US Open 2014 Opening Ceremony

What Kind of String is Right for Your Game? Part III

HYBRIDS

When you use different strings in the Mains and Crosses it’s called a Hybrid String Job. This is how you super tune your performance. Do you want Durability and Control? Pick 17 ga. Kevlar mains and 16 ga. Multi, or Gut, crosses. Want more Spin, Durability and Power? Try a thin 18ga. Poly main and 16 or 17ga. crosses. Want Spin and Arm Friendly? Try a 17 ga. Nylon (Prince Syn. Gut) and 16 ga. Multi crosses (Gosen TecBio). String combinations (Hybrids) can match nearly every need closer than using only one string. You can even adjust tension between the two strings to further enhance the feel, control and power-pop. I typically go 6% to 12% less on the crosses depending on string choice and racquet design.


NATURAL GUT

Made from cow intestines, it’s the best at everything; more power, more control, more comfort. Bad durability; a hard hitter/top-spinner can break a string in a couple of hours. Half the tension loss of nylon, but major tension loss if it’s exposed to moisture. The most expensive string.

US Open 2012 Opening Ceremony

What Kind of String is Right for Your Game? Part II

MULTIFILAMENTS

The top category after natural gut. Best overall playability, gentle on the arm, but punishing to your opponent. The fraying (as they wear) may annoy some. Holds tension fair. Second most expensive string after gut. A good category of string when you’re looking for arm friendly, power and control.

KEVLAR & POLYESTER

This is the durability category; the choice for hard hitters, string breakers, and people without arm problems. Expect harsher hits (very harsh with Kevlar) with above average control. Kevlar (aramid fiber) is extremely durable and holds tension very good, but I would never recommend it as the only string in your racquet – hybrid use only. Poly has much more playability, it’s use is not limited to hybrid applications like Kevlar, and Poly holds tension fair. A good category of string when you’re looking for maximum durability and control.

Next, we will discuss hybrids.