# String pattern vs. string gauge

Discussion in 'Strings' started by cyberg, Mar 12, 2008.

1. ### cybergNew User

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I have a somewhat hypothetical quiestion that I searched for on the forum but didn't find any relevant info on:

Let's assume that we have 2 racquets that are identical except for the string pattern, e.g. Wilson K6.1 16X18 and 18X20. Many people argue that a tighter string pattern equals more control and less spin than an open string pattern. The argument for this would be that the open string pattern allows the ball to sink deeper into the pattern so to speak due to the greater distance between the srings. Also, the stringbed would be softer than on a racquet with a tight string pattern given that they both are strung with the same tension, which would also create more spin, assumeably. Here is the question: Thinner string generally create more spin than thicker strings, so how much difference in string gauge would create the same spin with a 18X20 racquet as with a 16X18?

2. ### YULitleHall of Fame

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The depends on more than just the pattern. You need to know the distance between the mains individually. If you add two mains to a 16X19 to make it a 18X19, but the two mains are really small and smashed up against the rim, that doesn't really open up the hitting surface now does it? That may seem extreme, but the slight changes matter too. Generally what is going to open up a hitting surface more is a change in pattern. This involves a much larger, even visible, change in distance between the mains in the hitting area. A change in gauge, for instance from 16 to 17, AT BEST changes the strings thickness from 1.33 mm to 1.20 mm (a difference of .13mm.) If you account for this change on both sides of any gap, you have .26mm, or roughly a fourth of a millimeter. This isn't even 20% of the original width of the string. So, we're talking small, almost imperceptible, differences. Where as a change in pattern is visually obvious.

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Yup!

^^^ What he said.

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4. ### hyogenHall of Fame

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so do thinner gauge strings lose their tension quicker?

5. ### YULitleHall of Fame

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relatively, yes

6. ### topknockerRookie

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hey if we're gonna' get high tech lets just go all the way. "thinner strings lose tension quicker" maybe, depends on some things. 16 gauge mutifilament may lose tension quicker than lets say a 17 gauge multicore with a double wrap. if we're gonna' talk about gauge let's make sure we include the makeup of the strings. wouldn't you think.

7. ### YULitleHall of Fame

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That's why I said relatively

8. ### Pro_Tour_630Legend

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is NG better than Multi, well RELATIVELY yes