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TennisBeginner
03-29-2011, 05:51 PM
Hello Tennis Warehouse members!

Recently I purchased the Wilson K Factor KZen Team.FX Orange (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wilson_K_Factor_KZen_TeamFX_Orange/descpageRCWILSON-KZTFXO.html). I now have the frame, and I'd like to buy some good strings to go along with it. Does anybody know which strings would go nicely with my K Factor? I don't know much about strings, so I was hoping you all could recommend a decent pair that doesn't cost a ton.

Thank you very much~

FedererBestTennis
03-29-2011, 05:53 PM
Would you mind elaborating more? What is your level? What is your style? What are you looking for in a string? Durability? Playability?

rodrigoamaral
03-29-2011, 06:43 PM
cant go wrong with PSGD...

TennisBeginner
03-30-2011, 03:29 PM
Would you mind elaborating more? What is your level? What is your style? What are you looking for in a string? Durability? Playability?

Yes sorry! I'm only about a 3.0-3.5. I like to play all around, so I'll approach net when I get the chance, but I enjoy baseline bashing as well. I'm looking for a bit of pop, possibly to hit more topspin. Once again I'm new at this so I don't know if strings can even effect topspin. In the past I just bought whatever strings the store had, but now I want some good ones.

FedererBestTennis
03-30-2011, 04:33 PM
Yes sorry! I'm only about a 3.0-3.5. I like to play all around, so I'll approach net when I get the chance, but I enjoy baseline bashing as well. I'm looking for a bit of pop, possibly to hit more topspin. Once again I'm new at this so I don't know if strings can even effect topspin. In the past I just bought whatever strings the store had, but now I want some good ones.
Don't worry :D You are in the presence of the biggest collection of tennis knowledge in the world. Let me cover the basics of string.

String:
Synthetic Gut: A nylon core with some sort of coating to improve feel and durability. They are usually very cheap; some better than others. Prince Original (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Prince_Original_Synthetic_Gut_17_String/descpageACPRINCE-OS17.html )and Gosen OG (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Gosen_OG-Sheep_Micro_16_String/descpageACGOSEN-OGS16.html) are considered two of the best.
Multifilament: A type of string constructed from thousands of tiny fibers that are twisted together to create a string that has great feel, and good pop. Mikeler has a thread ALL about multis and he playtests them and writes reviews. Learn to your heart's content. (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=352048)
Poly: A one-strand string that is very dense and is generally considered to be very control-oriented, and can be very tough on the arm. Mikeler has also created a thread on polys. (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=373884)
Natural Gut: Similar to Multifilament, but the strands are made from a specific part of cow intestines. Considered the best string the world and used by virtually every pro. Not all natural guts are the same though; they differ in quality greatly. Some more info on natural gut. (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/NaturalGut.html) Widely considered the best natural gut in the world. (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_VS_Natural_Team_Gut_17_125_String/descpageACBAB-BTG17.html)

Tension:
Higher Tension (57 lbs+): More control-shots won't go as far. Can be demanding on the arm and elbow is strung excessively high. More fore people who have trouble controlling their shots.
Lower Tension (57 lbs-): More power-shots will tend to go farther. More forgiving on the arm as well. More for people who have trouble creating their own pace.

Most of the time, tension is something that takes a little of experimenting to find the right one. Also worth noting that all string will lose tension over time, some more than others. Something else you will have to pay attention to.

I would recommend a hybrid of Mantis Comfort Synthetic Mains (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Mantis_Comfort_Synthetic_16_String/descpageACMANTIS-MCS16.html) @ 59 lbs/ALU Power Rough Crosses (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Luxilon_Big_Banger_ALU_Power_Rough_16L_String/descpageACWILSON-ALUPR16.html) @ 52 lbs. Because the Multifilament (the MCS) is the mains you will get the pop that you wanted plus added spin. You will notice that the ALU Power Rough is strung looser than the Mantis because it is a poly, and we do not want your arm getting hurt because poly was strung too tight.

