Everyone who plays tennis, both the pros like me, your weekend warrior, understands that we all need different string preferences. The stringing is an individual choice, in which some players like the resistance in their strings, which gives them more response to the impact of the ball. Modern strength in tennis strings is the use of natural gut material, made from beef intestines. The increased durability of tennis strings gives players less elasticity and strength, but they have a thicker gauge and are resistant to abrasion. If you blow through these two types of strings, then you stick with Kevlar hybrids, which are the superman of rackets. Tennis string gauges range from the thickest (15) to the thinnest (19), with medium gauges identified by an L, which stands for Light. The thinner strings give us more spin by allowing the strings to embed or meet the ball more frequently.
• Natural gut: This type of string is ideal for all players, although it is expensive. It was once the best choice for ATP and WTA players, but is now used more as a hybrid, with a polyester blend. The natural gut gives us a feeling of control and a better feeling of grip on the ball for a better superior effect.
• Nylon – Nylon is the “synthetic” gut of tennis rackets. Modern tennis string nylon is of higher quality than basic nylon. I, like almost 98% of other non-professional tennis players, use nylon strings.
• Polyester – Polyester provides increased durability, which is why many professionals today like its features. Polyester is also combined with softer natural or synthetic casings. This material is easier to thread. It is also better used by professionals, rather than amateur tennis players, like me, because it makes you use the strength of your arms a lot.
• Kevlar: Wow, Kevlar gives tennis players an extremely strong and stiff string. To reduce its stiffness, it is often combined with nylon. Kevlar is also not recommended for casual or beginner tennis players.
One example is that Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one tennis player, has a very dense string pattern to match his flatter hitting and counterattack style. He likes his rackets to be very tight. On the other hand, the world’s No. 2 tennis player Roger Federer enjoys a very heavy stringed racket with a thin beam, sharp edges and a small head, which is not very popular with other players.
I love tennis and it is an inexpensive game, until the end. That is why it is better to invest in a stringing machine, whether used or new. Stringing machines, involves:
• assemble the racket;
• pull the strings; and
• hold the rope to maintain tension.
Properly stringing tennis rackets is what gives you power and control. You can choose between a tabletop or floor stringing machine. Upright models cost about $ 200 more than a table. After this decision, you must choose between tensioners, which include a counterweight, spring and electronic:
• Drop weight: This machine is designed with a rod and a movable weight. The price ranges from $ 200 to $ 500 +.
• Spring Tension: To use a spring tension, you need to adjust your desired weight with the help of a screw, then turn the crank until a pointer shows you the desired weight. The price ranges from $ 135 to $ 3400 +.
• Electronics: this type of machine is used on site in tennis tournaments. It uses an LCD screen that is connected with the motor to give you an accurate voltage instantly. Electronic stringing machines do all the work for you because their tension function is electronically adjusted by pressing a button on the machine. The price ranges from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000.
These new machines are worth investing in, as are many used stringing machines in the same categories. Just keep them lubricated, tight and snug so they can increase their life.