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 Big Banger ALU Power
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
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
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.
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