Do You Know What Tennis String Tension You Should Be Using In Your Racquet?

Ultimate Guide To Tennis Racquet Stringing

Let’s Talk About String Tension

The application of force to the strings when stretched by the machine is the primary means to achieve the desired playability of the string bed.

In today’s game racquets are generally strung somewhere between 40-70 pounds of tension, depending on how you like to play.

This is much more important than most players know, most players pay little to no attention the their tensions and that is one of the biggest mistakes a competitive player could make.

You should spend time getting a feel for the tension that you prefer to play with, what tension is going to work for you and not against you?

You should take your physical preferences into account, your power preferences, your spin preferences, and your desire for durability as well.

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Typically a racquet will feature a recommended tension range somewhere near the throat of the racquet. The closer to the top of the range, the more control and less pop a player will experience.

A lower tension will provide more power, but also less feel and control. The middle of the recommended tension range is a good place to start on the quest for the perfect racquet tension.

From the time the string is installed, it will begin to lose tension, often 10% or more within the first 24 hours before stabilizing for a time.

As the tension continues to drop, elasticity also decreases, forcing the player to provide more of their own power for the same results as a freshly strung racquet.

If you want to maximize your performance, be sure to restring your racquet often, you should be able to begin to feel your preferred tension, and thus know when your racquet has been reduced below your preferred level.

The “general” rule for restringing every 6 months at the longest, another common rule of thumb is to restring your racquet the same number of times you play during a week, during the year. If you play twice a week, restring your racquets twice a year.

Don’t Have A Racquet You Love?

If you haven’t found a racquet that you love up to this point, STOP EVERYTHING! That is a critical aspect to decide upon before entering the realm of string tensions.

Every racquet absorbs the tension of string differently and disperses the features and benefits of string technology across the frame at different rates.

If you are are serious about improving your game, you also need to be serious about using the best possible equipment and tools to achieve your goals.

Take a quick look at our 10 Best list of tennis racquets, this is a good guide to get you started on selecting racquets which best suit your playing style.

That being said, you MUST, absolutely MUST take the time to sample a wide selection of racquets before making your choice.

This work in the beginning of the racquet selection process will enable you to choose a racquet that you will be able to rely on for many years to come, if not forever. That is worth the investment!