Now that Winter has released its cold grip on most of the country, it’s time to start thinking about the long tennis season that lies ahead. In light of this realization we have some good news and some bad news.
First, the bad news. If you didn’t get a chance to play a lot this winter, your timing will likely be a little off. With that in mind, I want you to go grab your racquet.
Go ahead, I can wait.
Now that you have your racquet in hand, I want you to look at your stringbed. If you don’t see any strings, keep reading for the string deals below. But let’s say you do see strings, and let’s further speculate that they are the same strings that were in your racquet at the end of last tennis season. If that’s the case, allow me to be frank. Those strings are old and have likely lost too much tension. With tension loss comes changes in feel, power, friction properties, and trajectory (i.e., bad news). Couple that with the winter rust plaguing your mechanics and your timing problems just got worse. In other words, it’s time to restring.
As the time ticks away to find the perfect present, let’s take a look at some of our staff’s picks for the season . We asked them to pick a racquet, string, pair shoes, apparel piece and one “wild card” the
y would like to get as gift this year. Check out the entire Staff Picks. Below, Siobhan explains her choices.
This was one of the first racquets that I playtested at Tennis Warehouse, and it remains a favorite of mine. Maneuverable, yet stable. Powerful, yet spin friendly. Comfortable, yet solid. I really felt like this racquet complemented my game by allowing me to be aggressive and giving me a consistent response every time. I also like that this racquet suits a lot of game styles — if you look at our playtest you can see that everyone liked this racquet, and my mom even bought it. Whether you use polyester, multifilament or a hybrid, the Volkl Organix V1 Midplus is an all-round, enjoyable racquet.
I have great things to say about this string: firm, durable, great spin, low-powered, extremely predictable – the control is great. I really noticed the high levels of spin I got with this, and my opponents did, too. The spin, combined with being able to swing my biggest because its low-powered, allowed me to completely rip the ball. It also has decent playability, so the tension is maintained pretty well over time. If you’re a poly fan, this is definitely one to try.
I bought this top a couple weeks ago, and I love it. I have actually worn it more for running than I have for tennis, but it’s functional for all types of exercise. It’s made of knit-jersey so it’s perfect to keep you warm when it’s a bit colder outside like now, but it’s fitted so it doesn’t move around and get in the way. The hood is a cute feature, and I like the seam feature that gives it a flattering shape. Comfy and sporty: my favorite combination.
This is one of the first shoes I playtested earlier in the year, and it is my go-to shoe now. It is a high-performance shoe that offers comfort (a wee break-in period but nothing to worry about), stability, support and good durability. It continues to maintain its support and comfort over time, and I have minimal wear for how long I have been wearing them. They also have a six-month durability guarantee so if you’re wearing through them quickly, you can trade them in. I also like the colorway – it’s unlike any other shoe I have worn, and I really love it.
When it comes to overgrips I’m not too picky as long as they are tacky and maintain the tack over time. This does that and has all the other characteristics too: easy to put on, wicks away any sweat, still works well over time. A quality grip. The best thing about it? I like the bright colors. Adds a bit of attitude 🙂