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Players who are primarily concerned with playability will look for a high resiliency rating whereas players looking for longer string life will choose a high durability rating. (see individual ratings listed for each string.)

Causes of string breakage: hard hitting, top spin, cracked grommets, cold weather and strings with a low durability rating.

Chronic and frequent string breakers can experiment with Kevlar or Zyex main strings since the main strings usually break first. Blending these durable main strings with more resilient cross strings will improve playability.




Gauges: The higher the gauge number, the thinner the string. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the string. An "L" after the gauge number means "LIGHT." This indicates a slightly thinner string than the gauge number shown.



Tension: Stringing at higher tensions results in greater ball control and lower tension results in more power (all relative to the gauge, material, and construction of the string). You will notice that generally thinner strings will feel tighter than thicker strings when strung at the same tension. Loss of tension occurs more in the first few sets (about 10%) and then steadily drops an additional 5% by approximately the 12th set.

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