There are many strings on the market so choosing the right type can be a little tricky. There are lots of factors you should consider such as a tension and a gauge. These specifications make your game much easier and more enjoyable.
The most popular strings are Synthetic gut and gut.
GutThis kind of string is made from cows gut in a complicated process. For this reason, gut is usually the most expensive type on the market. However, professional players choose gut because of elasticity, stability, tension, and liveliness. Because it’s quite expensive, we wouldn’t recommend gut for the recreational player. Also, keep in mind that this kind of string isn’t very durable and it’s sensitive to moisture.
Synthetic gut:These strings are made to give different specifications to the user such as spin, durability, power, etc. Synthetic gut strings are classified into the following areas:
Nylon strings: These are the most popular, and basic strings that are all-together a good choice. The feel they provide is quite crisp and good, but not as gentle. As far as durability and tension, the string does a pretty good job. You should choose this if you’re looking for a basic string with decent control and power.
Kevlar and PolyesterThis is what you should go for if you’re looking for durability. With this string, you can expect quite harsh hits. Kevlar holds tension very well and is durable. However, we wouldn’t suggest you use this as the only string in the racket. Polyester holds tension well, too. Also, it has much more playability, and it’s not limited to hybrid applications. If you’re looking for supreme control, this is the string to choose.
Multifilament This one comes right after natural gut. It’s punishing to your opponent while it’s still gentle on the arm, and it provides the best playability. It’s second to most expensive after gut, but it holds tension well. Lastly, it’s gentle but provides control and power.
Textured stringsThese strings have added a raised band for extra texture. The idea here is to provide more spin on the ball.
Tension:It’s what has the most effect on control, power, and feel. Tension is a little tricky because it can make you subconsciously shorten your strike to keep the ball in. Most of the time players make a mistake and choose the wrong tension and strings.
GaugeIf you want the best control over your feel and spin, keep in mind the gauge. We suggest you choose as thin as you possibly can. To start, go with a 17 ga., and if it breaks too soon go for a thicker gauge. If it doesn’t break, go for a thinner one. Recreational playing women should choose 17ga and men should use a 16ga. Regardless of your style and power, start with a thin gauge.