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Tensions & Tips

String Tension & Gauge (width)

  • Lower String Tension = Greater Power

  • Higher String Tension = Greater Control

  • High Tension = Less Durability*

  • Lower Tension = Greater Durability**

  • Thin Strings = Greater Power 

  • Thin Strings = Less Durability

  • Thick Strings = Less Power

  • Thick Strings = Greater Durability

*String breakage is often due to mishits or 'framing' on tightly strung rackets

**Lower tensions can lead to strings moving against each other, causing them to fray and snap in the middle of the racket 

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Click the XLS file link for my recommended string tensions, including many of the main strings and rackets currently being used by club and professional players. Please note that this is personal preference, on an electronic machine (I would suggest adding at least a lb or two for crank/drop weight machines). 

These are not minimum or maximum ranges. 

A Few Pointers 

  • String your crosses from top to bottom to maintain frame integrity. Use a 'Round the World' Pattern if required

  • Test the clamp pressure before starting. Too loose  causes strings to slip and loose tension. Too tight, you damage the string

  • A larger head size normally requires greater tension than a smaller head to create the same feel

  • Check the recommended tension range on the racket. They differ.

  • Move strings up and down the string bed when pulling through to prevent burning the strings

How Much String To Use & What Type? 

Squash & Racketball

  • Most squash rackets strung with 1 length of string (2 tie offs)

  • Small/mid sized head - 5 arm spans of string

  • Teardrop/large head - 5.5 to 6 arm spans of string

  • Racketball - 6.5 arm spans


  • Many tennis rackets are strung as a '2 piece' - mains and cross strings are strung separately (4 tie offs)

  • Small/mid sized head - 7 arm spans (3.5 + 3.5)

  • Oversize head - 7.5 arm spans (4 mains + 3.5 cross) 

In Tennis, if you can afford it, natural gut is generally considered the best overall string. Failing that, choose a multifilament, poly or synthetic gut string that suits your arm and your budget. Poly strings are generally a little harder wearing, but can cause arm issues. 


In Squash, many players use multifilament strings as they are kinder on the arm and deliver superior performance. Experienced players will often replace original/factory strings straight away. 

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