I hope all my efforts help as you begin your string journey. :D

TennisBeginner
03-30-2011, 05:00 PM
Don't worry :D You are in the presence of the biggest collection of tennis knowledge in the world. Let me cover the basics of string.

String:
Synthetic Gut: A nylon core with some sort of coating to improve feel and durability. They are usually very cheap; some better than others. Prince Original (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Prince_Original_Synthetic_Gut_17_String/descpageACPRINCE-OS17.html )and Gosen OG (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Gosen_OG-Sheep_Micro_16_String/descpageACGOSEN-OGS16.html) are considered two of the best.
Multifilament: A type of string constructed from thousands of tiny fibers that are twisted together to create a string that has great feel, and good pop. Mikeler has a thread ALL about multis and he playtests them and writes reviews. Learn to your heart's content. (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=352048)
Poly: A one-strand string that is very dense and is generally considered to be very powerful, and can be very tough on the arm. Mikeler has also created a thread on polys. (http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=373884)
Natural Gut: Similar to Multifilament, but the strands are made from a specific part of cow intestines. Considered the best string the world and used by virtually every pro. Not all natural guts are the same though; they differ in quality greatly. Some more info on natural gut. (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/LC/NaturalGut.html) Widely considered the best natural gut in the world. (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Babolat_VS_Natural_Team_Gut_17_125_String/descpageACBAB-BTG17.html)

Tension:
Higher Tension (57 lbs+): More control-shots won't go as far. Can be demanding on the arm and elbow is strung excessively high. More fore people who have trouble controlling their shots.
Lower Tension (57 lbs-): More power-shots will tend to go farther. More forgiving on the arm as well. More for people who have trouble creating their own pace.

Most of the time, tension is something that takes a little of experimenting to find the right one. Also worth noting that all string will lose tension over time, some more than others. Something else you will have to pay attention to.

I would recommend a hybrid of Mantis Comfort Synthetic Mains (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Mantis_Comfort_Synthetic_16_String/descpageACMANTIS-MCS16.html) @ 59 lbs/ALU Power Rough Crosses (http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Luxilon_Big_Banger_ALU_Power_Rough_16L_String/descpageACWILSON-ALUPR16.html) @ 52 lbs. Because the Multifilament (the MCS) is the mains you will get the pop that you wanted plus added spin. You will notice that the ALU Power Rough is strung looser than the Mantis because it is a poly, and we do not want your arm getting hurt because poly was strung too tight.

I hope all my efforts help as you begin your string journey. :D

Hey thanks a ton man! I really did learn a lot from your post, it means a lot that you took the time to type that out. I think I want to try a Multifilament string, so I may go with the one you suggested! Thanks again man! :)

FedererBestTennis
03-30-2011, 05:02 PM
Hey thanks a ton man! I really did learn a lot from your post, it means a lot that you took the time to type that out. I think I want to try a Multifilament string, so I may go with the one you suggested! Thanks again man! :)
Yayyyyy...I'm so happy I was able to help you, and yes when you try it out, take note of tension, what you like about the string, what you don't like, and PLEASE report back to this thread. :D

TennisBeginner
03-30-2011, 05:30 PM
Yayyyyy...I'm so happy I was able to help you, and yes when you try it out, take note of tension, what you like about the string, what you don't like, and PLEASE report back to this thread. :D

Alright, If I do go with that string though, It may take a while to ship and get it strung. So don't expect a response for a bit of time :(

FedererBestTennis
03-30-2011, 05:47 PM
Alright, If I do go with that string though, It may take a while to ship and get it strung. So don't expect a response for a bit of time :(
:D That's okay. Based on your review, I and others will be able to make more recommendations.

FedererBestTennis
03-30-2011, 06:05 PM
Also, remember to tell us how the durability was (how long the string lasted). This is very important as well. If you find that the setup didn't last long enough, put the ALU in the mains and the Mantis in the crosses.