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Tennis Gear 101 | Understanding String Gauges

String gauge is important to consider when stringing or restringing a tennis racquet. If you want what you’ve been hitting with look to the tiny writing on the string in your racquet before cutting it out. The most common string gauges are 15, 16 and 17.

If you want something a little bit different, more control maybe, or more feel, take a listen to this helpful video from one of our sponsors Tennis Warehouse.

String gauge is always noted on a string package. For example, this package of Solinco Hyper-G strings is noted as 17 gauge in the lower left corner.


Solinco Hyper G tennis string


At string gauge’s most basic translation, the higher the number the thinner the string, the more bite…the more breakage. If you can afford to restring often thin might be your thing. If you break a lot, thicken up.

Next up, we’ll look at tension.

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