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String
advice center

How to pick the
right string for
your playing style

Strings are a crucial component of your racket, but their complexity can make the selection process overwhelming. We've simplified the information to help you make informed decisions and get the most out of your racket setup. When choosing your strings, there are three key decisions you'll need to make: string type, gauge, and tension. We've included all the information you'll need to make an informed choice, so you can select the right strings for your game.

  • Pick your string type

    Choose the type of string that best suits your needs. Each of the options below will give you vastly different feelings and characteristics.
    Picking the right composition of string for your playing style is the most important part of choosing your ideal string setup.

    Soft
     
    Hard
    Natural gut ultimate comfort / power
    Natural Gut contains natural serosa fibres that provide maximum power, comfort and tension maintenance. The downsides to gut are the hefty price tag and its absorption of sweat which unravels the fibres and leads to early breakage. Keep wet towels away!
    Natural Gut String Cross Section
    Multifilament comfort / power / feel / touch
    Multifilament strings are soft, comfortable and powerful strings. If you are seeking a restring that gives effortless power or you suffer from tennis elbow, then this type of string will benefit your game.
    Multifilament String Cross Section
    Synthetic guts all-round
    Syn Guts are fantastic value strings that are perfect for the recreational club player keeping an eye on the cost. These are relatively soft and offer good power and comfort without compromising durability.
    Synthetic Gut String Cross Section
    Hybrids custom / performance
    Replicate today’s greatest players by mixing 2 opposing string types to get the best of both worlds. We have chosen winning combinations of multi/poly or syn gut/poly hybrids to give you the ultimate edge.
    Hybrid String Cross Section
    Polyester spin / control / durable
    Polyester strings have opposite characteristics to multifilaments. They are stiff and offer the player maximum control, durability and spin potential. Poly’s are used by hard hitting players who need extra control in their game and come in all shapes from triangular to hexagonal.
    Polyester String Cross Section
  • Pick your string

    Once you know what type of string you want in your racket you can move onto selecting a string from within your chosen category.
    You are now fine tuning your string choice to fit perfectly to your style.

  • Pick your gauge

    String gauges can make a huge difference in the playability of your restring. Thinner strings will always give you more power, more feel, more touch, more comfort and will be nicer to play with but there must be a balance between durability and playability. It’s important to fine tune your own restring based on the life you get out of your strings.

    Pro tip

    For Multifilaments, Synthetic Guts & Natural Gut restring start with a 16 gauge / 1.30mm

    For Polyester restrings start with a 16L gauge / 1.25mm

    UKRSA Logo
    Gauge Mm Playability Durability Spin potential
    15 1.41 - 1.49 * ***** *
    15L 1.34 - 1.40 * **** *
    16 1.26 - 1.33 ** *** **
    16L 1.22 - 1.26 *** *** ***
    17 1.20 - 1.24 *** *** ***
    17L 1.16 - 1.20 **** ** ****
    18 1.10 - 1.16 ***** * *****
    19 1.00 - 1.10 ***** * *****
  • Fine tune your tension

    String gauges can make a huge difference in the playability of your restring. Thinner strings will always give you more power, more feel, more touch, more comfort and will be nicer to play with but there has to be a balance between durability and playability. Its important to fine tune your own restring based on the life you get our of your strings.

    Pro tip

    For Multifilaments, Syn Guts or Natural Gut try starting at the mid tension range printed on your racket.

    For Polyesters try stringing 2lbs lower than the mid tension range printed on your racket.

    UKRSA Logo
    Tension Lbs Power Spin Control Durability Feel Comfort
    Low 40-50 + + - + + +
    High 55-65 - - + - - -
  • Pick your string type

    Choose the type of string that best suits your needs. Each of the options below will give you vastly different feelings and characteristics.
    Picking the right type of string for your playing style is the most important part of choosing your ideal string setup.

    Soft
     
    Hard
    Natural gut ultimate comfort / power
    Natural Gut contains natural serosa fibres that provide maximum power, comfort and tension maintenance. The downsides to gut are the hefty price tag and its absorption of sweat which unravels the fibres and leads to early breakage. Keep wet towels away!
    Natural Gut String Cross Section
    Multifilament comfort / power / feel / touch
    Multifilament strings are soft, comfortable and powerful strings. If you are seeking a restring that gives effortless power or you suffer from tennis elbow, then this type of string will benefit your game.
    Multifilament String Cross Section
    Synthetic guts all-round
    Syn Guts are fantastic value strings that are perfect for the recreational club player keeping an eye on the cost. These are relatively soft and offer good power and comfort without compromising durability.
    Synthetic Gut String Cross Section
  • Pick your string

    Once you know what type of string you want in your racket you can move onto selecting a string from within your chosen category.
    You are now fine tuning your string choice to fit perfectly to your style.

