Babolat VS Natural ThermoGut 16 Touch String Customer feedback
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Comments: I'm 61 and a good 4.0 player with parts of my game at 4.5. Have played with a Volkl V1 Classic and
these strings for a couple of years now and cannot say enough about the power, touch, feel and arm-friendliness of this setup.
Even tried the 17 gauge and it's even better. Well worth the cost -- I started playing with VS gut in the early 70's in college and it's
been my favorite string all these years.
Comments: I'm a 4.0 player who loves the unmatched feel of this string. I use it in the mains at 52 lbs to get the
maximum feel. I've tried RPM Blast and other polys in the crosses at about 48 lbs which cuts the price and still plays great! But
after a while the mains cut notches in the crosses and then the mains get stuck in these notches which degrades the
playability/feel. Can anyone suggest a slippery string for the crosses that will resist notching?
Comments: I am a 4.0/4.5 player and have used Bablolat VS in both 16 and 17 gauges and both types last for
months. I play on Har-Tru, and play anywhere from 2-4 times a week. My strings wear out before they break. I can only remember
breaking strings once or twice in the last 4 years or so. I read these stories of gut simply breaking for no apparent reason and
think I am either very lucky or folks are doing something that I am not doing.
Comments: I string this in a hybrid with ALU Power at 48 lbs and this is the second time I used this set up. Both
times, within 1 week, the natural gut starts to fray, unlike Wilson's natural gut. I'm definitely going back to Wilson.
Comments: I have used this string strung anywhere between 55-60 pounds for about 20 sets. It's a great string,
powerful, arm friendly and it's durable all the way until it snaps unexpectedly.
Comments: The best! Simply no argument, VS Gut + ALU Power 16g is the best! Don't waste your time looking for
"better value". Use this combo once and you will never ever use anything else. I only wish I discovered it earlier, and I could have
played better tennis so much longer. Try it once, and I promise you you'll love it!!!
Comments: Amazing! VS Team is great, but this is gold. I had one strung in a full bed and I had the time of my life.
And in a hybrid with RPM Blast, woo hoo! It is amazing, and better than VS Team. Amazing, if the color gets frayed just buy a black
Babolat marker and it will look amazing again. This is the greatest string in the world in every possible aspect! I recommend it in
a Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 (the new and greatest racquet in the world) as a full bed at 53/54 lbs or 56/56.5 lbs. As a hybrid,
try it in the mains with RPM Blast or the new amazing RPM Dual (released in 2013 but I already have it) at 54/55 lbs or 55/55.5
Comments: Amazing! VS Team is great, but this is gold. I had one strung in a full bed, and I had the time of my
life. And in a hybrid with RPM Blast, woo hoo! It is amazing, and better than VS Team.
Comments: The gold standard in string setup is VS Touch mains + AluPower 16 for crosses. No ifs, buts, or
maybes. Period. Or, you don't have to take my word for it, just look at what the pros who're not worried about how much a string
costs are using - VS Touch + ALU Power!
Comments: All of the feedback is about how great this string is. Some people say that it breaks so fast and some
people say that last so long. My feedback is that this string is the best (I have a Head prestige MP 18x20 with a leather grip) and it
lasts so long. Everything is about stringing. When I am stringing all strings (but not natural gut) I am ready in 20 minutes, but
when I string my racguet with Babolat natural gut it takes about 80 minutes. You have to string very carefully and also you can use
string savers if you want. I broke Tecnifibre X-one Biphase (1.25mm) in 7 hours and VS Gut (1.30mm) in 45 hours.
Comments: Very control-oriented string. Ball pocketing is great. Good power. I strung my Wilson BLX Surge at 58
lbs, with a full bed. It seems very stiff when hitting the ball. It doesn't have a soft feel at all. I'm a little disappointed in the
comfort of this string so far. I need to play with it a little more.
Comments: Use this in the main strings at 57 lbs, with Luxilon ALU Rough at 54 in the crosses. By far and away the
very finest string setup I've ever had. Precise placement and ball-crushing power are completely under control at all times. Every
stroke is improved. I have more confidence than ever before. I am using with Head IG YOUTEK Prestige S.
Comments: Babolat completely ruined the feel of their gut with BT7. If you are coming from
Original VS Gut beware. The new BT& version is much stiffer and does not have the same ball
pocketing for me.
Comments: Due to my tennis elbow I had to adjust my game 100% and try the Babolat natural gut touch.
What a string! It helped my elbow and also improved my game all around. It holds very nice and it keep the pop on the
ball. Thanks to Tennis Warehouse for recommending this string to me, I am very please with it!
