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					Why Tennis Strings Are So Important To Your Game


You might be surprised when I tell you that no matter how carefully you
choose your tennis racket, the tennis strings are also likely to have a
big impact on your game as well. The tension, material and the gauge of
your strings make all the difference. A lousy string job will also make
your game suffer. High quality stringing gives you an edge.

When it comes to tension of the string job, here are your options: lower
tension stringing offers you more shot power, less wear and tear on your
arm, but less control over your racket. The looser your strings, the
farther you can hit the ball. A high tension string job gives you more
control, so if you play an intense game or hit hard, this is your best
choice. However prolong playing with a tightly strung racket may hurt
your arm in the long run so you got to be careful.

Any racket can be strung to your requested tension, and a normal range
these days is 40-70 pounds. The stiffer your frame the more tightly it
can be strung. You should always consider the health of your frame and
its condition first. The cross string pattern on a tennis racket creates
the tension that propels the ball. Since the main strings take more
tension due to their length, they need to be tighter than the cross
strings (width).

A stringing professional may ask about your game and playing style when
deciding what tension to use on your racket. The best type of tennis
strings and gauge for you depends on how you play.

I recommend you ask for your string to be pre-stretched before your
racket is strung. Otherwise it can quickly slip and lose 10 percent or
more of its tension within your first day playing with it.

Thanks to tennis stars like Rafael Nadal and Francesca Schiavone who both
conquered the French Open last year with polyester strings, the latest
string craze is polyester! In comparison, gut and synthetics fall far
behind in popularity now. Polyester string has been proven to give a
better spin than nylon string. Natural gut, always versatile and
resilient, is no longer considered superior to synthetic choices.
Synthetics are more durable, and synthetic gut has improved so much
recently some experts can't tell the difference anymore.

When it comes to gauge, let me share with you my advice: 15 for beginners
and middle range players, 16 for people who take their tennis seriously
and 17 for those who make enough money at tennis to keep replacing their
strings. The gauge that lasts longest is 15 but there are several things
to consider before deciding which is best for you, such as altitude,
court surface, frequency and intensity of your game. Keep in mind that
the environmental conditions where you play will affect the endurance of
your string job.

The court surface also influences your strings. Clay and grass courts can
be hard on a good string job because the ball carries dirt.
Choosing the correct tennis strings for yourself takes time. It requires
some trial and error in the process to find out which string and
combination (tension and gauge) are the most suitable for you. Trust me,
it is a fun process worth going through because it will impact your
tennis game tremendously.

				
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