Babolat vs Gamma Starting Clamp
Which Starting Clamp Should I Buy?
If I could only have one starting clamp I would go with the Babolat. In general I feel it’s more adaptable to any tensioning method. The larger surface area and looser handles coupled with as much, if not more, holding power than the Gamma make it the obvious choice for professional stringers. When using my constant pull machine I definitely trust the Babolat one more. That being said the Gamma starting clamp is not an inferior product in the slightest. Both have the “diamond coating” and both have served me well over the years. I use it with my NEOS and have never had an issue with the string slipping through. The Gamma is much smaller, less obtrusive, and easier to use when pulling knots but I trust the Babolat more and that’s why I would recommend it if you could only have one. However, both are quality and have served me well.
FYI: I believe the Alpha starting clamp is closer to the Babolat than the Gamma. Buying the Babolat starting clamp in the states is not as easy as it used to be.
Babolat Starting Clamp
Professional and consumer stringers working on any type of machine. An extremely reliable and adaptable starting clamp that holds tension well even on fast speed constant pull machines. From my experience the Babolat starting clamp imparts little to no ghosting/damage to the string when starting crosses. The main benefit of this starting clamp to the Gamma is the larger surface area. I feel a lot more confident starting crosses with the Babolat compared to the Gamma. It is more comfortable to open and close as well.
Gamma Starting Clamp
Professional and Amateur stringers primarily working on Lockout/Manual Crank Machines. This clamp certainly will work on constant pull machines but I think you have to be a lot more careful to ensure no slippage/damage to string when using this clamp to start crosses. I find the Gamma clamp is a lot easier to use for tightening knots but is not nearly as comfortable as the Babolat when it comes to opening and closing the jaws.