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!
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.