When did you last get your racket restrung? How often do you get a restring? Are you sure you are using the right strings?
Back in 2015, we launched a tennis racket restringing service at Liverpool Tennis Centre in partnership with our friends at TBS Sports. It was something that we offered many years ago and we wanted to start providing this service again for players at our venue and from across the Liverpool area. The service has proved very popular and we try our best to deliver a fast and high-quality product.
It has been really interesting to see how much knowledge or understanding tennis players have about their strings. Are you someone who knows a lot about strings or do you not give it a second thought? We have seen that some players are really into what strings they use and take great care in keeping their rackets freshly strung or those who like to experiment with different types of strings. At the other end of the scale, other players have never had a restring and continue to play with the factory strings that came with their racket.
To get the best out of your racket, we would advise you get a restring as many times in a year as you play in a week and not just wait till your strings break. We would also recommend players give consideration to the characteristics of the string they are using and to be sure that it best suits them and their game.
There are lots of different strings that are available that provide all sorts of benefits and it can be confusing to players or their parents as to which string to use. Do you want more spin or can you generate enough yourself? Do you need more control or more power? Do you break lots of strings and are looking for something more durable? Do you suffer from injuries and are looking for something that will be a little bit kinder to your joints? These are the types of questions our team ask our customers and then we can advise them accordingly.
One common theme we do see is junior players using a string and a tension that is not necessarily suitable for their age. Whilst you may get more power in the short term, you need to be careful that the string isn’t too hard and could damage joints and muscles in the long term. There are softer strings available that provide more comfort for juniors, or even older players. You can always change to a harder ‘adult’ string when your body is ready for it.
We don’t profess to have all the answers, we are learning all the time, but we certainly try to ask the right questions. There is no such thing as a good string or a bad string, it is all about the right string for you. What is certainly not in question is how important your strings are for you and your game.
Please let me know if you have any queries or any recommendations for other players?