new and then used once more: gut

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Ben, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Ben

    Ben New User

    Jul 3, 2009
    A while back I asked about using gut over again. The response was try it and then let us know the results. Well, finally I did try it, and here are the (partial) results: Over a period of about a year, I had three racquets with Babolat 16 gage natural gut VS break. I simply cut out the gut the first time it happened and saved it all in a bag. The last two times, I laid the two racquets on the table and cut out the "bad" spots. As carefully as I could, I then took out the remaining gut. I now had a bunch of gut string, in various lengths. I took each piece and wrapped it around my hand, counting the number of times the gut went around my fingers. I then put that particular piece of gut in a baggy, with the number of times it wrapped around my fingers written on a piece of paper--also in the baggy. I ended up with about fifteen baggies, with numbers going from 8 to 54. Each wrap around my fingers was about six inches. 54 then represented 27 feet of gut, if I figured it out correctly. By looking at what I had, I could see bags than had "good" quality gut. Other bags, less so. I then gave it all to my stringer, a friend that strings for us tennis players locally. He just brought the two racquests back (55 pounds) and charged me $45.00. He said it was a little harder than usual. But he thought it turned out OK. The racquets look good, almost as good as if I had used new gut. I am going away to Reno for a few days so I can't tell you how they play (I am about a 4.0 player.) I even have gut left over.
  2. aggietex08

    aggietex08 Rookie

    Mar 8, 2010
    Montgomery, Texas
    While this seems like a interesting experiment I am more concerned you pay $45 to get two racquets strung. That is outrageous!
  3. SteveI

    SteveI Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    I installed some used VS 16 as a cross in one of my Dunlop Mil-400s and it lasted and lasted. Really played well.. of course.. I did not have enough to install in the mains. Have installed used NXT in the mains of my 400s once.. and also played well and held up great. Nice little experiments. I would say the string needs to be a very high quality string... and lightly used. I would never do it for a customer.
  4. Bent

    Bent Semi-Pro

    Aug 17, 2004
    Good idea (mostly)

    I have done this many times. Only in my own rackets, of course :)

    Mostly with succes. Some times they break very early :-(

    To the op : Why on earth this "wrapping around your hand" exercise ?? Easier to just measure the string.
  5. jim e

    jim e Legend

    Aug 4, 2007
    Well Ben, what you did takes guts!

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