Tennis Warehouse Best Strings in 2023
String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication
Wilson NXT 16 Tennis String 16g/1.30mm
Solinco Tour Bite Tennis String 328 foot / 100m Mini Reel (17 gauge)
- 17 Gauge - 1.20
- 100 meter (330 feet) mini reel
- Silver color
- New Textured Co-Poly Technology from Korea
- String loose - 10% low - to get same performance
Luxilon-Element Tennis String Reel Bronze-(887768269586)
- Ref - WRZ990106
- Brand - Wilson
- Size - 125
Luxilon 4G (16-1.30mm) 660' String Reel
- Gauge: 16/1.30mm
- Length: 660ft/200m
- Composition: Co-polymer Monofilament
- Color: Gold
Tourna String Meter String Tension Tester
- The String Meter lets you know if your racquet is strung to your desired tension and when its time to restring
- Easy to use, just align the pins where strings intersect, twist until the unit is in line with main, then note your reading.
- Great for players who want to measure the consistency of their string jobs.
- Great for players who want to monitor their string tension loss over time to know when to restring.
- Great for personal racquet stringers looking to test and validate their work.
- Measures string tension during the stringing process
- Measures string gauge size
- Measures tension in pounds and kilograms
- Full instructions about how to use it are included
Gamma Sports 17g Synthetic Gut Tennis String Reel, 720', White
- An all-around performance string that offers a balance of playability and durability for all playing levels and playing styles
- Available in a variety of gauges for greater playability and durability
- String tension recommendation: 40-65lbs (18-30kg)
- 720' reel of tennis string
Wilson Sensation 16g Neon Green Tennis String Reel ()
- Gauge: 16/1.30mm
- Length: 660ft/200m
- Composition: Dupont Zycro Micro fiber core surrounded by a multifilament outer wrap
- Color: Natural, Green
Solinco Tour Bite Tennis String Reel-Silver-16L
- features a newly developed, ultra-performance co-polyester string
- designed to generate extreme power and intense spin and bite
- utilizes an innovative, high-powered co-polyester monofilament fiber
- designed and shaped to generate maximum power while amplifying the spin and bite intensity of the ball
Head Velocity MLT Tennis Racket String 660' Reel Multifilament Racquet String - Black, 17 Gauge
- HEAD PERFORMANCE: Born out of revolutionizing how we ski and play tennis, HEAD has constantly pushed athletic equipment into the modern era. With decades of experience in all racquet sports; HEAD offers nothing but the best tennis equipment on the market.
- TOURNAMENT LEVEL: The Velocity MLT is a premium multifilament string with a lively feel that's great for intermediate to advanced level players looking to add some explosiveness to their shots.
- COMPOSITION: The 17 g tennis string features a multifilament core surrounded by thicker filaments which enhances energy transfer, meaning harder shots.
- HIGH SPIN POTENTIAL: A special low friction coating ensures the strings perfectly re-align after every shot offering consistent control.
- AN IDEAL PAIRING: An excellent match for your favorite HEAD Tour racket for top level performance.
Tennis String Talk: Wilson NXT 17g 'Black' Strings Might Look Cool, But They Can't Compare to 'Natural'
I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone who hits with heavy topspin, or who likes a soft string with good feel. These strings will give you neither. BUT they will last.
I went to City Racquet Shop in San Francisco, my regular stringer, with both of my racquets badly in need of a new string job. One had broken strings and the other was frayed to whisker-thin strands, destined to break if the wind blew too hard. So it was definitely time to get them both done.
I usually string my racquets with Wilson NXT 17g. But Marla Reid, proprietor and shop stringer, mentioned that she had a surprise for me on the string shelf with the Wilson NXT's. At first I thought she meant a price reduction (just kidding Marla). Then I noticed the surprise: a black version of the NXT 17g strings!
A quick note on NXT 17g strings: they are great strings that give you excellent feel and ball control. The main downside is that they don't last very long, especially when strung at higher tensions AND if you hit with a lot of topspin.
Hitting with my normal amount of topspin, I can pop a set of strings in about 4-5 weeks if my racquet is strung at 60lbs (the range for my racquet is 57 +/- 5 lbs). They will last 4 weeks or less if strung at 62 (the upper end of my the stringing range), and even less time than that if I mishit or "shank" shots.
Moreover, I don't mind the shorter lifespan of these strings for the added confidence they give me in terms of topspin and ball control. I wish I could say the same about this new "black" version.
The black color on the new NXT version is due to a coating that allows the strings to last longer than the earlier examples I gave. This is a very good thing when the cost of strings and labor per racquet strung can set you back 35 bucks a pop. Or, at least it sounded like a good thing until I gave them a try.
I don't want to say that I made a huge mistake by trying these strings. It seemed like a good idea to have a longer-lasting version of a string I really like. But these strings were pretty much a bust from the first hit!
The black version of the NXT 17g is significantly stiffer than the "natural" version. Any "feel" that I had perceived previously with the NXT 17g was completely gone. The black coating also causes the strings to feel slicker. They don't grab the ball as needed for topspin shots, and often you can feel the ball sliding off the strings before your swing is complete.
No matter how low I get I feel that I can't "lift" the ball on my opponents slice shots. And in general, the ball either ends up at the bottom of the net if mistimed, or flying well beyond the baseline as the ball sliding off the strings can't achieve sufficient topspin when hit with pace.
Here is an assessment of the NXT 17g "black" strings from a week's worth of hitting:
My frustration mounting, I even tried using an emery board on the strings; gently rubbing it across the surface to see if I could wear down the coating enough to get regain some of the lost "bite" and "feel" on the ball. The effort was only mildly successful. After yet another frustrating hit, I'll be cutting these strings out within the week.
To sum up my experience with the new black NXT 17g strings: I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who hits with heavy topspin, or who likes a soft string with good feel. These strings will give you neither. BUT they will last. Even after emery board experiment, there was no fraying. I can easily see these strings lasting 6-7 weeks with no breakage issues, whereas the natural color would have already started to fray after 2-3 hits.
I can see these being an ideal string for someone who likes to hit the ball flat with moderate pace, and prefers a sturdy yet thinner gauge string. As for me? My experimentation with black strings is over.