crosses. Regardless, I love to see a company working hard to bring a quality product at a reasonable price, which this seems to be.
Thank you for this extensive review! Ok, I think we will make Irukandji 2.0 happen.
 
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