Now that you have selected which strings you want in your racket, next step is to choose a string tension. Here are some specific guidelines for choosing a string tension:
- Generally speaking, lower tension provides more power and tighter tension provides more control. However, it also depends on the player's level of play whether they need lower or higher tensions.
- A beginning player would typically play better with lower tensions as they rather need a soft, forgiving stringbed for off-center hits. Advanced players, on the other hand, are usually strong, swing fast and hit hard so they might benefit more from tighter tensions for more control over unforced errors and long balls.
- Moreover, spin potential is enhanced with higher tensions, which provides even more control for topspin and slice players.
- For players with regular arm pain or elbow injuries, lower tensions result in a softer stringbed, larger sweetspot and more comfort of play, therefore reducing the amount of shock and vibration transmitted to the hand and elbow.
- Lower tension also increases the durability of the string and tighter tension reduces it.
What string tension should you put when you play on clay?
On clay courts, the ball is ruffled by absorbing the dust and therefore it is heavier. This means that the game is slower than on other surfaces and the player might have the impression that they need to make considerable efforts to get the ball out of the racket, make a winning shot or find length. This is the reason why you should adjust the tension by decreasing it by 1 or 2 kg in order to compensate for the heaviness of the ball when you play on clay.
If you are unsure which string tension you should play with, we recommend to start at mid-range tensions, between 23 and 27 kg, and make any adjustments from there. Go and test different tensions to find the perfect ratio for power and control and combination of comfort and durability.