Tennis Industry magazine

 

String Selector 2012

Use our charts to find the perfect strings for your customers.

By Dave Bone

The economy may be continuing to put companies out of business in other industries, but it doesn’t seem to be having that effect in the string industry. In fact, the number of strings on the market continues to grow, and each year, the U.S. sees more new string brands available. While many of these new brands are so small many players have yet to hear of them, they must be doing something right because it seems like none of them are giving up and leaving the market.

Once again, the largest string growth has been in polyesters. Last year, we explained that technology advances are allowing manufacturers to develop more and more improved constructions for polyester strings, and we asked whether these new polyesters would eliminate the need for so many nylon strings. So far, the answer seems to be “no” — there are more nylon strings in the chart this year than last year.

So, once again, our String Selector comprises the largest number of strings we’ve ever published, and as a result, it may be the most important compilation ever. After all, can you imagine trying to memorize the names of 800 strings, much less trying to categorize them based on stiffness, tension loss and gauge, without a tool like this?

But as the number of strings continues to grow, it occurs to us that even a neatly organized list like this can be intimidating to a stringer or retailer helping a customer pick the next string to try in his racquet. USRSA members have access to a tool on their member-only website, RacquetTECH.com, called “String Selector.” It contains all the information in these charts, but it is searchable and sortable based on any of the specs of the strings. So, for example, if a player is looking for a string that is thinner, softer and loses less tension than their current string, the stringer can simply pick the string the player is currently using and request these features. Then, the tool spits out a much shorter and much less intimidating list of strings to choose from. This powerful tool is available for free to USRSA members and is updated throughout the year as new strings are added to the market.

Our exclusive String Selector on the following pages visually maps about 800 strings based on tension loss and stiffness. This powerful tool can help you find other strings that play similarly to a client’s favorite string, or even help you find a string that outperforms your client’s current favorite.

Using the String Selector

  1. Start by finding the string your client currently uses in the appropriate list (we’ve broken the market down into four categories: Nylon, Polyester, Natural Gut and Kevlar).
  2. Note the string’s stiffness and tension loss numbers, go to the appropriate map and find the dot located at these coordinates.
    • If your client is completely satisfied with their current string and doesn’t want anything different from their next string, dots in the neighborhood (very close to their current string’s dot) will likely play similar.
    • If your client is happy with how long their string plays well, but doesn’t love the feel of their string, try something on the same vertical level, but farther to the right or left. Strings to the right should feel stiffer (or more crisp), while strings to the left should feel softer (or more comfortable)
    • If your client is happy with how their string feels, but not with how long it feels that way, try something in the same column, but higher or lower. Strings higher on the chart should soften (or loosen) up more quickly, while lower strings should hold their initial feel longer.
  3. Once you’ve found a dot that seems interesting, note the coordinates and look them up in the table.

The Geography of “Feel”: Finding Your “Feel Good” Location

Test Procedure. All strings were tensioned to 62 pounds and allowed to sit for 200 seconds. Then the string was hit five times with a force equivalent to hitting a 120 mph serve. The tension loss represents the total amount of the relaxation over both time and impact. The stiffness value is a calculation derived from the amount of force created at impact to stretch the string. Lower values represent softer strings and lower impact forces. Higher values represent stiffer strings and higher impact forces.

Hybrids: To look up a hybrid combination, you must look up each string separately. If it is a pre-packaged hybrid, most packaging indicates the name of each string. There are a few hybrids using strings that aren’t sold on their own. Those strings are included in our lists. They will be listed as the name of the hybrid with (main) or (cross) after the name. For example, Head Protector 16 (main) is the string used for the mains in Head’s Protector 16 string.

Nylon, Zyex, & Polyolefin (Sorted by Stiffness)

