There are Many Choices; It’s Between You and Your Racket
Choosing the right string for your racket can be almost as difficult as choosing the right racket. There are many variables to consider; cost, feel or playability, durability and cosmetics.
Cost – Most players today use nylon (an older term) or “synthetic gut.” With advances in design and materials, nylon strings are much more resilient and durable than its predecessors 20-30 years ago. The synthetic strings dominate the market at almost every level and have replaced the natural gut (lamb or bovine) strings. Gut is still available, but at a considerable cost. While gut strings have the most feel, they are the least durable.
The most popular string we sell is a synthetic gut (Gamma or Prince). It is also the most affordable string at $20 (includes stringing).
Feel or playability – Usually inversely proportional to durability. Strings which are more durable tend to be less resilient or playable. Conversely, strings which offer a good feel for the ball, may not last as long. For instance, polyester strings or those with Kevlar, tend to be the most durable, but offer little in terms of playability.
The more playable strings such as Gamma TNT2 or Wilson Sensation may not last as long as the RPM Blast, Moto 17, but may give you a more comfortable feel when hitting the ball.
Durability – In addition to the material, durability is also related to the thickness or gauge of the string. The thinner the string, the more playability, but the less durable. We offer 17 and 18 gauge strings for those that would like a little more control or for those with elbow problems.
Remember, there is always a trade-off. The thinner the string, the more feel, control and comfort…but less durable.
Cosmetics – Believe it or not many strings come in different colors. Let us know if color is important to you.