Natty gut mains sync gut crosses

Will Wilson

Semi-Pro
Has anybody tried this setup? My idea being that the mains vastly influence playing characteristics and it would save lots of money over full natty gut which is my preferred setup
 

Muppet

Legend
Also, would you string the syn gut crosses 4 lbs. lower than the gut mains or at the same tension?
 

Frankc

Professional
Yes, that set up has been popular for at least 30 years or so, to my experience. Great for more flexy frames and those who like pop from strings - get the performance of gut with less cost and easier stringing. The choice of the syn gut will matter...
 

anubis

Hall of Fame
Has anybody tried this setup? My idea being that the mains vastly influence playing characteristics and it would save lots of money over full natty gut which is my preferred setup
its a good way to cut down costs. keep the tensions the same, though. i string that style for a client of mine. Wilson BLX Steam 104s, gut/syn gut hybrid @ 58 lbs.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
It's different.

The feel is more muted and vague, nearing disconnected even IMO.

The launch angle is slightly higher and paired with the muted feel, control suffers considerably.

It feels like you have an easier access to power and a larger sweetspot though.

Access to spin seems easier, however I play more spin with full gut due to the considerably better control.

This is comparing full Tonic + Longevity to a hybrid with PSGD 16 in the crosses in my PS 85.
 
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