Best Tennis Racquet Strings

The String Dilemma

Have you ever asked yourself one of the following questions:

  • Which Racquet String Should I Buy?
  • Which String Goes Best With My Racquet?
  • Do Tennis Strings Really Improve My Game?
  • Is It Just A Matter Of Feeling?

If you have, this is the right place for you to choose which tennis string to buy. Sure, when you're a kid you may not realize that there are different strings, each of which suits a certain game-style, mainly because you don't really break any strings. But when you start progressing and play regularly then choosing the right Tennis String is important as it will affect your game and must not be taken lightly.

If you want to play a better game then the strings you choose do play quite a relevant role. If you're also considering getting a new Tennis Racquet, I would highly advise you to have a look at the article linked above as it offers a comprehensive analysis of which racquet best suits your game.

Do Tennis Strings Really Improve My Game?

Yes they do, and quite a lot to be honest. I've tried dozens of different strings during my tennis career and although many are quite similar, some of them do stand out more than others. Usually, the first time you decide to buy a string you will likely be dazzled by the myriads of different sets and brands that are available and will end up asking the stringer to choose one for you.

Feeling is the key factor in deciding which string suits you best. Some of you enjoy hitting flat shots while others prefer putting some more spin to the ball to give it that extra effect to destabilize your opponent. That's exactly what choosing the right tennis string is all about: feeling!

Why Buying A Bigger Reel Is Better

The reason is actually quite simple, a long reel costs less than a short one if you compare the price over length ratio. Tennis strings also don't expire and humidity has no effect on it so you can use it 5 years later and the quality is the same. A big reel is basically cheaper.

String Gauge - 16G or 17G?

When buying a new tennis string, you may have noticed that you are given the choice between the 16G and 17G set. G stands for 'gauge' and the number refers to the string thickness. The 17G string is thinner than the 16G. A thinner string offers more feel to your touch, better response as well as increased power and spin at the cost of durability.

If you aren't worried about breaking your racquet string more often, I would advise you to go for the 17G set or even an 18G if it's available as it delivers better all-round playability and feel. However, the difference may not be that evident unless you are playing at a more advanced level.

Luxilon ALU Power is Big Banger Original's successor. This string provides good durability and extreme power and control. The advantage of Big Banger over Babolat strings is better control over the ball. However they are more expensive and slightly less durable.

If money isn't an issue or you are a string breaker, then you should definitely try this out. First time users will immediately notice a change in their game pace as they are able to deliver considerably more power to their shots. The feeling it gives is just incredible and hard hitters would love it. It also has an improved spin capability over its predecessor, meaning that it works for any game-style.

Players: James Blake, Ana Ivanovic, Andre Agassi

Though not that popular in the US, Babolat strings are in my opinion some of the best currently out there along with Luxilon. Most other manufacturers are behind in both feeling and quality. Babolat's new RPM Blast shows incredibly good flexibility and extreme resistance thanks to a new revolutionary high density co-polymer polyester (PET) monofilament combined with a new cross-linked silicone coating.

It is one of the most durable strings on the market and it also retains tension very well. It will keep the initial tension for several months and provide the same feeling and power it did when initially strung.

Thanks to its high flexibility it absorbs most of the ball's energy which means that it has an excellent response. It is in my opinion the best string available at the moment and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel something new and special when hitting that ball.

Note that Babolat strings work perfectly with any racquet. Same goes for all others.

Players: Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzales

Wilson's trademark tennis string, the Wilson NXT, is known for delivering soft but powerful shots and is a great choice for hard-hitters and aggressive baseline players.

It is very similar to Luxilon Big Banger strings in that it provides considerably more power and control though it may be less durable than a Babolat RPM. The Wilson NXT is very impressive in terms of playability and arm friendliness, making it an excellent choice for beginners and intermediate players.

If you're not too concerned with price or durability, I would advise you to try the Wilson NXT as it allows you to raise your game pace while still keeping a good control over our shots and it makes the sweetspot feel larger. This is arguably the closest thing to natural gut strings in terms of power and feeling that's available on the market.

Pro Supex Blue Gear is the newest string of the Pro Supex family. The strings innovative concept lie in its hexagonal composition (see Picture). This particular shape was designed in order to provide extra spin to the ball.

The hexagonal structure of the string has been developed for the ball to reach extreme levels of spin so if you enjoy adding that extra spin to you shots, this is a perfect choice for you.

The string's rough surface also adds to the spin. Given that it's made by Pro Supex, the string is also very reliable and durable so you won't be worrying about re-stringing your racquet every month. I recommend this especially to clay court players as it is the ideal string to play with.

Kirschbaum Pro Line is an advanced string designed to offer both power and comfort. Kirschbaum claims it offers durability and an immense acceleration providing as well an increased elasticity over traditional Polyester strings.

In a result of extensive work with professional players, Pro Line is designed to offer better playability.Thanks to improved tension maintenance, Kirschbaum recommends reducing tensions used normally by about 2-4lbs.

