Prince Synthetic Gut 17 Duraflex String Customer feedback

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Comments: These are the first 17g strings I have played with. (4.5 level) My first impression is "wow" -- soft feel, great control. 1 week on the strings (6 -7 hours) very little movement at 62 lbs. I have had tennis elbow for 3 months. I think I finally found a string that will aide in my recovery.
From: Matt, 4/15

Comments: I am a 4.0 who hits with some topspin but also a lot of flat and slice. I originally had my customized Prince 03 Red (lots of lead tape at 3 and 9 and around the throat) strung with Technifibre multifeel 17g, but it broke after 2 weeks or about 15 hours of play. The stringer recommended I try this string in 17g for more durability. I was hesitant because it was so inexpensive. Well, the price has little to do with performance. I had it strung at 52 lbs, which is a little low for me but was the tension suggested by the stringer since Duraflex plays a little firmer than other syn guts. I've been playing with it for 3 weeks now with over 20 hours of play, and I am quite impressed. Comfort, power, feel, control, and tension maintenance are very good. Even at 52 lbs, it feels crisp and allows me to block back hard serves with precision (depth or angle) and pace, often for winners. It has very good ball bite. You can actually see the fuzz embedded in the string itself rather than just at the crosses. Slices and kick serves are easy to execute. They seem to have very little wear at this point. The strings do move a good bit, but that is not big deal to me. Overall, it is a very solid string, and I will be using it again.
From: Jason, 9/14

Comments: I bought several sets of this when it was on sale for $3.19 per set. I bought gold and yellow in 17g and the gold didn't last a week. Yellow lasted about a week and a half. I broke a set of it while stringing it just tightening the mains. I do a two piece string job and both half sets snapped when I pulled tension to 57 lbs. I also got some 16g and maybe I can get two weeks out of it. It is easy to string when it doesn't break and has decent power, spin and tension maintenance, but shouldn't all string tension last at least a week? Going back to Forten sweet 17!
From: CF, 7/13

Comments: I love and hate these strings. I love the amount of topspin, touch, feel, and control, as it's all just absolutely astonishing. But this string lacks tension maintenance and durability. Sure, if you have time to buy a reel and just keep restringing it, go ahead. But these strings are just not for me. I usually play with a poly but these were just heaven on the arm. The durability though is not great. These strings get maybe about 9 hours of play before they just snap. So for me, I'll just go back to the poly world where strings last for more than 2 weeks.
From: Tom, 12/12

Comments: An incredibly good string at a great price. Have been playing with it for weeks (7-8 hrs/week) without any problems. Strung at 25 kg for my Prince Michael Chang Longbody OS. Amazing feel and good top spin. I will stick with it forever.
From: Tung, 4/12

Comments: It's a very good string for it's price, but I have to say this string is like hitting with a wooden board. True it is very durable, but it also hurt my wrist and felt very dead.
From: Anon, 8/11

Comments: I'd forgotten how much I love hitting with this string. I used it because I was out of my string and this was the only pack left (normally for my wife's racket). It has great feel and spin as well as good pop on the ball. Unfortunately, I'd also forgotten how fast these strings break. They didn't even last through an entire dubs/singles practice session. I'm going to try to hybrid them next and see if I can still harness some of their positive attributes without breaking so quickly.
From: Mike, GA, USA. 4/11

Comments: I keep coming back to Prince synthetic strings. Truly one of the most control-oriented string. The Prince Synthetic Duraflex 17 appears to hold tension much better than 16 gut. I tried Luxilon strings lately. I previously tried other Wilson, Head, Gamma synthetic strings as well. But I came to the conclusion that Prince synthetic strings are much better for me. Currently I am using Prince Synthetic Duraflex 17 in the cross with Luxilon Ace 18 in the main. The best combination of control and spin for me.
From: John, Sterling, VA, 3/11

Comments: I love this string. I've played with the Gosen proform tuff 15L for almost 2 years now and finally decided to switch to a different set of strings. I use this string as a cross @ 58lbs and MSV Focus Hex 17g as the mains @ 59lbs on my Youtek Prestige Pro. After playing with this hybrid for 2 weeks the strings have frayed but it still gives me the same pop, comfort and spin as it did the first time I played with it. I would definitely recommend this string as a cross to anybody I encounter on the courts.
From: Viengkham, Sacramento, CA, USA, 10/10

