Why should I use SuperStringer.com for restringing?
We are a competent, reliable and quality stringing service. Often we are faster than the clubs or retail chains such as Dick's or Sports Authority. Most string jobs are completed while you wait or if dropping off within ONE business day. We take a lot of pride in our craft and will work with you to find the right string set-up for you and your game. Consistency is the key. We take care to ensure that every string job is the same time after time.
How can I tell if my current stringer is doing a good job?
There are too many things to list! The key is does it seem good to you? Consistency is the key. Does it feel and play the same after every restring? It should, unless you have changed string or tension. Does your stringer talk to you about your game? In order to help you make the best decision about your string set-up, he or she must talk to you. If they seem more interested in selling you their favorite string, then beware! One final clue is to find out if they are certified by the U.S. Racquet Stringers Association as a Certified Racquet Stringer or Master Racquet Technician. If they are, they will have a certificate displayed with their name on it or if you click on the links above, you can see the stringers in your area and whether or not they are certified. Many big box chains have one certified person for many stores and tout the certification but the guy actually stringing your racquet is rarely the person who has the certification.
What is a customized racquet and would one help my game?
Chances are your racquet is not matched nor customized! Customization can be anything from wrapping your grip a certain way to choosing a particular string and tension suited for your particular needs. In our business we take customization to another level by altering the weight, the swing weight, the handle size and even the balance to fit the needs of the player. Most players can benefit from customization of the swing weight of their racquet. Everyone swings differently and tuning the racquets specs to your game and swing style will ensure optimum performance on the court. We work with each client to determine each and every aspect of the racquet that is optimal for your game and your style of play.
What is Racquet Matching?
Racquets are mass produced products and as such there will be slight differences in the Weight, Balance, and Swing Weight of racquets that look otherwise identical. Manufacturing tolerances allow for up to 12 grams variance in weight and swing weight under the best of circumstances. It is not unusual for greater variances to slip through the quality control. We take your racquets and alter the weight and swing weight to ensure that every racquet in your bag feels and plays identical.
Should I use a synthetic, poly or natural gut string?
Tennis Strings can generally be divided into two categories: Synthetic and Natural Gut. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Synthetics encompass a very wide and diverse assortment of string varying in material, construction types, and cost.
The most common material used for synthetics is nylon, although many other materials are now used in modern strings. Basic nylon is constructed of a monofilament of nylon. This is the most basic and cheapest of tennis strings.
More common are nylon strings consisting of a small monofilament core with smaller nylon wraps. These strings are commonly marketed as Synthetic Gut. However, their playing characteristics are far from that of a good natural gut string. These strings are generally considered a good compromise of durability and playability, as well as good value. They will usually range from $25 - $30. Check string pricing page for details.
Premium synthetics are strings that are on the upper end of the playability scale and consist of a wide variety of materials and construction types. Usually touted as "almost" like natural gut, these strings do take on many of the characteristics of natural gut but fall just short. Many of these strings utilize a multi-filament construction that mimics natural gut. New high tech materials have greatly improved the resiliency and the tension retention of these strings. You can expect to pay $30 - $45 for these strings. Check string pricing page for details.
If durability is what you need, you have several choices. You can go with a 15L or 16 gauge synthetic. This will afford you decent playability with a bit of added durability due to the thicker diameter of the string. The next step up is a string with a coating that resists notching. Often players can get away with a thinner coated string , providing more bite on the ball, but still durable enough. The next step up is a POLYESTER string. These strings are constructed of a monofiliment of polyester. “POLY”strings are rapidly gaining favor on the college and professional circuits. Again, many players are opting for the poly strings in a thinner gauge to get more spin and feel, but still maintain good durability. Although some of the newer poly strings are better, there main draw back is the poor tension retaining properties. Pro players don’t mind this because they restring for every match. For average players however, pre-stretching greatly improves the longevity of the polyester strings. Many of the top pros use the poly strings in “hybrid string jobs”combining the poly with a soft multifiliment synthetic or natural gut. The ultimate in durability is a kevlar hybrid string job. These utilize kevlar strings on the main strings and a basic synthetic on the cross strings. Kevlar is a super durable fiber used in car tires and bullet proof vest, so it will stand up to heavy pounding on the court. It also has no elasticity, which is why it must be used in a hybrid to make it playable. If you have arm pain, or if you want to avoid arm pain, stay away from kevlar. Kevlar is tops for durability but the worst for comfort. Because of kevlar's harsh nature, we don't carry kevlar. Check string pricing page for details.
The epitome of the perfect string is Natural Gut, which is why it is the choice of the majority of top touring professionals. The string is made from beef intestines, not cats. Because it is a natural fiber it is naturally resilient and out performs every synthetic on the market. Not all gut is created equal. At String Rx, we only carry one brand - BABOLAT. This French company has been in business for over 125 years making the finest gut and synthetics strings available. The reason for the exclusivity in my store is simple: QUALITY. Because of the humid conditions in the south, no other gut string would hold up. Babolat utilizes a patented coating process called THERMOGUT, where thousands of fibers are coated during the manufacturing process to ensure that the string will hold up in rigorous playing conditions. Babolat Natural Gut strings are available in a variety of gauges and range in price from $56 - $65. Check string pricing page for details.
When should I restring my racquet?
Learn to pay attention to your strings. They are your most important piece of equipment. Remember, the strings are the only part of the racquet to contact the ball. At least that is our goal! If your racquet is starting to feel dead; if you have to swing harder to get the ball deep; if you are making good contact, but getting fewer solid hits; if your strings sound different when contact is made; or if it feels as though the sweetspot has disappeared, then it is probably time to restring.
Strings may feel tight, but play dead. This is because strings lose their elasticity and resilience, which is their ability to return energy to the ball. When strings wear out, the string stretches further, but rebounds slower with less force. The strings return less energy to the ball, resulting in less power to the shot.
Strings don't have to break to be worn out (dead). How often you restring depends on your racquet, string type, style of play, playing surface, and frequency of play. Generally, it is recommended that you restring after 6-8 weeks if you use polyester string and every 10-12 weeks if you use a synthetic or multifilament string. This will ensure optimal playing performance and can help reduce the chance for arm injuries such as tennis elbow from dead strings.
At SuperStringer, we can eliminate the guesswork of determining dead strings. Utilizing our Racquet Diagnostic Computer, we can test the String Bed Deflection of your racquet to determine the percentage of energy remaining in your strings.
FAQ's reprinted with permission of Bob Patterson of RacquettMaxx.com