Company String Material Gauge Stiffness (lbs/in.) Tension loss (lbs)
Ashaway UltraKill 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.14 135 14.71
Ashaway UltraNick 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.14 135 14.71
Head Intellistring 16/17 (Cross) Polyolefin 1.28 136 15.14
Head Intellitour 17 (Cross) Polyolefin 1.28 136 15.14
Isospeed Platinum 16 (Cross) Polyolefin 1.27 138 16.62
Ashaway UltraKill 17 Nylon / Zyex 1.24 140 14.26
Ashaway UltraNick 17 Nylon / Zyex 1.24 140 14.26
Ashaway Dynamite Soft 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.16 141 13.36
Head Intellitour 16 (Cross) Polyolefin 1.33 143 14.77
Head Perfect Power 17 Nylon 1.22 144 14.80
Gamma Professional 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.22 144 15.15
Ashaway Dynamite Soft 17 Nylon / Zyex 1.26 145 13.17
Alpha Gut 2000 18 Nylon 1.21 146 14.67
Ashaway PowerKill 17 Zyex / Nylon 1.24 147 13.72
Gamma Asterisk 17 Nylon 1.26 150 13.98
Isospeed Professional 17 Polyolefin 1.25 151 15.35
Isospeed Professional 17 (Classic) Polyolefin 1.27 152 15.06
Pro Supex Maxim Touch 1.25 Nylon 1.25 153 12.13
Ashaway PowerNick 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.16 154 12.88
Isospeed Control 16 (Classic) Polyolefin 1.29 154 15.43
Dunlop Dura Ace 17 Nylon 1.22 156 12.86
Tecnifibre X One Biphase 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.20 157 11.47
Isospeed Control 16 Polyolefin 1.27 158 15.61
Dunlop X Life 1.22 Nylon 1.21 160 17.73
Dunlop Precision 1.18 Nylon 1.17 161 15.17
Ashaway SuperNick XL Pro 17 Nylon 1.26 162 14.06
Gamma Live Wire XP 18 Nylon / Zyex 1.20 163 17.13
Babolat Xcel Power 17 Nylon 1.27 164 10.76
Ashaway SuperNick XL Micro 18 Nylon 1.16 164 12.73
Dunlop Explosive 1.18 Nylon 1.19 164 15.02
Isospeed Platinum 16 (Main) Polyolefin / Nylon 1.32 165 12.46
Ashaway SuperKill XL 17 Nylon 1.29 165 12.86
Ashaway PowerKill Pro 16 Zyex / Nylon 1.36 165 13.21
Toalson Bio Logic Soft 130 Nylon 1.31 165 20.88
Ashaway SuperNick XL 17 Nylon 1.26 166 12.08
Head Evolution Pro 16 Nylon 1.31 168 12.10
Gamma Professional 17 Nylon / Zyex 1.29 168 12.37
Ashaway Dynamite Tough 16 Nylon / Zyex 1.32 168 13.51
Dunlop Silk 17 Nylon 1.22 168 15.11
Babolat Xcel 17 Nylon 1.26 169 10.72
Tecnifibre TGV 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.27 169 14.69
Isospeed Hybrid Speed 1.20 Polypropylene 1.19 169 15.65
Head ETS 17 Nylon 1.25 170 14.00
Dunlop Silk 16 Nylon 1.29 170 16.12
Ashaway SuperNick XL Titanium 17 Nylon 1.24 171 12.32
Forten Ti Blend 16 (Cross) Nylon 1.32 171 13.56
Gamma TNT2 Touch 17 Nylon 1.28 171 16.63
Pacific PMX 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.24 172 12.30
Gamma Asterisk Spin 16 Nylon 1.29 172 12.73
Tecnifibre 305 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.15 172 13.96
Ektelon Premier Power 18 Nylon 1.19 173 17.44
Gamma Professional 16 Nylon / Zyex 1.33 174 13.28
Prince Premier LT 18 Nylon 1.19 174 17.37
Gamma Prodigy 17 Nylon 1.25 175 11.16
Tecnifibre XR1 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.26 175 11.60
Prince Premier w/Softflex 17 Nylon 1.25 175 11.97
Alpha Axiom 16 Nylon 1.32 175 12.67
Pacific Power Twist 16L Nylon 1.29 175 13.01
Mantis Comfort Synthetic 16 Nylon 1.31 175 14.42
Dunlop DNA 17 Nylon 1.21 175 14.60
Tecnifibre TGV 16 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.31 175 14.60
Isospeed Energetic 16 Polypropylene/Polyester 1.29 175 18.76
Babolat Xcel 16 Nylon 1.29 176 9.66
Head Synthetic Gut PPS 18 Nylon 1.16 176 11.93
Prince Premier w/Softflex 16 Nylon 1.31 176 11.97
Dunlop DNA 16 Nylon 1.30 176 14.51
Head Intellitour 17 (Main) Nylon / Polyolefin 1.30 177 10.87
Gearbox Multi Premium 18 Nylon 1.17 177 12.85
Alpha Ultra Spin SC 16 Nylon 1.31 177 16.20
Fischer Comfort 16 Nylon 1.33 177 17.44
Head RIP Control 17 Nylon / Polyolefin 1.28 178 10.25
Head Intellistring 16/17 (Main) Nylon / Polyolefin 1.32 178 10.91
Gamma Professional Spin 16 Nylon 1.32 178 11.47
Pro Kennex Pure 1 Liquid 17 Nylon 1.26 178 13.96
Ektelon Premier Power w/Softflex 17 Nylon 1.26 178 14.84
Dunlop M Fil TS 18 Nylon 1.21 178 15.63
Gamma Asterisk Tour 16 Nylon 1.31 178 19.95
Pacific Power Twist 16 Nylon 1.35 179 11.78
Gamma Asterisk 16 Nylon 1.29 179 12.15
Tecnifibre 505 HPR 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.20 180 9.59
Isospeed Energetic Plus 16 Nylon / Polyolefin 1.32 180 10.41
Head FiberGel Power 17 Nylon 1.26 180 12.28
Gamma Asterisk Tour 17 Nylon 1.27 180 12.53
Wilson Shock Shield 16 Nylon 1.31 180 13.34
Volkl V Wrap 17 Nylon 1.24 180 14.38
Ektelon Premier Power w/Softflex 16 Nylon 1.29 180 14.84
Wilson Hollow Core Pro 17 Nylon 1.24 180 16.95
Prince Premier LT 17 Nylon 1.26 180 16.96
Tecnifibre X One Biphase 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.19 181 8.96
Tecnifibre NRG2 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.17 181 9.86
Head Intellitour 16 (Main) Nylon / Polyolefin 1.37 181 11.51
Gamma Prodigy 16 Nylon 1.30 181 11.67
Volkl V Twist 17 Nylon 1.26 181 11.87
Head FXP Power 17 Nylon 1.25 181 13.37
Pacific PMX 16L Nylon 1.30 181 13.50
Tecnifibre 305 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.25 181 15.04
Klip Excellerator 18 Nylon 1.22 181 15.26
Toalson Synthetic Soft 130 Nylon 1.32 182 12.98
Head ETS 16 Nylon 1.32 182 13.16
Babolat Xcel Power 16 Nylon 1.32 183 9.64
Alpha Gut 2000 17 Nylon 1.29 183 11.46
Klip Venom 17 Nylon 1.26 183 12.46
Velociti Plus 16 Nylon 1.31 183 12.65
Velociti Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.21 183 13.21
Dunlop Hexy Fiber 17 Nylon 1.26 183 13.54
Toalson Bio Logic Soft 125 Nylon 1.25 183 14.31
Pacific PMX 16 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.33 184 10.80
Head RIP Control 16 Nylon / Polyolefin 1.38 184 11.02
Forten Tiegut 16 Nylon 1.32 184 12.08
Dunlop Hexy Fiber 16 Nylon 1.36 184 12.99
Tourna Quasi Gut 17 Nylon 1.29 184 14.40
Tecnifibre XR1 16 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.31 185 12.09
Gearbox Multi Premium 17 Nylon 1.26 185 12.77
Velociti Plus 17 Nylon 1.26 185 13.63
Alpha Ultra Spin SC 15L Nylon 1.45 185 14.13
Tecnifibre 505 Biphase 18 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.20 185 14.31
Tourna Quasi Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 185 15.59
Golden Set Dura Meld 17 Nylon 1.26 185 16.05
Volkl Power Fiber II 17 Nylon 1.25 186 12.20
Gamma Revelation 17 Nylon 1.26 186 13.08
Head MegaBlast 17 Nylon 1.26 186 13.96
Ektelon Lightning XX w/ Powerfoil 16 Nylon 1.32 187 11.01
Alpha Gut 2000 16 Nylon 1.33 187 11.23
Gamma Gut 2 16 Nylon 1.34 187 12.00
Isospeed Energetic 17 Polyolefin / Nylon 1.19 187 14.64
Prince Premier LT 16 Nylon 1.29 187 16.72
Silent Partner Filament Frenzy 16 Nylon 1.31 188 11.55
Genesis Xplosion 17 Nylon 1.26 188 12.81
Gamma Live Wire 17 Nylon / Zyex 1.24 188 13.74
