Alex is the official
racket stringer for the TCYU. All club members are entitled to Alex’s
racket stringing service at a special discounted price.
Email us at email@example.com for stringing services.
Process is simple, email us for any inquiries you have and leave your racket
with one of the TCYU executives and Alex will pick it up from them and
return it for the next scheduled hit.
String Options ($20 / Racket including String):
16 Gauge Wilson
Sensation Syn Gut – Upside: Soft, comfortable, elastic string suitable
for all players, whether novice, intermediate or advanced. Sensation
has a nice feel which makes it good for spin and control while offering
an overall sense of playability for a variety of shots/styles. It is
also easy on the elbow/wrist. Downside: This string has a tendency to
break faster and lose tension more rapidly.
17 Gauge Head Ultra
Tour Poly – Upside: Ultra tour is a durable poly string for
intermediate to advanced players. Overall stiffness in the string
provides the player with the capability of hitting the ball harder. The
string retains tension well and lasts long. Downside: The string has
minimal feel which reduces the amount of control and spin the player
has while hitting. The string is designed for players who hit hard
making it more challenging to adapt different styles of play. Stiffness
in string makes it more likely to cause wrist, elbow or shoulder
injuries. Not recommended for players who are prone to injury.
Hybrid – Upside: Mix of both strings allows for a combination of
spin/control and durability/power. Recommended for intermediate to
advanced players with developed strokes. Downside: The string bed is
primarily poly which creates a feeling of stiffness. This will cut back
on the benefits of the syn gut because it is harder for the player to
feel the ball. Players who have a short swing will not enjoy this
string at all.
*Special* String Options ($30 / Racket including String):
16 Gauge Head Fibergel - Upside: Very soft string that provides a smooth feeling during play. Soft on the arm and wrist. Great string for a recreational player. Pairs nicely with a poly in a hybrid pattern. Downside: Breaks rapidly.
16 Gauge Babolat Powergy - Upside: Powergy provides a combination of power and comfort in a durable multi-layered nylon string. It is a nice step between a typical syn gut and a polyester string. Downside - Not as durable as poly string, not as soft as most syn gut.
17 Gauge Babolat Pro Hurricane - Upside: Durable poly string, one of the best selling strings in the market, the go-to choice for many professional tennis players. Downside: May cause injury to arm or wrist.
17 Gauge Head Sonic Pro Black - Upside: Sonic Pro is the Head version of Babolat RPM, it is a super durable co-polyester string that provides excellent spin potential, black finish to string looks cool. Downside: Difficult to string with, may cause discomfort to injury prone players.
Q: Why should I
restring my racket?
A: Fresh strings create an overall better
tennis experience for the player. New strings will enhance a player’s
shot making ability and compliment their racket. You will actually play
better with new strings because the strings will do what you want them
to. This creates a sense of reliability and consistency in your game.
Strings will naturally lose their tension and playing characteristics
over time which will cause unpredictability during play. It is most
common for your strings to become loose as time goes on. If they are
too loose, you will have less control of the ball and it will fly out
more often. This leads to frustration and loss of confidence for the
Q: How often
should I restring my racket?
A: If you are a string “breaker” you should
restring as often as your strings break. If you are a regular player,
the following rule is recommended: The amount of times you play per
week should be equivalent to the amount of times you restring your
racket in a season. I.e. if you play twice a week, you should restring
twice in the season. Also, if you notice that your strings are either
too loose, have hardened or are unraveling, it’s time to change.
Q: What tension
should I string at?
A: If you don’t know what tension you prefer,
most rackets come with a recommended stringing range. It is usually
between 55-65 pounds and can be found on the inner throat on the
racket. Having a lower string tension creates more elasticity in the
string, which allows for a more powerful shot but offers less control.
Having a higher string tension tightens the strings, making them less
elastic. A higher tension will provide more control but less power.
Finding the right tension for you is all about testing different
weights with a variety of shots, it all comes down to what you like to
feel while hitting. Even on the professional level, there is no golden
rule for tension. Some players, such as Roger Federer, are known to
string extremely low, in the 40-50 pound range. While others, such as
Pete Sampras, were above 90 pounds.