Tennis is an extremely personal sport, just with the tennis racquet in itself you have to find the right weight, head size, balance, swing weight, and length without taking into account each racquets unique stiffness, power output, and control capabilities not to mention the different technologies in all the brands that lead to different feel on the ball and also to different play ability on the court. Once you are able to choose your racquet then we can move on to tennis strings. Tennis string is yet another part of the complicated formula that is your game, each tennis string is unique and provides certain characteristics that could benefit your game whether it be added comfort, more spin, string durability, or simply the price. Here I will break down the 4 main different string types and their characteristics.
Contrary to popular belief Natural Gut does not come from cat or sheep, it actually does come from the cow. The natural Gut comes from a very specific part of the cow’s intestines known as the serosa, in total it takes about 3 cows in order to provide 1 set of natural gut. The unique structural design of natural gut allows for superior performance qualities such as elasticity and a solid cushioning to be easy on the arm while still providing great power and feel on the ball. Multi-filament strings try to emulate natural gut and always strive for the “plays more like natural gut” type of feeling when releasing new models, but because of its unique structural build natural gut is able to outperform them even at very high tensions without causing discomfort to your arm. Natural gut is for the player who is looking for optimum play ability, that is easy on the arm, and that can hold tension better than the other string types (polyester, synthetic gut, multi-filament) the most popular Natural Gut on the market is the Babolat VS Touchhttps://www.tennisplaza.com/babolat/babolat-vs-touch-16-tennis-string-set-natural-1937prices for natural gut will always be on the high end due to the intricate process that is used in order to create such high-quality strings.
Multi-filament strings are made up of bundles of micro synthetic fibres that are twisted together similar to natural gut in order to provide a soft, cushion-like feel. An easy way to spot multi-filament string is when the string is breaking it begins to fray as they wear down due to the breakage of the tiny fibers used to create them. Multi-filament strings with its soft construct are great for maximizing power and tension retention. While less control oriented and durability for big hitters not being very good this string type is still able to provide very good play-ability and offers a wide range of prices. Since this is the closest thing to natural gut many players may decide to go this way as it plays similar while the price is much more attractive at almost half the cost. One of the best multi-filaments on the market at the moment is x-one biphase by Technifibre https://www.tennisplaza.com/tecnifibre/tecnifibre-xone-biphase-16-red-tennis-string-set-red-8678
One of the most common string construction is a solid core with a single layer of outer wraps, the solid core is to help with durability and the fibers that wrap around it are to help give the string a soft overall feel with good playability. More durable than a multi filament with a crisper feel synthetic gut is very reasonably priced, it is the most economical string on the market with prices starting as low as $3.95 ( https://www.tennisplaza.com/searchresults.cfm?q=synthetic%20gut ) with average overall performance and being easy on the arm make this string ideal for most beginners and weekend players that play tennis recreationally and are not looking to invest too much money every time they plan on stringing their racquet.
A polyester string is made up of a mono-filament construction which is the most basic of the bunch, this is made by a single solid filament. Polyester strings are known to provide ultimate durability outlasting just about any other string type on the market. With durability comes stiff feel and less pop which leads to a high level of control that surpasses all the other string types as well. Some downsides of this string are the low levels of power that they provide along with its rapid tension loss and its harshness on the arm. Now some benefits of a polyester string along with durability is the control quality and spin generation that it is able to create due to unique tech that can only be made available with polyester makeup and mono-filament construction. Typically this string is not recommended for beginners and is geared toward intermediate to advanced players as it helps provide control and spin with fast swing strokes. A very popular polyester among pros and amateurs alike has been the Alu Power by Luxilon https://www.tennisplaza.com/luxilon/luxilon-alu-power-125-tennis-string-set-3712