Pacific Space Power TX 17 Nylon 1.25 188 16.54
Tecnifibre Multifeel 16 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.30 189 9.81
Volkl Power Fiber II 18 Nylon 1.19 189 10.39
Alpha Element 16 Nylon 1.32 189 10.89
Pacific Futura TXT 16L Nylon 1.29 189 11.16
Head FiberGel Power 16 Nylon 1.31 189 11.62
Volkl Gripper 16 Nylon 1.30 189 11.98
Head MegaBlast 16 Nylon 1.28 189 14.11
Toalson Neo Natural Mugen 1.25 Nylon 1.27 189 14.48
Golden Set Velvet 17 Nylon 1.27 189 15.59
Wilson Hollow Core Pro 16 Nylon 1.33 189 15.63
Tecnifibre NRG2 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.24 190 9.55
Yonex Tour Super 850 16 Nylon 1.31 190 10.89
Isospeed Hybrid Long Life 16 Nylon / Polyester 1.29 190 11.07
Kirschbaum Touch Multifibre 1.25 Nylon 1.25 190 11.20
Head Synthetic Gut PPS 17 Nylon 1.22 190 11.38
Tourna Irradiated 17 Nylon 1.27 190 11.62
Klip Kicker 17 Nylon 1.24 190 11.68
Gamma Live Wire XP 16 Nylon / Zyex 1.32 190 12.04
Babolat Addiction 17 Nylon 1.26 190 12.06
Gosen OG Sheep Micro 18 Nylon 1.19 190 12.28
Golden Set Maximal 17 Nylon 1.27 190 12.52
Gamma Live Wire 16 Nylon / Zyex 1.31 190 12.87
Pro Supex Maxim Touch 1.30 Nylon 1.29 190 13.06
Gamma TNT2 Touch 16 Nylon 1.30 190 14.86
Ashaway Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.26 190 14.93
Gamma TNT2 Rx 17 Nylon 1.26 191 10.96
Gamma Live Wire XP 17 Nylon / Zyex 1.25 191 12.35
Pacific Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 191 13.05
Topspin Sence Seven 16 Nylon 1.33 191 13.29
Volkl Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.27 191 13.58
Tecnifibre 505 HPR 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.26 191 14.09
Tecnifibre X One Biphase 16 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.31 192 10.08
Tecnifibre X One Biphase 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.28 192 10.12
PowerAngle Duo Color TNT 17 Nylon 1.20 192 12.01
Gamma TNT2 Pro Plus 17L Nylon 1.25 192 12.74
Kirschbaum Touch MultiFibre 1.30 Nylon 1.31 192 14.07
Volkl V Feel 17 Nylon 1.26 192 14.67
Toalson Bio Logic 128 Nylon 1.28 192 14.97
Mutual Power Semi Gut 16 Nylon 1.35 192 15.11
Gosen Powermaster 2 (1.00-1.43) Nylon 1.00-1.43 192 16.63
Alpha Ultra Spin 15L Nylon 1.38 192 16.69
Tecnifibre Multifeel 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.27 193 9.92
Forten Omni Spin 15L Nylon 1.37 193 12.44
Wilson NXT 17 Nylon 1.24 193 12.99
Golden Set Optimum 17 Nylon 1.26 193 13.42
Gosen Composite Master 2 (1.00-145) Nylon 1.00-145 193 13.87
Golden Set Velvet 16 Nylon 1.31 193 15.43
Klip Venom 16 Nylon 1.32 194 9.96
Head FXP 17 Nylon / Polyester 1.25 194 10.59
Prince Lightning XX 16 Nylon 1.29 194 10.76
Volkl Power Fiber II 16 Nylon 1.30 194 11.20
Silent Partner Ultimatum 18 Nylon 1.19 194 12.04
Forten Sweet 17 Nylon 1.27 194 12.62
Ashaway Liberty 16 Nylon 1.33 194 12.90
Yonex Cyber Bird 125 (Cross) Nylon 1.31 194 12.94
Kirschbaum Hybrix Crosses 1.25 Nylon 1.26 194 13.72
Alpha Claycourt Plus 16 Nylon 1.32 194 13.80
Tecnifibre Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.27 194 13.96
Golden Set Torque 16 Nylon 1.30 194 14.15
Volkl V Wrap 16 Nylon 1.31 194 14.36
Pacific Space Power TX 16 Nylon 1.32 194 16.65
Alpha Gut 2000 15L Nylon 1.38 195 11.11
Tourna SpinPlus 16 Nylon 1.32 195 11.14
Gearbox Mono Premium 18 Nylon 1.17 195 11.18
Klip Excellerator 16 Nylon 1.30 195 11.44
Klip Excellerator 17 Nylon 1.30 195 11.66
Golden Set Maximal 16 Nylon 1.29 195 12.29
Genesis Xplosion 16 Nylon 1.31 195 12.77
Tecnifibre 505 Biphase 17 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.26 195 13.32
Alpha Comfort Plus 16 Nylon 1.31 195 13.74
Pro Supex Synthetic Gut Spiral Flex 16 Nylon 1.28 195 14.80
Mutual Power Power Match (Mains) Nylon 1.33 195 17.50
Yonex Tour Super 850 Pro 16 Nylon 1.34 196 11.13
Head Synthetic Gut PPS 16 Nylon 1.31 196 11.69
Alpha Prodigy 16 Nylon 1.32 196 11.95
Gosen AK Control 17 Nylon 1.26 196 11.96
Pacific Space Power TX 16L Nylon 1.31 196 12.31
Prince Premier Attack 17 Nylon 1.26 196 13.89
Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut Premium 1.25 Nylon 1.27 196 14.11
Boris Becker Pulse 16 Nylon 1.33 196 14.14
Toalson Neo Natural Mugen 1.30 Nylon 1.30 196 14.64
Ashaway Liberty 15L Nylon 1.41 196 16.25
Tecnifibre NRG2 16 Nylon / Polyurethane 1.31 197 8.05
Forten Spin Gear Nylon 1.43 197 11.22
Gamma Revelation 16 Nylon / Zyex 1.32 197 11.88
Wilson Sensation 17 Nylon 1.25 197 11.91
Wilson Sensation Control 16 Nylon 1.31 197 12.77
Alpha Hardcourt Synthetic 17 Nylon 1.26 197 13.58
Kirschbaum Touch MultiFibre 1.35 Nylon 1.34 197 13.87
Toalson Neo Natural Mugen 1.30 Spin Nylon 1.28 197 14.75
Volkl V Feel 16 Nylon 1.31 197 14.84
E-Force Fluid 17 Nylon 1.26 197 15.66
Wilson NXT 16 Nylon 1.30 198 10.69
Babolat Addiction 16 Nylon 1.31 198 11.79
Ashaway Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.34 198 12.12
Pacific Premium Power X 16L Nylon 1.29 198 12.74
Golden Set Optimum 16 Nylon 1.31 198 12.85
Velociti Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.30 198 12.88
Volkl Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.30 198 13.12
Mutual Power Dura Plus BX 16 Nylon 1.31 198 14.11
Mutual Power Titanium 900 16 Nylon 1.33 198 14.31
Mutual Power Topspin 16 Nylon 1.36 198 14.38
Alpha Power Cable 16 Nylon 1.32 198 15.10
Gamma TNT2 Tour 17 Nylon 1.25 198 15.81
Wilson NXT OS 16L Nylon 1.32 199 10.43
Yonex Tough Brid 130 16 (Cross) Nylon / Vectran 1.40 199 11.90
Gosen OG Sheep Micro 17 Nylon 1.24 199 12.35
Prince Tournament Nylon 15L Nylon 1.40 199 13.19
Genesis Blizzard Synthetic Gut 16L Nylon 1.27 199 13.90
Gearbox Mono Premium 17 Nylon 1.26 199 14.64
E-Force Oxygen 17 Nylon 1.25 199 15.35
Alpha Synthetic Gut MXT 18 Nylon 1.16 199 16.15
Topspin Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 199 16.58
Wilson Strike Zone 17 Nylon 1.24 200 11.57
Golden Set Torque 15L Nylon 1.36 200 13.30
Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut Premium 1.30 Nylon 1.30 200 13.49
E-Force Oxygen 16 Nylon 1.28 200 13.65
Golden Set Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.26 200 13.95
Pacific Powerline 17 Nylon 1.25 200 14.70
Gosen Powermaster 1 (1.09-1.45) Nylon 1.09-1.45 200 16.39
Mutual Power Response 16 Nylon 1.32 201 12.46
Forten Ti Blend 16 (Main) Nylon 1.34 201 12.57
Silent Partner Ultimatum 17 Nylon 1.28 201 12.66
Gosen Composite Master 1 (1.10-148) Nylon 1.10-148 201 13.67
Kirschbaum Hybrix Crosses 1.30 Nylon 1.33 201 14.20
Head FXP Power 16 Nylon 1.30 201 14.27
Alpha Sensor Fibre 16 Nylon 1.35 202 11.02
Gamma Challenger 17 Nylon 1.27 202 11.33
Klip Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.25 202 12.87
Pacific Powerline 16L Nylon 1.32 202 12.90
Pro Supex Synthetic Gut Titan 17 Nylon 1.25 202 13.05
Alpha Hardcourt Synthetic 16 Nylon 1.31 202 13.30
