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Top 5 Tennis Racquet Strings Review In 2021

Many players don’t realize the huge impact that a choice of tennis strings actually has on their game. Let me tell you, it can make an enormous difference, and it can prove to be a great asset to your game when you choose a suitable string.

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There are many different strings on the market, ranging from natural gut all the way to cold hard polyester, and each one has their own unique advantages and benefits. You’ll find my top tennis strings right here, and I’ve explained the benefits and the drawbacks of each and every one of them.


#1: ​Babolat RPM Blast

It's quite rare that you come across a tennis string that just instantly shoots to the top of the charts the first time that you use it. This is exactly what I experienced with Babolat RPM blast all those years ago, and I'm sure it is what Rafael Nadal experienced too. This is no doubt why he continues to use this string to this day.

I've never used a tennis string that provides such enormous pop on the ball, and since it is completely black in color, it fits in with the vast majority of racquets. This is undoubtedly a string for the more advanced player, but it also plays very well when combined with a softer string for intermediate players.

If you are intrigued about this string and why it has served Nadal so exceptionally well for so many years, I found this awesome video by his legendary coach, ‘Uncle Toni’. He goes in depth about why the string works so well, and why Nadal is such a fan of RPM Blast. You can see the video here:
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Key Features

  • Offers quite a soft feel considering that the string is so powerful
  • Able to get a very good bite on the ball due to the non-circular shape
  • Performs extremely well while maintaining durability
  • Manufactured using co-poly monofilaments

Specification

  • Gauge: 16
  • Color: black
  • Composition: Co-polyester monofilament
  • Shape: 8 sided string

Pros

  • Without doubt one of the most powerful strings I've ever used
  • More exciting than just the traditional white string
  • The string of choice for 18 time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal

Cons

  • Can lead to tennis elbow if your swings aren’t correct
  • Durable for beginner and intermediate players, not so much for heavy-hitting advanced players

#2: ​Solinco Hyper-G

Solinco is a bit of a ‘new kid on the block’ in the world of tennis brands. They have slowly but surely been gaining attention due to their ability to repeatedly manufacturer tennis string of the highest level.

They have more varieties on offer than just the hyper g, but having used this string on countless occasions, I can confidently vouch for the quality that it provides.

Even though the bright green color may not be for everyone, I feel that the way that this string can help your game more than compensates for this.

The string seems to be working just fine for Sam Querrey, the American veteran with a huge serve and dangerous groundstrokes. There are many unique features of this tennis string, and I've outlined them for your reading pleasure right here.

Key Features

  • Bright green in color
  • Is a square shape compared to traditional circular strings
  • Manufactured by a brand that is rapidly expanding and improving
  • String choice for Sam Querrey and other top professionals

Specification

  • Gauge: 16
  • Color: green
  • Composition: Co-polyester monofilament
  • Shape: square

Pros

  • Reacts insanely well when applying spin to the ball
  • Very durable for a co-poly string
  • Isn’t quite as expensive as other top brands

Cons

  • Slightly more difficult to hit a flatter ball with this string
  • Sometimes feels a bit dead after using for a while

#3: ​Luxilon Big Banger

Luxilon Big Banger is probably the longest-standing high-quality tennis string that is still available today. It has been the string of choice for multiple top-level professionals in the past, and it is adored by many for the sheer power that it applies to the ball. Needless to say, this is a fantastic string if you love engaging in those brutal baseline rallies.

While it provides some of the best power out there, it is an extremely durable string. Just make sure that when you are stringing with it that you don’t have any friends nearby, as it makes a screeching sound when you pull the string through!

Key Features

  • Luxilon is a legendary tennis string brand
  • There aren't many strings on the market that comes close to the power and control that Luxilon provides
  • Quite a dull grey color, so it will fit in with almost any racquet
  • It's an expensive string, but you get what you pay for

Specification

  • Gauge: 16
  • Color: grey
  • Composition: co-polymer and fluocarbin resin
  • Shape: regular

Pros

  • Used by players like Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic
  • Offers amazing control as well as power
  • Has one of the best reputations of all the tennis strings, and with good reason

Cons

  • You have to be a top-level player to handle this string
  • The string is on the pricier side, whether you want to buy a reel or a set

#4: ​Wilson Revolve

I've been truly impressed with the development of Wilson tennis strings in recent years, and I would go as far as to say that this is their most improved product section. They've developed quite an extensive range of strings, but in my experience, the Wilson revolve is at the top of the tree.

You can get this string right now in bright orange or you can get it in black, which gives a little added variety for the end consumer.

Wilson tends to advertise this string as one that provides exceptional power, and although I agree with this I must say that it serves up a good deal of control too. This is no doubt helped by the choice of manufacturing material, as well as other vital features outlined below.

Key Features

  • Available in multiple colors, with black and orange being the main ones
  • Can be purchased in individual sets or as a reel
  • Provides several spin enhancing characteristics
  • Very little friction between the strings, therefore enhancing durability

Specification

  • Gauge: 15/16/17
  • Color: black/orange
  • Composition: polymer
  • Shape: regular

Pros

  • One of the best string types that Wilson has brought out in a long time
  • More cost-effective than other high-end polyester strings
  • Works in harmony with softer strings in the crosses for most racquets

Cons

  • The regular shaped string has less bite on the ball on contact
  • Quite a hard string on the arm if your technique isn't too good

#5: Tecnifibre Black Code

This was my go-to tennis string while I was competing in college tennis a few years back. It offers a much crisper and more powerful experience than it's close cousin, the Tecnifibre red code string. This increase in power and feel does come at a cost, as this string isn't quite as durable as other available brands.

Having said that, you then need to ask yourself, do I want to use a string that facilitates a higher level of play even though the string will break more?

I answered yes to this question in college, and it was one of the best decisions that I ever made regarding my tennis string.

Key Features

  • Offers an overall performance close to that of the RPM blast
  • Is available in multiple gauges depending on your preference
  • Completely black in color, which many players have started to enjoy
  • Very responsive string when contacting the ball

Specification

  • Gauge: 16/17
  • Color: black
  • Composition: Co-polyester monofilament
  • Shape: pentagonal

Pros

  • Much softer than other strings such as Luxilon Big Banger
  • Plays quite similar to the legendary RPM Blast string
  • Facilitates more extreme spins due to the shape

Cons

  • Should only be used by advanced players really
  • Probably not the best string if you prefer to hit the ball flatter

Conclusion

Please keep in mind that the right tennis string for you may be different from my number one choice above, as is to be expected as everyone's playing style is different.

I prefer RPM blast as it is durable and allows for masses of spin to be hit on the ball, but if you are more of a flatter hitter or a serve volleyer, this wouldn’t make sense. Be sure to pay attention to the benefits for each type of string above, and make your own decision once you are perfectly satisfied with the specifications.


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