Polyester, monofilament or natural gut. How to choose a tennis string?
In case of people who have just begun their tennis adventure, the issue of a string is not as important. Beginners often see no difference when they compare “frames” with different types of strings. After a few, sometimes a dozen or so training sessions, the ball feeling improves and players start to notice smaller or bigger differences. As a result, they become more aware and able to choose equipment more compatible with their actual needs.
How to choose a tennis racquet string: types of strings
Currently, there are lots of different strings available for sale. Less advanced players willing to choose a string by themselves can thus face quite a challenge. Absolutely rudimentary knowledge involves theory about various types of strings and their general characteristics. Such knowledge is helpful to narrow down search alternatives.
Tennis racquet strings can be divided into a few basic types:
- natural gut strings – widely believed to be the best strings in the world. They provide a good feeling and give a nice comfort of playing. Yet, they are quite expensive and not very durable. This is the reason why not many amateurs decide to purchase them.
- poly strings – probably the most popular strings among the players, regardless of the playing level. Their main characteristic and the biggest advantage is durability. Depending on a model they can also help in maintaining control, giving rotation or improving the dynamics. They are recommended for both beginners and advanced players.
- multifilament strings – their characteristics is similar to natural gut strings, yet they are considerably cheaper,
- synthetic strings – recommended especially for people who begin to play tennis. They are durable, but they do not support progress in a way that for example poly strings do,
- hybrid strings – they are a fusion of two types of strings. Due to the fact that vertical strings are more prone to fractures, it is common to string racquets in a following way: a poly string vertically, a multifilament string horizontally. “Hybrids” are recommended for players who demonstrate at least good amateur level of tennis.
How to match a type of a tennis string with your level of playing?
General rules of choosing a tennis string are quite simple. Even if a new racquet has a so-called “factory string”, it is usually not worth keeping. You should choose a new one, more suited to your personal preferences. The good advice for beginners is opting for either 1,25 poly strings or 1,30 multifilament strings. In case of polyester strings it is better to choose those softened, as they provide a greater pleasure of playing.
As the level and playing technique progress, the choice of a string becomes significantly wider. Players who present a good amateur level can try some thinner poly strings, yet it also depends on their playing style and a racquet they use. You should pay particular attention to strings interlacing pattern. The rule is: the looser interlacing, the thicker string.
Looking for the best string for you, it is good to have a theoretical knowledge, yet it will be best verified on the court. As it is doubtless that a string can have a great influence on a game, it pays off to test various solutions.