Does the tension of a tennis racket really affect the game play?

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Do Tennis Strings Really Improve My Game?

Yes they do, and quite a lot to be honest. I've tried dozens of different strings during my tennis career and although many are quite similar, some of them do stand out more than others. Usually, the first time you decide to buy a string you will likely be dazzled by the myriads of different sets and brands that are available and will end up asking the stringer to choose one for you.

Feeling is the key factor in deciding which string suits you best. Some of you enjoy hitting flat shots while others prefer putting some more spin to the ball to give it that extra effect to destabilize your opponent. That's exactly what choosing the right tennis string is all about: feeling!

Why Buying A Bigger Reel Is Better

The reason is actually quite simple, a long reel costs less than a short one if you compare the price over length ratio. Tennis strings also don't expire and humidity has no effect on it so you can...

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Depending upon circumstances it's possible that playing squash can either positively or negatively affect ones tennis game.

A professional tennis player who spends more time playing squash, using the squash grip, training for squash movement patterns, thinking about squash will become more adapted to playing squash, and potentially therefore less adapted to playing tennis, this could be a negative for a tennis player.

A competitive, though not professional tennis player, could find that they are unable to consistently play tennis throughout the winter because of weather conditions or court availability and hence lose some fitness during winter and potentially lower their hand eye reflexes. If that tennis player elected to play squash throughout the winter, because it's indoors, their tennis game may not atrophy as much as without playing squash.

A complete beginner tennis player could improve their tennis game, by playing squash simply because of the high repetition...

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Tennis Racket

The parts of a tennis racket

are the head, rim, face, neck, butt/butt cap, handle, and strings.

Modern tennis rackets vary in length, weight, and head size. 21" to 26" is normally a junior's length, while 27" or 27.5" are for stronger and taller adult players. Weights of a racket also vary between 8 ounces (230 g) unstrung and 12.5 ounces (350 g) strung. Rackets originally flared outward at the bottom of the handle to prevent slipping. The rounded bottom was called a bark bottom after its inventor Matthew Barker. But by 1947, this style became superfluous. Head size also plays a role in a racket's qualities. A larger head size generally means more power and a larger "sweet spot" that is more forgiving on off-center hits. A smaller head size offers more precise control. Current racket head sizes vary between 85 sq. inches and 137 sq. inches, with most players adopting one from 95-105 sq. inches.

Throughout most of tennis' history, rackets were...

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Most tennis players choose a tennis racquet with great care, but many don't realize that their racquet's stringing may have a more profound effect on their game than their carefully chosen frame.

At a minimum, every tennis player should understand the basic tradeoffs between power and control in relation to string tension. Any decent tennis racquet will have a recommended range of string tensions, for example 58 to 68 pounds. When we talk about low or high tension, it makes sense to confine ourselves within this range, because at extremes below this range, some of the normal correlations break down. String within the recommended range. Exceeding this range can break your frame and will usually void your warranty.

The fundamental rule regarding tennis string tension is to string tight for control and loose for power. To arrive at the right tension through experimentation, raise or lower the tension in 2 pound increments ...

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Lessons are good to learn NOT to make the mistakes beginners typically make, but tennis, like any complex skill (playing a guitar for e.g.) takes practice.

So take a few lessons and play regularly with other beginners or slightly better players. Find public courts that have a wall and practice your strokes against it.

The racquet should be the least of your concerns right now. I started with a hand-me-down cheap Walmart Wilson. Not until after a year of playing did I actually consider the racquet as a limiting factor. Later, a roommate gave me an old player racquet and even at that time I had no idea about swingweight, head-light or head-heaviness etc.

First serious racquet was an Oversize Prince Diablo that made a difference in my game, after about 2 years of cheap racket...

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I'll try my best to answer your question - I don't quite understand what you're asking when you say

punches their racquet's strings and changes the racquet after that

If you are a beginning tennis player, the rule of thumb is that you should restring your racquet as many times in a year as you play in a week. So if you play twice a week, you should get your racquet restrung every 6 months. Some people play with the same strings for years or until the strings break.

The reason some players get the strings replaced before they break is because of tension loss. It depends on the string material used - but all strings lose tension after being used for a while.

For professional players, they get their racquets restrung constantly because any amount of tension loss can potentially affect their shots, so they try to minimize how much that can happen. A single player could get anywhere from 2-10 racquets restrung for a tournament. The very top players (like...

