Tennis String Patterns
Tennis strings have evolved with racket size from the traditional natural cow’s gut to synthetic strings, including nylon, polyester, synthetic gut, metal alloys and varying combinations. Racquet string patterns are defined by the total number of main (vertical) and cross (horizontal)
Here are three important criteria that are influenced by string pattern.
1. Comfort - If you associate comfort with minimizing shock, you’ll like an open pattern. A racquet with an open string pattern is designed to keep the strings relatively far apart, which results in fewer strings contacting the ball. With the ball’s impact distributed among fewer strings, each string compresses more and thus rebounds more.
2. Spin - With more space between strings, an open pattern allows the racquet to bite the ball better. The more open the strings (14 by 16) are the more spin u will get easily. the more closed the strings (18 by 20)are the more control u get. Most people have a 16 by 18 or 16 by 19. Good range for 98 and 100 sq in racket.
3. Durability – The latest development over the last few years has been the plethora of polyester strings, in a category created by Luxilon Big Banger. This string was originally used by a number of PRO’s looking for durability and tension retention during matches. Luxilon still make the widest variety of polyester strings, with a number of different offshoots of colour, texture and guage.
Restring your racquet the same number of times per year that you play per week
For example, if you play tennis twice a week, restring your racquet twice per year. If you play five days a week, restring your racquet five times per year. Of course, if you are a more competitive player or a string breaker, this frequency may increase.