What’s the point in having the best and most expensive tennis racket
if the strings
aren’t right? As the only part of the racket that comes in dynamic contact with the ball, a lot depends on the stringing. It determines ball control, power and spin.
Many amateur players aren’t familiar with these terms and often use the wrong strings. These should act as a complement to the racket’s characteristics, not work against them.
When choosing tennis strings
, the first thing you should do is clue up on the different materials and the differences between them
. Then you can choose which one suits your playing style best.
After that, it’s time to fine-tune your decision. You should go for strings whose main property comes closest to fulfilling your needs. In theory, all strings should cover most of the features, but depending on the specific design and model, they’ll stand out in one of the following areas:
How string thickness affects your game
As a general rule of thumb, thinner strings
(between 1.1 and 1.25 mm) will offer better touch and power. Because they’re more elastic, they’re also comfortable to play with (although thicker strings are good shock absorbers too). However, they tend not to last long.
How stringing tension affects your game
Natural gut and multifilament strings need to be strung harder, as they lose their tension quickly. The higher the stringing tension, the thicker the string should be
- otherwise it won’t withstand the tension and will break sooner. High-tension stringing brings with it the benefit of improved control, but the racket loses power and can lead to injury, such as tennis elbow.
Guideline for changing strings
: count how many times you play tennis every week. That’s how many time you should change your tennis strings every year.
Last but not least, two tips for knowing which strings suit which tennis rackets: Rackets with an open stringing pattern (i.e. 16 x 19) and/or a large head, are better off with thicker strings. Rackets with a large contact area and thick frame are suitable for high-tension stringing.
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