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27 Nov 2013/12 Comments

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For many players, tennis string tension is an often overlooked aspect of their tennis racquet. However, the tension in which a player strings their racquet can have a significant impact on the overall performance and feel of their tennis racquet.

As a result, it can be helpful to gain an understanding of the basics so that you can adjust the tension of your strings with confidence to help identify a tension that not only feels right but enhances your game.

The Basics of Tennis String Tension

If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend you check out our article on the different types of tennis strings. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of tennis strings and help you narrow down and select a tennis string that meets your needs as a...

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Q. I currently have a heavy racquet that I am using but I have seen that many others use lighter racquets. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a light/heavy racquet?

A. The advantages of a heavier racquet are in stability and power. The advantage of a lighter racquet is in maneuverability.

For generations, players have been advised to use the “heaviest racquet that you can comfortably manage.” This, of course, is rather subjective. A racquet with more mass may feel good for a short while, but over three sets- or over the course of several matches- it could feel too heavy and slow your down swings. A racquet that is comparatively light might feel like a magic wand initially, but could also have a negative impact on the body, because with less mass the body (arm, etc.) would absorb more of the impact of each shot.

Like string tension, the weight of a racquet is based mostly on personal preference. Experiment (by adding weight, in the form of lead tape,...

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Of course they do! But this is true only if you are already on some level above total novice in this sport. There would be no significant difference of performance for someone who just plays for fun occasionally if he or she uses racket that costs 30 $ or 300 $. With skill comes the need for more power in the shot, or more accuracy or the racket to be lighter etc.

What'smost important for the racket is the following:

- Size of the head - as larger it is, more power is applied onto the ball. Bad thing is that you lose more of the shot-control with larger area of the racket head.
- Lenght of the racket - longer racket could add you some more reach at the ball
- String pattern and tension - important thing if you prefer to play more spin or slice type of striking the ball

Other imprortant features of any rackets are also the handling grip and it's overall weight. However, only a lot of practice and expert's advices could help you to find the best suitable...

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Q. "I am considering buying a Prince O3 racquet and am looking for advice from other players who have used it. Does anyone have any thoughts?”

From Jake M.:

I've used the Prince 03 racquet and really like it. But some other racquets worth checking out are the Head FlexPoint and the Wilson nSix-One 95.

From Chip W.:

The Prince 03 is well worth the extra money. I have a Blue 03/OS with 17 ga synthetic gut. There is no vibration, and the sweet spot is generous. Power and control are both there when needed. I own a Wilson N6 OS and a Head Liquidmetal Radical OS, and the Prince is the better racquet.

Anonymous:

I have been playing with the 03 for over a year and find that it has improved my serve, allows better volleys and more control. It has reduced my power slightly but has allowed me to hit with more consistency.

From Roy M., Summerville, SC:

I have been playing with a Prince O3 Silver for about a year, and it's a great...

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Choosing the right tennis strings can be confusing. There are hundreds of different kinds of strings on the market.

In this article I want to simplify things and help you find the right string for your game!

So let’s have a look at the different types of strings on the market. First of though I want to emphasize that I believe most tennis players spend too much time trying to optimize their rackets and strings rather than working on their game.

Some tennis strings are better suited for beginners, others for intermediates and/or advanced players. What type of string you should use can also depend a little bit on your game style and of course on your budget.

Once you have figured out what type of string suits your level and game style well, I believe it does not matter very much which one in that category you pick.

Experimenting with your tennis strings can be fun though and there is of course nothing wrong with it. Just don’t fool yourself into...

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In general, there is no good reason for a recreational player to go outside the recommended tension range. This range is usually printed on the side of the racquet and easily available online. The best strategy is to string right in the middle of that range, and then make adjustments as desired on subsequent string jobs. It's also worth noting that stringing outside the recommended tension range voids the warranty on most tennis racquets, so you'd better be sure there's a good reason to do so.

The thing about string tension is that players believe they can feel differences much more than they actually can. Objective research has shown that even fairly high level players were unable to tell differences of as much as 8-10 lbs when blind tested. While there are definitely differences in the way a racquet sounds and feels, these don't affect the flight of the ball as much as we think they do. And changing the type of strings often has a more noticeable effect.

When...

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