Comments: Possibly the best string I've ever used on my Babolat AeroStorm. Great spin, great pop, not too much power to be uncontrollable still very strong. Deep, heavy topspin shots with ease. Serves are more accurate and more powerful. Dropshots bounce backward most of the time. Well worth the money.
From: Chris, Redlands, CA, USA. 5/10

Comments: Great string, good control, good playability, decent comfort. True, it does play firmer than many other syn guts, but it adds control in my opinion without sacrificing much comfort. I used the silver ones until they were discontinued and on the white ones now.
From: Richard, Malaysia 11/09

Comments: Great feel at a very affordable price. Everyone is saying that this string doesn't last long. Because it's entirely true. I have to restring my racquet on a weekly basis because it breaks so easily. The 16g offers a better compromise between playability & durability. Overall, I really like it because it plays great and it's easy on the arm.
From: Alfred, Toronto, ON 07/09

Comments: This string really has great feel, not like the psgd 16. When using the psgd16 on my Liquidmetal Prestige mp, I really didn't feel when the ball touch the strings. With the psgd 17, I had really great feedback so I had more control. At first I was using the 17G but I change to 16G looking for added durability. I'm going back to 17, i prefer to really feel the ball instead of not feel anything.
From: ronaldo, lima, peru. 11/08

Comments: This is a such a good string if you use in a hybrid. The string I use is Prince syn. gut 17 for crosses and Babolat Pro Hurricane 17 for the main, and gives really good power and does not give you tennis elbow. I string my racket as the mains tighter than the crosses. The tension is 60.5 crosses and 61 mains and this is on my Dunlop M-Fil 500 racket.
From: Danny, mountain view, CA, USA. 9/08

Comments: I ordered this string along with my O3 Hybrid Hornet and it only lasted for like 7 hours! But it is THE BEST string I've ever used! I was so sad when it broke but then I tried the Wilson Enduro pro 17. The next best I have ever tried. So I am gonna try to use them both as a hybrid!
From: Henrik, Norway, 08/08

Comments: This is a great string. I'm about 5 hours into it right now in my Prince O3 Hybrid Comp MP at 60 lbs. and it has terrific control and enough power added with your own. Strings have started to move out of place a bit and fray, but I still have that solid feel and hit like the first hour. Also my serve has improved a lot from this string you should try it. Great price.
From: Matthew, Canton, GA, USA. 7/08

Comments: Decent string. It hits well, but not good enough to make it worth stringing so often. If you hit hard or with a lot of topspin I wouldn't recommend this string, but if you only play every once in a while and are looking for comfort and good feel and playability then this string is worth a try, it's just not durable enough.
From: Daniel, Louisiana. 6/08

Comments: Good strings. It's nice and solid. But I hit pretty hard so it breaks in like, I'd say, a week or too. Remember to buy more than one set! I recommend a reel.
From: Andrew, Cresskill, NJ, America. 4/08

Comments: I've been playing with this string a lot. I really like it, but it just breaks way too much. I play about 20 hours per week, and it only last me a week or two. I got a reel, though, because it feels so good and is very solid to hit with. I don't mind the extra stringing. It's worth it!
From: Linh, Tacoma, WA, USA. 2/08

Comments: I've played with every string out there. I always come back to Prince Synthetic Gut Duraflex when I want a crisper feel, original when I don't. This isn't just a great string for the price. It's a great string period. You get an honest response from Prince Synthetic Gut. And it's a very adjustable string when trying to find just the right tension for control and power. Try that with polyester.
From: Jon, Kansas City, MO. 2/08

