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My Top 3 Comfort Strings

by Jonas Eriksson

If you are suffering from any kind of arm pain after tennis, you should perhaps change to a softer string setup. Here are my top 3 comfort strings.

A lot of players are suffering from arm pain these days. It is a combination of factors. It could be poor technique or footwork (hitting the ball late is a common issue). But it could also be a combination of a stiffer racquet and a stiffer string (if you like stiffer strings, here are my top 3 recommendations for spin or control). Players also tend to use tensions that are too high.

I would not recommend these softer strings for string breakers. Players who hit hard enough to make the strings move a lot should ideally use hybrid setups with polyesters (monofilaments) or a full string bed of poly.

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Comfortable strings = Powerful strings

Strings that are comfortable are generally more powerful than control strings. There are multifilament strings that are more powerful than others, but we will look at the different options here.

HEAD Velocity MLT

HEAD Velocity MLT is one of the more control-oriented multifilament strings on the market. I like more control from my strings and find Velocity MLT to offer good control, hold tension well, and be remarkably durable. I like it both as a hybrid and full bed in control-oriented racquets. If you are looking for a comfortable string that can still offer good control – this is a great choice.

For more control, go for a thicker gauge (1.30) or a higher tension (54-55 lbs or 24-25 kg). For more power, go for a thinner gauge (1.25) or a lower tension (51-52 lbs or 23 kg).

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Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

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If you want a more powerful string, there is nothing better than Tecnifibre X-One Biphase. It is very soft on the arm and sends the ball over to the other side with great depth. Yes, like most multifilament strings it is not the most spin-friendly string, but if you like power and a softer feel – this is the one to get.

You might want to bump up the tension on this one a bit to get better control.

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Babolat Xcel and Wilson NXT are two other good options.

Solinco Tour Bite Soft

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I wanted to add a softer poly in here too for players who want a softer feel but still appreciate more spin. Solinco Tour Bite Soft is my favorite soft poly that offers good spin, control, and decent durability. This is not as arm-friendly as the strings above, but it is not harsh either. So if you don’t want to move over to a multifilament string, check out Solinco Tour Bite Soft.

Depending on your racquet, I would recommend a tension around 51 lbs or 23 kg for this string. At least as a reference point.

String Project Magic (click to read my review), Volkl Cyclone Tour, and Wilson Revolve Spin are other good options for soft polys.


If you want to play with a comfortable string, there are many good options out there. I chose three to make the choice relatively simple. My main takeaway from this would be for you to consider your own game and what works for you. Many non-string breakers use polyester strings for no real reason. They could easily use any of the multifilament strings above and play well. It is all about understanding who you are as a player and what you need.

If you are not sure what to use, consider getting a personal consultation via e-mail here.

What is your favorite comfort string? Please comment below. 

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Johnson May 8, 2020 - 20:24

Tourna Big Hitter Black 7, which you mentioned in your spin string list, is also fairly soft – would you agree? It has a lower stiffness rating in the TW string database than Tour Bite Soft.

The issue with soft, profiled spin strings is that the edges wear down more quickly.

Do you have a favorite or two soft, round poly spinny string?

Tennis Lion May 9, 2020 - 21:30

I would definitely agree with you regarding the fact that poly strings are more likely to give you hand and arm problems, even if you use a vibration absorber. I’m not sure why this is, but I tend to get problems quite quickly with a poly, but very rarely with multis or hybrids. My recommendations for hybrid set-ups are: (I) RPM Team & Sensation, (II) Luxilon Element & NXT. Both of these have a nice soft feel. The latter hybrid is also sold as Wilson Duo Feel and I find it plays very close to a full bed of multi, but with the poly advantage of not having the strings get stuck out of place. I would be grateful if you could try some hybrids and multis in future racket tests because I think polys really are problematic.

Lam May 18, 2020 - 10:17

Yonex Rexis 1.25. Very comfortable with good feel. String at 54lbs on my Wilson Blade v7. Good for 15-20 hrs of play, afterwards the strings slides around a bit, but gives me something to do in between points.

Tij April 5, 2021 - 08:19

I would really interested yo read tour opinion about Wilson revolve if you plan to make a review about it.
It s soft, good control, spin for a roundish, but not a great touch. What would you Say ?

Jonathan March 21, 2022 - 19:48

What do you recommend as a hybrid with X one Biphase?

TN March 22, 2022 - 08:30

Poly Tour Strike or RS Lyon are good options


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