Racket strings are meant to be the part that hits the ball, although this doesn’t always go as planned. Every time your strings hit the ball their lifespan reduces by just a little bit because of the friction with the surface of the ball.

 

When Should I Get A Re-String?

The most obvious answer here is if one of your strings has broken. However this isn’t the only time that you might need to get your racket re-strung. The general rule of thumb is that you should re-string your racket based on the number of times you play a week. If you play once a week then you should get it re-strung once a year, twice a week is twice a year and so on. The reason for this is all to do with the tension of the strings.

 

String Tension

On the throat of your racket you should notice writing that states the recommended tension, usually 23kg-27kg. The tension of the strings dictates how the racket will play. If the strings have a high tension (26kg-27kg) then they will provide the user with more shot control but less power. If the strings have a low tension (23kg-24kg) then they will provide the user with more power (imagine how a trampoline works) but less control.

Over time the tension of your strings will decrease and you will find shots drifting a bit longer than they used to. This could be a sign that your racket needs to be re-strung.

 

 

Types Of String

There are a number of different materials used to make tennis string and each material has different playing characteristics. Strings made from softer material provide more control and feel but less durability. Strings made from harder materials, such as polyester, provide more durability but less control.

The string used to re-string your racket is all about personal preference. You could choose hard strings if you find yourself breaking strings often (for example maybe you use a lot of spin), you could choose soft strings such as synthetic gut if you want to play with more feel or you could choose a hybrid string job which uses both hard and soft string.

 

 

Prices

  • £14 for string and labour
  • £10 for labour (you provide your own string)

I can usually get a racket re-strung and back to you within 24 hours.

 

To arrange a re-string, or if you need some advice, please click here.