The tennis string. A part of your game that can sometimes be forgotten about. Lots of people, though, see strings as the most important part of the rackets. So, let’s take a look at the key things you need to know about tennis strings.
Types of Tennis Strings
You can break the tennis strings down immediately into Natural Gut and Synthetic Strings. Synthetic strings nowadays are a much more popular choice and with in there, there is two options also – Mono-Filament and Multi-Filament. The Mono-Filament are made of Polyster, they tend to last longer, the can generate more spin, are durable but have a firm feeling, this means that the touch may not be that comfortable and players should be weary of their joints. Multi-Filament and made of many fibers as the word ‘multi’ would suggest. They have less stiffness and a softer feeling and so are better for younger players.
How do you choose?
Well, there is a very simple solution to this one and that is to try them. However, since it’s not always that easy, we’ll take a look at some of things you can look at to figure out which will be best for you.
What should I try?
Start with multi-filament because they are not as durable, it will break a little bit more often, however, if it starts to break too often for your liking it means there’s a good chance you are hitting the ball too hard for them and it’s time to switch to a mono-filament, polyester. When you do this, start with a soft polyester and then move to a stiffer polyester once you start breaking those one’s too often.
Gauge is the thickness of the string. The thicker the gauge, the more durable the string. However, the thinner you have it the more comfortable it is and this can really make a big difference to a player. There may always need to be a trade-off on how good the strings feels vs how often it breaks.
Tension is another part of the string that really make a huge difference to the feel of the racket. The lower the tension, the more bouncy the string bed will be meaning you will get more power and it will feel softer. Again, in order to understand where you should have your tension, your best solution is to test.
So, why not blend the strings? Get the best of both worlds? Well player do and it’s not a bad idea. You can blend the strings to try and get the best of both worlds. It is generally the case that the benefit you want the most, i.e. comfort, should be mounted as the mains, with the other string mounted as the crosses.
When to change strings
Some players can actually feel when they need to change their strings but it’s nice to have a system iif you can’t (most of us can’t by the way) – Olivier here would would recommend that you change your strings once a year if you play once a week. Twice a year if you play twice a week or three times a year if you play three times a week – You probably get the idea. It’s not an exact science but if you are a club player who plays semi-regularly, your strings might not have been broken, but it may be time to change them
Mistakes people make
The two main mistakes people make is that they go for style over substance. If that’s you and you stick by it, no problem, but unfortunately, sometimes the best string for you might not be the right color or be used by your favorite player. If you want the perfect string you should test them all.
Questions stringers ask
Ultimately, a string is the best person to ask about all these kinds of things and a few questions they may ask you are as follows
How often do you play?
Do you have any arm issues?
Do you have something you are looking for?
The strings, cor. There is so much there. To see what Dunlop strings we offer take a look here and to see what type of player you might be, look here. Ultimately, there is a lot of trial and error to be had here but it’s a good thing. The right string can really change the feel of your racket and really change the feel of your game.