How to choose your tennis string?
The tennis string is the first element in contact with the ball. You must take into account its construction, its gauge as well as its tension. These elements will affect the overall performance of your game: power, control, comfort, spin, forgiveness, playability, durability, tension maintenance, and effective lifespan.
It is very important not to neglect the choice of your string, because it represents at least 50% of the performance of your game.
Monofilament tennis strings
The materials used are polyester or polyether or a blend of different materials (co-polyester). The advantage of monofilament tennis strings is their increased resistance, better ball control and better spin. There are more and more “soft” monofilaments on the market to provide more comfort and playability to tennis strings. The latest developments are structured strings (strings with several faces: pentagonal, hexagonal …) in order to give more spin to the ball. The monofilaments can also be used in hybrid on the mains with a multifilament string in the crosses to give a good compromise between resistance and playability. Please note: monofilaments transfer more vibration and shock to the racquet than a multifilament. If you experience pain in the forearm, we advise you to switch to synthetic / multifilament or gut tennis strings.
Some references of monofilament tennis strings:
Multifilament tennis strings
Multifilament tennis strings do not have a central core, but are made up of hundreds or thousands of filaments braided together wrapped in a protective layer. Multifilaments are the strings closest to natural gut and offer excellent comfort for players suffering from muscle pain (tennis elbow …). They offer great playability, good ball speed and absorb vibrations very well. The main drawback is their tendency to break faster than a multifilament with a central core. We advise you to pretension the string to improve the lifespan of the tennis string and reduce the loss of tension. Multifilaments often tend to be more expensive, but are a cheap alternative to natural guts.
Some references of multifilament string:
Hybrid Tennis Strings
Hybrid tennis strings are two different tennis strings on the mains and crosses. The common use of a hybrid is to lay the monofilament in the mains and the multifilament or gut in the crosses. The string laid in the mains will dominate the hybrid setup and generally give control, spin and durability. The string in the crosses will offer more playability, comfort and power. The exception is Roger Federer who uses the natural gut in the mains and monofilament in the crosses. This combination won’t last long for heavy lifters. The use of hybrids is a good alternative for young players (over 13 years old) who break a lot. The lifespan of their tennis string will be increased. However, we recommend stringing at very low tension so as not to experience pain in the young player’s forearm.
Some references of hybrid string:
Natural Gut Strings
Before the advent of nylons and multifilaments, natural gut was the only tennis string available. No string today achieves better playability, power, comfort and feel although multifilaments come close. The natural gut remains the tennis string which has this best performance! The price for natural gut is prohibitive for many and although they tend to have an impermeable layer these days, inclement weather conditions reduce the life of the natural gut string.
Rough / Textured tennis strings are designed to give the ball more spin. These strings tend to have a central monofilament core with a uniform top layer of filament. Another layer of thin monofilament is added in a spiral shape around the string to accentuate the spin.
Tennis string gauge is measured by the diameter of the string and influences the playing behavior and longevity of the string.
- more power
- more effects
- offers less resistance
- offers more comfort
- has faster tension loss
- offers more control
- generates less effects
- offers more resistance
- has less comfort
This is how tension influences your game:
- Low tension generate more power
- High tension gives more ball control
- The denser the string pattern, the more control the tennis string offers, but less ball speed and spin
- A racket with 18 mains offers more ball control
- A racket with 16 crosses offers more spin and power