  • Pick your string gauge

    String gauges can make a huge difference in the playability of your restring. Thinner strings will always give you more power, more feel, more touch, more comfort and will be nicer to play with but there must be a balance between durability and playability. It’s important to fine tune your own restring based on the life you get out of your strings.

    Pro tip

    For Multifilaments, Synthetic Guts & Natural Gut restring start with a 17 gauge / 1.25mm

    Start off with the thinner string gauges and then move up if breaking too often

    UKRSA Logo
    Gauge Mm Playability Durability Ball grip
    16 1.26 - 1.33 * ***** *
    16l 1.22 - 1.26 ** **** **
    17 1.20 - 1.24 *** *** ***
    17l 1.16 - 1.20 **** ** ****
    18 1.10 - 1.16 ***** * *****
  • Fine tune your tension

    Experiment with varying tensions. We all have different styles of play and will thus benefit from having the strings act on the ball exactly as you wish. Long rally players may benefit from lower tensions that provide power along the walls and into back corners. Those who play the front wall with drops and boasts may prefer a tighter tension for added ball control.

    Its all down to personal choice, though generally speaking, string loose for power/arm comfort and tight for accuracy/control.

    Pro tip

    Choose higher tensions when hot and lower tensions in cold conditions.

    UKRSA Logo
    Tension Lbs Power Control
    Low 22-24 ++ -
    Mid 25-27 - +
    High 28-30 -- ++
  • Pick your string type

    Choose the type of string that best suits your needs. Each of the options below will give you vastly different feelings and characteristics.
    Picking the right type of string for your playing style is the most important part of choosing your ideal string setup.

    Soft
     
    Hard
    Natural gut ultimate comfort / power
    Natural Gut contains natural serosa fibres that provide maximum power, comfort and tension maintenance. The downsides to gut are the hefty price tag and its absorption of sweat which unravels the fibres and leads to early breakage. Keep wet towels away!
    Natural Gut String Cross Section
    Multifilament comfort / power / feel / touch
    Multifilament strings are soft, comfortable and powerful strings. If you are seeking a restring that gives effortless power or you suffer from tennis elbow, then this type of string will benefit your game.
    Multifilament String Cross Section
    Synthetic guts all-round
    Syn Guts are fantastic value strings that are perfect for the recreational club player keeping an eye on the cost. These are relatively soft and offer good power and comfort without compromising durability.
    Synthetic Gut String Cross Section
  • Pick your string

    Once you know what type of string you want in your racket you can move onto selecting a string from within your chosen category.
    You are now fine tuning your string choice to fit perfectly to your style.

  • Pick your string gauge

    String gauges can make a huge difference in the playability of your badminton racket. Thinner strings will always give you more repulsion power and will have a better sound when hitting big shots, but there must be a balance between durability and playability. Thicker strings have more durability and control but it's important to fine tune your own restring based on the life you get out of your strings and your playing style.

    Pro tip

    Starting out with thicker strings will make your game more forgiving and durable, as it's common for beginners to make more mistakes in their shots.

    UKRSA Logo
    Gauge Mm Repulsion Power Control Feel Durability
    20 0.80 - 0.90 * * * *****
    20 micro 0.78 - 0.82 ** ** ** ****
    21 0.70 - 0.80 *** *** *** ***
    21 micro 0.68 - 0.72 **** **** **** **
    22 0.60 - 0.70 ***** ***** ***** *
  • Fine tune your tension

    Experiment with varying tensions. We all have different styles of play and will thus benefit from having the strings act on the ball exactly as you wish. Long rally players may benefit from lower tensions that provide power along the walls and into back corners. Those who play the front wall with drops and boasts may prefer a tighter tension for added ball control.

    Its all down to personal choice, though generally speaking, string loose for power/arm comfort and tight for accuracy/control.

    Pro tip

    Choose higher tensions when hot and lower tensions in cold conditions.

    UKRSA Logo
    Tension Lbs Power Control
    Low 22-24 ++ -
    Mid 25-27 - +
    High 28-30 -- ++
  • Pick your string type

    Choose the type of string that best suits your needs. Each of the options below will give you vastly different feelings and characteristics.
    Picking the right type of string for your playing style is the most important part of choosing your ideal string setup.

    Soft
     
    Hard
    Natural gut ultimate comfort / power
    Natural Gut contains natural serosa fibres that provide maximum power, comfort and tension maintenance. The downsides to gut are the hefty price tag and its absorption of sweat which unravels the fibres and leads to early breakage. Keep wet towels away!
    Natural Gut String Cross Section
    Multifilament comfort / power / feel / touch
    Multifilament strings are soft, comfortable and powerful strings. If you are seeking a restring that gives effortless power or you suffer from tennis elbow, then this type of string will benefit your game.
    Multifilament String Cross Section
    Synthetic guts all-round
    Syn Guts are fantastic value strings that are perfect for the recreational club player keeping an eye on the cost. These are relatively soft and offer good power and comfort without compromising durability.
    Synthetic Gut String Cross Section
  • Pick your string

    Once you know what type of string you want in your racket you can move onto selecting a string from within your chosen category.
    You are now fine tuning your string choice to fit perfectly to your style.

  • Pick your string gauge

    String gauges can make a huge difference in the playability of your restring. Thinner strings will always give you more power, more feel, more touch, more comfort and will be nicer to play with but there must be a balance between durability and playability. It’s important to fine tune your own restring based on the life you get out of your strings.

    Pro tip

    For Multifilaments, Synthetic Guts & Natural Gut restring start with a 17 gauge / 1.25mm

    Start off with the thinner string gauges and then move up if breaking too often

    UKRSA Logo
    Gauge Mm Playability Durability Ball grip
    16 1.26 - 1.33 * ***** *
    16l 1.22 - 1.26 ** **** **
    17 1.20 - 1.24 *** *** ***
    17l 1.16 - 1.20 **** ** ****
    18 1.10 - 1.16 ***** * *****
  • Fine tune your tension

    Experiment with varying tensions. We all have different styles of play and will thus benefit from having the strings act on the ball exactly as you wish. Long rally players may benefit from lower tensions that provide power along the walls and into back corners. Those who play the front wall with drops and boasts may prefer a tighter tension for added ball control.

    Its all down to personal choice, though generally speaking, string loose for power/arm comfort and tight for accuracy/control.

    Pro tip

    Choose higher tensions when hot and lower tensions in cold conditions.

    UKRSA Logo
    Tension Lbs Power Control
    Low 22-24 ++ -
    Mid 25-27 - +
    High 28-30 -- ++

Faq about
strings & restringing

 
q: Does Framework Sports offer a restring service?

Yes, Framework Sports offers a restring service. Our in-house qualified UKRSA racket string, Harvey Baker, is available for restringing your racket. Harvey is a highly skilled and experienced racket string expert and qualified to restring tennis, squash, badminton or racquetball rackets. He will use the latest techniques and materials to ensure that your racket is strung to the highest standard.

The restring service is only available during weekdays from 9am to 5pm for drop-off and collection.

We stock over 500 different strings from manufacturers such as Wilson, Luxilon, Yonex, Diadem, Dunlop, Solinco, Ashaway, Prince, Babolat. All our strings are available from our warehouse in Petersfield, Hampshire, UK. We have expert knowledge of all things racket sports, we will make sure to provide you with the best strings that suit your game and playing style.

Please let us know if you have any specific string or tension you prefer or if you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you with our expert knowledge of all things racket sports.

 
q: How long will it take for my racket to be strung?

Under normal circumstances we would expect to complete the restring within 48 hours of receiving the rackets (Excluding weekends and bank holidays). If it is likely to take longer we will notify you as soon as possible.

 
q: How often do I need to restring my racket?

This is a very broad question when you consider the many factors involved with your chosen racquet sports. How often you play coupled with your skill level are going to determine the answer here. Higher skilled players will probably know the answer based on feel but for beginners the general rule of thumb is count how many times you play in a week and double it. This is how many times you should be stringing your racket per year. For example you play 3 times per week that’s 3 weeks x2 = 6 restrings per year.

 
q: What difference does string tension make?

Think of jumping up and down on a trampoline. If the bed is soft, then you will gain lots of height, your feet sinking deep. If you stray to the edges, you won’t go so high and your feet will not linger on the bed. This is the same for the ball on the strings.

A soft stringbed will propel the ball back with almost as much speed, while a tighter stringbed will do the job quicker and take away some of the ball speed. The longer the ball spends on the stringbed, the less control you have over where the ball ends up, as the racket is always moving.

A tighter stringbed gets rid of the ball quicker and so gives less error on ball placement. Low tensions are better for sore arms and shoulders as there will be less shock and the arm has to work less hard. Take the time to experiment with varying tensions so that you find the tensions that suit your own game.

 
q: How should I take care of my rackets and strings?

Never leave the racquet in the car boot to freeze or fry. Avoid the sofa or backseat where someone WILL sit on them! Store at room temperature and never near a hot radiator. Keep separate from damp towels or clothing.

 
q: Why do strings break?

Strings break when they cannot stretch or when they abrade against each other. When the ball hits the middle of the stringbed, the surrounding strings stretch and take on the job of catapulting the ball back. But if the ball hits near to the racket edge, the strings next to the frame have nowhere to stretch into, and exceed their elastic limit.

When the mains (verticals) move against the crosses, the weaker of the two will gradually wear away until the fibres cannot take any more punishment and break. Multifilaments have thousands of tiny fibres inside that will get furry before they actually break. In cold weather, strings and racquets are stiffer and so you can expect strings to pop quicker in cold conditions, especially with a heavy, wet ball.

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