Tennis Strings Explained – Everything you need to know (infographic)

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Imagine if you could customize the next car you purchase by picking out the engine. You wouldn’t just pick any old engine to put in your dream car would you? You’d want to do some research first and figure out which engine fits your needs the best. Not necessarily just the cheapest engine.

So you wouldn’t spend hundreds on your next racquet and when it comes time to pick out your string, you wouldn’t just pick any old string would you? Well, lots of people do.

Strings are vital to how a racquet plays and performs. It’s the only thing that actually makes contact with the ball. But learning about string and picking the right one can be daunting with the huge variety to choose from. We’re here to help. Hopefully this blog will provide you a clearer picture about “the engine” in your racquet.

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Gauges
Gauges are essentially the thickness of a string. The higher the gauge, the thinner the string. The problem with gauges however, is that there is not a standardized and universal chart. A 16 gauge for one company might be a 16L (L stands for ‘light’, which basically means it’s halfway between 2 gauges, think of a 16L as a 16.5) for another. Which is why we recommend referencing the actual millimeter sizing. In general, thinner string will provide more power and spin while thicker strings provide more control and durability.

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Summer style for your tennis racquet with Gamma TNT2!

Gamma TNT2

 

Add some color to your tennis game this summer with these Tennis Warehouse exclusive colors of Gamma TNT2!  With its excellent combination of power, control, spin and feel, it’s no surprise that TNT2 is one of the most popular and best playing strings around.  Recreational weekend warriors to tournament competitors will appreciate TNT2′s playability and feel.  (Bonus: Available in both 16 GAUGE and 17 GAUGE, both under $10!)

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Poly strings for every budget!

Poly Strings: Save vs Splurge

For a great many professional tennis players, there is no substitute for Luxilon strings. My splurge this week is one of the most iconic Luxilon strings, Big Banger Original, which was among the first crop of Luxilon co-polys to start popping up on the pro tour in the late 1990s-early 2000s. For those who want to get the firm feel and incredible control of the Big Banger Original without having to spend over $10, I would recommend Solinco Outlast. While no two strings play exactly alike, I think Outlast is a worthy substitute for Big Banger Original. Psst: it also received a higher spin rating in our TWU string lab.

Check back next week for another edition of save vs splurge!

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Brittany