Tennis players often complain that a tennis string, especially polyester string, "goes dead." This phenomenon has various and often contradictory descriptions. Some players experience too much stringbed action and others feel complete loss of stringbed action.
The string may be efficient, but if it is stiff, the energy of impact goes into crushing the ball and not into deflecting the string. Thus there would be less energy to give back to the ball. However, high efficiency may be important to spinning the ball.
A tennis string comparison tool comparing string on lab tested performance criteria like power, energy return, stiffness, softness, control, comfort, shock, inter-string friction, ball-to-string friction and spin potential.
Choose up to 10 individual strings. Click then shift-click for successive strings. Command or control-click for separated strings. MAKE SURE that "Choose String Material" dropdown is set to "All" when choosing individual strings. For results: Click "Get Report" at bottom of table.
Not surprisingly, this string holds the top spot for spin in our Tennis Warehouse University String Lab. Beginner tip: If you’re looking to add the benefits of spin to your game and you don’t want to switch to a stiff polyester monofilament, you can get extra spin through higher string tensions and thinner gauges.
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The higher the ratio, the greater the spin potential. If the string-to-string friction is low, the main strings will slide along the crosses and snap-back. If the string-to-ball friction is high, the strings will grab the ball during the snap-back. This combination adds incremental spin to the ball.
Like the original version, 4G Soft offers remarkable tension maintenance, scoring well above average in our Tennis Warehouse University String Lab. Although it is softer than the original 4G, this string is still firm and best suited to intermediate and advanced players who make their own power.
Polyester strings are for experienced players who require maximum control, spin and durability. Polyester’s magic lies in its stiff monofilament construction, which gives strong players the needed control to swing bigger without fear of overhitting. The upshot is more confidence when playing aggressive tennis.
The core of the string is made from Gamma’s Super Resilient Dynalon Center Core and is designed to offer more power than conventional synthetic gut. ($18) Gamma Challenger: Economical nylon string by Gamma. ($15) Squash. Ashaway Supernick: The official string of the PSA and WISPA, Supernick provides power, durability, and exceptional feel. ($25)