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Helping our customers make the right choices in accordance with their needs and budget is the core of our business.

Please find below questions and answers to a range of topics outside our services. If we still haven't answered your questions, feel free to contact us for a 1:1 consultation.

Tennis Stringing:

What tennis strings to consider? 

  • For delivery of extra topspin, suitable co-polymers with edge 
  • Managing tennis elbow can be helped with multifilament strings
  • General play can be achieved with nylon monofilaments

How long does tension last?

Once the knots are tied, tension will drop over time (known as string creep) on all racquets. Depending on the string and frequency of play, tension will drop more or less every time you play. To measure your string bed tension, their are various tools out there to help. 

What patterns to consider?

  • Consider "hybrid" patterns for a mix of power, spin and control
  • Consider "full bed" patterns for a mix of power, spin and control

What is full bed & hybrid restring? 

  • A full bed refers to the use of the full string set on the frame
  • A hybrid is a mix of at-least 2 different string sets on the frame

What do gauge sizes offer? 

  • Thicker tennis gauges offer more durability & control
  • Thinner gauges will offer more spin and bite

What tension?

  • Lower tensions will provide more power
  • High tensions provide more control 
  • We recommend staying in the manufacturers guidelines 

    Why use an RSA Stringer?

    If you need stringing advice and stringing services, RSA Certified Stringers (Racquet Stringers Association) have been trained by professionals on how to string to tournament level and will normally have a good solid understanding of string types, suitability and help you work towards the right string set and tension. 

      ERSA, USRSA & UKRSA certified stringers normally receive their training from master racket technicians. RSA Stringers and may have also taken exams and tests to help bench mark their ability against professional standards and strung in National and International tournaments.

      We would also advise you not be led just by the marketing of strings, what others are using or going with the cheapest stringer to drive you to an immediate decision. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your style of play along with what you are looking to achieve and we can walk you through a range of options around your budget.

        Why tennis strings can break?

        • Continuous use of heavy or wet tennis balls
        • Abrasion or friction of strings on the string bed
        • Thinner gauges will be more susceptible to breakage than thicker gauges
        • Temperature or climate changes 
        • Over stretching strings can weaken them and remove elasticity
        • Excessive power play 

        When to restring in tennis?

        Doctor google will normally tell you "the number of times you play per week is the number times per year you should restrung". As much as that may give you a general reference, there is far more to it than that. Firstly, you may play twice a week but you could play for 4 hours a day as opposed to one hour which would have a significant amount of impact stress on the strings than one hour of play per day. The second point is that string construction and types will vary depending on the player. You might have a full bed of co-polymer and your opponent might have a full bed of nylon monofilament which will both have different stress points.

        Just because your racquet has been strung and has not broken does not mean it does not need a restring. All string performance has an optimum point and once you move past that point, the results can start to have negative impacts on your game. Just because your stringer has put durable strings in your racquet does not mean they are gong to deliver the same performance for ever. If you take your game and performance seriously, a common mistake is not to restring regularly. 

          What strings for tennis elbow?

          Consider natural gut or synthetic nylon multifilament.

            Do dampeners stop tennis elbow?

            Dampeners assist with vibration on the string bed. They do not address the root cause of tennis elbow.

              Can I string my own racquets?

              Yes. Anyone can buy a machine and learn to string. It is however an art and skill that takes lots of time to develop to a consistent and good standard. We would always suggest doing a course with a professional who can show you the latest techniques. Just remember that anyone can do a string job and "string racquets". To be a good "racquet stringer" and understand what strings suit players, how to follow professional practices from using specific patterns and tying a variety of knots take practice and patience. Along with the stringing methodology, training and theory you will need to consider a machine. Manual crank and drop weight are lower cost with electronic machines being at the higher end of the cost scale.

                Any other help for tennis elbow?

                Multifilament constructed strings are the preferred budget choice. Along with your strings, the mass weight, swing weight, balance point, frame thickness and grip size, your racquet will also play a major part in managing tennis elbow. Head light tennis racquets may not be the right choice for tennis elbow simply as the racquet hoop and frame absorbs more energy causing the arm and elbow to be impacted. Head heavy tennis racquets would be advisable to look at with the right balance point and swing weight.
                  Tennis Customisation:

                  What is racquet customisation?

                  Modifying one or more of following:

                  • Strings
                  • Grip palette
                  • Swing weight
                  • Balance point
                  • Racquet weight
                  • Racquet paintwork
                  • Grip size
                  • Other 

                  When to consider more tennis racquet weight:

                  Let's consider four scenarios:

                  Example 1: Let's assume you have two tennis racquets and both racquets are different models and have different weights. One racquet is 290g and you have also just gone out and bought a 305g racquet. You decide that you really like the new weight and want to mirror the lighter racquet to feel the same as the 305g. Customisation of weighting is a methodology of distributing weight to ensure the swing weight and balance points are matching within a marginal tolerance. This is not as simple as putting weight on the head of the racquet as the swing weight will be affected. 

                  Example 2: You may want to increase power or modify the sweet spot of your racquet. Both can be achieved via weight customisation.

                  Example 3: You might want to purchase a heavier racquet but see what the weight might feel like before you purchase it. 

                  Example 4: You have discovered the same model racquets you have purchased actually have slightly different weights after you have weighed them. You prefer one racquet over the other and want to mirror the weight distribution.

                  Contact us to discuss our customisation service pricing and options.

                    Adult Tennis Racquet Grips:

                    Choosing the right size?

                    There are a few ways to do this:

                    1. In your playing hand and with a ruler, measure in mm the distance from the tip of your ring finger (A) down to the point on the second line on your palm is horizontal with the upper starting point of your thumb (B). 

                    Once measured, the table below will help you decide the right size:

                    Hand Measure EUR  USA
                    4"100-102mm
                    0 4
                    4"103-105mm 1 4 1/8
                    4"106-108mm 2 4 1/4
                    4"109-111mm
                    3 4 3/8
                    4"112-114mm 4 4 1/2
                    4"115-117mm
                    5 4 5/8

                     

                    2. A second way test is by holding the racquet in your playing hand and being able to slide your index finger between your thumb and fingers holding the grip. A comfortable fit of the finger normally indicates a healthy size grip.

                    3. A third way is to try a number of sizes. Although a player might be suited for a size 4 european grip, they might want to deliver more wrist movement in their technique and therefore choose a smaller grip.

                    How to increase my grip size?

                    • Heat shrink 1/16 or 1/8 sizes
                    • Over grips to suit your diameter