Discussion in 'Strings' started by Egoista, Oct 22, 2013.
just curious what string guage do most ATP players use
Depends on the pattern/headsize and preference...
It's mostly 16 and 17 gauge. I went through my records from the French Open. Just under 50% of the players I strung for used 16 gauge and just under 50% used 17 gauge. Of the few percent remaining (about 1 or 2%), most used 18 gauge.
I was under the impression that most play with 16g but still had my doubts as to whether anyone actually played with 15s. I had heard that nadal does.
But its good to know that 16s and 17s are about 50/50 in play preference.
The fact is that most touring pros use 16 gauge in the mains.
Having played with mostly 16 and 17g polys I have discovered a few things. Do not know if it holds true for others
1. 17g seems to have 15% more power than 16g
2. Abit more spin
3. Less control than 16g
4. but good feel
for me though I am starting to believe as I have begun to hit harder over the last few weeks is that 16g suits me better. Greater backdrop with which to exercise control without sacrificing to much power
I noticed most pros tend to use relatively thick strings. Why is this?
Durability can not be an issue for them.
So why not use thinner strings all the time for more elasticity resilience
and better feel?
Firm stringbeds! When returning such powerful shots a little firmness from the string comes in hand. Think of it as a way to get a little more firm response without raising the tension.
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