Comments: Wow, what a nice string at a great price, terrific value for the money! Even though I mostly use my Babalot Aero Drive Plus now, I wanted to see if I could bring my Hyper-Hammer 5.3 back to life since the frame was in good shape. I want the Ping and trampoline effect that Prince is famous for. This racquet just came back to life, as if brand new, strung at 60lbs. The new strings performed EXACTLY as I had hope. Ping/Trampoline. I still love the Hyper Hammer 5.3. It is such a classic Wilson Racquet and this string makes it an even better performer. So on occasion, I still use it. People ask to play with it (as if they had never seen or heard of it) and tell me how good it feels and responsive it is. These strings made a huge difference in rejuvenating an older, now classic, racquet. Maybe I can get Serena William to Autograph it!
From: Howard, Royal Oak, MI, USA, 08/07

Comments: Great string and holds up pretty well. Good power and spin. Only problem is it took awhile for me to break it in.
From: Brett, MP, CA, USA, 04/07

Comments: Great strings. I play tennis about 20 hours per week and these strings break after about 2 months. This is the best string I've played with so far. It is pretty durable, and has great control. I recommend this string. If you are a hard hitter, I recommend your tension level at 60.
From: Anon, Chino, California, USA, 12/06

Comments: I have PSGD 16g strung in my racquet at 60lbs. It is a good synthetic Gut. A bit on the stiff side, but very good control and feel. I haven't broke it yet but I'm not a string breaker. I probably need to cut it out. Tension maintenance is pretty good. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I'd give it a solid 8.
From: Roger, Honolulu, HI, USA. 12/06

Comments: I am a competitive high school player and have played some top 100 nationally ranked players and I have always used prince synthetic gut. This string has a lot of feel and control. The only downside to it is if you're a big hitter you sure to have a lot of breaks.
From: Brian, 12/06

Comments: Everybody says Babolat makes the best strings, but I think Prince does a much better job(and I'm a major Babolat fan) this is by far the best string I've used, but it only lasts me around 4-5 hours of intensive playing. I'm a heavy topspin baseliner who plays on clay most of the time so that's probably why it breaks so much. I bought the reel of this string to save some money, but I also had to get another of the same racquet since the strings break so often.
From: Bryce, 10/06

Comments: The first time I popped a string on my racquet, my coach told me to get this string, and get my racquet strung @ 60 pounds. Since then, I have fallen in love with this string. The only problem with it is that the string tends to move a lot. I am not sure if it is due to my hitting style or the strings, but overall, this is a great sting to put on a racquet.
From: Chris, Georgia, USA. 9/06

Comments: Nice string! Lots of pop, very comfortable. I've used it for about two months and it hasn't broken or frayed yet. (I play about 6 hours of tennis a week). Great string, good price, highly recommended.
From: Anon, USA 06/06

Comments: This is a good string, I use it on the crosses w/Babolat pro hurricane on the mains, lasts 2-3 days max, w/the poly showing no signs of wear. It's really good for adding touch and feel if you like using polyester (mains).
From: Tip Ton, RB, CA, USA, 06/06

Comments: I like to try various strings, but keep going back to the Prince Duraflex 17g because of the price and overall playability. Freshly strung, it's a little stiff, but after a few hours of play it settles in and has a nice feel. I play about 7 to 10 hours per week and can go at least 4 months before restringing my Prince Beast or ProKennex 7G at 58lb. For me the strings will go dead before they even start to show wear. I'm a 4.0 player with moderate top spin and power using long strokes. My game is based more on placement and consistency rather than power and I play mostly doubles, so that may be why my strings will last longer. I have my own stringer and often string for my friends with the Duraflex 17g and have had no complaints.
From: Ed, Goldens Bridge, NY, USA 01/06

Comments: I string this on my Hyper Prostaff 6.1 at 62 lbs. In terms of durability, this string is very good. I hit with heavy topspin but I've only broken two sets of this stuff. They go dead before they break. The string has a lot of control and spin potential and bites the ball well. Most importantly it is cheap.
From: Anon, CA, USA, 08/05

Comments: Excellent playability. Used it on a Wilson N1 and strung at 58lbs. This string is great for closing shots and returning serves. Great control and spin. Lasted me 2 1/2 months of play with an average of 7 hours of play a week. Next I'm moving on to the 16 gauge.
From: David, San Marcos, CA, USA. 04/05

