If you have been looking around this site, you’ve probably seen several mentions about the String Thing (probably the best tennis string straightening device on the market). I don’t usually put a “TennisThis Stamp Of Approval” on most things, however; the String Thing has gotten my stamp the minute I picked one up.
Unfortunately, not everybody can see the genius and ease of this nifty tennis gadget, so I’m going to do a little explanation of how to use it…because it’s really easy.
That’s not me in the video, however; Dave DeSure (inventor of the String Thing) explained how to use the string thing better than I could in a video, but I will break it down for you in writing:
- Hold it against you – brace your tennis racquet firmly against your hip.
- Grip the head – with your non-dominant hand, hold the top of the frame pushing towards you.
- Visualize – see a misaligned main string? Start there!
- Put a little muscle in it – don’t be afraid that you are going to damage your tennis strings, the String Thing was engineered to not harm your strings. Push hard downward on your strings while going up and down.
- Practice makes permanent – the more you use your String Thing, the more likely your tennis strings will last longer.
Like I’ve said in my previous posts about the String Thing, straighter strings mean better shots, just ask WTA doubles Liezel Huber about it, I’m sure she’ll tell you the same thing I’ve been telling you for a while now. Oh did I tell you, she won the women’s doubles title at the Rogers Cup in Montreal? Yep, she did and look at her trophy and String Thing!
In any event, you should really try one of these String Thing tennis tools out, it might be the most important thing in your tennis bag. Try it, I promise you’ll ask yourself “Why didn’t I think of that?” Also, did you know that the String Thing comes in two versions? There is one for open string pattern tennis racquets (16×19) and one for dense, or tight, string patterns (18×20).