Comments: I strung this string in a racquet by mistake and initially it felt a little stiff. The gut, however,
was better than any of the other strings that I tried. I have been using it for several months now and the strings
perform better than ever, despite its somewhat frayed appearance.
Comments: This is a very good string. It is comfortable on the arms and great playability. I recommend
stinging this in a hybrid on the mains and putting a poly on the crosses.
Comments: This is string is not as good as expected. It feels little dull strung at 57 lbs. Some good
multifilament strings have better feels than this one.
Comments: I have never used natural gut string before and I have only used poly once. I decided to give
this a try. I put Babolat Hurricane Feel in my mains at 57 pounds with Babolat VS Natural Gut in my crosses at 60
pounds. This set up is incredible. I get so much control and power it is incredible. The feel of each shot is amazing. No
arm issues, no elbow issues, just plain awesome. If you have not tried this hybrid combination, I highly recommend it.
As far as durability goes, I will let you know as I have only played with it for 3 hours so far.
Comments: I haven't played with natural gut since the wood racquet days in the juniors and decided to
give it a try to help with arm problems and power. I have not been disappointed. It was simply the best. I have the VS
in the mains with Babolat Excel in the crosses and my arm feels 15 years younger. Strings beautifully, just need to take
a little more time to avoid crimping. Not sure yet about durability overall (play on clay 2/3 of time in summer), but so
far so good. Great string.
Comments: Simply the Best! I use VS gut on the main and Luxilon Rough on the cross and it is just
amazing. There is nothing better. Incredible pop, spin and feel. I highly recommend the string.
Comments: Wow!! This string is amazing. Not as treacherous to string as I thought it was going to be.
using string savers and so far I think this string is stellar. Weird sound though, but so what...for something that works
this well and doesn't hurt the arm.
Comments: Great string, no better string on the market for touch and feel, and actually has great
durability. I lie to swing fast and hit a heavy racquet (Prince EXO3 Rebel) with these in the mains and Big Banger Power
Rough in the crosses; both at 62#s. I love this setup as I hit a heavy western forehand and like to hit a heavy flat slice.
They offer precision control and maximum feel, especially at the net, and the only regret I have is that they don't hold
tension very long, but I am reluctant to try anything else. I make these last about 2-3 months of hard hitting. These
strings want to be strung at 58# and up for maximum benefit.
Comments: I was experiencing a lot of shoulder pain using different brands of multifilaments with price
ranging between $15 and $20 on my Wilson K6.1 Tour. I thought it's because of the stiff racquet (partly it was). So I
demoed Volkl PB 10 Mid. It came with Babolat VS/Pro Hurricane hybrid stringing(nice job TW). No pain at all while
demoing. I fell in love with the racquet and purchase it. It came with some Volkl mutifilament string for free. After two
session of hitting with this string my shoulder pain came back. Now I use Babolat VS 16/Pro Hurricane Tour 17 and my
shoulder is much better. The conclusion is that this string makes so much difference when it comes to comfort. The
Volkl frame also helps with comfort as it has very low stiffness index (59). But I have to remark the feel, power and
control that I get from this hybrid. Spin I would say is medium. Even durability is great because the natural gut does not
fray because of the smooth texture of the the poly string.
Comments: 16 gauge gut is definitely better than 17 gauge. Both are elastic and apply controllable
power and pace to your shots but...the 16 gauge just feels more comfortable to me because it's thicker and plushier.
Swing with proper technique and form and you will be rewarded off both forehand and backhand strokes. This string is
insanely expensive but once in a while...if you have the finances, save some money for this and savor the awesome
power, pace, and depth that can be easily obtained with what seems like only natural gut. I feel safe to say that I can
swing quite hard at the ball and still keep it in, which is awesome. I would get my racquets strung with this every time,
but it is just too darn expensive! I consider this string a very good treat. Babolat VS. 16 gauge natural gut is my favorite
string! ^_^ Much better than BB Ace 18.PROS:excellent feel,good tension maintenance, controllable power,and arm-
CONS:Price vs. performance is questionable due to the string easily fraying. VERY PRICEY!!
Comments: Now I'm not exactly rich, in fact I'm far from it. But if you are not a string breaker at all (like
me), save 42 bucks for this gold. It is comfortable and so easy to hit absolutely amazing shots with, and is just so easy
to play with. Just swing nicely on a tough shot and you'll see a HUGE difference. I almost think I'm cheating when I use
this, because everyone drops in with amazing topspin and plow through. I guess there's just nothing like natural gut.
