customer review

Gamma Live Wire Professional 16 String

Comments: Very close to gut-like feel. I highly recommend this string if you're having arm pain. As others have said, string a little tighter than actual goal, for there is some tension loss after a few hours of play. I use Wilson NXT Control 16 and Technifibre HDX 16 as well. I seem to have better access to spin wih these, but all perform very well. The Gamma Professional 16 is softer than the other two, which makes it more gut like in comfort ad feel!
From: Ken, 10/16

Comments: Great string but the tension loss is bigger than other strings. On my second string job, I went up 20% (yes 20%) in tension and it is a lot better. Again great strings but need to accommodate for big tension lost on first 6 hours of play.
From: Juanela, 11/13

Comments: This is a fantastic string. I see a lot of negative comments from people that claim it loses tension too fast and they mention polys. Polys are dead in a few days. No pro keeps them in for more than a day or two. This is a multifilament and it is maybe the best in that category. I like Babolat Xcel also. I use Gamma Pro on crosses and Luxilon Alu Power on the mains, strung at 55 lbs. I have not checked USRSA in a while but it always was ranked right below the natural gut strings. It is half the price as gut. Not as good, but a high quality string.
From: Patrick, 10/13

Comments: This string only lasted a week for me, and they were pricey. They were good in the beginning but the Gamma TNT2 has a lot of the same qualities and is less expensive. Go for the Gamma TNT2!
From: Anon, 9/12

Comments: Used it in a hybrid with Babolat RPM Blast 18g in the mains and this string in the crosses. It felt great for my first two matches, but it completely lost tension quickly. It feels like a trampoline now. I'll never use it in a hybrid again. RPM Blast 18g is great though.
From: Mark, 8/12

Comments: I put these in my Prestige Mid at 62 pounds. At first, I was crushing balls left and right. It is so sweet. Until the tension drops. Now that the tension has dropped, it's hard to keep the ball in the court. DON'T BUY THESE STRINGS. THE TENSION DROP IS REALLY BAD.
From: Bryce, OH, USA, 03/11

Comments: I used Gamma prof 16 for a while. It has excellent feel and performance for 3 hrs after stringing. After that the string moves a lot resulting in bad spin and inconsistent play. I tried to lubricate the string with oil to make the string recoil back, but not effective. I tried other string Big banger and Pro hurricane, which gave less feel but very consistent performance because the string hardly moves. This string is good only very soft and gentle hitter. I use Head extreme at 54lbs.
From: Kevin, Wappingers Falls, NY, USA, 09/10

Comments: WOW! I used this string after I used Volkl Cyclone in my Babolat Pure Storm GT. I loved the way the Cyclone played, but unfortunately it made my old shoulder pain return, so I had to switch to this one. I was expecting it to be the same old soft multi, but I was pleasantly surprised! It had a lot of power and spin, but it didn't make my shoulder hurt the way cyclone did. Also, when I had Cyclone, I had to adjust my swing a little to get complete control of the ball, not the case with this one. The string felt comfortable and natural to me from the first hit to the last. If you want a multi that has a lot of power and comfort, take this string out for a test. Durability has never been a concern for me, as I have been playing for about a year now and never broken a string.
From: Brandon, CA, USA. 07/10

Comments: I submit a rating for this string five month ago. I thought this could replace Babolat gut in terms of feel and power on my Wilson K-Factor 90. I was wrong. Comparing to real gut, this string is a bit too stiff and not as elastic.
From: Charles, San Jose, CA, USA, 10/08

Comments: I'm a 4.0-4.5 baseliner using a Babolat Pure Drive +. String it with a hybrid of Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power on the mains and the Gamma Pro 16 on the crosses. Strung at 55 on mains, 57 on crosses. Plays very very well, lot of control, very crisp sounding shots. Grabs the ball very well and feels incredibly smooth as well. The only problem I have with them is they break FAST. To relate, I break Big Banger ALU Power once every two weeks, playing roughly 5 times a week for about 2 hours each. I break these crosses in about 6-8 hours of play, or 3-4 hit sessions. Is quite costly, but incredible feeling.
From: Evan, South California, CA, USA. 9/08

