What are Babolat tennis rackets made of

The most important thing about tennis strings

With so much on offer, choosing the right string for your racket can seem a little tricky. But if you read our guide, you will get to know all the different types of strings and what influence their diameter and tension have.

Imagine being able to choose the engine exactly how you want the next car you buy. You certainly wouldn't just pick any old engine to fit into your dream car. You'd do some research first to find out which engine would best suit your needs. That wouldn't be the cheapest engine either. And why should you spend so much money on your racket and then string it with any string and play it for as long as possible? Many do it that way.

A tennis string is essential for the feel and performance of your racket. It is the String that makes contact with the ball. However, choosing the right string for your racquet can be difficult due to the wide range of choices. Hopefully this article will give you a clearer picture of tennis strings, "the engine" for your tennis racket.

The String diameter is usually in Millimeters specified. Sometimes the strength of the string is also in "Gauge" (US unit for strength) is displayed. The higher the gauge, the thinner the string. This can be clearly seen in the graphic.

However, the specification in “Gauge” is not always completely exact and varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, which is why we use the String gauge for the sake of simplicity always specify in millimeters. Generate in principle thinner strings provide more power and spin, while thicker strings provide more control and durability Offer.

What is a tennis string made of?

The modern tennis strings fall under 5 main categories: synthetic gut strings, multifilament, natural gut, polyester and hybrid.

  • Synthetic gut string: This is the cheapest type of string you can buy. It is usually made of nylon and offers good playability for the price.
  • Multifilament: Their playability is most similar to the natural gut string. It consists of hundreds of the finest fibers that are twisted in on themselves. These strings are available in the price range between € 7 and € 25.
  • Natural casing: Is made from cow intestine and is the original tennis string, the multifilament strings also serve as a template. Natural gut strings are the best for maintaining tension and are the most comfortable (ideal for players with arm problems), but also the most expensive strings.
  • polyester: In the last 10 years this type of string has conquered the market and the professional tour. This is a stiffer string that will give intermediate to experienced players more control and spin on faster swings. We generally do not recommend this type of string for beginners.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid stringing uses two different types of strings for the main and cross strings of the racket. The most popular hybrid setup is natural casing with polyester.

Advantages and disadvantages of the types of strings

  • polyester
    Advantages: Durable. Lots of control. Lots of spin.
    Disadvantage: Low power. Little comfort. Loses tension faster.
  • Multifilament
    Advantages: Very good playability. Wide range of prices. Comfortable. Very good tension retention. Closest to natural casings.
    Disadvantage: Less control-oriented. Some multifilament strings can feel slightly "spongy". Short shelf life for strong players.
  • Synthetic gut strings
    Advantages: Inexpensive.
    Disadvantage: Average overall performance and playability. Exceptionally good in any category.
  • Natural casing
    Advantages: Excellent playability. Holds the tension best. Easy on the arm. Very good playability even at high voltages.
    Disadvantage: High priced.
  • Hybrid stringing
    Pros: A hybrid setup can extend the life of the strings while improving the racket's playability. The benefits may vary depending on the hybrid setup.
    Disadvantage: Using a hybrid string set can be a little more expensive.

The String tension refers to how tight the strings are in the racket. Each racket has a specific tension range recommended by the manufacturer, usually between 22.5 and 27 kg. Even if you can string the racket beyond the maximum recommended tension, there is no longer any guarantee.

In general: The higher the string tension, the more control and the lower the string tension, the more power you get. As a rule, a player who can generate a lot of power himself will play with a higher tension and the reverse is true for a beginner. If you are not sure which tension to play with, we recommend choosing a medium string tension and making adjustments from there in the future. A little more power wouldn't be bad? Then just string 1-1.5 kg less hard the next time.

When should I re-string the racket?

Contrary to popular belief, if a string breaks is not the only reason that the racket needs to be re-strung. For casual gamers, it's a good one Rule of thumb to re-string the racket as often as you play per week. For example, if you play 5 times a week, you should re-string your racket at least 5 times a year. However, if you are using a polyester string, we recommend that you re-string your racket more often. As soon as a string is "dead" it has lost most of its tension and thus also its playability. That includes power, control and feeling.