Multi in the Mains instead of Gut?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by BLX_Andy, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. BLX_Andy

    BLX_Andy Professional

    Jun 30, 2013
    Always at the Baseline, AZ
    I've seen a lot of people put Natural Gut in the mains and said they get a lot of spin, ball pocketing, and some power (don't quote me on this). I notice how Natural Gut is really expensive for one set. If I put multi in the mains and a poly (Luxilon 4G) in the crosses will I get the same result as if I put gut in the mains? It would help for tension recommendations as well.
  2. Lukhas

    Lukhas Legend

    Apr 3, 2013
    Multi isn't as slick as gut. Your co-poly crosses will destroy your multi mains in no time. You're much better off using the multi in the crosses 3 or 4lbs lower than your co-poly.
  3. Ramon

    Ramon Hall of Fame

    Sep 4, 2011
    I tried it already. You won't get the same results and the durability is terrible because the poly will saw through the mains. If you really need to save money you can use $15 econogut, like the Mamba stuff, but don't expect the quality to be the same as more expensive gut. I think good quality gut starts with Klip Legend at about $26.
  4. DrumWizOHBD

    DrumWizOHBD Semi-Pro

    Mar 4, 2008
    Tulsa, OK
    If you can find it, I would recommend Wilson K-Gut. It is not made anymore, but you can find it on the Bay. For me, with K-gut in the Mains and Cyberflash in the crosses, it behaves just like Gut and Luxilon only slightly less powered and the K-Gut stretches out alittle quicker than gut. I was searching for an affordable alternative to BAB/LUX

    K-Gut/CyberFlash vs Bab Gut/BigBangALu
    Spin = equal
    Comfort = equal
    Control = equal
    Power = slight edge to Bab/lux
    durability = slight edge to Bab/Lux (K-gut loses elasticity a few hours b4 gut)

    These have been compared only in my TW version Donnay Pro One

    **I have tried a couple other multis in the mains, and this was overall the best. Other posters are correct that most multis I've tried in the Mains did not last very long and didn't give me the spin I got with Gut or K-gut. Most multis with poly cross behaved like a less powered, more control oriented multi. Basically it stiffens the stringbed without sacrificing comfort.

    It's worth noting, that I mostly tested Multis under $13. It was recommended to me to try Tecnifibre Bi-Phaze and Babolat X-cel power, but I never did, as health issues forced me to take a break. Those two may be a good alternative to K-Gut.

    Too bad they don't make K-gut, I stocked up when it was on super sale
  5. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    I have used several multi's in the mains with poly crosses. I like it. I have also flipped it to poly mains and multi crosses but like the multi mains better in my current racket - volkl o10 295 customized to 330-335 swing weight.

    I have used NRG2 16G and 17G in the mains with several 17G poly crosses. I have also used Volkl Power Fibre II 16G and Volkl syn gut 16G in the mains with several poly 17G crosses.

    Poly's were TF RuffCode, SigPro Tornado, SigPro Hyperion, Volkl Cyclone, and 1 or 2 others.

    I like the way it plays a great deal. Yes, the multi usually breaks or is near breaking at around 10-12 hours but the poly is usually past peak performance by this time too.

    It plays with more control and spin than all multi, holds tension a wee bit better than all poly or poly mains, and is a touch less powerful than all multi.

    My favorite is NRG2 17G mains with TF RuffCode 17G crosses at 50/46 or 52/48. TF RuffCode has a very small amount of texture and it is a bit slick which lets the mains slide. Volkl Power Fibre II 16G with TF RuffCode or SigPro Tornado is also very good.

    Give it a try as that's the only way you are going to know if you like it.

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