Pacific Premium Power X 16 Nylon 1.33 202 13.67
Tecnifibre Duramix HD 17 Nylon 1.27 202 15.37
Gamma Synthetic Gut w/Wearguard 17 Nylon 1.26 203 9.15
Gamma Synthetic Gut w/Wearguard 18 Nylon 1.21 203 9.68
Gamma TNT2 Rx 16 Nylon 1.36 203 9.81
Kirschbaum Touch Classic 1.30 Nylon 1.30 203 10.94
Kirschbaum Touch Classic 1.25 Nylon 1.24 203 11.23
Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex 18 Nylon 1.20 203 11.51
Wilson NXT Tour 17 Nylon 1.27 203 12.46
Klip Screamer Titanium 16 Nylon / Titanium 1.30 203 12.54
Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16 Nylon 1.29 203 12.96
Toalson Leona 66 15L Nylon 1.40 203 14.18
Gearbox Mono Premium 16 Nylon 1.29 203 14.81
Dunlop S Gut 17 Nylon 1.23 203 16.17
Tecnifibre Synthetic Gut 15L Nylon 1.36 203 16.74
Alpha Synthetic Gut MXT 16 Nylon 1.31 203 17.05
Genesis Synthetic Gut Classic 16 Nylon 1.31 203 17.31
Gamma Synthetic Gut w/Wearguard 16 Nylon 1.31 204 10.03
Gosen OG Sheep Micro Super 16 Nylon 1.30 204 11.29
Gosen AK Control 16 Nylon 1.29 204 11.31
Tourna Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.22 204 11.31
Tourna Irradiated 16 Nylon 1.33 204 11.44
Forten Sweet 15L Nylon 1.36 204 11.55
Pacific Syntec 16L Nylon 1.32 204 12.37
Klip Excellerator 15L Nylon 1.34 204 12.68
Mantis Power Synthetic 17 Nylon 1.23 204 13.03
Silent Partner Head Spin 15L Nylon 1.38 204 13.18
Silent Partner Titanium 16 Nylon 1.32 204 13.19
Wilson Extreme Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.28 205 10.30
Forten Dynamix 17 Nylon 1.26 205 11.14
Ashaway SuperKill 17 Nylon 1.24 205 13.23
Prince Premier Attack 16 Nylon 1.30 205 14.26
Tecnifibre Duramix HD 16 Nylon 1.31 205 15.50
Alpha Quick Response 15L Nylon 1.38 205 18.94
Velociti Synthetic Gut 15L Nylon 1.35 206 10.83
Silent Partner Ultimatum 16 Nylon 1.33 206 12.81
Alpha Viper MXT 17 Nylon 1.25 206 12.97
Wilson Strike Zone 16 Nylon 1.29 206 13.32
Klip Scorcher 17 Nylon 1.27 206 13.51
Golden Set Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 206 13.83
Wilson NXT Control 16 Nylon 1.31 206 15.81
Prince Lightning XX 17 Nylon 1.26 207 9.68
Pro Supex Synthetic Gut 1.30 Nylon 1.30 207 11.27
Pacific Futura TXT 16 Nylon 1.39 207 11.51
Silent Partner Original Syn 16 Nylon 1.33 207 13.89
Pacific NXS 16L Nylon 1.31 207 15.28
E-Force Fluid 16 Nylon 1.29 207 15.43
Alpha Tenacity 16 Nylon 1.26 207 20.84
Dunlop S Gut Ti 17 Nylon 1.23 208 10.76
Forten Dynamix 16 Nylon 1.34 208 10.95
Alpha All Player Nylon 15L Nylon 1.37 208 11.38
Klip Blast 17 (Cross) Nylon 1.26 208 11.46
Klip Scorcher 16 Nylon 1.31 208 12.83
Toalson Cyber Nylon Tour 135 L.E.O. Nylon 1.37 208 16.54
Wilson NXT Tour 18 Nylon 1.24 209 9.53
Gamma TNT2 17 Nylon 1.27 209 9.85
Prince Topspin Plus 16 Nylon 1.29 209 10.06
Head FXP 16 Nylon / Polyester 1.34 209 10.83
Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex 15L Nylon 1.35 209 11.13
Gamma Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.26 209 11.51
Wilson Sensation 16 Nylon 1.32 209 11.55
Toalson Synthetic 130 Spin Nylon 1.31 209 11.68
Prince Topspin w/Duraflex 15L Nylon 1.30 209 11.92
Gosen AK Pro 17 Nylon 1.24 209 11.97
Topspin Nylon Pro 15L Nylon 1.41 209 12.35
Klip Kicker 16 Nylon 1.32 209 12.55
Mutual Power Super Power 16 Nylon 1.33 209 12.94
Gamma TNT2 Tour 16 Nylon 1.31 209 14.49
Dunlop S Gut 16 Nylon 1.35 209 15.06
Toalson Cyber Nylon Tour 129 L.E.O. Nylon 1.28 209 16.36
Gamma TNT2 16 Nylon 1.31 210 10.34
Wilson Extreme Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.25 210 10.39
Gosen Tecgut Remplir 16 Nylon 1.32 210 11.62
Pacific DuraTech Flex 16 Nylon 1.29 210 11.91
Genesis Blizzard Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 210 12.28
Tecnifibre Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.34 210 12.70
Topspin Fibre Touch 16 Nylon 1.30 210 13.01
Genesis Thunder Blast 16 Nylon 1.31 210 13.10
Alpha Power Cable MXT 15L Nylon 1.37 210 14.91
Wilson NXT Max 16 Nylon 1.34 211 9.71
Forten Competition Nylon 15L Nylon 1.41 211 10.89
Mutual Power Spin 16 Nylon 1.32 211 11.05
Klip Blast 16 (Cross) Nylon 1.32 211 11.62
Wilson SXG 16 Nylon 1.33 211 11.84
Babolat N.vy 17 Nylon 1.26 211 12.42
Tourna Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.34 211 12.76
Pro Supex Synthetic Gut Titan 16 Nylon 1.28 211 12.94
Prince Lightning XX Spin 16 Nylon 1.30 212 10.30
Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex 17 Nylon 1.26 212 10.69
Forten Sweet 16 Nylon 1.33 212 10.78
Gosen AK Pro 16 Nylon 1.34 212 11.64
Alpha Viper MXT 16 Nylon 1.29 212 12.35
Carnelian Synthetic Gut 16L Nylon 1.32 212 12.92
Golden Set Classic 16 Nylon 1.31 212 13.43
Pacific Powerline 16 Nylon 1.36 213 11.49
RAB Endura Classic 16 (Cross) Nylon 1.32 213 11.62
Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex 16 Nylon 1.30 213 12.04
Prince Synthetic Gut Original 17 Nylon 1.24 214 10.59
Klip Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.33 214 10.98
Gamma TNT2 18 Nylon 1.18 214 11.05
Ektelon Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex 16 Nylon 1.31 214 12.24
Pacific Dura Tech 16L Nylon / Aramid 1.27 214 13.12
Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut 1.30 Nylon 1.32 214 13.25
Klip Synthetic Gut 15L Nylon 1.37 214 13.76
Babolat Synthetic Gut 17 Nylon 1.26 214 13.90
Gamma Synthetic Gut w/Wearguard 15L Nylon 1.38 215 11.18
Gamma Ruff 16 Nylon 1.48 215 11.33
Tourna Nylon 16 Nylon 1.32 215 12.33
Pacific Syntec 16 Nylon 1.37 216 12.15
Babolat N.vy 16 Nylon 1.29 216 12.19
Pacific Dura Tech 16 Nylon / Aramid 1.32 216 12.85
Kirschbaum Synthetic Gut 1.35 Nylon 1.36 216 12.88
Alpha Sphere 16 Nylon 1.31 216 14.88
Gamma Dura Spin w/ Wearguard 16 Nylon 1.37 217 8.95
Gosen Nanocubic 16 Nylon 1.32 217 10.81
Gamma Challenger 16 Nylon 1.32 217 10.95
Prince Synthetic Gut Original 16 Nylon 1.30 217 11.67
Toalson Silencer 17 Nylon 1.26 217 13.96
E-Force Platinum 17 Nylon 1.26 217 14.42
Gamma Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.30 218 9.86
Gamma TNT2 15L Nylon 1.33 218 10.69
Gosen OG Sheep Proform Tuff 15L Nylon 1.38 218 11.16
Wilson NXT Tour 16 Nylon 1.31 219 8.98
Gamma Marathon DPC 15L Nylon 1.44 219 10.80
Head Master 15L Nylon 1.39 219 11.58
Ashaway SuperKill II 16 Nylon 1.31 219 13.16
Golden Set Classic 15L Nylon 1.35 219 13.63
Head Master 16L Nylon 1.31 221 9.57
Gamma Synthetic Gut 18 Nylon 1.22 221 10.14
Toalson Synthetic Tournament 16 Nylon 1.32 222 11.88
Toalson TOA Gold 17 Nylon 1.26 222 12.92
Toalson Silencer 16 Nylon 1.32 222 14.04
E-Force Platinum 16 Nylon 1.28 222 14.40
Gamma Dura Spin 16 Nylon 1.39 223 8.93
Gamma Synthetic Gut 15L Nylon 1.37 224 11.42
Babolat Synthetic Gut 16 Nylon 1.31 224 13.32
Gamma Advantage 15L Nylon 1.39 227 9.90
Toalson TOA Gold 16 Nylon 1.30 227 13.16
Toalson Synthetic Tournament 15L Nylon 1.39 228 11.65
Wilson Red Alert 16 Nylon 1.31 231 11.55

