Tennis String Buying Guide

You can easily be overwhelmed when considering what tennis string is the best fit for your game. There are over 500 strings available today, so choosing the right tennis racquet string can be more confusing than ever. Even though, you may be looking for cheap tennis string, if it breaks easily, you will spend a fortune on restringing. It may be worth the money to invest in more durable tennis string. We have friends who ask “what is the best tennis string to buy?” The question really depends on the person. With the Tennis String Buyer’s Guide,  you will be introduced to the technology and variety so you can narrow down the choices to meet the requirements you seek in your string.

Strings are commonly grouped in four different categories; Natural Gut, Multifilament, Monofilament, and Polyester. Natural Gut will provide players with the most feel and touch, while Polyester will provide players with the most durability. Multifilament and Monofilament are made from synthetic gut material and provide players with a fair balance of both feel and durability.

Natural Gut: I remember the days playing with this string. It sure did not last when the strings became wet. The strings began to unravel. However, natural gut tennis string is considered the Rolls Royce of tennis strings, best of the best, top of the line tension maintenance and feel. Most common among pro players and club level players, downsides include high price and being weather sensitive.

String examples: Babolat VS Natural Gut, Prince Natural Gut

Multifilament Synthetic Gut-Multifilament is a coreless string with multiple synthetic fibers twisted together similar to natural gut. Advantages include increased playability and feel over a monofilament string. Multifilament is considered more comfortable than solid core strings due to the cushioning effect of hundreds or even thousands of micro fibers. High level of playability and recommended for players suffering from arm problems.

String Examples: Wilson NXT ,Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

Monofilament Synthetic Gut-The most popular synthetic on the market, they derive durability and tension retention properties from their solid center cores. An outer wrap of smaller filaments or fibers assist in tertaining tension and protect the core from small nicks and abrasions. The number & construction of wrapped filaments, diameters, and blends vary from string to string.

String examples: Babolat Super Fine Play, Prince Synthetic Gut Original

Polyester: Offer players increased durability over synthetic gut and Mono/Multifilament strings. Popular among hard hitters who break strings often noted for giving a dead feel and being very stiff for some, most common among tournament players and pros. Kevlar falls into this category as well.

String examples: Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power, Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour

Hybrids: Hybrid strings is really about stringing your tennis racquet with a synthetic and natural. This is usually done with a durable string in the mains (poly) and highly elastic synthetic strings or natural gut strings are used to provide comfort and feel in the crosses. Hybrids provide good playing characteristics while a poly/multi hybrid often lasts longer than a pure poly or pure multifilament string job. Most common among tournament players and pros. Roger Federer strings his racquet with the polyester in the crosses and natural gut in the mains.

Spin friendly String– The professional game has evolved so much with the technology, that the western grip is very common on the tour. John McEnroe explained the grip best. Imagine picking your tennis racquet off the ground. That’s the western grip. This grip allows extreme ball spin as the racquet head brushes up against the tennis ball. If you have this type of swing, you should buy from a selection of thin and or textured strings with an emphasis on the development of spin off the stringbed.  The new Babolat RPM blast tennis string is getting great reviews on the tour.

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Typically more comfortable than solid core strings due to the cushioning effect of hundreds or even thousands of micro fibers. High level of playability and recommended for players suffering from arm problems.