Comments: Great strings: power, control, and comfort. But they break only after 4 hours of play for me.
Comments: I've used Babolat vs gut exclusively for about 6 months. I tried the 17 gauge and 16 gauge in
all different racquets and string patterns and I love both of them very much. The 17 gauge is lively, but it feels a little
less plush than the 16 version. Both gauges provide phenomenal touch, feel and power, but I prefer the overall feel of
the 16 gauge best. I'm a pretty flat hitter so it takes me a month and a half to break these strings. They retain tension
so well, better than any synthetic or polyester. I play an attacking style similar to Mardy Fish (although not AS good as
he is, lol) and I love having my racquet strung with this gut when I'm carving an approach shot or blasting a volley into
the corners. Amazing strings, totally worth the money if you're an old school player like me.
Comments: Great string! Had a really nice plush feel with the perfect blend of power and control. I
strung it in my Babolat AeroPro Drive in the mains with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour in the crosses, and it performed
beautifully, excellent combination. I would recommend it to anyone willing to spend the money on the best gut string
on the market for great playability and a blend of power and control, highly worth it, you won't regret it!
Comments: Fantastic string for open string patterns, but if you use 18 mains, go for the vs, much more
feel on the ball. Great ball pocketing and overall feel. Power is accessible, but only when wanted. It's not like a
multifilament, which always adds power. Go for gut, honestly. You'll enjoy it.
Comments: Durability was not an issue with me, as I have played more than 10 hours with it and it still
has about 90% of the original tension of 62lbs. I love the feel of this string and can confidently place the ball wherever I
want, imparting as much spin as I want. It does fray a lot after 5 hours, but besides looking crappy, it still plays well.
The only con for me is I don't like the sound it makes.
Comments: The quality of the string is astounding, of course. However, the lifespan for a
hard hitter with a large amount of topspin is about 4 and a half hours of play. I play about 15 hours a week or more,
and I went through three rackets strung with this in one week. If you are searching for a string with excellent play and
the most out of your game, I definitely suggest that you try these strings. And if money isn't a factor, it's even more of
a reason to try these great strings out.
Comments: I've used the 17 gauge and the 16 gauge, in a Prestige mp and they're both
awesome string. The 17 feels livelier (obviously) and bouncier, I preferred the 16 gauge because it gave me more
consistency on serves and felt a lot better on volleys.
Comments: Strung at 64 lbs on a K factor 95 with 16 mains. It's been great since first strung in
September and it's just now starting to move during heavy hitting. It also lost some tension, but after a month. Which is
to be expected. It was still manageable. I put on some Wilson string savers (which were better than I expected) on the
sweetspot and lightly across the stringbed. It made the strings feel tighter again and provide a more control oriented
string bed as if it were freshly strung.
Comments: This string is great! I went through about 8 different strings (non-gut) trying to find the
right combination of feel and power for my Prince 03 Black. After the first couple of strokes I knew I would be happy
with them. I was a bit concerned, though, after reading the replies mentioning the lack of durability of this string. I
took my chances, am using string savers and I occasionally put a light coat of sewing machine oil on the strings. I am
still on my first set, after about 6 weeks (although they are definitely fraying). I hope to get another couple of weeks out
of them and that is enough for me. I'm sold on them....
Comments: It's great stuff. I'd prefer to use a full set in an open pattern, but in an open pattern, like all
my sticks (k6.1, prince graphite, radical pro) I'd use this in a hybrid with either Babolat Pro Hurricane or Luxilon ALU
Power in the mains. In open patterns it's still great string, but it's a bit springy in my k6.1 16x18, causing me to
overhit. I'm eager to get it strung in a hybrid, previously I had Pro Hurricane (white) and VS 17 gauge in the crosses. It
was much better.
Comments: Great string that delivers a lot of power and has a great spin potential, but on the down side
it frays immediately and lacks durability.
Comments: Love at first hit! Strung at 61 lbs on a k6.1 16x18, the feel is unmatched. There's tons of
control on all shots, but the best by far are my volleys with the gut. I can hit the corners with ease. When I want to go
for big groundies, the string has the accessible power to slam winners. I recommend for people who love attacking the
net as much as I do.
Comments: This string wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be. I gave it to a stringer that strings
for pros on tour 3 times and 2/3 times it snapped in a week. It's better to use it as a hybrid for more power. I wonder
why the pros don't snap their strings so fast as I do.
