Click Here to Shop This Month’s Specials

Tennis String Guide

Tennis String Guide

What string should I get?

Many customers we have spoken to over the years have very little experience choosing string. That is why Do It Tennis has come up with some simple options. If you would like a good, basic synthetic gut string, please choose our FREE string. If you would like a better playing synthetic gut, please choose our $5 string option. If you would like a really good playing multifilament string that plays well, holds tension well and is easy on your arm, choose the $10 option. If you want an excellent multifilament that is just one notch below Natural Gut in playability, power and ease on your arm, choose the $15 option.

Different Tennis String Types

Natural Gut: The undisputed champion of tennis strings. Gives both power and feel. Good choice for injury prevention and vibration dampening. Retains performance as it wears though is vulnerable to the ill effects of moisture.
Synthetic String with Solid Core: Offers a wide range of playability, power, or control. Its low cost is an attractive feature to players who go through lots of string.
Synthetic String with Multifilament Construction: Offers the most performance for the money. Aims to replicate natural gut at a much lower cost. Natural vibration dampening is a characteristic as it minimizes arm and wrist fatigue. Use these with textured surfaces for increased spin capability.
Polyester and Polyester Hybrid String: Excellent durability and power. Can be hard on the arm, however. Frequently used as the mains in a hybrid set-up.

Tennis String for Power

The most powerful strings on the market are natural gut strings. (See: Babolat VS Gut 17g or Wilson Natural Gut 16g). However, natural gut can be very expensive. Therefore, many of the manufacturers have introduced multifilament strings. These are synthetic gut based strings but they have gut-like playability, quite a bit of power and they hold tension very well. Also, they are very easy on your arm and shoulder. The only down fall is that some of these strings do not offer much durability. Some of the more popular strings are Wilson NXT Tour 17g, Klip Excellerator 16g, and Babolat Excel Premium 17g.

Tennis String for Control and Durability

Tennis strings that offer maximum control also tend to offer maximum durability. These strings are generally polyester or Kevlar based strings that are geared toward players that play quite a bit and need a more durable, control oriented string. These strings can tend to be hard on your arm and require you to hit the ball at a high velocity in order to get to the ball in the court. Many of the top ATP players play with control oriented strings. Some of the more popular strings are Luxilon ALU Power 16Lg, Wilson Enduro Tour 16g and Prince Problend 16g.

String for Tennis Elbow

Many tennis players tend to experience tennis elbow sometime during their playing career. This is why there are strings available specifically for this problem. These strings tend to be soft and offer plenty of comfort when hitting the ball. A soft feeling string will cushion the impact of the ball by absorbing more shock and vibration. Natural gut is the best possible choice. Some synthetics work much better than others. Some of the more popular strings are Klip Legend 17g, Head Protector 16g and Tecnifibre NRG 17g.

Tennis String for Spin

Most manufacturers have specific strings available for players that like to add spin to their shots. Most of these strings have a contoured outer wrap that provides maximum grip on the ball and added spin. Some of the more popular strings are Prince Topspin Plus 16g and Wilson Stamina Spin 16g.

Good Choices for Mains & Crosses

Many players tend to put a durable string (Ex: Luxilon ALU Power) in the mains and a playable string (Ex: Wilson NXT or Babolat VS Gut) in the crosses. This allows a player great durability without giving up a lot of playability and it also helps prevent arm problems. Some of the more popular hybrid combinations are Babolat Hurricane 16g (main) / Babolat VS Gut 17g (cross), Klip Blast 16g (Polyester main / Synthetic Gut cross) and Wilson Natural Duo (Enduro Tour main / Natural Gut cross).

Tennis String Sets & Reels

A set is an individual package of string. It is generally 42 feet long and can string one complete racquet. A reel is roughly 10 - 18 sets of string in one continuous roll. It is generally 330 to 720 feet long and can string up to 22 racquets, depending on total length. Reels are great for players looking to string their own racquet(s) but don’t want to purchase individual sets. Reels are also a great value.

Tennis String Gauge

Generally, the thicker the string the more durable the string is. String gauge works this way:

Lower Gauge = Thicker String
Higher Gauge = Thinner String

That means 16g string is thicker than 17g string. Do It Tennis carries the following string gauges: 15Lg (1.35 mm), 16g (1.30 mm), 16Lg (1.27 mm), 17g (1.25 mm), 17Lg (1.23 mm) and 18g (1.20 mm). However, many strings now come in different materials, which means that some thin strings also are durable. Please check the Power and Durability ratings on each string before purchasing.

Tennis String Power Rating

Do It Tennis uses a unique rating system that helps our customers find the very best string for their game. Our power rating system works on a scale from 1 to 10. A one (1) string has no power at all. A ten (10) has maximum power.

Tennis String Durability Rating

Do It Tennis uses a unique rating system that helps our customers find the very best string for their game. Our durability rating system works on a scale from 1 to 10. A one (1) string has very little durability. A ten (10) has maximum durability.

See the Tennis Racquet Reviews page, and then browse our wide selection of Tennis racquets for more information.

