String Theory with Mario Fulgenzi

  • By Jaclyn Martinez
  • 24 Feb, 2017

Mario demonstrates the Tennis Ace Stringing System

Watch Tennis Ace pro Mario Fulgenzi demonstrate the state-of-the-art stringing system as he describes the technical aspects of racquet stringing. Tennis Ace has the largest selection of strings in New Mexico.

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Many tennis players spend alot of energy on choosing a racquet. Oddly, and for most players, the strings they choose are more or less an “after-thought”.  At Tennis Ace, we like to spend quality time with our clients and customers showing them the various options for strings so they can make the right choice for themselves.

To get started learning about this subject, please take a moment to watch Mario’s  video on stringing located on YouTube and right here on this blog.

In this blog, we talk about the many options available to you as a tennis player, and how the “frame” this important question (pun intended)  -  Which strings are right for you?

Not all strings and not all tensions are right for every player. With hundreds of options available, we thought it would be good to first define the five basic varieties of strings on the market to help you begin to navigate through the options.

Natural Gut.  These are the original strings used in the game, but they are not the most durable. They are a natural product and actually made from the gut of animals, usually sheep. Tennis purists really prefer this type of string due to it’s optimal combination of power, control and spin. In terms of brands, we recommend Wilson and Babolat. One consideration is that Natural Gut is the most expensive option, and the least durable. They also tend to be sensitive to extreme temperatures and are liable to break in highly humid conditions. While there is nothing quite like Natural Gut, some of the multifilament strings come very close to them in terms of performance. Ask Mario Fulgenzi or any of our staff at Tennis Ace to tell you more about Natural Gut and whether it might work for you.

Synthetic Gut/Nylon.  These are a really good “all-around” string solution and known for their performance range. The technology  is basically an improvement on nylon strings because they last longer than Natural Gut. Most factory racquets are strung with Synthetic Gut as this tends to be a good fit for many players. They provide an excellent mixture of power and control, but fall short in the spin department, unless your go with a “textured” or “spin” string like Prince Topspin or Head RIP Control, or even Tennisnuts Twizon. Synthetic Gut strings come in many colors as well. Finally, you can combine them with more durable kevlars or polyesters if desired.

Multifilament Strings.  These are known to have characteristics very similar to gut strings, as they are designed to replicate them. They are made with thin strands that are wound together, just like Natural Gut,  to create a nice range of spin, power, control and durability. Multifilament strings are a good choice for many players because they offer an optimum mixture of playability and durability. While not as durable as Polyesters and Kevlars, they are easier on the arm, making them excellent for players who suffer from tennis elbow or related issues.

Durable Polyesters and Kevlars.  These are the latest, greatest technology and likely the most popular strings,  considered best for players who tend to break their strings often. The category was actually created by Lexicon Big Banger, and was originally used by many pros  who were looking for durability and tension retention during longer matches. At the moment, these strings are quite the rage as they provide power, control and spin (ala Nadal). Today many players use Polyesters as a hybrid combined with Synthetic Gut or Multifilament. Ask Mario Fulgenzi at Tennis ace about using combinations for your tennis game.

“Softer” Polyesters and Multifilament Polyesters.  These strings are the also a new innovation in technology, and are known for specifically for reducing stress on the arm. While they are often used in hybrid setups, they can be used on their own. Here are a few strings that have come out in this category:

  • Babolat RPM Blast (Nadal’s new strings)
  • Head Sonic Pro
  • Luxilon M2 Pro and M2 Plus.
  • Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour
  • Tecnifibre X-Code
  • Tecnifibre Duramix HD

Hybrid Combinations. Today many tennis players choose to combine the Polyesters with Synthetic Gut or even Multifilament strings. For example, Federer uses a Hybrid Luxilon/Wilson mixture called Champions Choice, which is basically Luxilon Alu Power rough PLUS Natural Gut. Many players use the Poly’s on the main strings and then another choice on the crosses. Ask Mario about various combinations and how they might fit your game.

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