Tennis String Tension

Enhance Your Game with the Right Tennis String Tension

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  1. Richard Lucas
    Richard Lucas says:

    I have just ordered my first stringing machine. This article has provided some useful information. Thanks, Rick Lucas

  2. TennisCompanion
    TennisCompanion says:

    Hey Rick,

    That’s awesome to hear! Nothing beats having your own stringer, you’re going to have a ton of fun with it :)

    If you don’t mind me asking, which stringer did you order?

    One of my favorites… stringing, watching tennis on TV and drinking a nice cold beverage. Can’t beat it. I’m glad you found some of the information helpful and would love to hear how things work out with the new machine.

    All the best,

  3. Pallavi
    Pallavi says:

    I found your article very useful. My son who is 14, years old plays with 57 lbs tension 300 GMs rpm blast strings on babolat pure drive French open….now he wants to switch to another racquet.. He plays flat and is in between intermediate to advanced player. Any suggestions on which other racquet and what strings? Thanks in advance

  4. TennisCompanion
    TennisCompanion says:

    Hey Pallavi,

    Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. Here are a few questions that would help me provide a more useful answer:

    • Why does your son want to switch?
    • What are his favorite parts about his existing racquet?
    • What does your son dislike about his existing racquet?
    • What aspects of his game is he looking to improve through the purchase of a new racquet?
    • Can you add any more detail around his style of play, i.e. he mostly hangs at the baseline, loves to come to net, etc…?
    • What kind of strings is he currently using and what does he like/dislike about them?

    Looking forward to your reply.

    All the best,

    • Pallavi
      Pallavi says:

      I am extremely sorry for not looking up for your reply.
      1 His current babolat aero drive is 305 GMs….he is finding it a bit heavy. He tried a Wilson blade and pro staff and found it much more comfortable than babolat.
      He wants to have more control than what babolat gives. The strings are pro hurricane tension 60. He is looking for a light weight racquet with more control. His game is predominantly baseline, but does play good game even at the net. The strings do feel dead after just a day of being strung. He liked the feel of Wilson but is unable to choose. Once he played with a head light weight and felt good about it too. His current babolat racquet is kind of heavy for his age and is looking to switch for more control. I hope I answered your qs.
      Pl guide me . I ll keep checking your site more often now.

      • TennisCompanion
        TennisCompanion says:

        Hey Pallavi,

        Thanks for getting back to me! I’d love to provide you with a more detailed comparison of the tennis racquets that your son has been using as well as some suggestions for new racquets he might want to try.

        To help with this could you please provide links to the exact versions of the following tennis racquets that your son has used:

        • Babolat Aero Drive
        • Wilson Blade
        • Wilson Pro Staff

        Each of these racquets have different variations with unique specifications, so in order to provide you with the best information it would be helpful for you to tell me the exact racquets your son has used.

        Just head on over to your favorite online retailer and then include the links to the racquets in your reply.

        I look forward to learning more!

        All the best,

  5. Ujjwalr06
    Ujjwalr06 says:

    I am purchasing a new racket wilson juice blx 100…can you tell me the best optimal tension of that raquet. Tension are from 53-63 lbs..I AM A HARD HITTER AND ULTIMATE smasher and a fair backhand

    • TennisCompanion
      TennisCompanion says:

      Hi there! Thanks for your stopping by and for sharing your question. You are correct, the recommended string tension for the Wilson BLX Juice 100 is from 53-63 lbs, however when it comes to which tension you should use it all comes back to personal preference. For example, you described yourself as a hard hitter. If that’s the case I’d be curious to learn whether or not you’re looking to reign in and control your power or if you really enjoy hitting hard and want to maintain as much power as possible.

      If you were looking for more control I might suggest you try a tension at the upper end of the recommended stringing tension such as 61-63 lbs. Of course, if you enjoy the power and don’t have a problem with controlling the ball then you might look at stringing the racquet at the lower end of the recommended tension, perhaps 55-57.

      The key is to have an initial goal in mind with your string tension and then try a tension that you’d expect to match your needs and adjust from there. It definitely takes some trial and error to find an ideal tension. Here’s a little chart for how I would look at the recommended string tension for your tennis racquet:

      [Power] 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 [Control]

      Of course, if you have any follow-up questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

      ~All the best, Jon

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