Babolat RPM Blast, Luxilon ALU Power, Solinco Tour Bite… these polyester tennis strings are popular on the pro tour because of their low-powered response that allows players to swing extremely fast and generate tons of spin. Also, their monofilament construction also offers excellent durability for frequent string breakers.
Let it be known that if you don’t have long, fast, more modern “low to high” strokes, then polyester strings may not be ideal for you. They are very low-powered and stiff which can cause arm problems in players that can’t generate a lot of their own power. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are able to break softer strings like synthetic gut or multifilament in 20 hours of less, then you’ll most like benefit from the unique properties that polyester strings provide.
With so many polyester tennis string options out there, you don’t have to break the bank to get great performance. Here is a list of some of our TW Staff’s favorite polyester strings that are available under 10€ a set:
Volkl Cyclone (7.90€)
This is one of our staff’s favorite strings across the board for its combination of performance and value. Offering a slightly crisp feel and medium stiffness, Cyclone provides excellent control and loads of spin potential for big hitters at a great value! Available in a variety of colors and gauges, including an ultra thin 19 (1.10mm) gauge!
This is a softer version of Cyclone, making it a bit more user-friendly and powerful. It’s also twisted during construction for a unique feel. Because of its softer feel relative to other polys, this one is perfect for first time polyester users looking to see what they’re all about.
Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 (9.90€)
This is another one of our staff’s favorites with a softer, livelier feel. Another one that’s great for first time polyester users or players with a history of arm problems, this string’s seven sharp edges bite the ball at impact to help you generate tons and tons of spin.
Gosen Polylon (5.50€)
This might be the best bang for your buck at under $5 a set. Offered in a variety of colors and gauges, this string has a stiff and very low-powered response that “old school poly lovers” will enjoy. If you like to swing big and generate all your own power, this one can’t be beat for the price.
Kirschbaum Pro Line X (6.90€)
Unlike SS Spiky above, this co-poly from Kirschbaum DOES have those chemical additives that soften up the feel and make this string a little more comfortable and dampened. Like most other Kirschbaum polys, this has been pre-stretched during production to give it exceptional tension maintenance.
Solinco Outlast (6.90€)
A more budget-friendly option in the Solinco polyester line, Outlast offers excellent control and durability with a softer, more dampened response. This one is ideal for string breakers who swing big and like generating all their own power.
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code (10.50€)
An extremely popular string, Pro Red Code has a loyal following for its dampened feel and exceptional control. It’s the string of choice for our #1 American man John Isner, so it’ll probably work well for you too! We know this stings is priced at 10.50€ / set, but since this is really a great performing string we added it to this blog anyway.
Topspin Cyberflash (6.90€)
Another staff favorite, this one offers a soft and very lively feel that makes for a great choice for first-time poly users. This one has a similar feel/response as Luxilon ALU Power, just a little softer and more powerful.
Imagine if you could customize the next car you purchase by picking out the engine. You wouldn’t just pick any old engine to put in your dream car would you? You’d want to do some research first and figure out which engine fits your needs the best. Not necessarily just the cheapest engine.
So you wouldn’t spend hundreds on your next racquet and when it comes time to pick out your string, you wouldn’t just pick any old string would you? Well, lots of people do.
Strings are vital to how a racquet plays and performs. It’s the only thing that actually makes contact with the ball. But learning about string and picking the right one can be daunting with the huge variety to choose from. We’re here to help. Hopefully this blog will provide you a clearer picture about “the engine” in your racquet.
Gauges are essentially the thickness of a string. The higher the gauge, the thinner the string. The problem with gauges however, is that there is not a standardized and universal chart. A 16 gauge for one company might be a 16L (L stands for ‘light’, which basically means it’s halfway between 2 gauges, think of a 16L as a 16.5) for another. Which is why we recommend referencing the actual millimeter sizing. In general, thinner string will provide more power and spin while thicker strings provide more control and durability.
Honestly, have you ever played around with different types of string? No? Then it’s about time to do so during this winter’s indoor season. There are a variety of strings you can choose from. It has always been important to me to be up to date on what’s out there, so let’s just take a closer look on what you can find!
This summer, we made a selection of the strings that produce the most spin. Today, you will find a list of all the strings that we consider the best for the players in search of a more arm friendly control string. We have limited our focus to poly-based monofilaments. For a larger selection of arm friendly strings, have a look on our soft strings category!
Softest Round Polys