String recommendation for late beginner

PJYelton

New User
So I am a strong beginner player, maybe low intermediate on a good day, and need advice on strings. I made the mistake a while back and got polyester strings (RPM Blast) not realizing that they are meant only for players with much stronger and more consistent technique than I have, so now looking to remedy that. Unfortunately I don't have the budget to go out and test a bunch of strings and tensions to see what might actually fit me best so hoping I could get some recommendations. I am using two rackets, my main is a Dunlop FX 700 which is a very light even balanced 107 square inch racket. My other racket that I am working on growing into is a Pure Aero.

Here are the things I am looking for, and yes I know that I can't have it all and to increase one spec could mean sacrificing another so I put them in the order of my preference:
  • One thing I liked about the poly was the lower power higher control. I have a bad tendency during matches to panic about hitting shots long so I pull up and don't swing through. I know that its a mental thing and can be solved by better technique and confidence but at this point I prefer to be consistent even if the ball doesn't end up having a lot of pace on it. Most strings recommended for beginners brag about the power, so maybe just need a bit higher tension? Or something that has a lower launch angle? I don't have a very fast swing yet so this is where I struggle trying to find the right balance
  • Love control, I want to know the ball is going exactly where I am telling it to go instead of a general area
  • Like to be more at mid-court and at net so something a bit more for volleys and approach shots
  • Considering my skill level, still need something that's a bit forgiving unfortunately for all of the times I mistime the shot or miss the sweet spot
  • Trying to learn topspin, so nothing that actively works against spin. Also I rely heavily on a strong backhand slice so can't lose that. Not sure if that is an issue with strings these days, obviously there are strings that can increase spin but I'm guessing with the right technique you can spin with any of them?
  • Durable is nice, I have yet to ever break a string but can't afford to restring often if the tension loss makes it unplayable too quickly
Thanks for any help!
 

bob vdr

New User
I'd recommend looking at a synthetic gut (whatever is easily available to you), bump up the tension (compared to what you had with RPM Blast) by 10% or so and go from there. The syn guts will give you more forgiveness, playability and comfort vs. poly. Less control and spin are price you pay when you go from poly to syn gut or multi. Control, however, can be improved by bumping up the tension.
As you are at the beginning, no type of string is going to compensate enough for your current lack of skill. So, don't overthink too much the string setup and focus more on playing and improving. With better technique you'll have more of everything (control, spin, depth, etc) vs. poor technique with whatever string. And you can always revisit the string choice as you progress.
 
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Deleted member 776614

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Head Velocity strung at 58lbs. It has great tension maintenance, good spin for a multi, and at 56-58lbs it totally kills power. And it's only $11. If you string at 56lbs, it eventually drops down a few lbs and I found the power picks up a bit. At 58lbs it might feel a little stiff but it softens up. It's a great string for people who don't want to play with poly, but like the 'dead energy' of poly strings.

These tensions are based on using Velocity 17g in an 18x20 98" frame so you might have to adjust. Also 16 gage will give you less power and more control.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
As long as you are using multi, gut or syn gut, you can string very high and still be arm friendly. That can give you the control you need.

But as a beginner intermediate I’d still look at Prince syn gut. Inexpensive crisp feeling more than adequate for your needs. Technifibre multifeel is another good syn gut option.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Buy the cheapest natural gut 16 gauge string you can get (Klip?) and string at 57 or 58 lbs. You can probably use it for 60 hours without noticing any change in tension or playability while getting good feel, control and power. Multifilaments are cheaper, but lose tension twice as fast as gut and you will need two string jobs of multi for every single gut stringjob. For those who don’t break strings like a beginner, gut is a good bargain for the performance you get.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
Any benefit to using synthetic gut over multifilament other than price and durability?
I just like the crisp feeling that syn gut provides. Multis can feel mushy to me. Multis are more comfy and get a bit better ball grab but that's about it.

For those who don’t break strings like a beginner, gut is a good bargain for the performance you get.
There is a lot of truth to this. I keep suggesting this to my wife who is a flat hitter that rarely breaks strings, but she thinks gut is for good players only. Truth is, gut is great for anyone that doesn't break strings.
 

veelium

New User
Buy the cheapest natural gut 16 gauge string you can get (Klip?) and string at 57 or 58 lbs. You can probably use it for 60 hours without noticing any change in tension or playability while getting good feel, control and power. Multifilaments are cheaper, but lose tension twice as fast as gut and you will need two string jobs of multi for every single gut stringjob. For those who don’t break strings like a beginner, gut is a good bargain for the performance you get.
Good recommendation, I'd just get Babolat touch tonic tough. Thicker than 16 gauge, cheap (for natural gut) and plays great for a long time.
 
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