Wilson Syn Gut Power breakage issue

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
We've had 7 beds that have broken almost immediately after stringing. It's the latest "Power" syn gut 16 from Wilson. This all came from 2 batches of individually packed string. We're thinking we got a bad batch. Anyone else having issues?
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
We've had 7 beds that have broken almost immediately after stringing. It's the latest "Power" syn gut 16 from Wilson. This all came from 2 batches of individually packed string. We're thinking we got a bad batch. Anyone else having issues?
Have you strung with other string in-between these Wilson breaks?

I'm thinking there could be a nick or chip on a clamp or the tensioner that's damaging the string as it's being installed.

Something worth five minutes with a flashlight (and a cotton ball¹) to check out.

/Acey

¹—cotton ball is an old cycling trick to find wires and whatnot inside the tire causing repeated punctures. It'll snag and leave a little 'flag' of fibers when it catches thy offending detritus.
 
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1HBHfanatic

Legend
@ttbrowne

-i havent used the string described, but i had a similar incident (in my stringing past)
-im assuming you are not suspecting grommet damage on the 7 rakets described above ^^ !!??
-but yes, ive come across some strings from a reel that just kept breaking while stringing on me
-i broke 3 sets before i called the client and let them know
-i suspected at the time he knew about it and also had the same issue when he tried to string himself
-strings will/can dry up and cause break issues while stringing
 

Tennease

Legend
We've had 7 beds that have broken almost immediately after stringing. It's the latest "Power" syn gut 16 from Wilson. This all came from 2 batches of individually packed string. We're thinking we got a bad batch. Anyone else having issues?
It snapped quickly too with my heavy racquet.
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Have you strung with other string in-between these Wilson breaks?

I'm thinking there could be a nick or chip on a clamp or the tensioner that's damaging the string as it's being installed.

Something worth five minutes with a flashlight (and a cotton ball¹) to check out.

/Acey

¹—cotton ball is an old cycling trick to find wires and whatnot inside the tire causing repeated punctures. It'll snag and leave a little 'flag' of fibers when it catches thy offending detritus.
That’s the most plausible reason.
 

Tennease

Legend
Mine was not grommet or stringing issue. It snapped because it wore off quickly on the sweet spot and snapped on the sweet spot.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
@franks FYI, that channel is something of a running joke here in the TT forums, if you didn't know. So take anything you see there with a grain of salt (more like a tablespoon, tbh).

/Acey
 

franks

Rookie
Sorry about that, I did not know that it was a running joke around here. I do not use any Wilson products so I can't judge for myself. I thought it was legit.

I have been reading all the posts on this forum on a daily basis for the past ten years. I find it strange that I have never seen this “running joke here in the TT forums” before .
 
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ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
Have you strung with other string in-between these Wilson breaks?

I'm thinking there could be a nick or chip on a clamp or the tensioner that's damaging the string as it's being installed.

Something worth five minutes with a flashlight (and a cotton ball¹) to check out.

/Acey

¹—cotton ball is an old cycling trick to find wires and whatnot inside the tire causing repeated punctures. It'll snag and leave a little 'flag' of fibers when it catches thy offending detritus.
Yes...about 10 or 15 in between each.
This is a Pro Shop.
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Yes...about 10 or 15 in between each.
This is a Pro Shop.
Hmm, OK, that seems to rule out that hypothesis.

My next thought would be: UV damage ... but you've said this is happening with sets, not a reel. Except for the little, window sets are well protected by the paper sleeve, so that seems fairly unlikely.

That leads us back to a bad batch of source material ("bad string"). If you have a lot more of these sets on-hand, maybe reach out to Wilson and see if they have anything to say about it. I wouldn't expect much, but at this point, it's worth a shot <shrug>.
 
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