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Tennis Racket Stringing

Prince Duraflex Synthetic Gut
Prince Duraflex Synthetic Gut Tennis String

A fantastic all round tennis string, offering a good level of playability and durability.

Material: Synthetic Gut; Colour: Black; Gauge: 1.30mm; Best for: All round entry level string

£20

Wilson Sensation
Wilson Sensation Tennis String

Known for its vibration dampening qualities, a comfortable string for feel & playability.

Material: Multifilament; Colour: Natural; Gauge: 1.30mm; Best for: Playability & Softness

£22

Kirschbaum Black Shark
Kirschbaum Black Shark Tennis String

A soft polyester string with a diagonal surface structure offering excellent control.

Material: Co-polyester; Colour: Black; Gauge: 1.25mm; Best for: Durability, Power & Spin

£24

RS Paris
RS Paris Tennis String

This octagon shaped string leads the way for players hitting the ball with heavy top spin.

Material: Co-polyester; Colour: Silver; Gauge: 1.25mm; Best for: Spin & Durability

£26

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power
Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power Tennis String

Our most popular string, renowned for its powerful nature and exceptional durability.

Material: Strong Polyester; Colour: Silver / Ice Blue; Gauge: 1.25mm; Best for: Power & Durability

£28

RS New York
RS New York Tennis String

A string very similar to natural gut, labelled as the most premium string in tennis.

Material: Soft Multifilament; Colour: Natural; Gauge: 1.30mm; Best for: Superior Feel

£30

Tennis String Guide

Tennis strings can be broken down into five main categories, each offering different characteristics to suit varying playing styles and individual requirements.

Synthetic Gut Tennis Strings: Commonly regarded as a good all-round string, offering a balanced amount of playability and durability, and considered to be a good entry level string. Synthetic gut tennis strings are made from nylon and usually comprise of a single filament, meaning that this string type is relatively affordable to manufacturer which is reflected in the price. Our favourite synthetic gut string is Prince Duraflex 1.3.

Multifilament Tennis Strings: Regarded as the most playable tennis string except for natural gut, but at a fraction of the cost. Multifilament tennis strings are formed by bundles of micro synthetic fibres which have been twisted together, creating a softer and more cushioning string, ideal for developing junior as well as senior tennis players. Due to their soft nature multifilament strings are not as durable as some other string types. We recommend Wilson Sensation as being a high-quality multifilament tennis string.

Polyester Tennis Strings: The most durable string on the market. Polyester tennis strings are formed with stiff material, ideal for players who regularly break strings and a very popular choice for professional players. Polyester tennis strings work very well as part of a hybrid string set up to offer both playability and durability. Our favourite traditional polyester string is Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power. While if you are seeking a softer polyester, which is more forgiving on your body we really love Paris, brought to you by RS Tennis.

Natural Gut Tennis Strings: The original tennis string and still deemed the most playable string available. Natural gut comes from a cow’s intestine and has exceptional elasticity. Due to its expensive price tag, natural gut has become less popular over the years. Its demise can also be linked with the rise of multifilament strings which are its natural contender, perhaps not being as playable but being more durable. With this said there are still many professional tennis players opting for natural gut as part of a hybrid tennis string set up.

Hybrid Tennis Strings: You may have heard the term hybrid being thrown around. This is referring to using one string for the mains of the tennis racket and another string on the crosses. Almost all professional tennis players will be sporting a hybrid set up, with the most common combination comprising of a durable polyester string on the mains, and a softer multifilament or natural gut on the crosses. This can often result in the perfect marriage of durability and playability which all tennis players seek. A classic combination would be Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power (polyester) on the mains and Wilson Sensation (multifilament) on the crosses.

Tennis strings also come in different thicknesses, generally ranging from 1.20mm and increasing to 1.35mm. As a rule, a thinner tennis string will offer greater playability as the string will bite and react to the ball more responsively. However, a thinner string will also be easier to break, so for players who regularly break strings, a thicker string can be more desirable. It is therefore important to choose a string gauge that complements your game, offering the right balance of playability and durability. Full details of tennis gauges are outlined below.

Tennis string gauges and diameters in millimetres:

  • 15 - 1.41-1.49 mm
  • 15L - 1.34-1.40 mm
  • 16 - 1.26-1.33 mm
  • 16L - 1.22-1.26 mm
  • 17 - 1.20-1.24 mm
  • 17L - 1.16-1.20 mm
  • 18 - 1.10-1.16 mm
  • 19 - 1.00-1.10 mm

The final variable when restringing a tennis racket is the string tension, which can impact performance drastically.

  • All tennis rackets will contain a tension range, which will be stated within the technical specification of the racket and is often printed on the inside of the tennis racket frame
  • Typically, tennis racket string tension ranges from 50lbs to 60lbs, or 22.5kgs to 27kgs if measuring in metrics, certain frames can accommodate a higher tension also
  • A higher tension will be characterised by greater control, whereas a lower tension will generate more power. If you are unsure which tension to opt for, we would recommend somewhere in the middle of your rackets recommended tension as a good starting point
  • A higher tension will also cause greater strain on your arm, so if you do struggle with tennis elbow a lower tension would be more desirable. Developing junior players should also consider a lower tension to assist with injury prevention
  • Tennis rackets lose tension relatively quickly, as much as 10% can be lost within 24 hours, and this is even without hitting a tennis ball. For this reason, we would recommend that you string your racket a few pounds higher to accommodate for this loss of tension
  • Strong polyester tennis strings have little elasticity and should be strung at a lower tension to maintain playability. We would not recommend stringing polyester strings at more than 55lbs
  • If opting for a hybrid string set up, you can play around with varying tensions on your mains and crosses. For example, your polyester main string might be 54 lbs with multifilament cross strings at 56lbs

If you require any further assistance in choosing the correct string, gauge and tension please do not hesitate in contacting us. We would be more than happy to help answer any queries which you may have.

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