Strings and Grips
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DIFFERENT STRING TYPES EXPLAINED
Comprise of single solid material
Recent developments have introduced softer feel with more response
Some strings are non-circular to give so-called 'corners' on the string with the aim of helping with spin
Often used on mains with softer strings on crosses to give good mix durability and playability
Chronic string breakers often resort to monofilaments in both mains and crosses
Not recommended if any arm problems develop. Monofilaments transfer more shock down the racket into the handle.
no centre core
consist of hundreds of strands of material twisted together
are the closest to natural gut and offer the best comfort to people suffering from tennis elbow or other arm problems
offer great playability and shock absorption
lose tension faster - need to be replaced more frequently
often tend to be more expensive than monfilaments, but a cheaper alternative to natural gut.
Core with Single Wrap
thin monofilament core with a single layer of fibres twisted around the outside
used in many of the budget nylon strings
The centre, solid core, gives the string durability, whilst the single wrap outer gives the string more playability than a standard monofilament.
Solid Core with Double Wrap
monofilament core with a two layers of fibres twisted around the outside, usually wound in different directions, usually coated for protection
the centre, solid core, gives the string durability although thinner than the single wrapped version.
two wraps give the string more playability than either a monofilament or a single wrapped string.
two different types of string - one for the main strings and one for the cross strings
most common set up is a monofilament string in the mains and a softer, often multifilament string in the crosses
good for performance players
more expensive, but still the best string on the market
poor weather conditions can reduce the life of a gut string.
designed to give more bite to the ball
tend to have a solid core with a number of uniform wraps - another wrap wound around the outside to give a rough feel to the string
textured strings often used in a hybrid set up to compensate for the smooth surface of the monofilament