About our stringing services:
What are the stringing services?
We offer 4 services for players:
- Same day stringing (£4 extra)
- 24-48hr stringing (no extra charge)
- 72hr C&D (27 areas no extra charge)
- UK wide courier returns from £1.45
All 4 service details are found here
How can I pay for my restring?
- Same day 24-48hr (cash)
- 72hr C&D (cash/advance pay online)
- UK courier returns (advance pay online)
How long do restrings take?
We normally restring racquets 20% off the times below but factor in this contingency for unknown issues.
- Tennis: Up to 30 mins
- Squash: Up to 30 mins
- Badminton: Up to 45 mins
Do we text check every restring?
No and we don't want to spam you. We just ensure that all new customers get an initial text string check and happy with their first restring within 2 weeks of a restring with us. Our goal is to make sure our customers who have never used strings we have put in have the right strings for their game, and the strings supplied build on your court confidence.
Do restrings have warranties?
Unfortunately no. Once racquets are strung, strings cannot be resold. We always offer to text check all our new customers 1-2 weeks after their restring. If there are any problems, we always look to find mutually agreed solutions. Please see our repair terms and conditions here for further details.
What do restring prices include?
Our restring prices include restring consultation, string-set, restring labour, free collection & delivery to our listed areas and return protective packaging. If you supply your own strings (labour only), the same applies but without the string set. Please note that we do not include the repair costs of grommets or other customisation costs in our restring prices.
Do we check racquets in advance?
Yes, we do our best to check all racquets for cracks and damage but bear no responsibility for frame damage or personal injury aligned with our repair terms and conditions.
Do we check badminton grommets?
Yes, for badminton racquets we undertake a basic grommet check when inspecting your racquet.
At the end of our initial badminton racquet inspection, we may advise you that x number of grommet(s) "need" replacement if we feel that there will be a significant impact the string life if not replaced. Sometimes, grommets may be worn but not directly affect the string life and are not needed. Please note that grommet charges apply at 50p each accordingly if you wish to proceed with the replacement(s).
What machines do we use?
We use three machines:
- 1 x electronic for tennis & squash
- 1 x electronic for badminton
- 1 x electronic for all
What is UKRSA and ERSA?
Both are recognised associations who can train stringers to be able to work at the highest level. Instructors are Master Racquet Technicians and all have pro tournament experience and lead stringing teams. When you string with an RSA stringer, they would have had their training from MRT's.
Who does our 72hr C&D?
72hr C&D across our 27 listed areas is undertaken solely by Topstring.co.uk.
Who does our UK wide delivery?
We use two courier delivery services if you wish to send us your racquet.
- Parcel Force (48hr)
- myHermes (3-5 days)
These service prices include signature and insurance options.
About tennis strings:
How much does it cost?
Adult size racquet tennis restrings start with us from £15. That price includes string-set, labour and free C&D to 27 local areas we publish. Alternatively, you can provide your own synthetic set and we can string your racquet for £15.
Junior size racquet tennis restrings start with us from £12. Again, that price includes string-set, labour and free C&D to 27 local areas we publish. Alternatively, you can provide your own synthetic set and we can string your racquet for £15.
What are common strings?
- Natural Gut
- Smart (hybrid)
What are the constructions?
- Solid core single wrap(s)
- Multicore with wrap(s)
What strings suit me?
The most common but most complex question of them all. See our choosing strings guide for more information or feel free to call us for s free consultation as different string categories will depend on a number of influencing factors.
How much weight to strings add?
- Tennis avg + 15-18g
- Badminton avg + 5g
- Squash avg + 15g
Poly vs Multi vs Syn Gut?
- Good control
- Very good durability
- Good power
- Very good for string breakers
- Basic comfort with Poly
- Better comfort with Co-Polys
- Can be profiled for topspin
- Very good control
- Good arm comfort (nylon)
- Average durability
- Very good power (nylon)
- Good power (poly)
- Average for string breakers
- Very good with nylons
Synthetic Gut (core wrapped):
- Good control
- Suit beginner-intermediate
- Good durability
- Good power (nylon)
- Good for string breakers
- Basic arm comfort (nylon)
What strings for elbow problems?
Multifilament nylon constructed strings will provide a softer feel and are easier on the arm joints. If you have the budget, natural gut is the best out there but very costly. There are numerous multifilament strings out there we can advise to test. Best to avoid monofilament polyester formulated strings if you are managing elbow injuries.
Thicker or thinner strings?
Thinner strings generally help a player generate spin and power with an open racquet pattern (16x19 is common) but offer less overall durability. Thinner strings will also improve spin if you were using profiled or rough/edged polyester formulated strings. Thinner strings enable the strings to embed themselves (aka bite) deeper into the ball and assist with control.
Thicker strings primarily offer more durability and can offer comparative/better control to thinner strings if spin and power is not required. In tennis, topspin generation is mainly dependent on the technique (brushing the ball) along with the grip style used. So strings ideal for bite and for heavy topspin are normally profiled at around 1.27m, 1.25mm and lower.
How often should I restring?
