When it comes to tennis string, it’s largely a matter of preference. There are hundreds of different kinds of string on the market, each one with its own unique qualities and distinctions. However, choosing the right type of string for your tennis racquet, and your particular playing style, is vital. The wrong kind can make that expensive racquet a big fat dud, no matter how much skill you have.
Before I go into individual brands and my favorite strings, let me tell you a little bit about the different types. Let’s start with natural gut string. Many players love using natural gut string. It has a good feel and good power. Natural gut string maintains a high performance level; however, it becomes vulnerable to moisture as it wears. Polyester string (and also polyester hybrid strings) are extremely durable and offer awesome power. The main drawback is how hard they can be on your arm so if you’re not a strong player (or not yet) you may want to watch out. Polyester string is often used for the mains if you’re stringing a hybrid racquet.
When it comes to synthetic string you can either get it with a solid core or with a multifilament construction. Synthetic string with a solid core is a great choice. It’s cheaper than other strings so if you tend to go through string quickly, consider this option. It offers a tremendous range of power, control and playability. Then, there is synthetic string with multifilament construction, when it comes to the greatest performance for the cost this string is a true champion. This type of synthetic string is meant to replicate natural gut—it’s just cheaper. It has a natural vibration dampening. This can prevent injury and minimize both wrist and arm fatigue.
Now, here are some of my personal favorite tennis strings.
• Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power string. It’s a polyester string which is widely used by Pro’s. It’s the official tennis racquet string of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. It offers a fantastic combo of power and control.
• Gamma Live Wire XP. This is a multifilament synthetic string which offers the playability of a natural gut string. It has a firm feel, is durable and reduces tension loss. Gamma strings use the Gamma Irradiation process. This process increases resiliency and elasticity.
• Babolat RPM Blast. Another polyester string. This bestselling Babolat string is used by Rafael Nadal. It’s perfect for big hitters and offers a knockout punch as well as unbeatable spin. It’s a fast string.
Let me stress that tennis string comes down to preference. It’s about the type of player you are and what you need from a string. However, it is important to play with a good string. The string on a tennis racquet is the only thing that comes in contact with the tennis ball. If you’re already serious—or just getting serious—about your tennis game then don’t overlook this vital component.