The importance of tennis strings

The importance of a tennis string is often (mistakenly) underestimated. Tennis players often spend a lot of time and money looking for the perfect tennis racket, equipped with the latest technology, and then string it with a random (and often unsuitable) tennis string. 

It is often said that you play better with good a tennis string on a bad tennis racket, than with a bad tennis string on a good tennis racket! The importance of a tennis string is best demonstrated by the fact that the string is the only material that comes in direct contact with the tennis ball! The actual playing characteristics of a tennis racket is primarily defined by the tennis string and the stringing tension! 

Different types of tennis strings

You can classify tennis strings into 5 main categories:
1. Natural gut tennis strings
2. Nylon tennis strings
3. Polyester tennis strings
4. Kevlar tennis strings
5. Hybrid tennis strings

Natural gut strings provide the best ball feeling but have a short lifespan. Kevlar strings are the exact opposite: they have a long lifespan but less feeling of the ball. Nylon, polyester and hybrid strings are situated between natural gut strings and Kevlar regarding the feeling of the ball and lifespan properties.

Save money
You can easily save money by buying tennis strings on a roll instead of a single set of tennis strings. The table below presents the ideal qualities on a scale of 1-10 (low to high). :

Type of string
Natural gut
Nylon
Polyester
Kevlar
Hybrid
Playability:
10
5-9
3-4
1
6-9
Lifetime Span:
1-2
3-7
6-8
10
5-8
Cost:
10
2-9
4-8
3-4
6-9

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