Types of Tennis Strings

Trying to decide which tennis strings to choose for maximum quality and efficiency can be confusing. Learning about the various materials used in the manufacturing of strings can help make the decision process easier.

Natural Gut

These strings are made from cow stomach lining. Professional tennis players often opt for these because they provide low vibration when hitting the ball. They also provide relief for players suffering from tennis elbow. It can be strung tightly for better power and control hitting the ball.

Because of the expense in designing these type strings the majority of leisure players often choose more economical options. Another drawback of natural gut is the durability of the strings. They are sensitive to various types of weather. Humidity and moisture are enemies of natural gut.

Some examples for natural gut strings are Klip Legend, Pacific Prime Gut, Babolat VS Team and Bow Brand Championship.

Synthetic Gut

Synthetic gut strings are inexpensive compared to natural gut strings. These strings are the economical choice for players looking for quality and value at a lower price. They give the player durability and power hitting the ball.

There are many types on the market available for players. They can choose from nylon strings, polyester, structured, titanium, multifilament and hybrid strings.

Nylon Strings

Nylon strings are the most-used type of string. Tennis players find them more suitable that have high string consumption. Nylon strings that have multiple wraps are higher grade than single wrap strings. Coatings for wear resistance are used on the strings to help keep the filaments from breaking as the tennis racquet is frequently used.

Some examples of nylon strings are Wilson Championship Nylon, Gamma Synthetic Gut, Prince Tournament Nylon and Babolat Powergy.

Polyester Strings

Polyester strings are a popular choice for tennis players because they are able to apply more topspin to the ball while maintaining control of the racquet. Polyester strings lose tension faster than other strings but offer control, feel and durability. These strings are for tennis players with high string consumption.

Some examples of polyester strings are Signum Pro PolyPlasma, Head Ultra Tour and Kirschbaum.


This string is made up of micro-fibers that are twisted together to form a string wrapped with a resistant cover. These strings cost more due to the manufacturing process and technology used to produce them. They also have a disadvantage of breakage once the resistant cover is damaged from wear on the tennis court.

Some examples of multifilament strings are Wilson NXT Tour, Head FiberGel and Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre.


Hybrid strings use different strings in the main and cross strings of the racquet. These types of strings are becoming more popular for durability and playability. Hybrid strings are available in a variety of string combinations of main and cross strings.

Some good examples of hybrid string combos are,

Tour Blend – Banger Orginal Mains, VS Gut Crosses

Gamma Durable Feel – Zo Power Mains, XP 17 Crosses

Technifibre Ultimate – X-One 17 Mains, NRG 18 Crosses

More Tips About Strings

Never expose racquets to heat, cold, moisture and humidity. Keep it in the bag to increase durability of the strings on the racquet. Restring the racquet at least twice per year as a general rule.

Thinner gauge strings deliver more power, control, feel and less stress on the arm. For recreational play, use 16-gauge strings for men and 17-gauge strings for women. Thicker strings give less spin on the ball, feel and comfort than thinner strings. A 16-gauge string is 1.32 mm in diameter. A 17-gauge string is 1.28 mm in diameter.