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the Tennis Company staff is interested in offering the best possible serve to its customers. All staff stringers are either USRSA or CRT Certified Stringers. However, being certified is just one of the many steps we take to making sure customers get the best care about racquet maintains. A pro shop environment allows our stringers to work with the customer one on one. To appreciate our experience is to see our staff pump out 35 string jobs per day. Read more about our experience ,knowledge, tournament experience and equipment we use. Stringing Studs

Basic Facts About Racquets & Strings

Reprinted with permission of the USRSA

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following information was supplied by USRSA Technical Advisor Steve Davis.  When Steve's not technically advising the USRSA, he's directing Research & Development for Prince Sport Group.  we think it's safe to say that Steve knows his basic racquet and string facts.

Note that these facts are presented as generalities - and certain variables or modifications can alter the norm.  For instance. a stiffer frame generates more power, although a stiff frame  badly strung may generate less power than a more flexible frame properly strung for power players

Also note that the statements below are relative.  When we say a heavier frame generates more power, arbitrarily adding weight to your frame isn't going to necessarily give you the power you need ( and adding too much weight could sacrifice maneuverability). Note that other factors come into play.  If your client's interested in more power, try adding weight in gradual increments... say 3 or 4 grams at a time - with the prudent placement of lead tape.  So basically speaking:

Racquet Facts

  • A heavier frame generates more power

  • A heavier frame vibrates less

  • A heavier frame has a larger sweet spot

  • A stiffer frame generates more power

  • A stiffer frame has a larger sweet spot

  • A stiffer frame transmits more of the shock load to the arm than a flexible frame

  • A stiffer frame provides a more uniform ball response across the entire string plane

  • A larger frame generates more power

  • A larger frame is more resistant to twisting

  • A larger frame has larger sweet spot

  • A longer frame generates more velocity and therefore more power

  • The string bed in a longer frame generates more spin due to increased velocity

String Facts

  • Lower string tensions generate more power (providing string movement does not occur).
  • Higher string tensions generate more ball control (for experienced players).
  • A longer string (or string plane area) produces more power.
  • Decreased string density (fewer strings) generates more power.
  • Thinner  string generates more power.
  • More elastic string generate more power. (Generally, what will produce more power will also absorb more shock load at impact)
  • Softer strings, or string with a softer coating, tend to vibrate less.
  • Thinner strings tend to produce more spin.
  • Decreased string density (fewer strings) generates more spin.
  • The more elastic the string, the more tension loss in the racquet after the string job. *

*Pre-stretching aligns (stretches) the polymer chains in the string and "sets" the string, which reduces tension loss, albeit slightly. Generally, the more pre-stretching (prior to stringing) the less tension loss after stringing.