What tension should I have my tennis racket strung?
The tension you choose to string your racquet is up to you as these are purely recommendations, but it’s worth noting you may void its warranty if your string tension is determined to have caused your racquet to break.
Typically, beginner players with slower racket-head speeds want their strings to add more power to their shots while advanced players with faster racket-head speeds want their strings to provide more control over their shots. The higher your string tension, the more control you’ll have while the looser your string tension, the more power.
Professional. Yep, thats the quickest way to loosen up your tension. You’ll see some pros at the lower level tournaments that aren’t able to afford new strung racquet every ball change loosen their tension by laying the racquet on the ground and giving it a careful gentle shoe + partial body weight over the string bed.
Luxilon Alu Power is one of the most popular polyester strings on the pro tour today – and for good reason! Available in both silver and ice blue, it is used by players such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Gael Monfils, amongst countless others.
Typical tensions range from around 40-65lbs, but most players’ tensions fall well within that range of extremes! Generally speaking, professional stringers tend to advise players to string their rackets as low as possible whilst still being able to maintain control of the ball.
Not necessarily. Because tighter strings produce less velocity, the ball will land shorter in the court. To make up for this, the player might swing harder generating more spin. In this case, it is not tighter strings that produce more spin, but the player’s response to tighter strings.
Tension Changing Or you can add a ton of string dampeners to 12, 3, 6, and 9 oclock on your racquet to increase tension, seems to be only about 2 lbs or so. Best of luck.
The main advice is that high string tensions make your shot more consistent and make it easier to hit topspin shots. If you do not like the “boardy” feel of high tension strings, then use a lower tension but remember to restring regularly to minimize the affects of undesirable string motion.
The pro tour further reinforces this as if you’ve ever seen behind the scenes in the stringing room at a major tournament; you’ll see string tension requests from players are wide-ranging. Some ATP players string in the 30-lbs range, while others are as high as 70 lbs.
Generally speaking, the tennis axiom goes, the tighter you string your racquet, the more control you have over your shots. The looser the tension, the more power. That means as the racquet continues out and up on its swing, the ball will have a higher launch point.
Tighter strings mean less power; looser strings mean more power. The physics of this is clear and easy to understand.
When it comes to the actual tension, most manufacturers recommend stringing elastic materials like nylon or natural gut around 50-60 lbs. If using a stiffer string like polyester, drop the tension to avoid arm injuries.