Trying out arm friendly Gut/Poly at low tensions

FiddlerDog

Professional
I have been playing full poly strung at 35 pounds and encourage others to try that.
Once it drops to about 25 pounds, I replace the string.

Now, I am going to experiment with gut and intentionally burn a few dollars in the process.

My first hybrid experiment is gut main 39 and poly cross at 37.
I am inspired by Kei

I will take requests if there are any combinations you are curious about.

 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
I would suggest you string the gut at least 10% tighter than you were to get even close to the same feel. When I went from full bed poly to gut/poly, I didn't know that and wasted a few string jobs. I finally settled in at almost 15% tighter on the mains with gut as opposed to poly. YMMV
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Change in plans. I will first do full bed gut at 40 pounds. This will serve as the baseline for gut before I try hybrid.
 

Mortsnets

New User
I just tried a nat gut hybrid for the first time: Luxilon NG 16 at 54 x Tier One Ghost Wire 17 at 49 in my Ezone 100. I'm not loving it. Less spin and a thud sound on shots hit hard. Prefer NXT Control (only lasts about 6 hours) or VCT red/Prince syn gut 15L.
 

aaron_h27

Professional
Probably will work on a stiff racket, small headsize. But otherwise gut plays best at higher tensions. Good luck
 

FIRETennis

Professional
What racquet are you trying this with?
Kei uses gut with low tension in a 95 head 16x20 frame plus with his western-ish grip it works well for him.
He now uses Wilson 17 and the Element is 125 (not 16g like on the stringing record label)

I've tried Babolat VS Touch mains 17 22kg / 48.5 lbs with Tourna Black Zone crosses 18kg / 39.7 lbs in a Blade 98 v7 16x19 with leather grip and extra 6g around grip.
It's just way too powerful. It might work with a western grip if you always hit spin. It's something to get used to but I didn't quite care for it. It wasn't miles softer or more comfortable than my normal tension which is 3kg / 6.6lbs higher on both mains/crosses.
 
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jmacdaununder2

Hall of Fame
In any case Kei’s low tensions are presumably a compromise due to well documented arm issues, rather than simply for performance enhancement per se.
 

Soho78

New User
I’m fascinated by this. I’m currently stringing gut in the mains at 56 and poly crosses at 52. What happens to gut at mid 40’s with an Ezone 2020 98?
 
What would be better for my arm?
. An hybrid multi mains at 54lbs / poly crosses ( element for example) at 49 lbs
. Or a full bed poly ( not too stiff, like Head Lynx, ghostwire or ptp), at 40 lbs ?
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
I tried out full bed gut at 40 pounds.
No revelation. Some balls into the net, some in play, some long.
The strings moved a lot so that means too loose
Next I will try full bed gut at 50
 
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SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I’m fascinated by this. I’m currently stringing gut in the mains at 56 and poly crosses at 52. What happens to gut at mid 40’s with an Ezone 2020 98?
Super powerful. Gut below 50 for me is too powerful, don’t know what OP was thinking doing gut that low. Kei can handle that power with using a ton of spin, however for the average Joe gut should at a minimum be mid-high 40’s fresh.
 
I got the Head Velocity main (53lbs) and Element (49lbs crosses). I snapped the velocity in 2hours only.

What do you think guys about using a soft copoly at 40 lbs fb ? ( regarding confort / arm friendly, which is so much important to me)
I’m a Nishikori fan, but changing the strings every 2 hours... it’s just too much
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Super powerful. Gut below 50 for me is too powerful, don’t know what OP was thinking doing gut that low. Kei can handle that power with using a ton of spin, however for the average Joe gut should at a minimum be mid-high 40’s fresh.
At 40, just as many balls landed very short as they did long.
Both of my hitting partners, 4.0 & 4.5, were able to use the racket successfully. Full swings and the ball stayed in.
If gut below 50 is a problem, maybe you don't hit with much spin?
 
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