Tennis Strings Guide: A stringers perspective

As a racket stringer, I am sharing my experience with you tennis-heads on what strings are frequently purchased by my clients. Through this article I provide a guide on popular strings to help you make an informed decision next time you restring your tennis racket.

Tennis Strings Guide - A stringers perspective

You already know there are hundreds of tennis brands out there, each with a flagship string widely adopted by club players and professionals alike. Consequently, its easy to get confused when deciding on a string brand, type,or set. Therefore,as a small shop owner, I decided to stock a reasonable and diverse selection of strings to accommodate all types of tennis players. On many occasions, customers brought in their own favorite string sets for me to install on their rackets. I have listed some of those as well based on how frequently I saw them.

A guide on the most popular tennis strings

Wilson Synthetic Gut Power

The Wilson Synthetic Gut Power, casually known as Wilson SynGut, is easily the most popular tennis string among club players who get rackets strung by me. It offers an excellent all round balance in terms of durability, power, control, and price.

As a pure single core polyester string, its immediate advantages are power and durability. These are the most demanded string qualities for beginner and Intermediate tennis players. The smooth surface of the string may reduce the racket’s ability to impart spin on the ball, but increases overall durability of the string bed due to less friction. Furthermore, as players of this level tend to stay on the affordable side of the tennis product line due to breakages and experimentation, this string is reasonably priced and available at most pro shops.

Wilson Synthetic Gut Power
Wilson SynGut Power

The usual drawback to poly strings is comfort. While this is a pure polyester string that is build to last, it also does surprisingly well in the comfort department due to its elasticity and ability to absorb the vibrations of impact. I would however recommend pairing these strings with a flexible comfort frame such as the Head Ti Comfort series and Wilson Clash series.

My favorite part about this string however is the variety of colors it comes in. Black, White, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Pink, and Purple. This gave my customers the opportunity to get creative and think about the aesthetic of their rackets. I also offered Color Hybrids, where I mixed different sets of Wilson Synthetic Gut to create personalized tennis rackets.

Final Verdict: Best Value for Money.

You can purchase a set of Wilson SynGut via the link below from the beyond nothing online store.

Wilson Sensation and Wilson NXT

Almost the alter egos of Wilson Power, the Wilson Sensation and Wilson NXT have for years remained among the most popular tennis strings on the market. Their selling feature is comfort.

For those who dislike the hardness of polyester strings the vibrations they can send to your elbow, these multifilament strings are ideal for delivering feel and comfort. Due to their construction, these are more elastic compared to the harder monofilament strings. This also means a larger trampoline effect allowing the ball to ricochet off the racket face with more speed. In other words, more power.

The smooth surface of these string does however reduce its spinning potential. However, the feel and control of the Sensation and the NXT makes up for that. If control becomes a concern, consider using these strings at the higher end of the tension range of your racket.

The other general drawback of multifilament strings is durability and playability. Playability here means the amount of time tennis strings can maintain tension before they soften up and affect ball control. Tennis strings should be replaced every 4 months, whether you are a frequent player who uses them beyond their lifespan, or whether the racket stays in your storage causing the strings to become brittle with time. Due to the softness of such strings, you may find yourself replacing them more often than poly strings in order to maintain the consistency of your shots.

In terms of durability, multifilament strings tend to fray after extended usage. Once the individual fibers become visible, you never know when the weakest link in your string bed might snap. It may be psychological, but fraying strings do indicate whether you should get your racket restrung before the next big match.

Final Verdict: Addictively Comfortable.

Babolat RPM Blast

This best seller by the french tennis giant Babolat does exactly it what it says: SPIN THE BALL. Endorsed by Raphael Nadal, a name synonymous with top-spin, this co-polyester string has an eight-point-star shaped cross-section designed to bite the ball and impart a serious amount of revolutions.

Babolat RPM Blast
Babolat RPM Blast

Multiple customers came to me with top quality brand new unstrung rackets with packs of Babolat RPM Tennis strings. They knew exactly what they wanted. A quality string for those who enjoy watching the ball speed towards their opponent while sharply dipping over the net. As its a single core co-polyester string, it also offers durability and longevity. Due to its hardness, you may consider stringing this at a medium to low tension for extra power and comfort.

Final Verdict: High performance and worth it.

Wilson Revolve

For those Wilson loyalists, an alternative to Babolat RPM is the Wilson Revolve String. This stiff co-polyester tennis string is engineered to suit players who like putting top spin on the ball while keeping the great qualities of the Wilson SynGut due to its shape.

Wilson Revolve
Wilson Revolve

Like the SynGut, it also comes in several funky colors if you like high performance aesthetic rackets.

Final Verdict: A good alternative to RPM Blast

Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

The other french tennis giant, Tecnifibre, has done really well with its synthetic multifilament string that looks, feels, and plays like natural gut. As natural gut is expensive and the choice of Pros who don’t actually pay for that stuff, the rest of us need an alternative that gives us similar performance.

The Tecnifibre X-One Biphase, despite its sci-fi sounding name, has been particularly popular among tennis players who want the best possible multifilament string at a decent price. It plays similarly to the Wilson Sensation or NXT due to its multifilament construction and usage of high quality material. Due to its popularity in tennis, Tecnifibre crept the Biphase into the squash market with variants in higher string gauges.

Tecnifibre X-One Biphase Tennis Strings
Tecnifibre X -One Biphase

For tennis players, this string offers the performance you expect from good quality multifilament strings. For stringers, handle it like you would handle natural gut, with love and care.

Final Verdict: Almost Natural Gut

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