Polyester (Sorted by Stiffness)

Company String Material Gauge Stiffness (lbs/in.) Tension loss (lbs)
Head FXP Tour 16 Polyester 1.33 165 14.93
Babolat Pro Hurricane 18 Polyester 1.21 187 22.29
Dunlop Black Widow 18 Polyester 1.20 189 22.77
Dunlop Black Widow 17 Polyester 1.25 190 25.25
Dunlop Black Widow 16 Polyester 1.30 192 25.03
Head Sonic Pro 17 Polyester 1.23 199 23.09
Genesis Heptonic 18 Polyester 1.16 200 22.49
Pacific Poly Power 18 Polyester 1.09 201 21.17
Polyfibre Poly Hightec 1.10 Polyester 1.09 206 23.68
Isospeed Pulse 1.20 Polyester 1.23 209 21.78
Polyfibre Poly Hightec 1.15 Polyester 1.16 211 23.49
Gamma Zo Tour 16 Polyester 1.32 214 20.73
Head Sonic Pro 16 Polyester 1.31 214 22.18
Isospeed Pulse 1.30 Polyester 1.30 214 23.74
Gosen Polylon Comfort 17 Polyester 1.26 215 19.91
Gosen Polylon Polyquest 17 Polyester 1.25 215 20.70
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 130 16 Polyester 1.28 216 20.94
Tecnifibre X Code 17 Polyester 1.27 217 17.66
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 16L Polyester 1.24 217 20.90
Pacific Poly Power Pro 17 Polyester 1.21 218 21.78
Genesis Heptonic 17 Polyester 1.22 218 22.38
Kirschbaum Competition 1.20 Polyester 1.19 219 19.09
Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 1.15 Polyester 1.20 219 19.34
Isospeed Pyramid 16 Polyester 1.28 219 24.19
Tecnifibre Black Code 18 Polyester 1.18 220 18.88
Polyfibre HighTec Premium 1.20 Polyester 1.21 220 23.13
Golden Set Poly 18 Polyester 1.15 221 20.66
Gosen Sidewinder 17 Polyester 1.25 221 21.26
Poly Star Strike 16L Polyester 1.25 221 22.93
Pacific X Force 18 Polyester 1.19 222 17.09
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 18 Polyester 1.19 222 18.89
Pacific Poly Power Pro 16L Polyester 1.24 222 21.65
Gosen Polymaster 2 (1.00-1.43) Polyester 1.00-1.43 222 22.45
Klip K Boom 18 Polyester 1.19 223 18.88
Isospeed Hybrid Control 16L Polyester 1.25 223 20.73
Pacific Poly Power Pro Silver Series 16L Polyester 1.25 223 22.01
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.2 1.15 Polyester 1.16 224 18.92
Pacific Poly Power Pro Black Series 16L Polyester 1.25 224 22.00
Tecnifibre Black Code 17 Polyester 1.27 225 18.03
Topspin Cyber Blue 1.20 Polyester 1.22 225 18.17
Pro Supex Big Ace 1.22 Polyester 1.21 225 18.68
Gamma Zo Tour 17 Polyester 1.29 225 18.94
Signum Pro Tornedo 1.17 Polyester 1.16 225 19.85
Babolat Pro Hurricane 17 Polyester 1.25 226 16.83
Luxilon Alu Power Fluoro 123 Polyester 1.25 226 17.64
Toalson Cyber Blade Tour Thermaxe 123 Polyester 1.23 226 17.97
Polyfibre Poly Hightec 1.20 Polyester 1.18 226 23.44
Signum Pro Poly Megaforce 1.19 Polyester 1.19 227 16.67
Kirschbaum P2 1.20 Polyester 1.18 227 18.10
Pacific Poly Soft 16L Polyester 1.26 227 19.41
Gosen Sidewinder 16 Polyester 1.29 227 21.76
Polyfibre Black Venom 1.18 Polyester 1.19 227 23.33
Polyfibre TCS Rapid 1.20 Polyester 1.19 227 23.79
Polyfibre Cobra 1.20 Polyester 1.21 227 24.43
Tecnifibre X Code 16 Polyester 1.31 228 18.85
Tourna Big Hitter Silver Rough 17 Polyester 1.23 228 20.20
Volkl Cyclone 17 Polyester 1.26 228 21.54
Pacific Poly Soft Pro 16L Polyester 1.26 228 23.92
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.2 1.20 Polyester 1.18 229 18.19
Tourna Big Hitter Blue 17 Polyester 1.26 229 18.21
Silent Partner Roly Poly 17 Polyester 1.27 229 19.62
Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.25 Polyester 1.25 229 21.41
Boris Becker Bomber 17 Polyester 1.24 229 21.59
Poly Star Strike 16 Polyester 1.29 229 22.82
Polyfibre Viper 1.20 Polyester 1.21 229 24.43
Polyfibre HighTec Premium 1.25 Polyester 1.24 230 24.01
Polyfibre TCS 1.20 Polyester 1.19 230 24.16
Polyfibre Cobra 1.25 Polyester 1.26 230 24.63
Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17 Polyester 1.26 231 18.15
Pacific Poly Soft 16 Polyester 1.29 231 19.16
Gosen Polymaster 1 (1.02-1.46) Polyester 1.02-1.46 231 21.98
Gamma Zo Twist 16 Polyester 1.28 231 22.71
Topspin Titan Fibre 15L Polyester 1.39 232 12.65
Luxilon Ace 112 Polyester 1.16 232 17.05
Pro Supex Premier Ace 1.20 Polyester 1.22 232 18.05
Pacific Poly Power 17 Polyester 1.18 232 19.95
Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.18 Polyester 1.19 232 20.09
Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.19 Polyester 1.19 232 20.53
Volkl V Pro 17 Polyester 1.24 232 20.80
Poly Star Classic 17 Polyester 1.22 232 22.23
Pacific Poly Soft Pro 16 Polyester 1.29 232 23.71
Topspin Cyber Blue 1.25 Polyester 1.24 233 15.66
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.23 Polyester 1.25 233 17.48
Pacific Poly Power Comp 16L Polyester 1.27 233 18.21
Gamma Stinger (Main) Polyester 1.28 233 19.53
Ashaway MonoGut 17 Polyester 1.22 233 20.20
Pacific Poly Power Pro 16 Polyester 1.30 233 21.19
Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough 17 Polyester 1.22 233 21.35
Tourna Premium Poly 17 Polyester 1.27 233 21.80
Alien Brand Black Diamond 16 Polyester 1.33 233 22.29
Isospeed Hybrid Spin 16 Polyester 1.30 233 24.08
Isospeed Pyramid Spin 16 Polyester 1.30 233 24.50
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.1 1.15 Polyester 1.16 234 17.09
Pro Supex Premier Ace 1.25 Polyester 1.24 234 17.57
Klip K Boom 17 Polyester 1.23 234 17.99
Pro Supex Big Ace 1.25 Polyester 1.25 234 19.16
Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.275 Polyester 1.26 234 21.21
Boris Becker Bomber 16 Polyester 1.31 234 21.67
Polyfibre TCS 1.25 Polyester 1.26 234 23.86
Poly Star Energy 17 Polyester 1.22 234 25.45
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 17 Polyester 1.26 235 16.27
Kirschbaum Competition 1.25 Polyester 1.28 235 19.07
Luxilon Alu Power Spin 127 Polyester 1.29 235 19.25
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.20 Polyester 1.21 235 19.98
Gamma Zo Tour Rough 16 Polyester 1.29 235 20.52
Gosen Polylon Polyquest 16 Polyester 1.29 235 21.06
Poly Star Classic 16 Polyester 1.28 235 22.14
Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.25 Polyester 1.23 235 23.42
Polyfibre Black Venom 1.25 Polyester 1.24 235 23.75
Gamma Zo Verve 17 Polyester 1.24 236 16.92
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.20 Polyester 1.20 236 17.47
Klip Optic Nerve 17 Polyester 1.23 236 17.49
Gamma Zo Black Ice 18 Polyester 1.19 236 17.73
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.2 1.25 Polyester 1.24 236 19.14
RAB Endura Classic 16L (Main) Polyester 1.29 236 20.26
Pacific Poly Power Comp Red Series 16L Polyester 1.26 236 20.46
Gosen Polylon Polybreak 18 Polyester 1.21 236 21.26
Prince Tournament Poly 16 Polyester 1.29 236 24.17
Polyfibre Viper 1.25 Polyester 1.24 236 24.66
Poly Star Energy 16L Polyester 1.27 236 25.23
Genesis Typhoon 16L Polyester 1.25 237 20.64
Polyfibre Black Venom 1.30 Polyester 1.31 237 25.03
Genesis Hexonic 18L Polyester 1.15 238 17.20
Gosen Polylon Polybreak 17 Polyester 1.23 238 17.47
Tourna Big Hitter Blue 16 Polyester 1.29 238 17.88
Pro Supex Big Ace 1.28 Polyester 1.25 238 18.68
Forten Pro Select 17 Polyester 1.20 238 18.92
Volkl Cyclone 16 Polyester 1.32 238 20.07
Alpha Vengence 17 Polyester 1.26 238 22.36
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.18 Polyester 1.19 239 15.65
Wilson Enduro Pro 17 Polyester 1.25 239 15.77
Gamma Zo Power 16L Polyester 1.20 239 17.29
Signum Pro Tornedo 1.23 Polyester 1.25 239 19.16
Tourna Premium Poly 16 Polyester 1.29 239 20.25
Pacific Poly Power Pro Silver Series 16 Polyester 1.31 239 20.88
Poly Star Turbo 16L Polyester 1.25 239 24.15
Polyfibre HighTec Premium 1.30 Polyester 1.29 239 25.36
Polyfibre Poly Hightec 1.25 Polyester 1.24 239 27.14
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.25 Polyester 1.23 240 15.54
Pro Supex Premier Ace 1.30 Polyester 1.28 240 16.83
Prince Beast XP 17 Polyester 1.25 240 17.80
Pacific Poly Power Comp Red Series 16 Polyester 1.31 240 18.24
Luxilon Alu Power Rough 125 Polyester 1.25 240 18.98
Golden Set Hex Poly 18 Polyester 1.19 240 19.55
Dunlop Juice 17 Polyester 1.21 240 19.58
Volkl V Pro 16 Polyester 1.29 240 21.02
Luxilon M2 Pro 125 Polyester 1.26 240 21.70
Polyfibre HexaBlade 1.18 Polyester 1.20 240 24.34
Polyfibre TCS Rapid 1.30 Polyester 1.29 240 24.45
Polyfibre Cobra 1.30 Polyester 1.29 240 24.83
Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 Polyester 1.31 241 13.61
Gamma Zo Magic 16 Polyester 1.28 241 15.25
Luxilon Timo 110 Polyester 1.15 241 16.91
Tourna Big Hitter Silver 16 Polyester 1.29 241 17.62
Signum Pro Hyperion 1.18 Polyester 1.20 241 20.51
Prince Tournament Poly 17 Polyester 1.24 241 24.23
Pacific Poly Power 15L Polyester 1.33 241 24.83
Babolat Duralast 17 Polyester 1.26 241 25.07
Klip Optic Nerve 16 Polyester 1.28 242 13.58
Luxilon Alu Power 125 Polyester 1.23 242 17.13
Gosen Nanocubic 17 Polyester 1.26 242 17.33
Tecnifibre Black Code 16 Polyester 1.31 242 18.08
Ashaway MonoGut 16L Polyester 1.27 242 19.40
Dunlop Explosive Polyester 18 Polyester 1.21 243 16.31
