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String for Every Style of Play and Player
String selection along with racquet selection can make all the difference in how your racquet can help you hit the shots you want to hit. There is a tennis string designed to fit every player, if you know what type of player you are.
Ask yourself –
- Are you a hard hitter and could use more control out of your string choice?
- Are you a player who knows your swing and would like a more precise feel from your string?
- Do you break string easily?
- When was the last time you had your racquet restrung?
- Do you have shoulder/tennis elbow?
- Do you wish for higher performance out of your racquet?
- Do you experience too much vibration?
- Does your racquet feel dead on impact?
String, like most other tennis equipment, should be specific to your playing style and what’s important to you such as durability, playability, tension maintenance, comfort and cost. There are basically 4 types of string and each has some variation –
Wrap Technology – This is the most popular and probably the most cost effective. It has a center core, and a 'wrap' of filaments around the outside. It is best for all around performance offering both durability and playability.
Poly – It is strictly designed for durability. It is a very stiff string that provides a lot of power and spin. In fact, because of its rigidity, it helps provide extra spin. Because it is so durable, it does not provide as much feel while playing. It also loses tension the fastest.
Multifilament – It is the most comfortable type of synthetic string. It is designed like a phone cable with lots of little tiny filaments. The construction provides excellent feel when striking the ball as well as good tension maintenance. Because it is a softer string, it are not as durable as both wrap and poly.
Natural Gut – It is made from the intestines of a cow. The construction provides the best feel on the ball and certainly the best tension maintenance of all the string types. The outside coating has improved which enhances its durability although poly is much more durable.
Tips for caring for your string and grip
- Avoid leaving your racquet in your vehicle. Extreme temps can weaken the materials in your frame and cause structural damage.
- Replace your string at least every 6 months. In general, you should replace your string as many times a year as you play in a week. If you play 3 times a week, replace your string 3 times a year.
- Replace your grip when you see wear and tear. A new grip provides a better hold and reduces frame vibration.
- Unbalanced tension on your racquet frame is caused by extra wear in one spot and by a broken string. In this case, cut out all the string as soon as possible to avoid damaging your frame.
String Pattern – String pattern density (open or closed) influences many aspects of a racquet’s overall performance and feel. An open pattern will deflect more on impact than a denser pattern, providing greater ball rebound. Strung at the same tension in similar racquets, an open string pattern won’t feel as tight as a dense string pattern. Open patterns also allow for more spin potential because the ball can almost embed itself into the strings more duo the wider spacing. A denser pattern won’t deflect as much upon ball impact resulting in less rebound energy. It will have less spin potential but will last longer than a similar racquet featuring an open pattern.