STRINGS ARE THE HEART OF YOUR RACKET – always remember this statement. If you do NOT replace your string when it is needed OR get your Racket strung properly it will NOT perform how you need it to!
Strings are 40% of YOUR game, they are what you hit the Ball / Shuttlecock with. You need to feel confident when playing your shot that the Ball / Shuttlecock should do what you want it to do off your Racket. The wrong String and the wrong Tension in your Racket will make it not perform how it should FOR YOU! Players can take a few weeks to decide on their choice of Racket BUT minutes on the string they want to use! When you look at the 40% factor, this does NOT make sense. We can offer expert advice here at Withers helping you make the correct choice, pop in and talk to us for help.
Old Wives tale – The amount of times you play a week is how many Restrings you have a year (even if you are not breaking Strings). While you should bare this in mind, not everyone can and will justify this BUT you should have at least One a Year! For Tennis playing in the Winter when the Balls can be heavier due to excess wet that adds weight to the cloth on the Balls and the Rubber Core on a Ball can be harder due to Cooler Temperatures, both of these can put extra strain on the strings. Badminton and Squash are Indoor Sports so the weather will obviously NOT come into it BUT some Squash Rackets have quite Open String Beds and Badminton Players always seem to want High String Tensions, both of these points can contribute to early string breakages.
There are various types of String that offer differing playing characteristics, we hope you find the following information useful:
Players wanting Playability from their String
This is a grey area when choosing strings as some Players prefer a Harder String for playability and others prefer a soft String. It really is personal preference BUT certain Rackets ARE aimed at certain types of String! We would always advise a softer string for playability though as in our opinion Playability is aimed at the softer more comfortable feel. Natural Gut offer a very Soft Feel and is arguably the String that has the Softest Feel of all. There are Synthetic Equivalents to Gut (Babolat Excel, Wilson Sensation, Prince Premier, Yonex Multi Sensa) that might offer a little more Durability BUT these types of Strings (inc Gut) are classed as Multifilaments. These are made up of many individual strands, wrapped together to make one string. This construction of a string does give them a soft feel but also means that they stretch (lose tension) maybe a little sooner that other types of strings. Some Multifilament Strings do come Pre Stretched this means that tension loss is a liitle less. Players who suffer from Tennis Elbow should consider a Multifilament String as they offer the most arm comfort!
Players wanting Durability from their String
Most of us want a string that offers a little bit of everything! A string that offers Durability normally means a slightly harder string. This would result in a string that offers less comfort (playability). A player who has a Powerful game and hits the Ball hard would usually look at a Harder more Durable String. A softer (multifilament) string would feel fantastic but would just not wear well BUT a harder (monofilament) string then the string WILL definately last longer ( Luxilon Big Banger , Babolat Pro Hurricane , Babolat RPM , Luxilon Savage ) . The down side of Monofilament string is comfort BUT this type of string is aimed at the more technical player who would normally use a smaller headed Racket ( 95 , 96 , 98 and even 10sq” ) when they are looking at toning down the Power from the Racket and relying more on their technique and timing . BUT you can MIX both String Types up to create a string that also fits in here , many Pro Players use this concept ( Hybrid String bed ) , this is where you combine a Hard String in the Down Strings with a Softer String in the Cross Strings giving you a mix of Playability and Durability . The Hard String is normally put in as the Down String ( 60% of wear takes place on the down string ) and the softer string is normally fitted as the cross string . You can reverse this if you want to BUT you will find that the strings wear quicker this way !
As mentioned above it IS a Grey area when classifying strings for Playability and Durability BUT in our Opinion we put the following strings ( our Best Sellers ) into the below listed catagories :