String Tension Explained
What tension should I string my racket at?
As a general rule, stringing at a higher tension produces more control and less power, where as stringing at lower tensions produces less control and more power.
This can be thought of as a catapult analogy.
A shorter band on a catapult represents a higher tension string. It doesn't pull back or move as far, but when let go it is far more accurate meaning you can control the end result much better.
A longer band on a catapult represents a lower tension string. It pulls back and moves much further, generating a lot more power and sending the projectile (Ball) much further but with less control over where it lands.
Tension is individual to every racket.
Each racket will have a recommended tension set by the manufacturer.
This will normally be printed in very small writing somewhere on the racket frame with other racket specifications.
If it can not be seen on the racket a simple google search can find this. We are happy to find this for you.
This recommended tension will be given as a range. If you do not know what tension you require we recommend stringing your racket in the middle of this range which we call 'Mid range'.
This is a great starting point and from there you can trial and error with different tensions based on what you are looking to achieve, e.g. more control or power.
-Start with 'Mid tension'
-Adjust with lower tension for more power but will compromise control
-Adjust with higher tension for more control but will compromise power
-For softer strings slightly increase tension as these will stretch more and lose tension quicker
-For harder polyester strings decrease tension slightly as these have no give in them and this can make it more forgiving on the arm
-Higher tensions are harsher on the arm and should be avoided by tennis elbow sufferers or juniors
-Always stay in the manufacturer's recommended tension range or damage could be caused to the racket