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Las Vegas Tennis Meetup Group Message Board › Choosing the right string 101

Choosing the right string 101

A former member
Post #: 22
Do strings make a difference? Yes and no. There is no such thing as a Bad String but you can choose the wrong one for your style and playing level and budget!
There are over 800 different strings out there right now and each one is good for someone, otherwise they wouldn't be making them! LOL!
It breaks down to three basic categories: Gauge, texture, and composition.
Gauge is easy. Thinner gives more spin but less durability.They run from 15L(heaviest) to 18(thinnest). 16g being the most common, although 17g is very popular as well.
Texture is also easy. Rough gives more spin.
Composition is more difficult.
So. Here we go. The breakdown is like this; from softest to stiffest:
* Natural Gut. Fantastic playing strings. Not durable. Extremely expensive. Consult your loan officer! Ex. Babolat VS
*Nylon. This breaks down further to Synthgut and Multifilament
** Synthgut. Affordable. Plays well. Ranges from fairly soft. (Ex. Head Syngut PPS, Gosen OG Micro, Prince Lightning XX) to fairly stiff (Ex. Prince Synthetic w/duraflex, Forten Sweet 16)
** Multifilament. Plays like natural gut. Good for people with arm problems. Not durable. More expensive than SynthGut.( Ex. Wilson NXT ,Wilson Sensation, Head Fibergel, Mantis Comfort Synth, Babolat Addiction, Gamma LiveWire, Technifibre Bi-Phase. Dunlop Silk, Prince Premier LT)
* Polyester and Co-Poly monofilament. Great for hard hitting string breakers. Lots of control. Little power. Loses tension quickly. ( Ex. Luxilon Big Banger, Babolat Pro Hurricane, SignumPro Poly Plasma, Tourna Big Hitter) Note: the co-polys are softer but, in general, these can be hard on the arm. Note: these are the strings that are available in rough textures. (Ex. Gamma ZoTwist, Luxilon Big Banger ALU Rough, Tourna Big Hitter Rough.) Note: String 10% lower than Nylon
* Kevlar and other Aramids. These DO NOT BREAK! But they can Kill your arm! (Ex. Prince Problend, Ashaway braided) Note :string 20% lower than Nylon or avoid altogether!
*** HYBRIDS. This can be the best of both worlds. The durability of Poly in the Mains combined with a soft string in the crosses. They come pre-packaged or can be custom designed
So. There you have it.
Beware!!! Pro quality(expensive) strings are designed to give superior performance for ONE SET! The Pros restring all six of their racquets before every match!!
Feel free to ask questions. Michael 767-0690
A former member
Post #: 24
Thanx guys, for emailing your questions. Just post them here and I'll answer so everyone can see.
A former member
Post #: 140
poly strings can be hard on your shoulder as well because of the effort you exert during the strokes and the serve.

A former member
Post #: 27
Some of the newer co-polys are a lot more arm friendly than the first and second generation stuff. That's the direction the technology is going. You have to make sure it's strung about 10% lower than nylon.
Still, it's not recommended for the average player or anyone with a history of arm problems.
However they are a good option for those of you who are used to stringing standard syngut very high (65+). It gives the same stringbed stiffness without stressing that old frame with high tension and constant breakage.
I recommend Gamma Zo Twist, Signum Pro Poly Plasma, Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough, and Technifibre Red Code or Black Code for this application, strung as a full set at low tension.
Of course, nothing beats Natural Gut or the soft multifilaments for comfort and playability. They just don't last. Sigh! String-savers can help.
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