There is a ridiculous amount of different tennis strings in the market
But to summarize all this simply and succinctly….
One could say, there are actually only 2 types! SOFT strings and STIFF strings.
Before I talk about the different types of strings, I hope you get the context.
(( On the pro tour, the pros almost exclusively uses Natural Gut for their Soft string and Polyesters for their Stiff string.
For normal non-professional players, we almost exclusively use Multi-filaments and Synthetic Gut for our Soft string and Polyesters for our Stiff string. ))
Soft strings – Natural Guts , Multi-filaments , Synthetic Gut and Nylon.
( Basically, Natural Gut is king and the rest of the Soft strings are made in effort to emulate the extremely desirable qualities and characteristics of Natural Gut! )
Best – Natural Guts ( Made from the Serosa in Cow’s intentines )
2nd Best – Multi-filaments ( These are the best man-made strings closest to that of Natural Gut )
3rd Best – Synthetic Guts ( Cheap and playable strings. Good for beginners )
Last – Nylon(Mono-filament) ( Cheapest string in the market, found on commercial, factory strung rackets )
Multi-filaments , Synthetic Guts, and Nylon strings are all made from a special type of Nylon material. Their difference lies in their structure. For more details on their structure CLICK HERE
Stiff strings – Polyesters, Kevlar
Polyesters in the market today are almost all superior 3rd Generation Polyesters or also known as Co-polyesters.
If you have any confusion or want to know more about Polyesters in detail CLICK HERE
Kevlar strings – Very inelastic strings, but extremely durable. This string is almost 3 times stiffer than polyesters!
As of yet, I do not have enough experience with Kevlar strings, but it does have some unique functions.
Only about 1% of the Pros uses it.For now, I will completely ignoring Kevlar string in this guide.
What should you use? What are the main differences between Soft and Stiff Strings ?
I will help explain more of it. Click link to next page – Guide to Strings ( Basic 2 )