How to choose your tennis racket string

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If you are a tennis fan and you love this sport, or you are looking to specialize in this area, then you should know the importance of the different strings of tennis rackets, because this is part of the elements that, together with the racket, will give better tension or handling of the ball at the time of throwing.

The strings of tennis rackets have different calibers and material, depending on your needs as a player, you should know the benefits of each one, today do not include poor quality strings in the sports trade, but if you are a person with arm injuries, or prefer better control of the ball and the racket, then you should know these different types of strings of tennis rackets.

Types of tennis racket strings

Synthetic string (monofilament)

This is the type of stringing that is most frequently achieved, it helps maintain the tension of the racquet thanks to the fact that it is recommended to make the fabric only with this material, which favors its function as far as resistance is concerned, it is undoubtedly the type of stringing preferred by most beginner players, who do not wish to change the type of material frequently.

It has a variation, which is the multifilament string, unlike the previous one, this one is preferred by professional players, since it does not have durability, but its material is more elastic, which generates more flexibility because it is a little softer and lighter.

Because it is made of multiple and small filaments, it becomes less resistant each time it hits the ball, making it not as abrupt when hitting, leaving with more softness, this material is ideal for those who suffer from an injury in the arm.

Hybrid String

It bears this name because it is the combination of the two materials mentioned (monofilament and multifilament strings) is ideal for players seeking a certain quality and durability, ie combine the characteristics of both materials, placing the monofilament material vertically, while the horizontal are those of multifilament string.

The way in which the string fabric is made must be in such a way that the most resistant material is the one in the vertical fabric, since this is the one that receives the greatest impact when hitting the ball.

Natural gut string

Despite not being used frequently, its price is quite high, being 100% pork belly, professionals do not recommend it because it is too soft, which does not give them enough tension in the racket.

Types of strings for tennis rackets

Tennis racket strings (cordajes para raquetas de tenis, in spanish) should be woven according to the shape of the string, as there are different types like

  • Round
  • Hexagonal
  • Triangular
  • Pentagonal

If you want to enter the world of professional tennis, the most recommended type of string is the hexagonal or pentagonal, although its durability is not of quality, the function on the court is better, because the ball manages to leave with more effect, between both, the longest can be the hexagonal.

Thickness for tennis racket strings

The importance of string thickness is that if the string and material is thin it will give a better effect and feel when hitting the tennis ball (pelota de tenis, in spanish), but it will not be as durable as strings made of stiffer or thicker material.

Professionals do not mind changing the fabric of their racquets frequently, because the thin or less tense material is what ensures the dynamics on the court.

In general, we recommend an intermediate thickness string (1.20mm) with a few options between 1.15mm and 1.40mm, although this is very important when selecting the material, some players prefer to combine a thin material with one of more tension, that is to say, of greater caliber.

String tension

The tension does not only depend on the material and caliber of the string, some rackets already indicate a level of tension, which the manufacturer will have tested according to the resistance of the racket, so this detail must be taken into account if you want to enter the world of tennis.

A racket with minimum tension will require more force to be used when hitting the ball to obtain a better effect, which would imply a greater athletic capacity of the person, so you should seek advice from a racket specialist and its forms of tension according to the stringing chosen.

You can also experiment with different materials and calibers, as you should find out which one you feel comfortable with and which one best suits your physical needs. 




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