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On this page are strings currently available for restringing. Prices shown are for a full bed (mains and crosses). You can have any of them mixed together as well, to create a hybrid stringbed. This allows you to mix characteristics of 2 different strings.
A hybrid setup I regularly do for customers is an edged poly in the mains (such as Cyclone or Hyper-G) with Prince Synthetic Gut in the crosses. This gives you the big spin from the edged poly mains, but with a bit more comfort and power than you would otherwise get having a full bed of poly. A good setup if you aren’t sure what you want.
Strings and Prices
Price includes installing the string into your racquet. I also have vibration dampeners and grips and will usually put a dampener on for free with restrings if you don’t have one already.
1. Volkl Cyclone 1.20mm – $30 (black)
Same as 1.25mm below, but thinner guage. Gives you more power, spin and feel than a thicker guage, but less resistance to breaking (durability). Good if you are willing to restring regularly, or don’t usually break strings.
2. Volkl Cyclone 1.25mm – $30 (black, orange or pink)
An edged poly that enables you to produce a heap of spin. Fairly firm initially, but softens up after a few hours of hitting and gradually becomes more powerful, but retains it’s ability to produce spin. My go-to poly and one that is hard to go wrong with, especially if you are new to using poly. Orange and black are nice and crisp, pink seems a little bit softer so is a good choice for women.
3. Volkl Cyclone 1.30mm – $30 (fluoro yellow)
Same as above, but thicker gauge. This means a bit less spin, a bit less feel, but more durability (won’t snap as easily) if that’s an issue for you.
4. Babolat RPM Blast 1.25mm – $30 (black)
As used by Rafael Nadal, this octagonal edged poly is similar to Cyclone but a little bit more springy and softer. Has a shiny coating that allows it to slide around on itself and snap back quickly, thus producing massive topspin (see Rafa’s forehand).
5. Solinco Hyper-G 1.20mm & 1.25mm – $30 (flouro green)
If any string is my new go-to, it’s this offering from Solinco. A bit lower-powered than Cyclone. Has a square profile for ridiculous spin, but be aware you must either have a powerful racquet or be a powerful hitter to be able to use this effectively. You definitely want to string this at lower tensions in order to give more power. Holds tension well for a poly. As used by Sam Query to beat Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2016. Most definitely a control string.
6. Luxilon 4G 1.25mm – $30 (light brown)
You want a poly that holds tension? This is it. Not very elastic, but hangs on forever. Only recommended for players that produce their own power. This is a very firm string. I find it works well as crosses in spin-model racquets. Has a unique feel as well, which I find good. The rough version of this is a very good string that lasts ages and is what I’d use personally if I didn’t string my own racquets. Unfortunately, it is very expensive in reels so I can’t supply rough.
7. Luxilon 4G 1.30mm – $30 (light brown)
Same as above but thicker gauge. Good for use in very open-patterned racquets (big squares) due to it’s tension-holding qualities.
8. Luxilon Alu Power Spin 1.27mm – $30 (silver)
Classic poly string that has been around since the mid nineties, but in a pentagonal version. Unique in it’s formula that incorporates aluminium in it’s construction, thus the name. Unique feel for a poly and a favourite on the pro tour.
9. Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25mm – $30 (blue)
Edged poly that plays well, similar to Cyclone. Customers that use this all speak highly of it.
10. Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25mm – $30 (yellow)
A round, low-powered control poly. As used by Nik Kyrios. A softer-playing string, which is why Kyrios uses it as it helps him avoid arm issues.
11. Technifibre Black Code 4S – $30 (black)
A comfortably soft spin poly. Same as original Black Code but “4S” (for spin), having 4 sides instead of 5.
12. Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25mm – $30 (yellow)
Edged poly that scored the highest spin potential of all stringd at the Tennis Warehouse lab. Very similar to Cyclone but with a slightly different feel, leaning a bit towards 4g Rough if ever you’ve used that.
13. Wilson Sensation 1.30mm – $30 (white)
Multifilament string that is very soft, so absorbs a lot of incoming shock from ball impact. Great for women or those with a flatter type of swing. Also good for tennis elbow sufferers. Doesn’t get much more comfortable than this string.
14. Wilson Sensation Control 1.30mm – $30 (white)
A newer version of Sensation, this one is a bit firmer so gives a bit more control.
15. Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex 1.30mm – $30 (flouro green, black, white)
A classic string from Prince, this is widely regarded as the benchmark for synthetic gut strings. Great for hybrid stringjobs where poly is used in the mains (for durability and topspin) in combination with this string in the crosses, which make the racquet less brutal than a full poly stringbed. Synthetic gut is the most widely-used string amongst recreational players and while it doesn’t excel at anything in particular, it is fairly good for everything.
Learning About Strings
If you’d like to educate yourself on the subject of strings so that you will be better able to choose the right string for your playing style and game, please click the link below. It’s a good article that explains the different types of strings.
Strings 101 (Salt Lake City Stringer)
When we meet, I’ll also help you work out what will suit you best. I have used all of the strings I have myself so can offer some insight into how each one plays.
That being said, virtually any new string will be better than old, dead strings.
Plastic and rubber goes hard and gets nasty as it ages and in the realm of tennis strings, this can translate into sore elbows and wrists, loss of control on your shots and a bad experience in general. Strings are something that need to be replaced regularly.
Please watch the video on the home page for more on this subject, from Babolat’s restringer.
Following are video reviews of the strings I have. If no review is available, a link to user feedback has been provided instead.
Solinco Hyper G
Babolat RPM Blast
Luxilon Alu Power Spin
Yonex Poly Tour Spin
There is no video available for this string so I just linked to a player’s forum so you can read what others have experenced from using this string. Please click here.
Yonex Poly Tour Pro
Technifibre Black Code 4S
Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex