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POLYESTER POPULARITY

   Polyester strings have been all the rage in tennis the past 4 years. The
polyester or co-poly strings that you hear about are used by almost the entire
world’s touring professionals. Luxilon is the most used brand by tennis
professionals and there now there are so many string companies making these
co-poly strings.
   First the good news, polyester strings are great for durability and spin. The
smooth surface and coating allows the string to snap back into place during
contact so that it helps produce more spin on the ball.
   Now the bad news. Co-poly string lacks power, it lacks comfort and it lacks
tension holding properties. Polyester strings are more affected by weather and
temperature than any other type of string. They will lose 50% of the tension
after just 20 hours of play. Yes, that’s half your string tension is lost.
   The touring pro’s get their strings for free and have them strung and
restrung before every match. Their strings only need to last 2 to 3 hours or less.
They will change racquets after 9 games just to match the tension they had at
the beginning of the match.
   So what does this mean to you? Well, polyester might not be the best string
for you unless your break your strings every 4 hours of play. Durability is great
but it comes at a cost with shock and arm problems caused by co-polys and
polyester strings. It’s much better to use Natural Gut if you can afford it.
Next best is the Multifilament nylon strings and then nylon Synthetic Gut.
   Better to restring often and have the best string performance than keep old,
dead, strings in a racquet for years.

Doug Hofer, USPTA & USRSA Certified
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