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Choosing The Right String Is Critical To Player Health
by ATP Staff|
Many players choose to emulate their idols when it comes to choosing equipment and apparel. That may not always be the smartest approach. Wearing your favourite pro's shirt may not be hazardous to your health, but if you play with a string that is not suited to you or your game, that could be problematic. For that reason, players should take extra care to choose an appropriate string.
“I have a simple question for young players: What is the part of your racquet that touches the ball?” asks Guillaume Ducruet, Global Sports Marketing Manager at Tecnifibre. “It is obvious, but it is the reason why players should be more aware of what their string brings. I have seen too many kids sacrificing their wrist or elbow at 15 years old.”
To address the issue, Tecnifibre has this month released its new blended string, HDX. The flexbile polyuréthane multifilament is gentler on the shoulder and arm, especially for younger players using lighter racquets.
“With a better tension and a good multifilament string such as our new HDX, the players will get a unique feeling until they get stronger and are able to play with a heavier racquet,” says Ducruet.
Tecnifibre provides a guide on how to choose the right string for your racquet in this detailed infographic, which equates the impact of the tennis ball on a racquet to a Formula 1 crash. It further illustrates that not all strings are equal for impact absorption, with a polyester monofilament - typically favoured by more experienced players - causing 22 per cent more fatigue than polyuréthane due to its increased rigidity.
Multi-filament strings, like HDX, are also beneficial for players with histories of arm injuries or those hoping to prevent injury.
“Sports Medicine professionals recommend multi-filament strings or gut for players with arm pain due to the inherent characteristics over stiffer, less forgiving strings,” says Todd Ellenbecker, ATP Director of Sports Medicine.
“Carefully selecting the string tension, string type and racquet, coupled with optimal biomechanics and preventative exercise programs to improve the strength and endurance of the musculature of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist, are recommended to both treat and prevent arm injuries in elite tennis players.”
Note: Tecnifibre is the ATP's official string and racquet provider.