Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pat Markey

Professional Tour players and Hybrid Tennis Strings

It is worth noting again the impact that Hybrid Tennis Strings have on today's tennis game.  Although the use of Hybrid Tennis Strings is not necessarily a new practice among the tennis community, the impact it has made in recent years is.

The early days of Hybrid Tennis Strings gave most only a few options and you might recall Prince and the all popular ProBlend string combination. ProBlend offered a durable kevlar based string that was placed in the main strings of the racket to give it durability and a synthetic duraflex string in the crosses.  Most players generally would not break this string and therefore it was perfect for frequent string breakers.  The string did create some challenges for those who had arm problems because the string was stiff and not very forgiving on the arm.  ProBlend is still used by a small set of players that swear by it but generally a good percentage of Hybrid Tennis Strings are composed of either synthetic, gut or poly strings.

The Majority of Professional ATP Tour players that use hybrid tennis strings use a combination of polyester strings and natural gut.  You will find Baghdatis using Gut / Poly, Bryan Brothers use Gut / Prince Beast XP, Gulbis using Poly / Gut, Mirnyi using Gut / Poly, Andy Murray using Poly / Gut, Nester using Gut/ Poly and Federer using Gut / Poly to name a few.  Many of the other Tour players use a straight set of polyester for both the main strings and the cross strings.

There are a few widely used strings on tour and they can be purchased as sets.  These include the following:
Luxilon is a string BRAND and not a type of string, so please don't confuse the two.  Many times players and stringers use the term "luxilon" just to mean polyester but Luxilon is actually a Belgium company that is distributed by Wilson.  Some popular Luxilon strings are mentioned here.

Trial Pack - Luxilon ALU Power : Luxilon Tennis String Packages : Polyester. If you haven't tried it yet, this sampler is the perfect way to experience the legendary performance of Luxilon strings. This Luxilon ALU Power Trial pack combines four of Luxilon's best selling strings. Trial pack contains one package each of Luxilon ALU Power, Luxilon ALU Power Rough, Luxilon ALU Power Spin, and Luxilon ALU Power Fluoro.  Purchase for $49.95

Luxilon Most Used On Tour String Trial Pack  -Play like the pros with the Luxilon Most Used On Tour String Trial Pack This pack includes the top 4 Luxilon strings used on the ATP and WTA tour including ALU Power 16L ALU Power Rough 16L Timo 110 and the original Big Banger Luxilon offers some of the most durable string with great feel Give this trial pack a try to find out which Luxilon string is best for you. 

OR TRY THESE:
Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 125
Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 125
Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Spin 127
Luxilon Big Banger Original 130

You will also find a variety of Babolat strings being used on tour, here a few variations of those.
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16g And Vs 16g Strings Yellow
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17 + VS 16: Babolat Tennis String Packages
Babolat RPM Blast 17 + VS 16: Babolat Tennis String Packages
Babolat Vs Gut 16g And Synthetic Gut 16g Strings Natural
 
You can't go wrong with trying several of these Tennis String Hybrids.  If you want to receive regular updates and information on strings sign up for our newsletter.




Pat Markey

About Pat Markey -

Patrick Has been stringing rackets for over 25 years including at many professional events around the country including the US OPEN and AUSTRALIAN OPEN. He brings a depth of knowledge and love for the industry.

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