For the first time in my tennis life, I will be playing with gut strings! A couple of my Florida and New Hampshire friends (Bob Dilworth and B. Manning) have been recommending that I switch; so with my shoulder starting to feel the same bicep tendonitis that made me miss Newk’s camp two years ago, I cut out the Luxilon/Technofibre combo in both my racquets and put in 16 gauge gut.
While B. is modest about it, his very extensive knowledge, expressed in this message, helped me decide:
The problem with the gut strings is their durability; so I believe the 16 gauge is better because it is just a little thicker, so should last a little longer. You need to be careful when using the gut in a hybrid combination because the other string usually is a little courser so when they move and rub against each other the gut will tend to take the worst of it.
I think if I were you and looking forward to camp in the fall, I would go with the all gut for now and then experiment after coming back.
And if I played as often as you do, I might eventually look to use the Luxilon MP-2 in the cross strings: they are supposed to be much easier on your arm; and a less expensive gut in the mains. The theory is the mains are the dominate strings…it might allow you to still get a good bite on the ball but provide less impact on your arm.
The string world is pretty complicated and I am sure some of the folks that respond to your web site have a better handle on this than I do; but the gut should play well for you and hopefully let your arm get better as you experiment.
And this weekend, I will be testing both the gut strings and my shoulder at the annual doubles tournament in New London, New Hampshire. B and I will be teaming up in the very tough 4.0-5.0 (any age) division; while I will also play in the over 60, 4.0-5.0 with Bob Wilkie.
We shall see.