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What Kind of String is Right for Your Game? Part III


When you use different strings in the Mains and Crosses it’s called a Hybrid String Job. This is how you super tune your performance. Do you want Durability and Control? Pick 17 ga. Kevlar mains and 16 ga. Multi, or Gut, crosses. Want more Spin, Durability and Power? Try a thin 18ga. Poly main and 16 or 17ga. crosses. Want Spin and Arm Friendly? Try a 17 ga. Nylon (Prince Syn. Gut) and 16 ga. Multi crosses (Gosen TecBio). String combinations (Hybrids) can match nearly every need closer than using only one string. You can even adjust tension between the two strings to further enhance the feel, control and power-pop. I typically go 6% to 12% less on the crosses depending on string choice and racquet design.


Made from cow intestines, it’s the best at everything; more power, more control, more comfort. Bad durability; a hard hitter/top-spinner can break a string in a couple of hours. Half the tension loss of nylon, but major tension loss if it’s exposed to moisture. The most expensive string.

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What Kind of String is Right for Your Game? Part II


The top category after natural gut. Best overall playability, gentle on the arm, but punishing to your opponent. The fraying (as they wear) may annoy some. Holds tension fair. Second most expensive string after gut. A good category of string when you’re looking for arm friendly, power and control.


This is the durability category; the choice for hard hitters, string breakers, and people without arm problems. Expect harsher hits (very harsh with Kevlar) with above average control. Kevlar (aramid fiber) is extremely durable and holds tension very good, but I would never recommend it as the only string in your racquet – hybrid use only. Poly has much more playability, it’s use is not limited to hybrid applications like Kevlar, and Poly holds tension fair. A good category of string when you’re looking for maximum durability and control.

Next, we will discuss hybrids.

What Kind of String is Right for Your Game?

With your answers to the nine questions in “How do You Choose the Right String and Tension?” you’re ready to establish your string picking priorities.

All can be “fine tuned” (by string gauge & tension choices) to deliver what you want. Exception: poly can never be as arm friendly as gut or multifilament.

Here are the basic string types you have to choose from:


A good all-around string category. This is the basic, and most popular string choice in tennis. Crisper feel compared with multifilaments. Good, but not as gentle on the arm as multifilament or gut. It’s reasonably durable and holds tension well. A good category of string when you’re looking for power and control.

Next, we will discuss multifiliments, kevlar, and polyester.


How to Get the Most Improvement From Your Next String Job?

If I haven’t seen you hit the ball, I won’t string your racket… sorry!

Even when I ask you all the right questions (and I have nearly 20 of them) I still am getting the least objective answers (your opinion).

The result would be  a string and tension selection that is at best hit and miss.

But when I see you play; I know exactly how hard and how deep you hit the ball.

I see the power and spin you put on your strokes and serve… I see where you contact the ball – center – high – low – in the frame. I see if you punch, block or cut your volleys… I know all! And with this information “I guarantee a better game” with my restringing!

When your stringer KNOWS your game and style, you’ll notice the most game improvement from your next string job.