If you only just started playing tennis, you may have no idea of how many options exist for tennis racket string. It is expected for professional tennis players to have a preference, but those who play leisurely may not give this much consideration. Here are the types available on the market today, and what they offer to your game:
Nylon Solid Core: Once upon a time, no self-respecting tennis professional would use anything other than natural gut for racket string. Today, the nylon options offer advantages that make even the professionals take notice. Nylon solid core string contains the most popular string construction: There is a nylon core with smaller filaments wrapped around it. Tension maintenance and a crisp hit are the advantages most commonly noted. Over the years, nylon continues to improve in feel and many athletes find it is reliable and supportive to their game.
Nylon/Polyurethane Multifilament: This combination of power and comfort is another favorite. Rather than a single solid core, the multifilament offers hundreds if not thousands of pliable fibers. If you are vulnerable to tennis elbow, this combination often softens the blow so you avoid that repetitive motion injury. Polyurethane is flexible and soft, which helps you play more and ice your extremities less!
Natural Gut: There are few materials superior to natural gut. Made from beef intestines, many athletes continue to go for it if they can afford it. If you have arm problems, this is the best way to go because, like the polyurethane multifilament, it will cause less shock to your joints as you make hits. When control and feel are your priorities, you cannot go wrong with natural gut.
Polyester: The advantage of polyester is its durability. It stands up to long, fast strokes, and allows for more ball control. You will see it frequently on the pro tours because many athletes prefer its ability to affect spin and create the angles that leave opponents wondering if a ball was ever in the court to begin with. As a recreational player, though, you may find that polyester worsens tennis elbow or causes hand shock fatigue because it is not a pliable material. Manufacturers work to continue creating softer more elastic versions of polyester so it can benefit more players, both professional and amateur.
Hybrids: The gut-nylon or gut-polyester hybrids are often chosen by those who want to cancel out the negative attributes of one material while enjoying the advantages of the other. If you like polyester but do not enjoy its harsh feel, mixing it with gut can create that durability and ball spin without the physical consequences. A gut-nylon combination, meanwhile, creates an affordable option in performance and tension maintenance.
You will want to consider these strings with the length of your racket. The 28-inch extra-long option offers greater pop and momentum. Going the traditional route with 27 inches is easier to maneuver. Speak with your racket stringing professional at Lawler Sports to create the best combination for your athletic goals.
To learn more about tennis racket string and see what type works great for you, visit Lawler Sports in Terre Haute, IN. We are known as the home of the “String King” and look forward to helping you!