What Does “Crisp” Mean to You? To me crisp strings give a pingy sound (sharp, high-pitched twangy or zingy noise) when the ball comes off the stringbed, and there is good vibrational feedback to the hand and arm at that instant to let you know how well you hit the ball. To me crisp strings feel lively, so maybe they have a little bit of bite, pop, and feel thrown in. Is this the opposite of dead or muted strings, probably, but also very different from hard or boardy, and also different from mushy. What do you think of when you think of crisp strings?