Tennis string reviews for 2016! There is also lots of information on tennis string types and tension information, a great starting point for all tennis players. My tennis string reviews are mostly used as a full bed of polyester tennis strings. I prefer the feel and spin that I receive when hitting with a polyester setup. When you buy your first tennis racquet, it will more than likely come pre-strung from the factory. Generally the strings that come with your racquet are 16 gauge, poly strings. In other words they are pretty much junk, cheap strings. If you just got a new racquet, don’t panic! These strings are good for learning how to play tennis, and they will more than likely remain strung for the life of your tennis racquet.
Tennis String Reviews and ratings for spin, control, and power:
- Alien Black Diamond 16 review
- Babolat RPM Blast 17 review
- Babolat RPM Dual 17 review
- Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 review
- Boris Becker Bomber 17 review
- Clarke Pit Viper 17 + Explosion 17 hybrid review
- Clarke Poly Power Pro 17 review
- Diadem Solstice Power 17 review
- Dunlop Black Widow 17 review
- Dunlop Explosive 17 review
- Gamma Zo Twist 16 review
- Gamma Zo Verve 17 review
- Genesis Black Magic 17 review
- Gosen Sidewinder 17 review
- Head Sonic Pro 16 review
- ISOSPEED Pulse 17 review
- Kirschbaum Helix 17 review
- Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution 17 review
- Kirschbaum Pro Line X 17 review
- L-Tec Premium Hybrid string review
- Luxilon 4G 16 review
- Mantis Power Poly 17 review
- Mantis Tri-Poly Spin 17 review
- MSV Focus Hex 17L review
- Pacific X Force String 17 review
- Pacific ATP Poly Power Pro 16L review
- Polyfibre Black Venom 16 review
- Prince Beast XP 16 review
- Prince Poly Spin 3D 16L review
- Signum Pro Tornado 16 review
- Solinco Tour Bite 19 review
- Solinco Tour Bite Soft 17 review
- Tier One Tour Status 17 review
- Topspin Cyber Blue 16 review
- Tourna Big Hitter Rough 16 review
- Victory Acelon Seven 16L review
- Volkl Cyclone 16 review
- Volkl Cyclone Tour 17 review
- Weiss Cannon Mosquito Bite 18 review
- Wilson RipSpin 16 review
- Wilson Spin Cycle 16 review
- Yonex Poly Tour 16L review
I will add more and more tennis string reviews as quickly as I can, I can only review so many strings at once! So please, be patient.
As you will discover, there are hundreds and hundreds of different types of strings out there. Of course you will hear a lot about whatever string whichever tennis pro is playing with at that time – Click here for a list of current pros tennis strings. It’s probably best to hold off on buying that particular string until you are 100% ready to play them. Every string will play differently than the other.
First off, let’s talk about the stringing types:
1. One piece: This means a tennis racquet is strung with one continuous string, mains and crosses.
2. Hybrid (or Two piece). This is when a tennis racquet is strung with two different (usually) types of strings. One on the mains and the other on the crosses. Generally, this is what most pros are doing these days. More often you will find that a pro’s tennis racquet is strung with a poly on the mains and a natural gut (or synthetic gut) on the crosses.
Tennis String Tension:
You’ll notice on your tennis racquet there is a “recommended tension” printed somewhere on the throat of the racquet, read more about this here. Typically, manufacturers say that you should string between 52 pounds and 62 pounds of tension. That doesn’t sound like a much of a difference with the tensions, but you would certainly notice the difference on the tennis court. Rule of thumb (or racquet for all intents and purposes) for tensions; less tension means more power and more tension means more control. So what tension should you have your racquet strung at? Well, again, you’ll have to play around with the tensions. Sometimes it might just be a better idea to string smack dab in the middle of the recommended tension. This way you’re getting an equal amount of control and power, keep in mind though that after you string a racquet and hit a few balls, you will lose about 5 pounds of tension. As time goes on and you recognize that you need more of one of the above attributes, you’ll start honing in on the string tension that works best for your tennis game.
Different tennis string types:
Polyester or simply Poly tennis strings: A very durable tennis string designed for to have a longer playable life. Poly strings are, for the most part, low powered and offer lots of spin. Polyester strings have become extremely popular with ATP players. Today’s tennis players are bigger, stronger, generate more tennis racquet head speed, and use more powerful racquets than players from the past. Generally, using polyester tennis strings in a hybrid is optimal, though using it in a full bed is popular among most NTRP 3.5 to 5.0 players. Players who frequently break tennis strings should consider using a polyester; however, using this string exclusively and at high tensions can easily cause arm problems (tennis elbow especially). Read poly tennis string reviews above.
Natural Gut tennis strings: The ultimate in playability and feel. Most tennis players don’t use Natural Gut tennis strings because of the cost, a single set can cost about $50; a far cry from the $15 polyester strings. Though Natural Gut is still popular on the ATP and WTA tour, it’s becoming less and less prevalent with the evolution of the new tennis players. When it is used by the pros, you can generally find it in a hybrid with a polyester companion. Natural gut gut offers increased comfort and supreme durability. The power and spin from this string is superb. Read natural gut tennis string reviews above.
Synthetic Gut tennis strings: Synthetic gut is nylon, nearly always composed of a single filament. This is by far one of the cheapest tennis strings available on the market. It’s just really easy to manufacture. Usually, tennis players like to use “syngut” in a hybrid with a polyester tennis string as an alternative to natural gut, because it has some similarities in playability. The downside is the durability of synthetic gut, it does not last nearly as long as poly and nattygut; but you can purchase in reels at a more affordable price. Read synthetic gut tennis string reviews above.
Multifilament Tennis Strings: Multi tennis strings offer truly impressive comfort and power. Unlike the more basic synthetic guts (which have a single, solid core), multifilaments are comprised of hundreds or thousands of ultra malleable, joint-friendly fibers, and bundled together with flexible resins like polyurethane. The flip side of multifilament tennis strings, is that they can be expensive and aren’t as durable as a poly or synthetic gut string. Read multifiliament tennis string reviews above.
So why the different stringing types? Well, they all offer a variety of different playability. For example, with a hybrid string job, players will go for more “touch” than power, where a one piece string job will offer more power and spin with less touch. You’re probably scratching your head saying “What string is right for me?”. To be honest, you will probably have to test different strings and different setups, and then you’ll have to test again. It can be a daunting task to get what’s right for you, however; when you find the perfect string job, you will more than likely stick with it for the rest of time.
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