Klip Hardcore 17 Polyester 1.24 243 17.05
Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25 Polyester 1.24 243 18.55
Kirschbaum Touch Turbo 1.30 Polyester 1.30 243 19.58
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.225 Polyester 1.23 243 19.74
Ytex Polyspin 1.23 Polyester 1.25 243 19.81
Polyfibre HexaBlade 1.25 Polyester 1.29 243 24.24
Topspin Cyber Whirl 1.24 Polyester 1.24 244 19.01
Alpha Vengence 16L Polyester 1.29 244 22.05
Genesis Hexonic 18 Polyester 1.22 245 19.29
Golden Set Hex Poly 17 Polyester 1.24 245 19.36
Golden Set Poly 17 Polyester 1.23 245 21.56
Signum Pro Plasma Hextreme 1.25 Polyester 1.25 246 16.23
Topspin Cyber Blue 1.30 Polyester 1.31 246 20.38
Polyfibre TCS 1.30 Polyester 1.29 246 24.74
Prince Beast XP 16 Polyester 1.32 247 17.68
Dunlop Explosive Polyester 17 Polyester 1.26 247 18.00
Kirschbaum Competition 1.30 Polyester 1.30 247 18.50
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.2 1.30 Polyester 1.27 247 18.61
Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough 16 Polyester 1.27 247 19.58
Golden Set Snake Bite 17 Polyester 1.24 247 20.90
Yonex Tough Brid 130 16 (Main) Polyester 1.30 247 22.42
Polyfibre Viper 1.30 Polyester 1.31 247 25.18
RAB Monoflex 16 Polyester 1.26 248 17.95
Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.23 Polyester 1.24 248 18.17
Tourna Big Hitter Silver Rough 16 Polyester 1.27 248 19.36
Golden Set Poly 16L Polyester 1.28 248 20.71
Genesis Hexonic 16L Polyester 1.32 248 20.99
Ytex PolyPower 1.30 Polyester 1.31 248 21.58
Luxilon Original 130 Polyester 1.28 249 17.11
Signum Pro Hyperion 1.24 Polyester 1.26 249 17.84
Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.28 Polyester 1.26 249 18.04
Golden Set Hex Poly 16L Polyester 1.27 249 19.38
Gosen Polylon 17 Polyester 1.24 249 19.52
Prince Tour 17 Polyester 1.25 249 21.37
Polyfibre Poly Hightec 1.30 Polyester 1.29 249 23.77
Yonex Poly Tour HS 125 Polyester 1.26 250 17.04
Toalson Cyber Blade Tour Thermaxe 130 Polyester 1.29 250 22.21
Alpha Gut 2000 Poly 16 (Main) Polyester 1.31 251 15.52
Kirschbaum P2 1.225 Polyester 1.23 251 15.76
Volkl V Pro 18 Polyester 1.20 251 17.13
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.1 1.20 Polyester 1.19 251 18.96
Genesis Spin X 17 Polyester 1.25 251 19.56
Kirschbaum Helix 1.25 Polyester 1.26 251 20.66
Ytex PentaPower Twisted 1.25 Polyester 1.27 252 18.50
Genesis Black Magic 17 Polyester 1.24 252 19.16
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.325 Polyester 1.33 252 20.75
Gamma Zo Black Ice 17 Polyester 1.22 253 16.67
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.1 1.25 Polyester 1.22 253 16.67
Dunlop Explosive Polyester 16 Polyester 1.29 253 16.98
Prince Poly Spin 3D 16L Polyester 1.27 253 23.39
Babolat Duralast 16 Polyester 1.31 253 25.33
Forten Flexion 16L Polyester 1.24 254 15.53
Kirschbaum Pro Line Evolution 1.25 Polyester 1.26 254 17.59
Signum Pro Plasma Pure 1.28 Polyester 1.29 254 19.56
Luxilon Adrenaline Rough 125 Polyester 1.29 254 19.83
Gosen Polylon 16 Polyester 1.30 254 21.23
Kirschbaum P2 1.275 Polyester 1.24 255 16.47
Klip K Boom 16 Polyester 1.31 255 16.96
Head UltraTour 17 Polyester 1.22 255 19.29
Poly Star Energy 16 Polyester 1.31 255 25.95
Signum Pro Plasma Hextreme 1.30 Polyester 1.29 256 16.63
Forten Flexion 16 Polyester 1.28 256 16.76
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17 Polyester 1.25 256 17.58
Forten Intimidator 16 Polyester 1.30 256 17.91
Gosen Polylon Comfort 16 Polyester 1.30 256 19.65
Luxilon M2 Plus 130 Polyester 1.31 256 19.93
Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 1.20 Polyester 1.22 256 19.97
Prince Tour 16 Polyester 1.28 256 21.57
Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 1.25 Polyester 1.26 256 22.02
Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 1.225 Polyester 1.23 257 14.58
Signum Pro Poly Megaforce 1.24 Polyester 1.24 257 14.91
Kirschbaum P2 1.25 Polyester 1.25 257 15.48
RAB Endura Flex 17 Polyester 1.21 257 16.34
Ytex PentaPower 1.24 Polyester 1.26 257 18.42
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.275 Polyester 1.26 257 19.53
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.25 Polyester 1.25 257 19.55
Dunlop Juice 16 Polyester 1.29 257 19.76
Signum Pro Poly Speed Excl. 1.35 Polyester 1.39 257 20.00
Signum Pro Tornedo 1.29 Polyester 1.30 257 20.09
Tecnifibre Pro Red Code 16 Polyester 1.28 258 14.90
Signum Pro Poly Megaforce 1.29 Polyester 1.30 258 15.06
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.30 Polyester 1.27 258 15.28
Topspin Concept Pure 1.24 Polyester 1.24 258 16.67
Ytex ProTour 1.23 Polyester 1.24 258 18.15
Tecnifibre Ruff Code 17 Polyester 1.26 258 18.21
Klip Hardcore 16 Polyester 1.27 258 19.42
Genesis Spin X 16 Polyester 1.31 258 20.73
Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 1.275 Polyester 1.27 258 20.84
Kirschbaum Pro Line No.1 1.30 Polyester 1.27 258 22.09
Gamma Zo Sweet 17 (Main) Polyester 1.22 259 15.75
Ashaway Monofire XL 17 Polyester 1.26 259 17.13
Mantis Power Polyester 17 Polyester 1.23 259 17.86
Genesis Twisted Razor 16L Polyester 1.26 259 18.67
Ytex Triple Twister Silver 1.25 Polyester 1.26 259 19.41
Wilson Enduro Pro 16 Polyester 1.30 260 14.33
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.28 Polyester 1.27 260 15.98
Babolat Hurricane Feel 17 Polyester 1.26 260 16.40
Signum Pro Hyperion 1.30 Polyester 1.31 260 18.61
Gosen Poly Professional 17 Polyester 1.26 260 19.91
Kirschbaum Hybrix Spin Mains 1.25 Polyester 1.26 260 22.58
Luxilon Timo 117 Polyester 1.20 261 16.29
Kirschbaum Super Smash Spiky 1.30 Polyester 1.31 261 18.17
Toalson Cyber Blade Tour Thermaxe 127 Polyester 1.27 261 18.99
Luxilon Adrenaline 125 Polyester 1.23 261 19.40
Gosen Poly Professional 16 Polyester 1.39 261 19.85
Genesis Black Magic 16 Polyester 1.28 261 21.35
Pacific X Force 17 Polyester 1.25 262 13.47
Kirschbaum Basic Poly 1.25 Polyester 1.24 262 16.89
Head UltraTour 16L Polyester 1.27 263 17.97
Tecnifibre Ruff Code 16 Polyester 1.32 263 18.26
Babolat RPM Blast 18 Polyester 1.23 263 18.31
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.35 Polyester 1.37 263 19.36
Golden Set Snake Bite 16 Polyester 1.32 263 20.11
Pacific X Force 16L Polyester 1.32 264 14.33
Topspin Cyber Flash 1.35 Polyester 1.23 264 15.44
Pro Supex Black Fusion 1.19 Polyester 1.25 264 18.03
Ytex Tornado 1.25 Polyester 1.27 264 18.70
Kirschbaum Hybrix Power Mains 1.25 Polyester 1.25 265 17.06
Pacific Poly Power 16 Polyester 1.29 265 17.16
Topspin Cyber Whirl 1.27 Polyester 1.28 265 20.48
Gamma Zo Ice Polyester 1.28 266 16.85
Luxilon Original Rough 130 Polyester 1.28 266 19.21
Kirschbaum Super Smash 1.30 Polyester 1.29 266 19.58
Kirschbaum Hybrix Power Mains 1.30 Polyester 1.29 266 19.78
Wilson Spin Cycle 16L Polyester 1.27 267 19.16
Kirschbaum Hybrix Spin Mains 1.30 Polyester 1.30 267 22.23
Topspin Cyber Red 1.24 Polyester 1.24 268 15.88
Topspin Cyber Black 1.23 Polyester 1.25 268 18.52
Pacific Poly Force Xtreme 16L Polyester 1.27 268 19.39
Kirschbaum Spiky Shark 1.30 Polyester 1.31 268 20.24
Ytex Quadro Twist 1.26 Polyester 1.27 269 21.36
Signum Pro Poly Plasma 1.33 Polyester 1.34 270 14.26
Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme Pure 1.25 Polyester 1.25 270 15.34
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 Polyester 1.28 270 16.61
Pacific Poly Force 17 Polyester 1.25 270 17.58
Prince Poly EXP 17 Polyester 1.24 270 21.66
Babolat Hurricane Feel 16 Polyester 1.32 271 14.62
Pacific Xcite 16L Polyester 1.26 271 15.33
Tourna Premium Poly 18 Polyester 1.21 271 15.39
Mantis Comfort Polyester 16 Polyester 1.30 271 17.58
Pro Supex Black Fusion 1.28 Polyester 1.31 271 17.97
Luxilon Adrenaline 130 Polyester 1.31 272 19.34
Kirschbaum P2 1.30 Polyester 1.30 273 15.74
Topspin Concept Pure 1.29 Polyester 1.27 273 16.28
Babolat RPM Blast 17 Polyester 1.26 273 17.13
Toalson Ultimate Polyester 130 Polyester 1.35 273 21.59
Toalson Rencon 125 Polyester 1.26 274 13.42
Luxilon Savage 127 Polyester 1.27 274 18.57
Pacific Poly Force Xtreme 15L Polyester 1.35 274 19.05
Mutual Power Power Match (Crosses) Polyester 1.35 274 23.30
Babolat Revenge 17 Polyester 1.26 277 19.32
Prince Poly EXP 16 Polyester 1.28 277 21.48
Signum Pro Poly Megaforce 1.34 Polyester 1.34 278 15.69
Ashaway Monofire XL 16 Polyester 1.29 278 16.14
Yonex Cyber Bird 125 (Main) Polyester 1.26 278 17.70
Pacific Poly Force 16L Polyester 1.30 279 16.54
Babolat RPM Blast 16 Polyester 1.31 280 17.37
Kirschbaum Long Life 1.38 Polyester 1.40 281 20.71
Toalson Rencon 130 Polyester 1.31 282 13.64
Babolat RPM Team 16 Polyester 1.31 282 15.75
Ytex ProTour 1.27 Polyester 1.27 282 15.89
Signum Pro Poly Speed Spin 1.28 Polyester 1.29 283 18.00
Ytex Pro Feel 1.27 Polyester 1.27 287 14.50
Kirschbaum Helix 1.30 Polyester 1.30 287 16.86
Pacific Xcite 16 Polyester 1.31 288 16.67
Prince Twisted 16L Polyester 1.28 298 18.91
Babolat Revenge 16 Polyester 1.31 302 19.31

