Best Tennis Strings: Our Top String Picks for Your Racquet
Updated: Jul 13
When it comes to tennis gear, it’s hard to pick favorites because different players have different goals and needs.
With that said, we know it can help to have a quick reference guide. That’s why we polled a few of our team members to learn their favorites in each category.
Here’s a quick list of some of their top picks...
Best tennis string for spin
If you’re looking for a string that offers maximum spin, Solinco Tour Bite and Head Lynx Tour are both great options. Both of these strings are stiff, spin-friendly and offer great control.
Great spin and bite
Blend of control and spin.
Stiffer than Solinco Tour Bite
Pro tip: If you’re looking for more spin, go with a higher (thinner) gauge. Thinner strings bite into the ball better, giving you more spin.
Most eco-friendly tennis string
If you know how much tennis waste is building up in our landfills, then you know it’s time for tennis to start going green. Thankfully, companies like Velociti and Luxilon are stepping up to the challenge.
A completely biodegradable co-polyester string
Excellent pocket feel
Good tensile and knot strength
Made of 100% recycled materials
Oriented for power, spin and control
Both of these strings are great options for helping your game and the environment.
Best tennis string for control
If you’re looking for more control in your tennis game, we recommend trying Tecnifibre Razor Code or Babolat RPM Rough. Here are the top details on each:
Provides top resistance and good control
Designed for experienced players looking for resistance and versatility
Great spin and bite
Good choice for players who hit the ball hard
Stringing your racquet at a higher string tension can also provide additional control.
Most durable tennis strings
If your swing packs a punch and you’re struggling to find a string that can handle it, we recommend Head Hawk or Luxilon 4G for added durability.
Round co-polyester string
Balances power and control
Highly durable with high spin potential
Maximum tension and a cushioned feel on impact
Excellent playability and adaptability
Best strings for tennis elbow
Natural gut tennis string is hands-down your best choice for tennis elbow. You can scroll down to see our favorite natural gut string. However, if you’re looking to save a few bucks while still protecting your arm, we recommend softer strings like Tecnifibre NRG2, Yonex Rexis Comfort and Babolot Xcel.
Tecnifibre’s most powerful string
Great comfort and dynamic performance
Good combination of comfort, feel, and ball-pocketing
Easy on the arm with good control
Provides good performance while being easy on your arm
Provides good comfort, feel and power
Pro tip: We recommend stringing your tennis string lower than you usually do for added softness and arm protection.
Best tennis strings for power
If power is the name of your tennis game, check out the Wilson NXT Power or Volkl Power Fiber.
Soft and comfortable play
80% less vibration than traditional synthetic gut string
Exceptional shock and vibration reduction
Great combination of power, control and comfort
Best natural gut tennis strings
When it comes to natural gut strings, it’s hard to beat Bablot VS Touch. It’s been changing the game since 1925.
One of the most powerful strings on the market
Offers premium comfort, power, and feel
One of the top strings used by professional tennis players
Best synthetic gut tennis strings
Our top picks for synthetic gut tennis strings are Velociti NEH and Yonex Dynawire.
Solid core synthetic gut with extra wraps for softer feel
Combines the soft feel of a multifilament with the classic snapback of a synthetic gut
Good balance of performance and comfort
Nylon monofilament string with a metal film
Crisp feel with power and high durability
For players of all swing speeds
Most fun tennis strings
If you’re looking to add a little fun to your game, give Velociti rainbow swing a try. It’s the original rainbow string and continues to brighten up courts for players of all ages.
Synthetic gut string
Features an eye-catching array of colors
Provides great all-around playability
Best tension for tennis strings
Though the best tension varies by player and often is a matter of personal preference, here are a few of our go-to recommendations:
Most common string tension: 50
Best tension for power: 48
Best tension for control: 56
Best tension for comfort: 52
Best hybrid tennis strings
Want to get the best of both worlds from two different string types? Try a hybrid setup with one string type in the mains and another in the crosses.
One of our favorite hybrid setups is a stiff polyester in the mains and soft multifilament in the crosses. This hybrid blends spin and control while still softening up the string bed and giving good comfort and power.