“Strings are the soul of the racket.” The strings on a tennis racket can affect your playability and durability. By modifying the tension of the strings, power and control can be adjusted. Once you find your sweet spot, you’ll be on your way to being a Rec Champion.
The general rule of thumb is as many times as you play a week. For example, if you play three times a week, you should string your racket at least 3 times a year.
If you play competitively, it is recommended to play with a brand new set of strings so that it doesn’t break mid-game.
Simply put, the lower the tension = more power and the higher the tension = more control. Recreational and beginner players tend to go with lower tensions whereas more advanced players go for more control.
Each racket has the recommended range of tension written on the throat of the racket. The only way to find out what tension works best for you is to try it out!
There are numerous types of strings but the most common ones are synthetic gut, polyester, multifilament, and kevlar.
Synthetic guts are the most widely used by recreational players and are usually the best bang for your buck. They have a good combination of playability and durability.
Polyester strings are very durable strings often used by the professionals. They have high durability and provide control. This string is not recommended for beginners and players with arm injuries.
Multifilament are bundles of micro-synthetic fibers twisted together. They have a softer feel, perfect for players suffering from arm injuries.
Kevlar are the most durable strings but provide a stiff feel. They last long but compensate it with comfortability and playability.
The numbers next to the string are gauges or thickness of the string. Here are the thickness based on millimeter.
String Gauges and Diameters in millimeters
|15||=||1.41-1.49 mm||17||=||1.20-1.24 mm|
|15L||=||1.34-1.40 mm||17L||=||1.16-1.20 mm|
|16||=||1.26-1.33 mm||18||=||1.10-1.16 mm|
|16L||=||1.22-1.26 mm||19||=||1.00-1.10 mm|
Thinner strings feel and play better but don’t last as long as the thicker gauges.
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All grommets are designed differently but we can definitely take a look and see if we can fix it. Oxford Stringing Lab will order a grommet for you and have it fixed ASAP so you can get back to playing.
We don’t have a storefront currently, but please feel free to call where you can drop-off your rackets. Sometimes, we can even pick it up!
Just leave your racket in the front door of your house and we will pick it up. If you aren’t comfortable with that, bring your racket to work and we’ll pick it up there! We do our best to save you time.