Offering value for money for customers

Do you guys ever string Synthetic Gut 1.25mm for clients?

Or is it not as good value for money as a 1.3mm synthetic gut?

I always try to offer the best value/ longevity with synthetic gut.

I'd welcome your thoughts.

Cheers, Paul
 

Wes

Professional
Do you guys ever string Synthetic Gut 1.25mm for clients?

Or is it not as good value for money as a 1.3mm synthetic gut?

I always try to offer the best value/ longevity with synthetic gut.

I'd welcome your thoughts.

Cheers, Paul
I do.
Not everyone wants (or needs) 16g/1.30
So, having 17g/1.25 is sensible as well.
I even have a little bit of 18g SG on hand (in the rare event that it may be needed).
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I don't offer it as much as 16 ga. syn. gut, but the 17 ga. can be a decent option for some folks and I'm a big fan of the string type in my own frames. In the middle of the summer though, I'll usually stick with 16 ga. SG just because it doesn't soften as drastically in the heat as the thinner stuff can.

I agree that it's often the right call for a dense pattern where the player doesn't need or want a poly. I think it can also be a good for somebody who wants some softness, but who also likes a more crisp and snappy feel compared with a multi that can lose a lot of its feedback as it softens up.

In a typical 16x19 or16x20 midplus layout that will generally be a little harder on the strings, I'd probably recommend a 17 ga. syn. gut at moderate tension instead of a 17 ga. multi to give that player a little more service life, but that would also depend on the specific string. I'm back to experimenting with 17 ga. Prince SG w/Duraflex at lower tensions than my recent setups using Kirschbaum or Volkl SG of the same gauge. The Duraflex will probably hold up pretty well, but my latest trials with Forten Sweet 17 were disappointing. That string was too quick to break down - I wouldn't offer it to a "client" that didn't specifically ask for it.
 
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am1899

Hall of Fame
OP, one thing I would point out, for me at least, is there’s a balance between value (ie durability) and playability. Striking that balance depends on the player (skill level, playing style, age, budget, etc.) and the racquet (pattern, weight, balance, etc.). Some customers, for example, might not care that the 16g might last longer…and might care more about maxing out playability. Others might not even hit the ball hard enough or with enough spin to realize the durability benefit of 16G. OTOH, other customers might seem like good candidates for 17g, but they might play with a “string eater” type racquet. Moral of the story, not everyone is a fit for one string or another.

Having said that, I don’t sell as much 17g SG as I do 16G. But I certainly sell enough 17G to warrant keeping it in stock.
 
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esm

Hall of Fame
good to have options to offer.
i have some colour options for the syn gut too.... in case some of them wants "funky" colour combo.. lol
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
My 2 cents.....I carry 1.30, 1.25, and 1.15 (16, 17, & 18). I play with 1.15 because durability is not an issue since I string and like fresh string jobs. I string for some pretty big hitters who need 16 in the crosses for durability. The rest of the folks I steer toward 1.25 because IMO it plays better. But....the customer is always right....if they want 1.30 then 1.30 they get. Doesn't matter to me, I just provide options.

The really nice thing about syn gut is it's not expensive so you can keep it in stock without having to get a second mortgage.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Syn gut does not necessarily offer more value for the money, unless your primary consideration is price. If the stringing labor is the same for syn gut and multi and playability if much better with multi (or any other type string) I would rather have the more playable (durable) string.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
@Irvin - reading the OP, the ask was specific to synthetic gut. Personally speaking, I prefer a syn gut/polyester hybrid to multi/polyester or gut/polyester.

RIF/Amen
 
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esgee48

G.O.A.T.
My clients either provide their own string (and maybe get the spiel), use from their stash, or have me order. I carry only POSG 16 or OGSM 16. The performance value plateau is right there for many rec players. I am thinking of using the PP clone of OGSM.

I actually have some leftover stuff that clients have abandoned. They buy it and don't like it or they change frames and no longer like the string they were using. I always ask them anyway the first few times I use their abandoned stuff in another client's frame. They do get a partial credit which I tell them about via email or text. When they say 'fergetaboutit!', I stop telling them about using their stuff. Clients are always told the source of the string; my stuff or abandoned or their own if I am storing. [Da GF calls me a Pack Rat among other terms of endearment.]
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
It more depends on the player when recommending string gauges. If the player is only concerned about durability then yes 16g is the way to go. Maybe even go 15g. Personally I default to 17g regardless of string type because I think it provides better playability for majority of my customers. My typical customer will barely put a notch in their strings a year after the string job. Of course that is an exaggeration. But you get the point. For the high level players they either provide their own string or I buy string specifically for them.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
@brownbearfalling to add, my thinking is also that while providing a better experience for customers, a thinner gauge will also encourage them to restring more often. Most players will let the strings "take root" in their grommets. One of my close friends at the club played with a Prince Diablo Mid for about 20 years. He then took his grandson's old frames, Wilson ProStaff 97 RF's with 1/4 grips. I started stringing for him and began to encourage him to try the lighter version of that frame. He bought one in the Tuxedo cosmetic at the local pro shop. I strung it with 18 gauge synthetic. He's playing a level better now and breaks strings again. I asked him if he wanted me to go to a thicker gauge and he said "Nope, as long as you don't mind stringing them I love them as is". It's good to have a success story every once in a while. :)
 
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