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Hi Keilorites!

Periodically, as Club Coach I will be writing about various subjects relating to our great game.  Today it is strings, an often underrated part of the racquet & also perhaps less thought of than the frame.  However, a great frame with a poor set of strings will never perform well.

In recent years there have been quite dramatic changes in string technology.

 1.     Specifications.

Strings are measured in diameter. 1.1mm being the thinnest & 1.35mm the thickest.  Thinner strings will give you more 'touch & feel' and spin however they are less durable. The opposite applies the thicker you go.

Nowadays with the new polyester strings  most recreational players don't hit the ball hard enough to break strings on a regular basis, therefore I would recommend thinner.

For A Grade juniors & A  / B Grade seniors this really depends on your wallet as much as anything as to how thin you want to go. The modern 'Poly's' are very tough to break unless you miss-hit the ball near the frame or edge of the racquet.

There is the option of natural gut ( more expensive) or a multi-filament for more 'playability'. Or a 'weave', a combination of 2 different strings.

2.    Frequency.

Once again 2 rules apply. For recreational players, as a general rule of thumb, you should have your racquet re-stung as many times a year as you play in a week. For example, if you play twice a week, have your racquet re-strung twice a year etc.

For A Grade juniors & A/B Grade seniors 30 hours play per string job. These players are hitting the ball harder & therefore the strings lose tension more quickly.

3.     Tension.

The tension depends on personal feel & also the head size of your racquet. Higher tension gives you more control & less power. The opposite applies for lower tensions. I suggest you note the tension you have your racquet re-strung at so that the next time you are aware of what you prefer. If your stringer is good they will keep track of this for you upon request. Generally this should be in the 60 - 65lb/sq. Inch range.


4.      Cost.

Generally speaking $35 - $90 per job, however for most club players $35 - $45 is perfectly adequate for their requirements.

For tournament players, buy your own reel of say 200m. This will get 17/18 string jobs depending on racquet head size bring down your costs to about $20 - $35 per job. Serious players don't buy racquets with the strings in, they buy the frame & then have it strung to their requirements.

         I provide a stringing service with a 24 hour turnaround, same day service may be available in emergencies.


If you have any questions regarding any of the above, or something I forgot to mention then please don't hesitate to ask.

Happy hitting !!!    David McAllister.     Head Coach, Keilor T.C.