Strings & Grips

Geeky stuff
Here is some information about monofilament, multifilament etc etc to give you something to blag about in the changeroom.

Tension
Higher tension = more control, but less power.
Lower tension= more power, but less control. 

String types
  • Monofilament    These used to be cheap nylon strings, but they're much better now. Solid construction blending polyester or polyether and as a result very durable.
  • Solid core with a single wrap    The solid core makes it more durable and maintains tension, and the outer wrap gives you extra 'feel'. Probably the most common construction.
  • Solid core with a multi wrap    The solid core is thinner (less durable) and the extra outer wrap improves playability.
  • Multi core with a multi wrap    Multifilament core = greater elasticity = greater playability. The outer wrap protects the core.
  • Multifilament    Similar in construction to natural gut - multifibres are coated for protection. Excellent playability, but tends to lose tension more quickly than a solid core string. Stringers should pre-stretch these before restringing rackets . . . and good, electronic stringing machines do this.
  • Composite     Combination of nylon and aramid fibres (e.g. Kevlar) - greatly increases durability.
  • Hybrid    This is becoming far more common. Ideal for the frequent string breaker (tennis) - use a durable main string such as Babolat Pro Hurricane and a synthetic gut (elastic) cross string. There are many mix-and match hybrids.
  • Textured    Usually a solid core but with wraps to give the string texture - to increase grip for added spin.
  • Natural Gut    The ultimate string - made from beef or sheep gut - it provides both power and feel ... but it's expensive which is why it's not commonly used . . . unless you've got spare cash to chuck about like Roger Federer, Venus and Serena and other Pros.
  • Kevlar/Aramid    Most durable string. Kevlar is the toughest string around. There's almost no stretch to it though, so don't touch it if you have any elbow trouble. If you are a chronic string breaker, you could try this in the mains and go for a synthetic gut in the crosses.
Get a grip . . . have a look at our selection below. 
It often surprises me how seldom people change grips. A new grip makes a massive difference . . . and they cost next to nothing.
Titan Overgrip
Titan Overgrip     £1.50
This is a thin overgrip - suitable for tennis and badminton.

Titan Super Flat Grip
Titan Super Flat grip     £3
The ultra-tacky surface material provides an extremely comfortable, flat padded grip with superior absorption qualities. 
Good for squash and badminton.

Titan Contour Grip
Titan Contour grip     £3
The Contour grip has a rib running down the middle for added grip and helps correct finger alignment whilst the ultra-tacky PU surface aids grip. Great value grip. Most suitable for squash.

Titan Tread Grip
Titan Tread grip    £4
The Tread grip is made of highly durable, quality material to extend grip life, while the radial tread pattern provides excellent grip. Great for tennis.

Titan Tube Stitch grip
Titan Tube Stitch grip     £4
Honestly, the best grip around. Most popular with tennis and badminton players.
The grip has a flexible rubber tube stitched into the main grip material. The heavy duty construction of this grip, combined with the rubber ridge, just feels great. 

Gamma Pro Control
Gamma Pro Control     £6
This has a tacky surface and tread pattern for maximum traction. Tennis.

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