Comments: Great string really feels gut like I used it on the cross and used Luxlion alu rough on the mains at both 62 pounds it makes a pretty good combination for control and feel. It feels solid when I hit with it.
From: Paul, Bolacan, Philippines, 04/08

Comments: I'm a 4.0+ player. This string plays nearly like Babolat Tonic gut. I strung hybrid setup with main Gamma Pro 16 57 lbs and cross Signum Pro Poly-Plasma 17 55lbs on my K-Factor 90. This combo has both power and control. Plus it's easier only my arm. I also put string saver. As an experiment I had same hybrid with different main and cross. I put Signum Pro Poly-Plasma 17 at 57lbs in the mains and crossed with Gamma Pro 16 at 55 lbs. The result is stiff board, dead feel. Although this setup may last longer, it definitely doesn't bring out the best in Gamma Pro.
From: Charles, San Jose, CA, USA. 4/08

Comments: One of the best strings in the market today as far as the playability goes. It's pricey, but if you have been looking for a softer string with the feel of natural gut, you should definitely try this. Durability is pretty good and should last more than 10-15 hours of hard hitting. It doesn't move as much as cheaper synthetic guts. I would definitely recommend this if you have arm or shoulder problem as I switched to this from the poly because of the shoulder problem, and so far my shoulder has been holding up pretty good.
From: Shin, Cockeysville, MD, USA, 09/07

Comments: I use a Prince O3 White, and have been using Babolat Pro Hurricane. I felt inconsistent about this string. I've used Gamma strings in the past and this was similar in comfort. Some days I'd play amazing with it and felt that it pocketed the ball very well. While other times I felt like it didn't allow for any spin. I also found that the string seemed to very depending on the weather, as I found it has less spin and tension in outdoor hot environments, and the opposite indoors. I still like them though, and felt I played some of my best tennis with them.
From: Alex, USA, 06/07

Comments: FANTASTIC STRING!! I have my Dunlop 5Hundred Aerogel Pro at 67lbs. It provides great blend of power and control and comfort. Stinks that I have to restring every month, but if you don't mind replacing strings once a month, it's great!!
From: Sehyung, Torrance, CA, USA. 5/07

Comments: This is amazing string I just had shoulder surgery and I was about to start hitting and I wanted something softer and more forgiving and with this string I was able to hit for the first time in 2 years without any pain
From: Will, St. Louis, MO, USA, 01/07

Comments: This Gamma pro string is quite nice, I put it in my racquet and I had good spin, volleys, and ground strokes with this string I enjoyed this string especially when playing doubles, I had more control, touch for ball when serve and volleying, overheads were more accurate and faster. This string is the next best string to the real expensive gut. Care must be taken on type of tennis court surfaces you are playing on for strings to last. Racquet- Prince 03 red strung@ 66lbs.
From: Greg, NJ, USA, 1/07

Comments: I am a 3.5 player. I use a Babolat pure drive, and use Luxilon Big Banger strings. Since I've used these strings I am now playing at a 5.0 level, and hit a 135 mph serve. Can they make bigger balls? Cause I am just ripping these balls apart. I am definitely going to switch to these. These are the most awesome string around.
From: Chris, Kansas City, MO, USA, 11/06

Comments: This string needs a long break in period. About 2 to 3 hours. Once it's broken in, it just feels like butter, with good spin control. Especially for the kick serves. I play an ncode 90 tour which has a small head and needs a more forgiving, low density string like the livewire pro. I find it quite durable if I use the string friction savers around the service area. Yes, it's kind of pricey but is worth it.
From: Patrick, Santa Monica, CA, USA. 11/06