Gut (Sorted by Stiffness)

Company String Material Gauge Stiffness (lbs/in.) Tension loss (lbs)
Pacific Tough Gut 16L Natural Gut 1.28 83 7.52
Pacific Tough Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.26 88 6.75
Pacific Prime Gut 16L (Bull Fiber) Natural Gut 1.28 90 8.62
Pacific Classic Gut 16L Natural Gut 1.28 92 6.39
Pacific Prime Gut 16L Natural Gut 1.30 92 6.86
Pacific Tough Gut 17L Natural Gut 1.20 94 9.29
Pacific Prime Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.28 97 5.75
Pacific Tough Gut 17 Natural Gut 1.23 97 9.22
Head Natural Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.25 99 8.73
Pacific Classic Gut 17 Natural Gut 1.28 100 7.78
Wilson Natural 16 Natural Gut 1.31 102 8.43
Babolat VS Team 17 Natural Gut 1.26 102 8.45
Prince Natural Gut 17 Natural Gut 1.23 102 8.49
Pacific Prime Gut 16 (Bull Fiber) Natural Gut 1.32 103 8.05
Wilson Natural 17 Natural Gut 1.26 103 8.13
Pacific Tough Gut 15L Natural Gut 1.40 103 8.66
Klip Armour Pro 16 Natural Gut 1.30 105 7.43
Klip Armour Pro 17 Natural Gut 1.28 105 7.70
Pacific Prime Gut 17 Natural Gut 1.22 105 8.45
Babolat VS Touch Black Natural Gut 1.31 106 7.93
Klip Legend 16 Uncoated Natural Gut 1.28 106 8.11
Gaucho Classic 16 Natural Gut 1.26 106 10.32
Pacific Classic Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.30 106 11.01
Babolat VS Touch 16 Natural Gut 1.30 107 8.31
Pacific Tough Gut Imperial (Blue Spiral) 16 Natural Gut 1.30 110 8.23
Klip Legend 16 Natural Gut 1.28 113 8.77
Klip Legend 17 Natural Gut 1.27 113 9.31
Prince Natural Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.31 114 8.49
Babolat Tonic+ Thermogut Ball Feel Natural Gut 1.35 114 8.84
Gamma Natural Gut Tour 17 Natural Gut 1.28 116 9.20
Gamma Natural Gut Tour 16 Natural Gut 1.32 117 8.47
Babolat VS Touch 15L Natural Gut 1.35 118 8.68
Boris Becker Hero 16L Natural Gut 1.25 119 8.45
Volkl V Icon 17 Natural Gut 1.27 119 8.84
Tourna Natural Gut 16 Natural Gut 1.30 119 9.06
Gaucho Gold 16 Natural Gut 1.38 119 9.11
Babolat Tonic+ Thermogut Longevity Natural Gut 1.38 119 9.26
Volkl V Icon 16 Natural Gut 1.31 123 8.10
Gaucho Red 15L Natural Gut 1.42 124 9.55

