Natural Gut...What tension?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by BU-Tennis, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. BU-Tennis

    BU-Tennis Semi-Pro

    Jan 22, 2008
    West Virginia
    I was reading how Natural Gut strings, once they lose their initial tension loss (an hour or so of playing) that they then do not lose tension until they break.

    Now, the question is what do I string at so that after the initial loss I'm at my optimal, or close to optimal, tension. I usually string synthetic strings at about 58lbs.
  2. mrtrinh

    mrtrinh Professional

    Jul 28, 2009
    i play the same tension when i use synthetit gut. with a full bed of natural gut i string it at 62. as a hybrid with poly crosses i strung it at 60
  3. parasailing

    parasailing Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Natural gut has a initial tension loss of around 8 to 12% based on the brand you use and stay stable until they fray and break so adjust accordingly.

    If I am not mistaken, syn gut has an average tension loss of 12 to 20% depending on the brand and continue to decline slowly afterward. So ask yourself at what point does it play the best and account for that when you string natural gut up.

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