Natural gut hybrid with syn gut

Will Wilson

Semi-Pro
I'm pretty set on using natural gut going forward but am wondering how much of the advantage I am wasting if I use Nat gut in the mains crossed with a soft sun gut like for ten sweet. I am doing this to save money and because it is a lot easier to string the crosses.

Anybody tried this? What was your experience?
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
Do yourself a favour and take a cheap smooth poly instead. In the end it will be much cheaper as the durability will be much better. Some recommendations: Topspin Cyber Flash, Pro's Pro Vendetta, Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange, Kirschbaum Pro Line X, etc.
 

ProRadTour

Semi-Pro
I recommend trying IsoSpeed Baseline Spin 17L. Very soft and comfortable while also being very economical. Produces great pocketing with Natural Gut mains and maintains good play ability until the natural gut breaks.
 
It really depends on how you like your stringbed.

First of all, crosses do next to jack squat. Without going into extensive details, at most, they largely serve as placeholder and alter the feel/response of the stringbed. You mains will dictate the characteristics of the stringbed, and you can use your crosses to "tune" it if you will.

Generally speaking, $3-4 monofilament synthetic would produce a slightly crisper response. And your favorite polys would produce a deader response.

BUT, there are theories as to why smooth poly crosses are favored when it comes to gut mains. And again, without going into extensive details: the theory states that a smooth poly will serve like "rail tracks" to help facilitate the gut's snap-back properties. Which is why people say a gut/poly hybrid produces more spin than just about anything else. If you buy the theory, try it out, if not, look elsewhere. Just know that crosses do next to nothing on the grand scheme of things. :)
 

slowfox

Professional
This is my go-to string set up. Pac Classic Gut and Prince Syn Gut Original.
Works great for me. Grew up playing PSGO so I'm used to that feel. Like natural gut a lot now that I can afford to play it, but miss the syn gut feeling. So I hybrid. Bingo!
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
Natural gut + synthetic gut is a good idea.

Although spin would not be as good as NG + poly, you will be able to use it longer, provided that you don't break strings frequently. The problem with NG + poly is that the poly drops tension too fast and you will definitely feel the difference between the first 2 hitting sessions and the rest.

For synthetic gut, Forten Sweet, Prince, any of those will do. One of the past favorites on this forum is NG + Isospeed Control/Professional (most people prefer the classic version, and yes, I am aware we are now entering the "multi" territory).

A recent arrival you might want to try is Ashaway Monogut ZX. Although not one of my favorites, ChicagoJack crosses his natural gut mains with this and highly recommends it.

If you want to go the poly route, my favorite is Prince Beast XP 16 gauge. The performance and feel lasts a longtime. With most polys, I have to cut them out after 2 hitting sessions, but I have gone over 12 sessions with Beast XP 16 gauge (I personally don't like the 17-gauge Beast as much).
 
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ultradr

Legend
I'm pretty set on using natural gut going forward but am wondering how much of the advantage I am wasting if I use Nat gut in the mains crossed with a soft sun gut like for ten sweet. I am doing this to save money and because it is a lot easier to string the crosses.

Anybody tried this? What was your experience?
If you are not string breaker and/or use dense pattern(18x20),
go with full gut. The playability life is a few times longer with full gut.

It is still good idea to start with hybrid. The characteristics of a string bed
dominated by mains.

BUT, the impact of tension loss (and change of a feel as a consequence) will be
dominated by cross strings in your hybrid set up.
 
This is the string job that is required on the USRSA certification tests. Synthetic gut in the mains and natural gut in the crosses. After the test, I played with this setup and it was quite good ( and I usually use full poly). I played with it until it broke. I believe the USRSA uses Pacific strings.
 
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