Comments: Excellent string. The string did have some durability issues, but I would choose this string
over Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power any day. The string had a lot of feel, excellent spin potential and a lot of power. But
after 3 hrs of play the coating of the string came of and by the third day a lot of string moment occurred. If you are
looking a string with playability, this is the string for you.
Comments: It appears that tensions above 70 lbs. will cause your strings to break after playing a handful
of sets. I increased my tension to 75 lbs on a Kneissl Toms Machine and had them break really, really quickly. At 60 lbs,
on a Babolat Pure Drive, the strings lasted very long, so long that you have to replace them because they are no longer
It could be the rackets, but I don't think so. Just a word of warning for power hitters. If you can serve 100+ avoid these
Comments: The only thing anyone needs to know about this string is that it's the
benchmark all other strings are compared to. If you are a person who loves the
enjoyment of tennis, give up all other strings to learn what hitting a ball can be. As far as complaints of durability
maybe people need to understand what Babolat string savers are.
Comments: Amazing strings. It was a bit expensive so I did not bother to try it until now. I didn't go
with the half set since I wanted to see how the actual string feels by itself before I crossed it with anything. Let me tell
you, the price was worth it. I can feel the ball so much more now and my control got a lot better with it as well and in
turn I can hit with more power without worrying about it going all over the place. I play every day for 2-3 hours, and
I've used this string for 2 weeks now. I'll give it about another 2 weeks or so to break. If you have the money, go for
these strings. They're absolutely the best in terms of everything except for durability. But hey, you can never get
Comments: I put natural in a blend with pro hurricanes set at 50lbs with the naturals on the crosses and
it works like a beast. I've also tried PH with Xcel Premium as a blend at 52lbs and naturals beat it. Natural in the blend
last about 2 weeks if you play about 7 days a week at 6 hrs a day and have power and a lot of spin. I have A LOT spin
on my kick serve so if you are worried about having your strings broken in a short hitting session you shouldn't
worried. Unmatched feel, spin, control, and power well worth your money. Try it. I've used it in my ncode 90 for two
years and it rocks. All Court, aggressive play, lots of spin on Eastern forehand and Eastern One handed backhand, great
volleys and flat, kick, and slice serve
Comments: This is the first time I played a natural gut string. I strung it with my Wilson nCode 95 @
56lbs and found it offered an excellent combination of power and feel. This is by far the best string I've ever played.
Period. There are two problems about this string one is price and the other is durability. The string lasted only 6 hours
of play before it broke and that's my new record. I think I will go back to NXT Tour since it's a lot cheaper and lasts
Comments: I really like this string it has a lot of power and spin. These don't break as often as some
people say I play on my high school, I hit with lots of spin and power. These are great string but really expensive too.
Comments: This is the best string having lots of feel and power. I don't break this string as often as so
many have commented. My racquet has a dense string pattern with 18 mains and 20 crosses. If your racquet has this
kind of string pattern you won't break these strings too quickly. I use a Dunlop 200 M-fil, strung at 64 lbs.
Comments: This string is not very good. I play third single and third doubles on my High School varsity
squad and I hit with lots of power and top spin. These strings broke in 5 weeks with the Hurricane Tour mains. If you
are a consistent hitter who hits in the same spot nearly every time I don't recommend these strings because they break
pretty fast and they're just not worth the money. I'm going to use just Hurricane Pro Tour all around and see how they
Comments: I have tried different variations, both hybrids and single string sets. The VS Natural 16 touch
is definite a good part of my collection. I regularly break the strings of course. I have also had friends at this string job
and they report magnificent results. No longer any itchy elbows and definite improved power. One guy's serve went at
least 10% faster. Although he was using a bad string earlier, that is very good. Most of them use about 50-60 hours to
break it. A must in your hybrid (at crosses, unless you hit quite slow).
Comments: This string is simply outstanding. There is nothing bad about it except for the price. I have
tried tons of string and this is the best. I guess you could even say I'm addicted to it. If you can afford this stuff. BUY IT!
Everything I've heard about it is totally and completely true. Except it doesn't just break like people think it does. It
unravels. Bottom line is buy this string. It is great.
Comments:A fantastic feel - playable to the extreme. Durability is an issue, but that's gut. I highly
using string savers and consider using this as your crosses in a hybrid string job. If used for the full string bed the
mains will get
sawed to pieces by the crosses. I am a hard hitting, top-spinner and get lots of movement with these strings if they are
the whole string bed (used in whole string bed I typically get about 5 hours of solid play before they shred.) If money is
these can get expensive quickly - so consider using them in combination with a synthetic main string. WARNING: the
Comments: I am a first time user of natural gut and this was my first choice of string to try. Everything
heard about gut is true. Amazing playability. I've played 1 set of singles and 4 sets of dubs with it so far. No sign of
great tension maintenance. Not as much power as advertised, which is good. I clearly see how this string can spoil you
With the money, you got to try it at least once.
