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Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

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Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

After listing my top ten tennis racquets right now, it felt only logical to also list my top ten tennis strings right now. This is not a conclusive list, but my favorite ten strings at the moment in various categories.

If you think it is difficult to choose your tennis racquet, choosing your tennis string is not much easier. The variety of different strings, gut, poly, hybrid, multifilament, synthetic can easily be overwhelming. I hope my “Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now” can guide you a bit on the way into finding a setup that works for your racquet and your game.

You can read more about different types of strings here.

Comfortable strings for beginners, intermediate players and up

If you don’t have a full swing and don’t hit the ball in the center of the racquet on the majority of your shots, you might want to start looking at more comfortable and powerful strings. A lot of players use stiff strings strung at a high tension and ends up hurting their elbow or wrist.

So let’s look at softer strings that are friendly to various players.

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Natural Gut

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

It’s been around pretty much since the dawn of tennis and it is still used frequently today on the pro tour in hybrid setups. Natural gut is soft on the arm and holds tension exceptionally well. If you don’t play with a lot of spin on the ball, the feeling you get from playing with natural gut is second to none. There are some downsides though. The main one is that playing with natural gut is expensive. A set is usually around 50 euro/50 USD which is steep. But if you can afford it, it can be a great experience. Today it is mostly used as a hybrid with different poly strings. You can find natural gut from Babolat, Wilson, Luxilon etc.

Buy natural gut at Amazon

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

A top string if you want comfort and power. The price is high, but the playability is very good. You get a gut-like response and feel (not quite, but close) in a multifilament string. Definitely not a string for string breakers or players who crave control and spin, but for players who want a comfortable and powerful string, this one is top notch. A good one to hybrid a poly string with if you want more spin.

Other comfortable strings to use in hybrids or play in a full bed: Prince Premier Touch, Wilson NXT.

Buy Tecnifibre X-One Biphase

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Volkl Cyclone Tour

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

If you are looking for a bit more spin than the above options, but still good comfort, Volkl Cyclone Tour is a great choice. A twisted string with a shape that creates buckets of spin, but also offers a lot more power and comfort than its bigger brother, Volkl Cyclone.

Buy Volkl Cyclone Tour

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Solinco Tour Bite Soft

One of my favorite softer poly strings. You get the spin and bite of the iconic Tour Bite string but in a more comfortable package. Durability and control are not quite as good as Tour Bite and other control polys, but if you want comfort and spin, this is one of the best strings on the market.

Buy Solinco Tour Bite Soft

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Diadem Solstice Power

Young American company Diadem makes some nice strings and I also enjoy the Diadem Flash string, but the shaped Solstice Power is the one that paved the round for them. Really nice spin and comfort from this string, but as with Solinco Tour Bite Soft, the tension maintenance is not top notch. This is simply what happens when you want to create a softer string that still offers good spin.

Buy Diadem Solstice Power

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Babolat RPM Blast Rough

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

A softer and more spin-friendly version of Babolat RPM Blast. A bit softer and with better spin, but less control and durability than Blast.

Babolat RPM Blast Rough

Control-oriented poly strings for advanced players

I think I could make this list Top 20 strings instead because there are a lot of good strings out there these days! But I will try to limit myself.

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Luxilon Alu Power

Luxilon Alu Power colors

Let’s start with the classic. Luxilon changed the tennis world when they introduced Luxilon Alu Power Big Banger about 20 years ago. Guga Kuerten was the first famous player to use it and he did pretty well with it! Luxilon Alu Power in its many variations is still one of the most popular strings on the ATP tour and for a good reason. The level of control and feel that Alu Power provides is hard to beat. Not an arm-friendly string and not the harshest on the market, but if you want to soften it up you can always string it up as a hybrid with a softer string such as natural gut.

Buy Luxilon Alu Power

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Luxilon 4G Soft

Luxilon 4G String Review

Not as soft as the name says it is, but still softer than Luxilon 4G. A great string if you’re looking for control! Good spin potential too. I would definitely choose the Soft version over standard 4G.

Buy Luxilon 4G Soft

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – RS Lyon

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

Many string manufacturers have tried to copy the successful properties and performance of Alu Power and I think RS tennis came really close with RS Lyon. A little softer, significantly cheaper and just a solid control string option for many players! Used to be a go-to-string for me.

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – MSV Focus Hex Ultra

MSV does make nice strings. They are one of the cheaper options on the market, but the playability and performance are not on a budget! I particularly enjoy their white MSV Focus Hex Ultra. A nice, crisp, spin-friendly and controlled but not harsh poly string.

Buy MSV Focus Hex Ultra
MSV Focus Hex Ultra Review

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – Solinco Hyper-G

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now

If you like a spin-friendly string with good feel, Hyper-G is one of the best ones on the market. You instantly recognize the color too! The feel is crisp and controlled and it really reward big swings. I like it in a softer racquet where I think the string helps make the racquet more balanced and less “mushy”.

