Choosing The Right String

The main variables in string choice are material, gauge and tension. They all affect performance characteristics, such as the power and feel of your shots, and also affect the length of time your strings will last. Choosing the right one begins with deciding which characteristics are most important to you.

The earliest tennis racquets were strung with natural gut, made from a thin, stretchy membrane that surrounds the long intestines of cows. Natural gut strings are the result of a long and arduous process; therefore they are more expensive. And even though they been in the market for over 100 years some of its characteristics have not been able to duplicate by any synthetic string. They are less durable than manmade synthetics, especially if they get wet, but their elasticity gives them a soft feel that most players love and an ability to hold tension better than any synthetic. If you try natural gut and decide it is not worth the extra cost, especially if you are a chronic string breaker, there are many synthetic options that offer a range in durability and feel.

Some players prefer soft strings because they have less shock on impact with the ball and a bit more power. Other players prefer stiff strings because they add control and yield a crisper-feeling shot. While natural gut is the softest option, nylon is a close second and has become the preferred choice of most recreational players. Polyester is stiffer and more durable than nylon, but it loses its tension faster than any other string and can cause problems for players prone to arm soreness. Even stiffer than polyester are the aramids, a category of highly durable materials that includes Kevlar.

In addition to the material from which they are made, the way strings are designed can impact their performance. String constructions range from a single monofilament to multifilament strings composed of thousands of separate filaments. Strings with more filaments tend to be softer but less durable, whereas a monofilament would be stiffer and more durable.

String tension is a matter of personal preference, though it is a good idea to stay within the recommended range that each racquet manufacturer indicates. To understand the difference between high and low tensions, think of the stringbed as a trampoline. You are more likely to bounce higher on a very loose trampoline (low tension) than on one that has very little spring (high tension). But the higher you bounce (more power), the more likely you are to fall off (less control).

Variations in the patterns of main and cross strings are another factor. Open patterns might include 14 mains and 16 crosses, while a denser pattern might include 18 mains and 20 crosses. Since there are fewer strings resisting the ball, open patterns tend to have more string movement and are less stiff than denser patterns. Some players use “string savers” to limit the amount of string movement and increase longevity. Longer strings are softer than shorter ones, so strings in larger-sized racquet heads tend to be less stiff than those in smaller ones.




Tennis racquets are nothing without strings! Ranging from polyester to synthetic, Babolat knows that not all tennis players are made equal and we all look for something different. Providing explosive power from RPM Blast to crisp feel and comfort from Xcel, Babolat has made sure their strings meet every requirement and every players game is perfected.


Dunlop has been known to make many fine products and that statement sticks true to their strings. Covering every demographic, they have strings for power (Juice/Silk), durability (Black Widow), and comfort (Syn Gut/ Hexy Fiber). Make sure to personalize your racquet with a great selection from Dunlop!


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Gosen may not bring much to the table in variety and quantity but rest assured that they deliver in quality. Being famous for their nylon strings, Gosen makes sure that players get great feel without the worry of breaking the bank.


Are you looking for power? Are you looking for control? When there is a gap missing in your game, you can always count on Head to be there with their top of the line strings. Featured in the racquets of many professional tennis players around the world, Head makes sure that their strings are effective as they are intelligently made. It's not called


Kirschbaum has made something of itself in the tennis world and has definetely left it's mark on the racquets of many players. By mark, of course, we mean its iconic cheery. Kirschbaum makes sure it's strings leaves a lasting impression due to its high rate of durability. Try out the memorable Pro Line and Spiky Shark to take a good bite out of the ball on your next stroke.


Used by a huge percentage of the ATP and WTA, it is clear to see why Luxilon strings have been all the rage lately. These strings offer unparalleled power, control, feel, and durability. Offering everything from spin (AluPower Rough/AluPower Spin), power (AluPower), and comfortability (AluPower Fluoro), the Luxilon strings is used by many of the greats including Roger Federer and Andre Agassi. Who knows, you could be the next one!


One of the most popular strings in the market is the Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex. Considered to be a long time favorite from fans and professional tennis players alike, Prince offers a plethora of variety in their strings. Hybrids, polyesters, amazing synthetic, and multifilament are at your disposal, but be warned, these strings tend to be addicting. Signum Pro doesn't seem to bring much to the table in terms of diversity but they easily makes a name for themselves with the effect their strings produce. Take the Tornado for example, with its heptagonal shape that’s twisted to produce tremendous amount of spin. Players will not be disappointed in what these bad boys are capable of! Tecnifibre has surely made a name for themselves with their strings. Offering strings from basic synthetic gut to outstanding multifilament’s, Tecnifibre has become a fan favorite with their highly popular Black and Pro Red Code and not to mention the insanely demanded X-One Biphase string which offer great feel, comfort, and power. Become a fan by trying some of the strings below. Volkl doesn't just make great arm-friendly racquets, they are also skilled in producing strings that leave a legacy. Take a look at what Volkl has to offer and you might just be amazed at how drastically your game changes. Wilson has always been on top of their game manufacturing some of the best racquets for some of the best tennis players including Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Federer and Serena have amazing skill but they need strings in their racquets to keep the game moving and Wilson has produced nothing but the best for them. Providing tennis enthusiast with a vast line of string sets and reels, Wilson has made sure that each string that is strung on a player’s racquet is always the one the customer will return to. Yonex has been on a great path with their strings. When looking for a manufacture that provides quality strings for all your needs whether they be power, control, comfort, or feel, you can rest assured that you will not only get unique strings but your wallet will be happy you chose Yonex as well. If you were to ask a Tennis player if they enjoy playing with the new Ytex strings, you'll most likely see a smile develop on their face. Quickly becoming a popular seller, Ytex has engineered their strings to create some of the best effect that you can see and feel while on the court. If you are looking for spin, Quadro Twist is the way to go, but if you are looking for control and durability, then look no further than the Pro Tour.


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