How well do you know your racquet and tennis strings?

Tip from Emil

I often talk to people about different strings and often times they have no idea what the difference is between different types of tennis strings. Here is a little guide that hopefully will give you a better idea next time you look for a string.

String Type:

Nylon Solid Core:

+ Pros: least expensive & most durable

- Cons: Stiff. Doesn’t cushion ball well.

Nylon/Polyurethane multifilament’s:

+ Pros: Top shelf synthetic. Excellent feel & shock absorption.

- Cons: More expensive - $15 - $30

Natural gut:

This is the stuff that Federer uses 😊

+ Pros – Good pop, control & comfort.

- Cons – Most expensive ($40+). Made from cow intestine. Breaks easily.


+ Pros – Takes power off shots so you can hit harder. Durable but not stiff.

- Cons – Loses tension quickly. Hence why you have to get it restrung more often.


This is a popular option that I do often times.

+ Pros – You use one type of string for the mains and one for the cross - blend qualities for custom feel. It is durable.

- Cons – It feels a bit stiff at first.


The next thing that a lot of people are not familiar with is the weight distribution in the racquet head.

Head Heavy or Head Light?

Head Heavy Racquet:

+ Pros – You get more power.

- Cons – Much harder to maneuver at the net.

It is usually best for players who rally from the baseline.