Tennis players of all levels have gone crazy for spin in recent years! With the latest racket and string technology along with younger players trying to replicate the modern swings of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, players are trying to maximize the amount of spin in their games as best as they can.
Our TW University Professor Crawford Lindsey has done extensive testing on how spin is produced during a shot, and what factors apart from the stroke itself aid or hamper the production of spin. At contact, the ball hits the stringbed and moves the main strings (the strings that are horizontal at impact), sliding them out of position vertically against the cross strings. As the ball leaves the strings, the main strings snap back into their original position. A string’s ability to slide and snap back efficiently is what our TW Professor concluded to be the biggest difference between strings in terms of their spin potential. Therefore, the further the main strings can stretch during this process, the greater the snap back force is, and thus the more spin you can generate. (more…)
Some tennis strings are very basic. Think traditional poly or synthetic gut. These strings consist of one or two parts and they tend not to specialise in the more expensive luxuries of comfort, feel and power. On the other end of the spectrum there is Tecnifibre X-One Biphase, a string with many carefully chosen and meticulously arranged parts. Like natural gut, X-One Biphase is a tad pricey, but that is to be expected given the considerable technology packed into this string. In the opinion of our playtest team, the price is worth it for the player who wants an incredibly arm-friendly string loaded with pop. While X-One Biphase is not natural gut, it did give our team the kind of comfort, feel, tension maintenance and power that very few comparable multis can offer. For our two big hitters, the downside of this string was in the form of less spin-potential and control, especially compared to their favorite polys. Ultimately, though, for the player who wants outstanding shock-absorption with a uniquely comfortable (yet wonderfully crisp) feel, X-One Biphase is simply one of the best options available.
The racket you have right now can add more power to your game. All you have to do is make sure you are getting the most from it. Read on to find out how you can tune up your racket and power up your game.
1. String tension
Nothing makes a racket play better than a nice, fresh string job. To add power the first thing to consider is your choice of string tension. Lower tensions are going to allow the ball to sink into the stringbed and launch back out with more energy. Conversely, a tight tension will be more board-like and will flatten the ball, robbing it of energy. Your racket should have a recommended tension range printed on it (usually inside the throat of the racket, sometimes inside the hoop). If the range is say 23-27 kg (50-60 lbs), staying in the 23-24 kg (50-53 lbs) range will offer you the most power. Just remember for more power, string low.