Ideal Tennis String Tension by String Type and Racquet

The ideal tennis string tension setting can vary based on personal preference, playing style, and the specific racquet and string being used. However, I can provide some general recommendations based on popular racquets and strings on the market:

Racquet: Babolat Pure Drive

  • String Type: Polyester (e.g., Babolat RPM Blast)
  • Tension Range: 50-60 lbs (22.7-27.2 kg)

Racquet: Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph

  • String Type: Natural Gut (e.g., Wilson Natural Gut)
  • Tension Range: 55-65 lbs (24.9-29.5 kg)

Racquet: Head Graphene 360+ Speed Pro

  • String Type: Hybrid (e.g., Natural Gut in the mains, Polyester in the crosses)
  • Tension Range:
    • Mains (Natural Gut): 52-58 lbs (23.6-26.3 kg)
    • Crosses (Polyester): 48-54 lbs (21.8-24.5 kg)

Racquet: Yonex EZONE 98

  • String Type: Multifilament (e.g., Yonex Rexis)
  • Tension Range: 50-60 lbs (22.7-27.2 kg)

Racquet: Prince Textreme Tour 100P

  • String Type: Polyester (e.g., Luxilon ALU Power)
  • Tension Range: 50-60 lbs (22.7-27.2 kg)

Racquet: Tecnifibre TFlash 300 CES

  • String Type: Hybrid (e.g., Polyester in the mains, Synthetic Gut in the crosses)
  • Tension Range:
    • Mains (Polyester): 50-60 lbs (22.7-27.2 kg)
    • Crosses (Synthetic Gut): 55-65 lbs (24.9-29.5 kg)

General Tips:

  • Polyester Strings: Can be strung at a lower tension for more power and spin, or at a higher tension for increased control.
  • Natural Gut Strings: Typically strung at a lower tension for better playability and comfort.
  • Multifilament Strings: Offer good playability at mid-range tensions.
  • Hybrid Setups: Allow for customization of tension for mains and crosses, catering to individual preferences.

It’s important to note that these are general recommendations and players may have their own preferences based on factors like playing style, arm comfort, and court conditions. Additionally, it’s advisable to consult with a certified stringer or tennis coach for personalized stringing advice based on your specific needs and preferences.