Today, I will share this short guide about the sport that I’m really passionate about. The Tennis! I will cover some aspects about one important part of playing the sport. The String…. I also give credit to the people who helped me improved my game and for helping me creating this article.
Structure of A Tennis String
Most tennis rackets that you can buy in the sports stores have standard strings, which is no big deal for most players, especially those that are just starting to play the sport.
If you’re a beginner you should focus more on your techniques and improving your game. Do not have a racquet yet? Here is a wonderful blog post by Bea and Seth about beginners tennis racquet.
But if you already have the basics mastered and want to improve your game, one way of doing this is to use hybrid strings. Hybrid stringing simply means you are using varying thickness for the main strings and the cross strings of your racket.
Usually, only the thickness will change but the material is the same, but there are also some players that use entirely different materials for hybrid strings.
Advantages of Using Hybrid Strings
One of the reasons why advanced tennis players like using hybrid strings is the fact that these allow them to fully customize their rackets. By choosing exactly the kind and thickness of the individual strings for their rackets, they can have better control over their performance.
For example, players that use a lot of force in their swings will find that using thick polyester for their main string and a natural gut for their cross string will help improve their game considerably.
Another advantage of using hybrid string is the possibility of increasing the player’s comfort and control of the racket. Each player has a unique style of playing and it is very important to find a racket that matches this style perfectly in order to maximize game play.
How to Choose a Main String
Your choice of which type of main string use depends on whether your main objective is to increase durability or playability. If you are looking for increased durability, the main string that you choose should be quite thick (15L or 16 gauge) and must be more durable than the cross string.
On the other hand, if you are aiming to enhance playability, you should choose a thinner string for your main string (17 or 18 gauge) and it should have the better playing qualities than the cross string.
How to Choose a Cross String
The easiest way to choose the right cross string is to think of what will best complement your main string. You want something that will help maximize the benefits that you can get from the main string while offering improving the overall feel of your racket in its own unique way at the same time.
For example, if your main string is made from a rather stiff material like polyester, a multifilament synthetic cross string can give the stringbed a much softer overall feel, which will make for better performance.
How to Choose the Right Tension
Once you have selected your strings, you can adjust the tension until you find the perfect setting for you. There are no strict rules on tension adjustments for hybrid strings but in general, the main strings are strung more tightly than the cross strings.
The recommended tension variance is approximately 2-3lbs, and it is usually not a good idea to go beyond 5lbs.
Well I hoped that you learn something new today about the wonderful sport of Tennis. Don’t overthink it and just test a handful of strings if you must, to find what’s the best for you!