Comments: When I read comments from junior players that this string breaks after just a couple of
hours playing I suspect the stringer is to blame not the string. Natural gut is very easy to kink and a stringer not
used to handling gut strings with the care they require can easily damage the string resulting in early breakage.
A natural gut string job done by a professional will last much longer.
Comments: This is my first natural gut and I used it on an nSix-One Tour 90 for
the mains in a hybrid with Luxilon alu power rough as the crosses. I strung both strings at
57.5 lbs. in comparison to prince synthetic gut 16 strung at 60lbs, there is noticeably a lot
more power and spin. I was able to generate a lot of spin and the feel of the string is
absolutely great. As for durability I cannot comment because I have not popped the strings
yet but so far, its lasted me 10 hours and I consider myself to be a hard hitter.
Comments: This string breaks so easily that it's not even worth it to buy the
string. I read all the
comments that other people had and it sounded like a great string, so I went out and bought
and at the end of
my first match with it, it broke. And I'm only 13 years old. It really expensive and not worth the
Comments: I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, it is okay, using it in a
hybrid is better.
This has lasted me 3 weeks (2 hours a day) and no signs of breaking, people that say this
string breaks fast
have probably never tried it.
Comments: Great power, but could use more control on the serve
Comments: WARNING ADDICTIVE!!! But at the same time it is the best string in
the world!! Thankfully I am a sponsored player!! This expensive with the discount! It goes
great with my Babolat Pure Control at 62 pounds! I just got a fresh stick out today and won 2
matches 6-1,6-0 and 2nd 6-3,6-3 and I am having a great tourney!!
Comments: Unbelievable! This string is great!! I play Level 1 tourneys and I
haven't lost a match yet with the string. Currently I use a Head Prestige MP and it goes along
greatly with the Babolat VS string. I am hitting the ball harder as well as controlling it well. I
would recommend this string to anybody who would like to improve their game with more
power, control as well as top spin on the ball.
Comments: I never understood how people break strings so easily. I'm a power
hitter (big forehand, 125-130 mph serve) and yet I've NEVER broken a string before. And I
play about 13 hours a week. But these strings will break because of the Natural Gut. After a
couple hours you could really see the strings start to shred. For the mains (the pro
hurricane) that thing will never break. All in all I'd give these strings a 9.5/10 for the overall
Comments: Very nice string. It pockets well and feels great. I get a lot of bite with
Comments: I must say that this string is great, it has so much potential you cant
imagine before you try it. When you hit the ball its just like it sticks to your racket and you can
then place it wherever you want with an enormous boost of power. Only disadvantage is the
durability, I can only play for 7 hours with it then it just snaps. I am glad I am one of the guys
who gets his strings for free, otherwise it would make tennis a little too expensive. Another
big advantage is the relief on my elbow, I play 14 hours every week and I don't even feel my
elbow since this string.
Comments: I love this string, it gives great push off the ball and guides it very
well. This helps me so so so much. I really recommend it.
Comments: Well, I do have to say that this string is not bad, if you are just
looking for power. If you are a frequent string breaker, and hit a lot of topspin, you will break
this string in about 2 weeks, even with string savers being used. That can hit you in the
pocket books to have to keep restringing, the feel was ok, after awhile, but at the start, did not
give me much feel at all.
Comments: I played with all string types and finally had settled with one of the
most popular polys which provides excellent power and durability. I played with that string for
the last 3 years and have been very happy with it. However, Babolat VS Touch has brought a
new dimension to my game. VS touch is amazing. Wonderful feel, control, touch and
awesome power. Durability is good too, and tension loss is much less than any other string
I ever played with. In my opinion, nothing is better than VS Touch, my arm is also relieved
since I started playing with it.
Comments: I recently bought a used racquet as a back up to my Gamma DF 9.5.
It arrived the day of a match strung with Babolat VS Natural Gut 16 Touch. A few days before,
I had broken the set on my main stick and didn't have time to restring. I was concerned that
the new configuration would affect my play. I typically use a 17g. string, strung pretty tight. It
did affect my play...for the better. The control and power helped in a 6-3, 6-0 victory with a
racquet I had never hit. I didn't have time to see what the racquet was strung with until after
the match, imagine my surprise. My frame never hit better and Babolat has a new convert.
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