General feedback advises that the number of times you play per week should be the times per year you restring. What is overlooked with this approach is 1) the amount of hours you play in each session and 2) the style of play you undertake. We would recommend a minimal yearly restring frequency with the minimum times per week formulae, but also advise to consider a more regular frequency especially if you are having coaching sessions, drills or lengthy club match sessions.
Strings on all racquets loosen anyway due to ongoing impact, abrasion, stress and temperature. So, although retention and durability may be marketed well by the manufacturer, strings replaced regularly in accordance with frequency of play plus time quantity and style of play will assist with performance efficiency.
Just because a string set has not broken, does not mean you don't need a restring.
What tension for tennis?
We always advise our customers to think twice about very high tensions. High tension reduces string life and can degrade the dynamic properties of the string reducing feel, bite, spin and durability. Higher tensions also put more stress on the arm so we advise mid to low tensions with arm injuries.
Depending on string-set:
- Mono/Multi Polys: 46-57lbs
- Mono/Multi Nylons: 50-60lbs
- Syn Gut Solid Core: 50-60lbs
- Nat Gut: 50-60lbs (pre stretch)
How much does it cost?
Badminton restrings start with us from £17. That price includes string-set, labour and free C&D to 27 local areas we publish. Alternatively, you can provide your own synthetic set and we can string your racquet for £18. Unfortunately, we do charge a higher rate compared to our standard £15 simply as badminton racquets take longer to string and more risk is involved with supplied badminton strings.
What strings to consider?
Badminton strings fall into fewer categories with the most common types of strings being "nylon" multifilaments along with some bespoke polymer technology available from the leading brand Ashaway. Strings can also be braided to assist with control.
What determines string choice comes down to the players requirements which fall into a few categories below:
- Durability Level
- Power Level & Repulsion
- Feel Level
All of the above are also influenced by the tension level put in by your stringer. We offer a top selection of string sets that support these requirements, so please call us for a free consultation to help us recommend the right strings to suit your game.
What tension for badminton?
The higher the tension, the more control but more swing required which may suit more experienced players. The lower the tension, the more power, repulsion and a bigger sweet spot which is good for beginners. Note that lower tensions also last longer due to reduced impact stress on the string bed.
So, finding the right tension for your game can require a few restrings to get it right. Tension is also subject to player standard, string-set properties and the racquets min and max recommended tension.
Depending on above:
- Beginner: 20-23lbs
- Intermediate: 23-26lbs
- Adv Intermediate: 24-27lbs
- Pro: 27-30lbs
What is repulsion (badminton)?
Repulsion is the degree in which the shuttlecock can bounce off the racket string bed.
- High repulsion = more power into your shots. The shuttle bounces off quickly.
- Low repulsion = less power in your shots. The shuttle stays on the string bed longer before it bounces off.
What badminton string thickness?
- Offer more repulsion
- Are less durable
- EG: Yonex BG66@0.65mm
- Offer less repulsion
- Are more durable
- EG: Yonex BG3@0.74mm
Popular sizes & strings:
- Yonex BG65ti 0.70mm
- Ashaway Zymax Fire 0.69mm
- Karakal Hotzone: 0.68mm
Plastic or feather shuttles?
It is important to remember that plastic shuttles do not fly the same way that feathered shuttles do and will impact your string life.
Plastic shuttles require more energy and effort to deliver the shot so we would recommend lowering tension by 2-3lbs if you are using plastic shuttles to help you generate more power and reduce stress on the elbow.
How much does it cost?
Squash restrings start with us from £16. That price includes string-set, labour and free C&D to 27 local areas we publish. Alternatively, you can provide your own synthetic set and we can string your racquet for £15.
What tension for squash?
We normally string most squash racquets at 26-27lbs and pulling our last 2 crosses at reduced tension. Squash racquets can normally go up to 30lbs but we try to avoid putting too much stress on the frame at tensions above 27lbs. Remember, the higher the tension, the more control and lower the more power. You may have a tear drop or closed head so we can advise you on tensions we normally put in to get the sweet spot ready for action. A majority of our customers also prefer lower tensions to avoid elbow injury.
What strings for squash?
Squash strings mainly fall into the monofilament or multifilament category in the synthetic family. When racquets are purchased off the shelf pre strung, they may come with a sold core or nylon synthetic which helps the player become familiar with the weight and open/closed pattern of the racquet.
It is time to restring your racquet when the strings have either broken, about to break or are moving around more than you would like. When you reach that stage, call us and we can recommend a number of options to suit your game and budget. We can offer a range of Pro endorsed strings (multifilaments and monofilaments) that will offer you a combination of power and feel. Eight times our of ten, we end up stringing with multifilament construction strings.
How often should I restring?
If you are playing 4-5 times a week, you would probably restringing 4-5 times per year. Breakage depends on style of play alongside the gauge of your string set (durability). We would advise considering the amount of times per week=times per year to restring. Just because your strings have not broken does not mean that they are in good condition. Strings are stretched resulting in lowered tension and control.
What are our popular strings?
- RAB Tex flex
- RAB Sensor Fibre HD
- Ashaway PowerNick
- Tecnifibre 305
What will thinner gauges offer?
More bite (playability) on the ball while thicker gauges will offer more durability.
What are the popular gauges in mm?