About Tennis String - Part 2
There are many different types of strings. Today's strings
include nylon, synthetic gut, polyester, multifilament, and
natural gut. The most popular types of strings today are synthetic
gut/multifilament, and polyester. In the old days, professional
players played with only natural gut. Other players tended
to play with just plain synthetic gut strings. However, in
the last 10 years, polyester strings have been rising. Today,
most professionals play with a full job of polyester or they
hybrid polyester with natural gut. Let's talk about the different
types of string and how each one performs differently.
Nylon and synthetic gut strings are one of the cheapest strings
out on the market today. Nylon strings tend to be soft but
they are not the softest. Nylon strings are more suited for
the beginner-intermediate player who is seeking a string that
will be durable and will last a long time. Synthetic Gut strings
have the same stiffness. Some are even softer than traditional
nylon strings. Many people hybrid their synthetic gut strings
with polyester strings today. Synthetic Gut strings have above
average feel, good comfort, average spin production, tend
to be high powered, average control, and below average durability.
If you are just starting out to play tennis, then synthetic
gut is the way to go. Juniors stick with synthetic strings
until the age of 12-13, then they go up to polyester for added
durability. Some of the best synthetic gut string on the market
Polyester strings have taken a charge into the market. Day
by day they are getting more popular. Polyester strings are
used by at least 90% of the professionals on tour today. Why?
Well the answer is simple. They are very durable, spin production
is phenomenal, and excellent control. Kirschbaum was the first
company to introduce polyester string to the world of tennis.
The polyester strings are known as "first generation". Luxilon
followed their footsteps. Luxilon is currently the most popular
string on tour. However, their polys are mainly first and
second generation polys. They tend to be stiffer. Plus, the
price is heavy. It is now the 21st century and a few companies
have produced some new polys which exceed the quality of Luxilon
and Kirschbaum. The polys are known as "third generation".
They are also known as co-polys. Co-polyester strings are
polys with mixed additives which make them softer than traditional
polys like Luxilon. Pro Supex Big Ace and Topspin Cyber Flash
are two of the best co-polys that are available today. These
polys are very cheap compared to the well known Wilson, Babolat,
Kirschbaum, and Luxilon.
Multifilament strings are usually the cheaper way to a natural
gut like string. There are many multifilaments that feel like
gut, but are a lot cheaper. These strings give a lot of power,
feel, touch, and comfort. Some people like to hybrid their
multifilaments with a poly to soften up the stringbed and
gain more power and feel. Multifilaments cost more than synthetic
gut strings. However the difference in performance is noticeable.
This is by far the finest strings on Earth today. No wonder
that all manufactures compare their products to natural gut.
Natural Gut strings are made from cows intestines in a complex
process. Natural Gut has more durability, more power, more
control, than any multifilament or synthetic gut string. Aside
from the price, this is by far the best type of string you
can buy! Babolat sell their natural gut for $35 a set. However,
there are much better natural gut strings that are cheaper
as well. We recommend trying the full line of Pacific Natural
Gut Strings. There best gut is "Pacific Tough Gut". Another
good natural gut for the price is KLIP Armour Pro and KLIP
Legend. All the strings mentioned here are carried at Strings
Remember, choosing the right string will help you take your
game to the next level. Whether you are just a beginner, or
a tournament player, your decision is vital! Strings Depot
Plus has a huge selection of tennis strings. Come by our store
and feel free to explore!
If you have any questions regarding what string suits you,
please contact us. We love to help people and our job is to
make sure you become a better player. If you prefer to speak
one-on-one with one of our experienced staff members, please
call customer service at 866-787-4644. We are waiting to hear