Comments: I've started to string my own racquets and durability is of no concern to me. I hit with heavy topspin. So I purchased reels of this string and they end up breaking before they go dead. Great value for the money. I may try Gosen in the future, even cheaper.
From: Robert, Miami, FL, USA. 10/04

Comments: Some people say that the durability of this string isn't up there, but the durability is decent for me. I'm not a heavy topspin hitter. Maybe that's the reason why I don't break this string as often as others. Surprisingly this string performed well, easy on my arm (when compared to Tecnifibre Promix 16). One of the best strings for the price. I may move to the Gosen strings to see how they are. But on a regular basis, I will go with this one.
From: Jun, Seoul, Korea. 9/04

Comments: I am a strong 4.5 player who used this string on a Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 5.0 customized with a Fairway Leather Grip and 18grams of lead tape. Comfortable string that is soft but doesn't turn mushy after prolonged use, like Wilson's Synthetic Gut 17G. However, it didn't last very long for me just 3 weeks. The Pacific Syntec 16L is better, but not as soft.
From: Shae, Tanjung Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA. 07/04

Comments: This is a good string for the money. On the other hand, durability is very poor. Lasts only 5 hours! I usually play with Luxilon which lasts me about 12-15 hours in my Head Prestige. Maybe the 16 gauge will do better.
From: Martin, USA, Washington, DC, USA. 4/04

Comments: Excellent string. I strung it at 62lbs in my Prince Air Launch OS (16/20) and it lasted about a good 3 weeks at about 2 hours a day of use. When I got it strung again with the same stuff, I used String Eyes on it and it's still going without any sign of breaking. This string offers much better bite and spin than the 16g version of this string. Definitely my favorite string. I am a 3.0 Baseliner that likes to hit hard topspin shots and some nasty chop slices.
From: Jared, Dinuba, CA, USA. 4/04

Comments: Great string! A lot better than the 16 gauge version. The string provides more control on the ball and is pretty durable. Also the string is very economical.
From: Omar, Phoenix, AZ, USA. 3/04

Comments: Lasted only 10 hrs on my Prestige Classic, but feels very soft, and most of all easy on my elbow and shoulder. If you use an open pattern racquet, do not use this string because it will snap in few sets. Use it only if you are using an 18/20 pattern racquet.
From: Neal, Atlanta, GA, USA. 3/04

Comments: These strings are bad! First of all, I'm both a tennis player and I have a tennis stringing business so I've strung and played with these strings. It gives an uncomfortable solid the durability oriented strings. Speaking of durability, I've strung about 4 different students' racquets with this string, around 60lbs. They all broke it within a week. The string movement on the racquet is severe, and I barely hit with any topspin.
From: Andy, Culver City, CA, USA. 11/03

Comments: It is great for power if you can harness the switch from the 16 gauge version, particularly the first couple of hours. It did however exacerbate my tennis elbow problem, as did the 16 gauge. The durability is there, particularly if you play in heavy winter conditions with damp balls.
From: Louis, London, England. 11/03

Comments: A whole lot better than the 16g string! I hit hard groundstrokes from the baseline and I am able to keep them in now due to the 17g string. I LOVE IT!
From: Marshall, USA. 10/03

Comments: MUCH better than the 16g. Amazingly, it actually seems more durable. I've been using it for the past month (1.5 hrs/day) and it's as strong as ever.
From: Jim, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 9/03

Comments: This is absolutely the best string for the money. I have tried almost every string that is available at Tennis Warehouse, from natural gut to Luxilon BB, and always come back to this string. Natural gut gives a lot of feel and power, but not as much control. Among other synthetic strings there are few that have a better combination of power and control. People here argue about the string's durability. Some say it's very durable, some say it's not at all. I guess it all depends on your style of play. If you play with a heavy racket (12 ounces +) and hit the ball hard, it is not a durable string, and there are no durable synthetic strings (except those stiff as steel strings like kevlar and polyester strings) for these people anyway. But if you play with a light racket and don't hit the ball really hard, it is reasonably durable. The only complaint I have about this string is that it moves too much. I am a 4.5 level player and use a Yonex RQ 1500 racquet. It lasts me about 10 sets.
From: Anon. 4/03

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