Buy Solinco Hyper-G

Top Ten Tennis Strings Right Now – HEAD Hawk Touch

HEAD Hawk Touch String review

I wasn’t fantastically impressed by HEAD Hawk Touch the first time I played it, but after a few sessions, I realized it is a gem of a string. Soft, yet still control-oriented and spin-friendly. I like it best in a more open string pattern such as my 100 sq inch, 16×19 Babolat Soft Drives.

Buy HEAD Hawk Touch

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27 comments

wat April 8, 2019 - 3:40 pm

I am a fan of 4G soft but never tried Hyper G with my own racket. They seem to be in same category but can you compare what similar and difference between them. thanks.

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Tennisnerd April 9, 2019 - 5:52 am

They have about the same stiffness, 4G Soft plays with a little more control and Hyper-G with a bit more spin.

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Grant April 8, 2019 - 4:12 pm

Try Signum Pro Yellow Jacket. I’m a fan of it

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Tennisnerd April 9, 2019 - 5:51 am

Will do!

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Anthony April 8, 2019 - 8:56 pm

Yep, Signum Pro strings are truly outstanding, and they also have the best tension maintenance i’ve seen. My favorite is Firestorm. Xperience is good too.
I quite like the Yonex poly tour pro as well. The other one I loved was the Hyper G but after 3 hours I felt like the great feeling was already gone

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Tennisnerd April 9, 2019 - 5:51 am

Yes, Signum Pro make some good strings!

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laurean April 11, 2019 - 4:34 am

Hi Jonas, very informative post as always.

I am using Alu Power 125 at 50 lbs at the moment, and I like it a lot. I used RPM Blast for a while, but elbow hurt a bit, and it felt too stiff and mute (and I didn’t like the Rough version); I liked Hyper G, but Alu Power feels and hits better. My trainer strongly recommends Alu Power Rough, better feeling and softer on the arm he says, have you tried it, what do you think? I am thinking about 50 or 48 lbs, I am getting old for high tensions… (41 this year).

Cheers,
laurean

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Tennisnerd April 11, 2019 - 9:08 am

Hi,
Thanks! Alu Power Rough is a nice string. I am not sure it is much softer on the arm than Alu Power – they have pretty much the exact same stiffness. If you like Alu Power I am not sure why you should change. I like both myself, I think they play quite close. A bit better control with Alu Power and a bit better spin with Alu Power Rough.

Cheers / Jonas

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Andrew April 15, 2019 - 4:36 am

Hi Jonas – What string would you personally use in a Blade 98 18×20 CV (I know you hate CV, but hypothetical :))? Also, what exactly do you mean by a “soft” racquet?

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Tennisnerd April 15, 2019 - 6:16 am

Hi Andrew,
Hate is a strong word, just preferred earlier iterations of the Blade.

I like it with Luxilon 4G Soft or Alu Power at 22 kg.

I use the word “soft” when a racquet has a low stiffness rating. So “flexible” would be more correct.

Regards / Jonas

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Gazz April 17, 2019 - 9:53 pm

Hi Jonas,

What are your thoughts on All Power Soft?
I’m considering either this or RS Lyon for my Prince Textreme Tour 310

Regards,
Gazz

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Tennisnerd April 18, 2019 - 9:41 am

Hi Gazz,
I really like that string! But I also like Lyon. They play quite similar so either one will be a fine choice in your Textreme Tour!

Cheers / Jonas

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Olga April 18, 2019 - 11:56 am

Hi Jonas,

Very informative as always ?

Did you find any strings especially working good for Angell racquets? In particular TC 97 and TC 100 16×19.
Thanks!

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Tennisnerd April 20, 2019 - 7:29 am

Hi Olga,
I don’t think they are very string sensitive, but I always like a softer control poly in these racquets.

Try a Solinco Tour Bite Soft or a Luxilon 4G Soft for the TC 97 (Alu Power is also good) at around 22-23 kg.

For the 100 sq inch racquets, I usually bump up the tension to 24-25 kg. HEAD Hawk Touch or Solinco Hyper-G should play nice in the TC 100.

Regards / Jonas

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Raul April 29, 2019 - 6:50 pm

Hi. What do you think about full bed of rpm team 1.25 on the pure aero 2019? I have little pain in my elbow and shoulder and wanted to try a softer string. If the pain will persist I am thinking to try a hybrid with natural gut + rpm team? You think its a good ideea?

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Tennisnerd May 3, 2019 - 2:51 pm

Hi Raul,
Yes, the hybrid setup sounds like a good plan! Otherwise Solinco Tour Bite Soft is a nice, soft poly.

If you want a similar racquet that is more comfortable, the Wilson Clash is worth a shot. Really like that one.

