Strings are one of the most important aspects of the racket and will have a significant impact on your gameplay performance. It is important to choose the best string and tension for your playing style, so we’ve provided a detailed breakdown of strings and tensions below for you to understand. Even with this knowledge there is no substitute for experience so be prepared to try a few different strings and tensions before finding the best combination.
Types of Strings
- Natural Gut – Playability
- Best String for Feel and Tension Retention
This are the most premium of tennis strings, providing excellent tension maintenance and playability for players of all levels. Natural gut strings are made from cow intestines and produces excellent feeling. In the past natural gut was extremely sensitive to water and weather changes but new technology have decreased this risk. You still need to take special care by keeping it out of the rain. These string are the best out there but due to high prices they are mainly used by touring pros nowadays.
- Multifilament – Playability
- Excellent Substitute for Natural Gut
- Enhanced Playability
- Cheaper and More Durable
Multifilament strings consist of numerous individual string filaments which are usually nylon that are wrapped together to form a single length. These strings are designed to replicate the performance of natural gut at a lower price and enhanced durability. Multifilament strings produce more power and comfort than solid-core or synthetic gut strings, making it the preferred choice for many club and tour players.
Popular Multifilament Strings:
- Babolat X-Cel
- Wilson Sensation
- Wilson NXT
- Polyester Strings – Durability
- Increased Durability
- Expense of Reduce Playability
Co- Polyester strings are one of the most common types of monofilament and have become softer and more forgiving. These strings are designed for players seeking durability, control and spin. Polyester strings tend to be less elastic compared to Multifilament and Natural Gut , making it more suitable for players who execute quick full swings for maximum performance. These strings are designed for players with good technique, making it suitable for intermediate and advanced players.
Rafa Nadal uses a soft poly string all round (Babolat RPM Blast).
- Synthetic Gut/Nylon – All Round Performance.
- All Round Strings
- Blend of Playability and Durability
Synthetic Gut are nylon based and generally the most economical amongst the different types of strings. This construction provides all-around performance by combining the tension maintenance of the solid core and improving the feel and playability by utilizing the outer wraps. Synthetic Gut strings are an excellent choice for players still figuring out what they like and require. One of the most popular and bestselling synthetic strings are Prince Synthetic Gut.
This form of strings is the combination of two different types or gauges of strings in the same racquet. Hybrid stringing has recently become popular due to the new rise of polyester strings. Due to the stiff nature of polyester strings, many players combine them with synthetic strings to create a more playable and comfortable string bed while retaining spin and durability. Hybrid stringing increases the durability of softer strings while making a firmer string more comfortable.
The classic example of this is Roger Federer, whose Champions Choice strings consist of a strong poly and natural gut.