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What strings should I choose for my racquet?

Choosing strings can be overwhelming. Below, we’ve tried to simplify the string selection process by sport.

TENNIS:

Synthetic Gut strings: These strings are well-rounded (no major weaknesses or strengths) and offer good playability at a great price. Strings in this category are great for players on a budget or players that would consider themselves beginners.

Strings in this category include:

Gamma Advantage, Gamma Challenger Synthetic Gut, Gamma Synthetic Gut w/Wearguard, Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex, Prince Topspin w/Duraflex, Tecnifibre Synthetic Gut

Multifilament strings: These strings offer phenomenal power, feel and comfort. If you're looking for very arm-friendly strings (if you have tennis elbow or arm problems), multifilament strings are a great option.

Strings in this category include:

Babolat Xcel, Tecnifibre NRG2, Tecnifibre X-One Biphase, Gamma Professional, Gamma Revelation, Prince Premier Control

Polyester strings: These strings are very durable and offer great control and spin potential. The downside of polyester strings is that they are low power and are very harsh on the arm, so players with arm issues like tennis elbow should avoid this string type.

Strings in this category include:

Babolat Pro HurricaneBabolat Pro Hurricane TourBabolat RPM Blast, Gamma iO Soft, Gamma Moto, Prince Tour XR

SQUASH:

We carry three squash-specific strings: Tecnifibre 305, Tecnifibre DNAMX, and Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

Tecnifibre 305 offers phenomenal control and comfort.

Tecnifibre DNAMX offers great feel and good power.

Tecnifibre X-One Biphase offers phenomenal power and good feel.

RACQUETBALL:

We carry one racquetball-specific string: ProKennex Pure 1 Liquid.

BADMINTON:

We carry two badminton-specific strings: Gosen G-Tone 5 and Gosen G-Tone 9.

The G-Tone 5 is the thinner of the two strings and offers phenomenal power and good durability.

The G-Tone 9 is the thicker version, offering phenomenal durability and good power.

What is string gauge and what gauge should I choose?

String gauge refers to the thickness of a string. The thinner the string, the higher the gauge number; the thicker the string, the lower the gauge number (confusing, we agree!). E.g. Babolat RPM Blast 16 tennis string is thicker than Babolat RPM Blast 17.

Choosing a string gauge is a simple tradeoff between durability and playability. Thinner strings offer greater comfort, power and spin potential, but are less durable (they’ll break faster). Thicker strings are more durable, but offer less comfort, power and spin potential.

E.g Babolat RPM Blast 16 tennis strings are more durable, but offer less comfort, power and spin potential, than RPM Blast 17.

What is string tension and what tension should I string my racquet at?

String tension is a measure of pounds or the amount of pressure that is being applied to the string when pulled by a stringing machine. 

Choosing a string tension is a tradeoff between power and control. Higher tensions will provide a player with more control, but less power. Lower tensions will provide more power, but less control. E.g a squash racquet strung at 24 lbs with Tecnifibre DNAMX 17 strings will provide more power, but less control than that same racquet strung at 28lbs with Tecnifibre DNAMX 17, which will provide more control, but less power.

Every tennis/squash/racquetball/badminton racquet has a recommended tension range somewhere on the racket. We strongly recommend choosing a tension in this recommended range. The middle of this range is a great, safe starting point.

E.g the below tennis racket has a recommended tension range of 48 - 57 lbs. The middle of this range is 52.5 lbs. If you’d like more control, go up a few lbs (choose a tension of 54 or 55 lbs). If you’d like more power, go down a few lbs (pick a tension of 50 or 51 lbs).

Recommended tension range

How often should I restring my racquet?

A general, well-known rule is to string your racquet as many times a year as you play per week. E.g if you play twice a week you should restring your racquet twice a year. Many players wait until the strings break to restring. We encourage  players to instead, get their racket restrung when they notice the racquet feels a lot worse than what they remember it to be (tension has likely decreased considerably and strings are playing “dead”).

I have arm problems/tennis elbow. What should I do?

If you have arm problems/tennis elbow, it’s best to use a comfortable, arm-friendly string. Multifilament strings provide outstanding comfort. These strings are unfortunately more expensive. What is most important is to avoid polyester strings, since these are not arm-friendly and can cause tennis elbow/arm pain.

My racquet came with strings. Should I still restring?

It’s very likely the racquet came with low quality nylon strings and that they’ve been on the racquet for quite some time. If you are a beginner or are very cost-conscious, these will get the job done. But if you want a better playing experience, or are an intermediate/advanced player, it’s best to have the racquet restrung.

What is Restring That Thing’s turnaround time?

We generally ask our customers when they need their racquet(s) back by and do our best to get them back to them in time for their next hitting session.

Where is Restring That Thing’s shop located?

We are a mobile service (we come to you), so we don’t have a physical shop, but we are based out of Vancouver, BC V6E 0C7. This also allows us to keep costs down, savings that we can pass onto our customers.

What is the difference between Restring That Thing’s stringing and stringing at a big box store?

The short answer is quality. We’ve unfortunately heard many customer stories referencing a bad experience they had stringing at a big box store. By stringing with us, you’ll have an experienced racket technician with years of experience (including stringing for professional racquet sport players) doing the work. No need to worry/stress about poor quality.

Should I be using polyester strings?

If you are a beginner, we would advise against it. If you are an intermediate or advanced player, would like a durable string that is great for generating spin, and do not have arm/tennis elbow problems, polyester strings are a great choice!

Have you ever strung for the pros?

We have!

My strings keep moving a lot and I need to keep readjusting them. Why?

Your strings likely have not been restrung in a while and the tension is very loose. Many players find this annoying. It’s best to get your racquet restrung in these cases and to pick a higher tension.

I found an old racket in my garage. Is it worth restringing?

Usually yes! If the frame of the racquet is noticeably asymmetrical/broken then unfortunately there’s nothing we can do. But most of the time we can definitely put in a fresh set of strings which will bring the racquet back to life.

Do you string racquetball rackets?

We do!

I am a notorious string breaker. Can you please advise?

If you break your strings a lot, there’s two things you can do. If you’d like to keep the same string brand/model, you can switch to a lower gauge (thicker string). If, however, you already are using the thickest gauge available for that string model, you’ll have to try the second option, which is choosing a different string. Polyester strings and kevlar strings are great in the durability department. If you don’t have tennis elbow/arm problems, these should make your frequent string-breaking problems disappear. 

What is the difference between a replacement grip and an overgrip?

Replacement grips go directly over the racquet handle. They can be considered the base. They are thicker and provide more cushioning than an overgrip. Overgrips, as the name implies, go over the base. They are much thinner and are generally used to increase grip size slightly and for specific gripping properties (tackiness, extra sweat absorbency, etc.).

What cities do you serve?

We serve the British Columbia cities of Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Langley.

Do you offer any kind of warranty?

We do! We understand that when strings break a lot faster than expected, this can be frustrating. For this reason, if you break your strings while playing within 2 weeks of us delivering back your racquet restrung, please let us know. We will gladly restring your racket with any strings of equal or lesser value for free.