Related Guides

Choosing the Right Court Equipment

Tennis Court Dimensions When building a home tennis court, it’s essential to ensure the dimensions of your court are…

Court Equipment Guides

Tennis Court Dimensions When building a home tennis court, it’s essential to ensure the dimensions of your court are…

Shop Do It Tennis for All Your Pro Performance Tennis Gear

Shop Do It Tennis for All Your Pro Performance Tennis Gear

Explore Our Online Tennis Shop

Playing tennis isn’t just a pastime; it’s a lifestyle and an activity that brings excitement to a player’s life at all levels. Whether you’re just learning how to play the sport or competing in professional tournaments, you need equipment that can keep up with you on the court. This is where our collection of performance tennis gear can make all the difference. Do It Tennis is a tennis shop committed to your success in the sport. We’re an online tennis shop run by tennis players, for tennis players, so we know exactly what equipment can take your game to the next level. We offer the best selection and prices on performance tennis gear and accessories. We also have a wide range of pickleball and padel equipment for those interested in those two racquet sports. Browse our online tennis shop today to find the perfect combination of products for your athletic needs.

Tennis Racquets

Shop our huge selection of the best performance tennis racquets on the market featuring all the best-selling frames from all the top brands! Check out the most current technology in Babolat tennis racquets used by Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, and Leylah Fernandez; Head tennis racquets, used by Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, Alexander Zverev, Coco Gauff, and Bianca Andreescu; Wilson tennis racquets, used by Aryna Sabalenka, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Ons Jabeur, Alex DeMinaur, Elina Svitolina, Grigor Dimitrov, and many more; Yonex tennis racquets, used by Elena Rybakina, Naomi Osaka, Ben Shelton, Casper Ruud, Jessica Pegula, and Frances Tiafoe ; and Tecnifibre Tennis Racquets, used by Daniil Medvedev and the world’s number one, Iga Swiatek.

For help discovering which tennis racquet is right for your style of play, check out our tennis racquet F.A.Q. page.

Tennis Shoes

Take the wear and tear off of your knees and hips with a brand-new pair of tennis shoes designed for the high-impact nature of tennis. Don’t take just any pair of tennis shoes out on the court. Treat your feet right with tennis shoes made for your style of play. Get the latest technology for injury prevention with a Michelin outsole found in Babolat tennis shoes, the Ortholite Sock Liner found in K-Swiss tennis shoes, the DynaFit Upper found in Asics tennis shoes, the Adaptive lacing system on Adidas tennis shoes, and the Quicklace system specifically designed for Wilson junior shoes.

We also offer an extensive collection of shoes for pickleball, and shoes for padel.

Court Equipment

Do It Tennis carries the industry's largest selection of tennis, pickleball, and padel court equipment. Keeping your court in good condition, all year long, is easy when everything you need is at your fingertips. We sell tennis and pickleball court equipment packages; Har-Tru, Edwards, and Douglas tennis nets and posts, as well as Bakko and Rally Master backboards. For individual training, be sure to check out our selection of Lobster, Sports Tutor, and Playmate tennis ball machines. The Playmate tennis ball mower makes cleanup time a breeze. If you are a professional or want to save money in the long run, you can keep your racquet performing longer and save money with your very own tennis stringing machine.

Building it yourself? Then see our tennis court installation page for more information.

Tennis Bags

Keep it all with you whenever and wherever you need it. Order your new pro bag, 6-pack or tournament bag today! Check out all the latest Rafa, Pure, Evo, and Club Babolat tennis bags; Coco, Pro, Tour, Gravity, Extreme, and Radical, Head tennis bags, the Rackpack and All Vision Tecnifibre tennis bags, Pro and Team Yonex tennis bags; and the Tour, Team, Roland-Garros, US Open, Federer and Advantage Wilson tennis bags.

We also have a large selection of cute tennis bags for women who love to arrive at the court in style. Fashion meets function in these designer tennis bags from cinda b, Ame & Lulu, Cortiglia, Nice Aces and SportsChic.

A Large Selection of Tennis Apparel

It's not just about tennis racquets...

At Do It Tennis, our focus is to help you get the most out of your purchases so that you look and perform your best on the court. We offer a wide array of performance tennis apparel at great prices. The apparel brands we carry offer cutting edge technologies that are designed to provide a dynamic fit, all around protection and superior ventilation. Our women's tennis apparel collection includes women's tennis skirts, tennis shorts, shorties & tights, polos, dresses, tanks and warm-ups. Our men's tennis apparel collection includes tennis polos, tennis shorts, t-shirts, crew neck's, warm-up's and jackets. If you are looking for team tennis uniforms, we offer discounts of up to 20%. You can see our selection and prices in our team section.

For those who are looking for a deals on last season’s tennis apparel, check out our Clearance Sale Section with plenty of discounts on apparel items.

Read our Tennis Blog

Product reviews, tennis how tos, and tournament news

Long gone are the days of walking into your local Pro Shop and discussing each product with the owner. At Do It Tennis our commitment to our customers doesn't stop at checkout. Get the most out of your online shopping experience by visiting our tennis blog for up-to-date information on the latest products written by our team of tennis players who want you to get the right product for you budget, your game and your playing style.

Also found on our blog is a complete list of product videos. Images on the web often lack depth and perception, so our team of professionals endures the lights and camera to explore each product with you, describing the technology, advantages and/or disadvantages as they apply.

We always encourage our customers to participate, leave comments and provide suggestions on our blog, or visit our social media pages to join others in the tennis conversation.

Check Back Often for Promotions

Get great deals and offers on all the best tennis gear

We know that there are many places online to purchase your tennis gear. What makes Do It Tennis stand out from the rest, other than our stellar customer service and our commitment to knowledge is our constantly rotating promotions and offers.

From free shipping to free tennis bags, and 20% off to BOGO, this is your place to see what deals are running right now, what products on sale site-wide and what products have just been released.

sign up to receive our newsletter

By signing up you are confirming that you have read, understood and accept our Privacy Policy