STRINGS ARE AN AREA OF TENNIS EQUIPMENT THAT IS SORELY NEGLECTED

Manufacturers will tell you strings are more important than the frame.

Coming in many shapes and sizes, it’s very difficult to know what’s going on in the world of tennis strings, and it really is a world on it’s own. 

One section that we haven’t included in this infographic is on what brand or model of string to use. As a player myself I’m constantly testing different brands, models, thicknesses, hybrids, tensions- you get the idea.

The best advice is to know what your boundaries are and test as much as possible within a guideline.

Don’t go buy sets of multi-filaments if you’re breaking strings weekly. 

Find your range and keep testing. There’s new models and brands coming out all the time! And remember, we’re only a call or email away if you require a review of the strings you have in mind or require some guidance. Please share your comments as we’d love to hear your thoughts and questions…

Tennis Strings materials

Hard, durable
High injury risk

Soft, elastic
Low injury risk

Construction (or type of string)

Synthetic Gut

Soft and elastic nylon. Good for juniors and veterans.

Multi-filament

Soft and elastic nylon. Good for juniors and veterans.

Natural Gut

Soft and elastic nylon. Good for juniors and veterans.

Natural Gut

Soft and elastic nylon. Good for juniors and veterans.

control &
durability

power, feel
& spin

Tension (the effects of)

MORE POWER
&
LESS CONTROL

Low Tension

Poly strings: 38-45 LBS +

MORE CONTROL
&
LESS POWER/ SPIN

High Tension

Poly strings: 46-50 LBS +

Environmental factors

With such a variance in altitude in South Africa, you HAVE to consider your string tensions when travelling. Coastal players will travel up to Jhb and will battle to keep the ball in the court. High veld players won’t hit deeper than the service blocks.

Low Altitude

High Altitude

When to restring

If you play

then restring

5

times a week

times a year

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