Professional Racket Stringing Service

So how long IS a piece of string?

Well, in the case of the average midplus tennis racket its about 10.3 metres!

There are many misconceptions out there about stringing and the greatest myth of all relates to the tension or tightness of the strings. You will often hear people complaining that their strings have gone soft and they are losing power. FALSE!

Contrary to popular opinion, tighter strings will NOT give you more power, they give more feel and more accuracy, but the sweet spot in the racket will get smaller making it more difficult to play with. However, modern strings have an in-built elasticity which wears out over time and a fresh re-string will give a much livelier response with the result that you may FEEL you are hitting the ball harder.

As a general guide, if you are playing twice a week you should probably be getting your racket re-strung twice a year. There are literally thousands of different strings out there to choose from but they can be broken down into a few main categories as follows:

Tennis Strings

SYNTHETIC GUT: Nice to play with. Good balance of playability/durability. This is the most popular type of string used by about 60-70% of players.
TOPSPIN: This is basically a synthetic gut with a rougher texture giving more bite on the ball resulting in more spin, either topspin or slice.


This is the nicest string to play with giving the most feel. It is the most elastic of the strings resulting in the largest sweet spot and should be the string of choice for anyone with tennis elbow problems.

This is a very hard wearing string which is the least elastic of all the string types and is only really a consideration for the heaviest hitters. It’s most common use is as part of a mix (below).


This is a combination of a polyester string in the mains and something else (synthetic/topspin/tecnifibre) in the crosses. This is designed for people who use a good deal of topspin resulting in frequent string breakages. Usually the mains (up/down) strins and who are therefore looking for something more durable without sacrificing feel.

Professional Racket Stringing Service. Phone 01 660 6923.


String Gauge:

Most rackets will be strung in 16 gauge (~1.28-1.33 mm diameter). Sometimes people will want a string with more feel and will ask for 17 gauge (~1.2-1.25mm) but there is an obvious drawback in terms of durability.

Squash and Badminton Strings

The same basic principles apply to squash and badminton strings as to tennis strings. The only major difference is that there are fewer types of string to choose from.


NYLON – really only used for poor quality club-hire rackets.

SYNTHETIC  – many varieties and gauges – basically thinner which means more feel.



NYLON  – again usually only found in poor quality starter rackets

SYNTHETIC – more feel than the nylon. Recommended for rackets with wide string gaps.

MULTIFILAMENT – the nicest to play with giving the most feel with the liveliest response. Again, many varieties and gauges.