Tennis Strings Are Changing The Game Of Tennis
The string revolution has been changing the game of the tennis the past few years more than any other equipment change.
Traditionally, tennis pros used to almost always string their rackets with a string made out of natural gut, which has always been very expensive. Gut was always considered to be the string that provided the most feel . But, because of the cost of gut, most recreational players have traditionally used some type of a synthetic string.
In the last few years, the quality of synthetic gut tennis strings have improved so much that you are now seeing 2 new major stringing trends on the men’s pro ATP tour.
The first is players who have completely switched away from gut and are now stringing totally with a synthetic string, in this case polyester tennis strings. An example of a player who does this is Andy Roddick.
The second trend is for the players to string in a hybrid fashion using both gut and polyester in the same racket. Some players use gut in the mains and polyester in the crosses and some players do the opposite.
Here is a photo of a racket and you can see the crosses and the mains highlighted for you.
Other types of strings include the ultrastiff Kevlar tennis strings and what are called structured tennis strings.
The other major factor to look for is the string thickness or gauge. Tennis strings come in varying widths from 15 to 19. The thicker the string, the more durable it is but the less playability it has. Conversely, the thinnest strings have the best playablity but the least durablity and break often.
The thickest tennis strings are 15 gauge while the thinnest tennis strings are 19 gauge. Strings also come in half sizes so that there is a 15L, 16L etc.