What Counts on the Court: The Basics of Tennis Racquet Stringing

What Counts on the Court: The Basics of Tennis Racquet Stringing

Whether you’re an amateur walking onto a court for the first time or a tennis pro, the right racquet strings make a difference in how you play and how the tennis racquet feels. Not only should you think about the type of material used, but also the construction of the string bed, or stringing, on your racquet.  Before taking your next swing on the tennis court, understand the importance and various effects of tennis racquet stringing.

How Tennis Racquet Stringing Makes an Impact

Racquet Stringing for the better performance

The bottom line is simple: the stringing of your racquet highly impacts your performance on the court. How? String tension is often misunderstood by players while in fact, it’s quite simple! Lower tension provides more power while tighter tensions provides more control. Elasticity -the stretch and recovery of strings when hit by a tennis ball – is important to keep in mind when stringing your tennis racquet. Elasticity is affected by the type of material and string gauge. A variety of materials are on the market and change the performance of your tennis racquet. Materials are divided into two main categories: natural gut and synthetic. Last but not least, the pattern of your strings can change how your racquet feels and performs.

Why Tennis Strings Matter

Would you buy a car without considering the performance of its engine? What if it looked beautiful but only got four miles to the gallon?

Often, tennis players focus their attention on the racquet frame and ignore the rest. Tennis strings are like an engine. They are misunderstood by most people but dramatically affect how you play. Strings must be maintained and changed occasionally – just like an engine and its oil – for you to get maximum performance out of your racquet. It is suggested to replace your strings every 40 hours of play because you lose tension and elasticity of your string bed.

When you don’t maintain your engine’s oil, you risk damaging your engine. Like engines, racquets are at risk when not properly maintained.

Luckily, MTVAC has mechanics of its own to help you maintain your racquet. Master Racquet Technicians (MRTs) are certified by the United States Racquet Stringers Association and prove their excellence and dedication by passing a comprehensive written exam and rigorous practical exam. MTVAC’s own MRT, Michael Cable, is on hand to answer your questions and help with all of your tennis racquet stringing needs. Check out his expertise in this video:

Who knew such a simple part of your tennis racquet could be so complex? The fact is, tennis racquet stringing matters. To learn more about our tennis programs or ask about what strings you need, e-mail tennis@mtvac.net or call 703-360-7300 today! Our MRTs, and tennis pros, are all happy to help

Master Racquet Stringing Technician

Michael Cable was a three year starter at Bridgewater College on Academic Scholarship and played at Robinson Secondary School under noted Mid-Atlantic coach, Paul Fisher. Michael went on to teach for Paul Fisher at Burke Center Tennis Association.

After a move to Arizona, Michael became the Lead Tennis Professional at SMASH TENNIS Academy in Chandler Arizona. Excited to be back in Virginia, he recently joined the Blue Chip Tennis Academy staff at the Mount Vernon Athletic Club location.

Michael is a Master Racquet Technician (MRT) and is certified by the United States Racquet Stringers Association. MRT’s must prove their excellence and dedication by passing a comprehensive written exam and rigorous practical exam.  He is happy to answer your questions and help with all of your tennis racquet stringing needs.

Michael Cable is a PTR Professional Rated Performance Professional, Master Racquet Technician and a PTR Performance Coach, USPTA.

Email: mcable@mtvac.net

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