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I think the largest improvement in tennis equipment over the past 10 years is strings. Higher level players have always known how important strings and stringing are, and now it looks as though the rest of the tennis playing world is catching on!
Polyester was once considered just a more forgiving option to Kevlar strings. Polys were dead feeling, with slippery surface and horrible tension maintenance. Polyester strings were pretty much ignored in the U.S.
But now many polyester strings (co-poly) are softer, spin-enhancing, and still very durable. Chronic string breakers who prefer strings that don’t feel like bricks now have many great choices. Here are a few of my favorites…
Kirschbaum Pro Line II was one of the first polyester strings that provided durability, feel, and spin enhancement. “I forgot that I was using a polyester string” is a typical comment from players using Pro Line II for the first time. A round string with a sticky, spin-enhancing coating, Pro Line II is a fantastic option for a string breaker who wants more feel and power. Available in gauges 1.15, 1.20, 1.25 and 1.30, it comes in red and black.
Solinco Tour Bite is a cool, silver-colored, four-sided string. If you’re looking to add more spin to your game Tour Bite is a must try. It is available in 1.15, 1.20, 1.25, 1.30 gauges.
Gamma Zo Verve is a very unique looking, two-toned (black and red), 3-sided string. A little on the firm side, Zo Verve is a great string for hard hitters looking for more control and spin. It comes in 1.25 and 1.30 gauges.
Topspin Max Rotation is a black, shiny, seven-sided string. Max Rotation is great for players looking to add spin without sacrificing comfort. One of the best kept secrets on the market, Max Rotation has been a fan favorite for two years. Max Rotation comes in gauges 1.27 and 1.31.
All of these strings are excellent playing and not so hard on the arm but, they are Polyester and tension loss can be quick and drastic! So while co-poly’s are excellent for spin enhancement, they do not hold tension well.
NOTE — Because polyester strings are so durable, most players wait way too long before they restring. We too often hear complaints about shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain. This is usually due to stiff and or dead strings.
Tennis should not be played in pain!
write by Clitus