STRING THEORY (Tennis)
Strings will have weaknesses and strengths. There are 2 main tradeoffs to consider when stringing your racquet.
Playability/comfort/feel vs Durability
Power vs Control
There are 4 3 things that affect these two tradeoffs:
What a string is made from
How a string is made
How loose or tightly a racquet is strung
STRING THICKNESS. Get engauged!
The gauge of a string refers to its thickness. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the string (confusing, we agree!). The thicker the string, the more durable it is, and vice versa.
WHAT A STRING IS MADE FROM: not immaterial.
There are 4 main string materials, each with their own set of weaknesses and strengths.
Natural gut: Great comfort. Great control. Arm-friendly. Low durability. Most expensive material.
Kevlar: Great durability. Low comfort. Low power. Not arm-friendly.
Nylon: Good durability. Good comfort. Least expensive material.
Polyester: Good control. Good durability. Low power. Not arm-friendly.
HOW A STRING IS MADE: an important construct.
HOW LOOSE OR TIGHTLY A RACQUET IS STRUNG. Please pay a tension!
The tension of a string refers to how loosely or tightly a racquet is strung. Every racquet has a recommended tension range. We strongly recommending stringing your racquet at a tension in this range due to the extensive. The looser the tension (the lower the tension number), the more powerful the racquet will feel, but the less control you’ll have, and vice versa.
The above should hopefully help you choose your right string and tension combination for your specific needs, but if you’re unsure/have any questions, please use our chat box on the bottom right and we’ll gladly help you out right away. If you’re browsing outside of our business hours, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we open the next day.
The RestringThatThing Team