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Types of Tennis Strings – How to Choose the Right Tennis String For Your Racquet

Sean Prokes, Racquet Bar Manager at USTA National Campus

Sean Prokes, Racquet Bar Manager at USTA National Campus, gives a new Babolat racquet a fresh set of string. Sean’s stringing career includes stints as a member of the Wilson Stringing Team at the US Open, Australian Open and Miami Open.

Here at Fromuth Tennis, we offer more than 390 different types of tennis strings. But how do you know which type is right for you? Over the years, tennis strings have evolved from natural gut to synthetic gut and multifilament, to the latest type: polyester. There is always compromise between playability and durability. Natural gut and multifilament tennis strings are the most playable, while polyester tennis strings offer more durability. This has led to a trend of combining different strings (hybrids) on the mains and crosses of tennis racquets. An example of a hybrid is Wilson Champions Choice, endorsed by Roger Federer, a combination of Luxilon ALU Power Rough (monofilament) and Wilson Natural Gut.

Not all strings are right for every player. Each player has different needs and preferences.

Sean Prokes, Racquet Bar Manager at USTA National Campus, offers a few guidelines to make tennis string selection easier:


Natural Gut

Natural Gut is a unique tennis string that gives the most feel to tennis players. It holds tension very well, but still requires frequent maintenance as it frays over time. Although it does not give players much spin, natural gut provides great power and is unrivaled when it comes to arm comfort. This is a great tennis string to recommend to players dealing with tennis elbow. Higher tensions give more control, while lower tensions help increase power.

Best- Selling Natural Gut

Babolat VS Natural Gut String

Babolat VS Natural Gut

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Babolat Tonic +

Babolat Tonic +

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Wilson Natural Gut

Wilson Natural Gut

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Luxilon Natural Gut

Luxilon Natural Gut

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Synthetic Gut

The most common type of tennis string, as it is neutral, consistent, and affordable. It is mainly used by beginners and intermediate tennis players because of these characteristics. Higher tensions give more control and lower tensions give more power, allowing players to adjust easily. Synthetic Gut also requires a lot less maintenance than natural gut.

Best- Selling Synthetic Gut

Gamma Tnt 2

Gamma Tnt 2

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Wilson Synthetic Gut Power

Wilson Synthetic Gut Power

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Head Synthetic Gut PPS

Head Synthetic Gut PPS

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Dunlop S-Gut w/Dyna-Tec

Dunlop S-Gut w/Dyna-Tec

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Multifilament

Multifilament tennis strings are softer than synthetic gut, but not as soft as natural gut. They offer players a great, more affordable alternative to natural gut. Multifilament tennis strings have similar characteristics: higher tensions for more control and lower tensions for more power. Multifilaments have become very popular in hybrid setups, as well. Hybrid string setup is becoming a more popular string choice amongst players of all ages.

Best-Selling Multifilament

Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

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Gamma Live Wire XP

Gamma Live Wire XP

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Babolat Xcel

Babolat Xcel

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Wilson NXT

Wilson NXT

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Polyester

Best-Selling Polyester

Polyester tennis strings are designed to give players more spin. These types of strings give more spin than any of the others, which is why they are so popular on the professional level. The easy access to spin allows players to create wider angles to open up the court. Polyester tennis strings are very stiff, and as a result, players with any arm discomfort should seek further advice before making it their choice. Polyester tennis strings are also very durable, making them a popular choice for frequent string-breakers.

Solinco Hyper-G

Solinco Hyper-G

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Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power

Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power

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Luxilon 4G

Luxilon 4G

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Volkl Cyclone

Volkl Cyclone

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Hybrids

Hybrid tennis strings offer the best of all worlds. Players can craft their own combination of control, power, feel and spin by combining different string types on the mains and crosses. Hybrid tennis strings are popular on the world tennis tours.

Best-Selling Hybrids

Wilson Champion's Choice

Wilson Champion's Choice

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Gamma Glide Hybrid w/ Moto

Gamma Glide Hybrid w/ Moto

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Head IntelliTour Hybrid

Head IntelliTour Hybrid

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Wilson NXT Control

Wilson NXT Control

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