Comments: I like this string very much. I am a 3.5 to 4.0 and I have it strung at 60 lbs on my Wilson n6 nCode. I went from a 16 gauge Wilson sensation. Probably the best string decision I've ever made. The string took me about three days to get used to. It has a great crisp feel and is great for spin. I break strings every four to six months so the price doesn't matter much to me. I have found that only after a few days the outer coating of the strings slightly came off. This happened were the main and cross strings meet. I do not know if this has to do with the tension I put on the strings or the amount of spin I generate. This is probably the best synthetic gut string on the market.
From: Nik, Sarasota, FL, USA 07/06

Comments: This is the best string ever! I have been experimenting since my son got a stringer a few years ago and even though it's more expensive I feel it's worth it. Awesome feel and great power combo and I have found great durability. I wish someone somewhere would start offering it a little cheaper (or really cheap by the reel) but I will cough up the money because I love the feel!
From: Lisa, Milwaukee, WI USA 05/06

Comments: It has a lot of power, feel, and a nice pocketing effect. I switched to gut strings 10 years ago, and didn't believe any synthetic could really come close to the power, control, and feel of natural gut. I think your strings are 50% of the performance of a racquet. Live wire professional is very close to Natural gut; if the live wire is a few pounds looser, it will have the same power and feel of gut. At that same power level, it will have a bit less control because of the lighter tension. Live wire pro is a bit more comfortable then gut-less vibration. The same feel and pocketing effect as gut. The endurance is better then most gut strings.
From: Ged, Baltimore MD, USA 05/06

Comments: I found these strings to break quite often. They are somewhat pricey, but it is worth it if you can afford it. I use a lot of spin, and am an all around player who likes to volley. I string the Professional Live Wire's at 56lbs using a Wilson N Six-One 90.
From: Zongming Chen, Fremont, California, United States 04/06

Comments: I just restrung my racquet with a set of these strings and I have to say they are fantastic. The string has so much more control and spin potential than the synthetic gut I was using. If I can get a couple of month's use from this string I will be more than happy.
From: Mark, kingsford,mi

Comments: The string offers a very good feel when hitting the ball, closest feel to natural gut, no vibration thus very comfortable. However, it is very elastic thus the ball always fly long and high like a rocket. One very disappointing thing is the string moves like crazy! Have to adjust the stringbed every time after some rallies. Suggest string it 2 to 3lbs higher. Overall, lots of less expensive strings out there play the same or better. Wilson Pro Staff Original MP @ 60lbs
From: Alex, Toronto, Canada. 02/05

Comments: I am a 5.0 baseline player from Texas and play about five times a week. I play with the Wilson N-Code Six-One 95 16x18, strung at 57lbs. I love the feel of this string but do not find it very durable. I break it about once a week. I have found that combining the string with Babolat hurricane 17 for the mains solves the durability issue, and is also a little easier on the wallet. You will lose a little feel on the ball, but should adjust after some hitting. If you can afford this string I highly recommend it.
From: Jason, Burkburnett, Texas, USA. 01/05

Comments: I'm a 4.0 baseliner using a Head LM Prestige (Mid). The Gamma Live Wire Professional has been my favorite string so far. It offers tremendous control and feel from even the 16 gauge. The strings seemed to pocket and cradle the ball for an extended amount of time. Durability-wise, it lasted 2 months playing 4 days a week. I am definitely going to give this string another try.
From: Nick, Los Angeles, CA, USA. 01/05

Comments: Excellent comfort. Felt very well especially on groundstrokes. Only problem is that it is not a durable string. It began fraying from the second time I played with it. It broke after two months of playing 3 to 4 times a week. I am a 3.5 to 4 level player and used it on a Head Liquidmetal 4 racquet.
From: Felipe, Mexico City, M�xico. 9/04

Comments: A very lively feeling string, after a short break-in period. Nice for both volleys and groundstrokes. It broke after four months of playing once or twice a week at the 3.0 level with a Wilson Hyper ProStaff 5.0 stretch OS. I am not going to put it back on for cost reasons. I think strings should last at least six months. I'm amazed at contributors here who give their string life in number of sets.
From: Bob, Northern California, USA. 3/03

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