Like most other things in tennis, it is very important that you take your time when choosing which tennis string you decide to play with. When choosing a string, there are several factors to consider like what type of strings do you want and the durability of the string. You should probably figure out what material you want.
Recommended Tennis Strings
Types of Tennis Strings
In general, there are five different materials that manufacturers use today.
Polyester tennis strings are designed to offer enhanced durability and spin. While many tennis players feel that polyester strings give a very stiff feel when hitting, it is generally popular among heavy hitters who have problems with strings breaking too quickly. They are perfect for intermediate and advanced players. If you want more spin, check out my spin-friendly string recommendations.
Synthetic gut is probably the most popular strings. They come in several different compositions and textures that hold tension longer, give more spin, and have a soft feel. Good for beginners that are looking for all around performance.
Natural gut is a very premium material that has been used since the beginning of the game. Although natural gut comes at a higher price, you will notice more “pop” on the ball due to its high elasticity, but also more control due to the gut holding the ball on the strings slightly longer than usual.
Multifilament strings are great for beginners. These strings are designed to replicate the overall feel and playability of natural gut. Multifilament strings are very comfortable, soft and arm friendly. It will also give you the extra power boost that you needed.
Hybrid stringing is using the mixture of two different strings for the mains and crosses on your racquet. Hybrid stringing may be a little more expensive, but the turn out on the court may be worth it. By selecting different hybrid combinations of string, players can fine-tune the playability, comfort, durability, liveliness and control offered by the string bed.
Tennis String Size
The size of a tennis string can be more important than many players think. Tennis string sizes range from
- 15 (1.41-1.49 mm) to
- 19 (1.00-1.10 mm)
As you can imagine, thinner strings will break faster than thicker strings. So why would anyone want a thinner string? The answer is because with a thinner string you will get more control. The string bed will give you more pop and the thinner strings also tend to “bite the ball” more, allowing for greater spin.
If you aren’t a heavy hitter, then considering a thinner string might be an option for you. Of course, if you are a heavy hitter or just feel that you need more durability from your strings, then going for a thicker string would be best for you.
You won’t get as much playability from your string, but at least they won’t break as fast. The higher the tension of your strings, the more control you will get, but it comes at the cost of power.
Stringing your racquet at a very high tension will cause your frame to feel stiff and could also potentially cause elbow pains. Stringing your racquet at a lower tension will give you much more power and less control. Loose strings will cause the ball to fly off the strings, making it harder for you to direct where the ball goes.
Yes, choosing the right tennis string to meet your requirements is a crucial part of playing tennis. But, it is not hard to choose a tennis string. The information I just gave you is enough to learn the basics, types of strings and their purpose. But if you like, you can also ask your friends, colleagues and your coach(if you have one) for their recommendations too.