Players using Pro Line have also commented on the amount of spin they can generate with this string. Even when hitting with heavy topspin, Pro Line has a strong resistance to string movement.

Hope you found this article useful. Please feel free to rate it and leave comments.

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Comments 35 comments

stuart 4 years ago

signum pro poly-plasma? any good?


Eni 4 years ago

Hello. I wanted to ask you 2 questions.

1. I have a Head Prestige Pro racquet and when I hit the ball the strings open in the middle. They are not fixed in the racquet. In every shot strings open so much in the middle and i cant shoot with a lot of power. I cant even return a hard shot from my opponent. Does this strings affect my game and make me make so many errors?

2. What kind of sting should i use to hit really hard? 16' or 17'? If they are hardly fixed in my racquet does this help me to shot really hard? Thank you


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Ron 5 years ago

Great tip, thanks


andrew fields  5 years ago

I like your post, i really have a great time reading this.I am a tennis fanatic and i am looking forward to learn how to play this, since i am just focus on watching this at t.v. Thank you for providing us some info. Keep it up and God bless..


Anton 5 years ago

Tyler,I think you should try Babolat RPM blast then, it's a nice string with both power and control. It will probably help you provide even more spin too. RPM has a really nice feel.


Tyler 5 years ago

Im a lefty player with a federer grip i play with a lot of spin i guess but like to use power what strings should i use?


scoot 5 years ago

thanks for the tip i will check it out


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Estess 5 years ago from London Author

Scoot, I'd try the Big Banger Power String, though you might want to get just 1 racquet string set to see how it feels and maybe try the Pro Hurricane as well which is good for any gameplay & court. Once you've decided which one is best you should buy a whole reel.


scoot 5 years ago

i play up to net most of the time. i play high school tennis and play mostly flat, hard shots. i am using the strings that came on my racket but they are loosening and losing tension. what string should i use?


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Estess 5 years ago from London Author

@Chris: yep

@David: yes it does, it's all about feeling and it varies for every player.


David G. 5 years ago

How does the way you hit (spin vs. flat)effect/affect which string you should buy.


Chris 5 years ago

I have a question, will wilson nxt max 16 go well with babolot rpm blast 17?


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Estess 5 years ago from London Author

@mike, try babolat pro hurricane


mike 5 years ago

which of the above strngs best on the arm?

thanks


Gistgames 5 years ago

I'm also trying to learn tennis and I just wonder if someone does meybe know any good club at UK?


Thomas 6 years ago

I round that the luxilon rough only lasted me two sets!!! Just so that you guys know. I do play with a lot of spin but i was still surprised


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Estess 6 years ago from London Author

@rick: I've added pro supex. I tried it last week and it has a great feeling!


richard 6 years ago

Claiming Wilson Sensation is "very durable" is in stark contrast to my experience. The 16, lasts maximum to hours if I play indoor. On clay, I have experienced 1 hour of play before it breaks. I play with a fair amount of spin and power, but am definitely not a "hard hitter".

The feel however is fantastic.


rick 6 years ago

what about pro supex strings?


Noel Peters 7 years ago

Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power and Alu Power Rough are the best strings I have used. Haven't tried Babolat yet though. Only problem with Luxilon was that they break too quickly. Also they are at they're best for feel when new and lose it after a while. If money is no problem these are great strings. Just restring about twice as often.


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interestsandme 7 years ago from Chico, CA

I wanna which to gut but it's so damn expensive. I might just have to buy a reel and start stringing it myself.


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Estess 7 years ago from London Author

^^I'm 4.1 in UK


casinowiz007 7 years ago

I was looking for some syn. gut to blend w/ my poly mains. Also, you should tell us what ntrp you are so we know what exp. you have on the court. 5.0 here


Cameron 7 years ago

The numbers of the string meausres the size of the string in gauge and the "L" that may be beside the number represents a half size. So 15L is imbetween 15 and 16 gauge. The smaller and higher the tension of the string on your raquet, the more the strings cut into and grip the ball, allowing more spin. The higher tension also takes away power, because there is less bounce. A lower tension would allow more bounce and more power, but less control, because the strings give more when the ball hits the strings, giving less grip.


MyScores 7 years ago

Good hubpage, really if your tennis racquet reels are good it helps !


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jazzdrive3 7 years ago

Strings are so subjective, it's hard to review them adequately. Good info though.


Kayla 7 years ago

Johnnykins! Talk 2 me!!!!!!!!!! LOL.


Kayla 7 years ago

Hey, jayberger! talk 2 me! LOL.


Kayla 8 years ago

Does anyone wanna talk about tennis?


Kayla 8 years ago

I don't know what it stands for, either. LOL.


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Estess 8 years ago from London Author

^I don't really know, ALU might stand for aluminium though it's only a guess; 16L stands for the thickness of the string; there's also 17 and 18 although they are thinner thus they break faster.


jayberger@yahoo.com 8 years ago

what does alu stand for in Luxilon string and the L in the gauge


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10sman 8 years ago from Shepherdstown, West Virginia

good article

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