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Playing around with different strings

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Strings

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!

Synthetic, Polyester, Synthetic Gut, Natural Gut and Hybrids Strings, available at Tennis Warehouse Europe.

Synthetic, Polyester, Synthetic Gut, Natural Gut and Hybrids Strings, available at Tennis Warehouse Europe.

There are two types of string: synthetic and natural gut.

  • Polyester strings are long-lasting and ideal for players who break their strings on a regular basis. They often offer a nice combination of spin and control. However you have to be aware that polyester strings are not the softest strings out there. So please pay a lot of attention to how your arm and shoulder react to this kind of string. Examples: Head Sonic Pro, Kirschbaum Super Smash
  • Then there is natural gut. These strings offer the most sublime feel and control out there. And at the same time, you can create a lot of power too. Unfortunately they are pricy and do not like wet weather (but this shouldn’t affect you when playing indoor!). But even though you might not be playing on clay these strings are not very durable. Examples: Pacific Tough Gut Natural Gut, Wilson Natural Gut
  • You can also mix two types of string in order to benefit from all their specifications: if you use natural gut on the mains and synthetic strings on the crosses, you will have plenty of power mixed with a bit less control and durability. The other way around means that you will have more control and durability but not the same power. This way of mixing strings is called hybrid. Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic are just a few examples of players using a hybrid string setup on their rackets. Examples: Prince EXO3 Hybrid Power, Solinco Tour Bite & Vanquish

Besides their construction, you should also look at the thickness of the string (also called gauge). You can find really thin strings (1.10mm) up to pretty thick ones (1.49mm). If you have a racket with an open string pattern, you should definitely look at thicker strings as you don’t want to have them break every 20 minutes. However if you have had problems in the past with your arm or shoulder, you should consider spending a little bit more for your strings in order to avoid pain or even breaks due to the pain.

The tension is important as well, especially during transition times: change of surface or going from outdoors to indoors (and vice versa of course). It is always good to go up a bit with the string tension when you go indoors. The balls are hard and won’t become fuzzy on carpet as quickly as on clay or hard court.

The most important part though is you being open for change and trying new things.