You have your racquet, you know what string tension you want but you haven't considered one very important factor yet, the strings!
To complicate things once you have chosen your racquet, you actually need to consider string tension and string type together. In our previous article, What's The Deal With String Tension, we talked specifically to the point of string tension but now let’s talk about string types.
It can be very confusing as a first-timer or even if you’re a seasoned player as there are just so many string options out there!
Some general rules of thumb for strings are:
If you are spending your time on court playing with plastic shuttles, remember that a plastic shuttle actually degrades your strings faster than a feather shuttle would. If you're on a tight budget, a thicker string might be a smarter option!
Also, if you are new to the sport, using a slightly thicker string would benefit you especially while you improve your consistency with contacting the sweet spot.
The following are some of the most commonly used strings in the game that I have used personally (Not an exhaustive list):
Have a read as well as explore other brands of string out there if you feel like it! (Ashaway, Li-Ning, Victor etc.). See which ones seem to work with your budget (remember thinner strings won't last as long, which means more stringing!) and playing style then go out and try them.
Like string tension, don't be fooled by what all the "good" players are using. Remember that the above comments are based on my personal experience with the strings and that yours may be different. Experiment and see what works best for you!
See you out there! :)
Main image source: PowerTI
Body image source 1: Nikeairmax90shoes
All string images source: Yonex
Last year in August, I was lucky enough to travel to Basel, Switzerland to coach the Australian Team at the 2019 World Championships.
Being a former player that has competed at such tournaments such as the World Championships, I found that the experience was vastly different as a coach compared to an athlete.