Ask the Stringer: Better String for a Top Spin Tennis Player?

Q: I am a top spin tennis player. I am using a TNT2 FUSION PLUS 19 by GAMMA. I string my racquet at 51 lbs (main) & 54 lbs (cross). Please advise if are there any other strings out there better than the one I am using or should I string my racquet at a different tension to add more spin to my hitting?

A: You might be interested in trying some polyester strings. Polyester strings have really been gaining popularity over the past 10-20 years and have really taken over the string spotlight. Aramid hybrids (commonly referred to as "Kevlar® hybrids" or just "Kevlar®") like Gamma TNT2 Fusion Plus were pretty popular amongst string breakers for a while but their popularity has declined somewhat within recent years. Aramid strings' decline in popularity is in part because of its harsh, stiff feel and in part because of the rise of modern polyester strings. Polyester strings aren't as stiff as aramids and they offer comparable durability, along with enhanced spin potential and power.

If you are interested in trying a polyester, I'd recommend starting out with some of our more popular polyester strings: Babolat RPM Blast 17, Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 125 or Solinco Tour Bite 17. All three are pretty good choices to start with, but there are literally hundreds of choices available—and that's not even counting the dozens of prepackaged polyester hybrids, or the endless custom hybrids you could create. In the end, choosing a string is based largely on personal preference, so don't be afraid to experiment and try out different polyesters or different hybrid combinations.

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