Cheers / Jonas

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Johan June 17, 2019 - 8:42 am

Hi Jonas! I’m a big fan of RPM Blast and Tour Bite Soft. Though I’ve issues with slight tendonitis and also had a full blown wrist surgery this spring, keeping me away from tennis. Will hopefully be back on court this summer for some mild hitting. Have stringed up a racket with Xcel for this. Still, I will probably go back to poly when I can and I’m intend to hybrid either RPM or TB Soft with Xcel (will experiment with what string to put in mains and crosses). I’m not sure about tension though. Both RPM and TB Soft loose tension quite quickly a full poly bed so in my mind 1 kg less for the poly make sense. But tension might work differently in a multi hybrid? What do you think – 1 or 2 kg or something inbetween? Thanks!

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Tennisnerd June 17, 2019 - 10:35 am

Hi,
Shame to hear about your wrist issues, I suffer from similar stuff at the moment so know how much it sucks to reduce your time on court.

I think if you use a hybrid of TB Soft and a multi like Xcel you should go to at least 24/25 kg, with the higher tension for the multi. I think that combo will play nicely.

Cheers / Jonas

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Johan June 17, 2019 - 1:01 pm

Thank you for your quick reply Jonas! 1 kg apart it is. I think I’ll start with 22/23 kg and work my way up. My rackets are DR98 by the way. Keep up the fantastic job with the best tennis blog around!

Best
Johan

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Joakim July 11, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Am enjoying the great feel, good power and spin of Technifiber Black Code 4S at the moment in several of my racquets. It’s a top choice in my book.

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Julian July 13, 2019 - 7:50 am

Hi Jonas,

I’m currently playing with a Head Graphene Touch Prestige Midplus.

I rarely break strings and like to play with a lot of top spin.

Are there any particular strings/tension you would recommend for this racket?

Thanks!

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Brad Stoll September 7, 2019 - 12:44 pm

Hey Jonas, thanks so much for that in depth look at strings. I’m a 42yr old 4.0 dubs only player. Currently using a Dunlop aerogel 5 hundred w/Volkl cyclone 16 mains @41 and prince syn gut 16 @46. Looking for arm friendly hybrid combos, (currently using a 50yr old Serrano stringer, passed on to me by my dad) Also looking to upgrade to a Pure Aero. Any advice on strings, gauges and tensions would be greatly appreciated!

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Tennisnerd September 7, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Hi Brad,
Appreciate the comment. 50-year-old stringer – that’s awesome!

The Pure Aero is a good update. Sounds like you have a pretty good setup going but there are a few other options.

I would use the softer string in the crosses like you already do: Wilson NXT, Babolat Origin or Prince Premier Touch at 53 lbs. Then I would go with Luxilon Alu Power, RS Lyon or HEAD Hawk Touch in the mains (1.25 gauge) at 51 lbs.

Could be an interesting combo. You could also try a full bed of Hawk Touch, I find it quite comfortable.

Regards / Jonas

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AceyMan September 14, 2019 - 4:38 am

I’m just getting back into the game again and so much has changed since I was stringing my own equipment!

Back then I just loved the feel of natural gut and when I found the top multi-filaments gave me 80% of the feel and playability that became my go-to (Tecnifibre at the time).

Now I realize the advantages of stiffer string beds for skilled players but I don’t have time to play enough to deal with the tension loss and short playability life span of the polys.

Based on my research so far I’m going to try a set of Ashaway Crossfire ZX which features aramid (Kevlar) in the mains, which I expect should give similar bed stiffness to the good polys but with much less tension loss, while the crosses are Zyex; a new material to me, but it seems very durable yet lively (they make violin strings out of the stuff!) so it should be a good complement to the aramid mains.

In a nutshell, I’m hopeful to get a string bed similar to a poly mains/gut crosses hybrid, but with longer string life and a better tension curve. We’ll see how it goes!

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Shamrith September 27, 2019 - 9:05 pm

Hi,

Great review. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while.
I’ve been using the APD for quite a while now. Love the racquet, but I’ve just bought the Pro Staff 97CV, because I really loved it when I gave it a try and it felt a lot more softer or my arms.
I’ve been suffering from a soft muscle fiber injury on my shoulder, and it surely looks like its going to take a conscious effort to get it fixed. I feel good with my ground strokes, but I feel the pain when I go big on the serve or with mis-hits.

So, I’m looking for a string(full bed) that can can be soft on my arm, but can give me a good amount of power and reasonable spin. If you could suggest one or two options in this case, that’d be wonderful. Thanks a lot.

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Tennisnerd September 28, 2019 - 7:56 am

Hi Shamrith,
Thanks. I would recommend you to check out HEAD Velocity MLT – that is a nice multifilament that plays soft, powerful but still with pretty good spin.

Good luck and get well / Jonas

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Shamrith September 28, 2019 - 8:24 am

Hi,

Wow. I did not not even have a clue about this from my research. So thanks a lot.
I was leaning towards the technifibre x-one biphase or the Ngr2, while i was also looking at some of the wilson nxt.

Could you also tell me how you would compare the Head Velocity MLT with these?
Thank you so much.

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