Kevlar (Sorted by Stiffness)

Company String Material Gauge Stiffness (lbs/in.) Tension loss (lbs)
Pacific Powercraft 18 Kevlar / Nylon 1.10 508 14.67
Forten New Age 18 Kevlar / Nylon 1.13 511 18.43
Forten Aramid Composite 18 Kevlar / Nylon 1.11 516 15.04
Forten Ultra Thin Blend 18 Kevlar 1.12 545 15.12
Forten Thin Blend 18/17 (Main) Kevlar 1.15 557 14.33
Head FXP Blend 17 (Main) Kevlar 1.24 574 15.73
Forten Aramid Composite 17 Kevlar / Nylon 1.17 597 11.27
Forten Aramid Gear 16L Kevlar 1.42 610 10.43
Silent Partner Gutsy Aramid 17 Kevlar 1.15 623 11.38
Forten Aramid Gear 15 Kevlar 1.45 627 11.84
Golden Set Dura Match (Main) Kevlar 1.14 634 17.33
Alpha Tourna Blend 18 (Main) Kevlar 1.18 634 21.03
Gamma TNT2 Fusion Plus 19 (Main) Kevlar 1.23 640 17.33
Alpha Tourna Blend 17 (Main) Kevlar 1.24 647 20.64
Alpha Tourna Blend 15 (Main) Kevlar 1.39 662 20.37
Ashaway Kevlar 18 Kevlar 1.08 671 27.21
Gamma TNT2 Fusion Plus 16 (Main) Kevlar 1.28 674 16.36
Gamma Infinity 15L (Main) Kevlar 1.35 729 17.90
Gamma Infinity 16 (Main) Kevlar 1.30 736 17.90
Ashaway Kevlar 17 Kevlar 1.22 757 28.37
Ashaway Kevlar 16 Kevlar 1.29 764 26.68
Prince Problend w/Duraflex 16 (Main) Kevlar 1.30 981 15.88

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