Shopping For Racquets

Effects of String Pattern on a Racquet

For most recreational players, the essential concern when buying a racquet are the following: weight, stiffness, balance, head and grip sizes. There is one essential that has become increasingly important and complicated consideration is the string patterns.

It can significantly change how a racquet work and should note something about the user’s style of play by a frame’s string configuration. This is the number of main and cross strings or the up and down. In aid on purchasing your next racquet, here are a few things to consider when it comes to string patterns because there are so many options now available so as not to confuse yourself.


The racquet with the more open string pattern or fewer strings will usually have a softer, arm-friendlier feedback if you have two similarly sized frames with identical strings and tensions.

It promotes a higher launch point and easier depth on shots as the ball can also stay on a more elastic string bed longer. What used to be considered open are the 16×18 or 16×19 pattern, but at present, there are frames created with as few as 15 cross strings.

It makes a racquet stiffer and provides a firmer feedback with more strings in the string bed. Falling into the dense string pattern category are frames with 16×20 and 18×20 configurations. The extra feedback provided by these racquets can actually be preferable and more pleasing than the elevated softness of an open pattern especially for players who play with lots of touch and precision.

The Spin

There is greater opportunity to bite the ball when there is more space between the strings. This also means a more open pattern can accent spin. Companies produce frames with string patterns distinctly designed for this purpose because hitting with topspin has become such a demanding portion of the game.

A player can still apply spin to the ball using a dense pattern but not simple. On the upside, it generally provides better directional authority for the extra surface area and stiffer string bed.

Racquet String Lifespan

Your racquet strings move and rub against each other, causing them to weaken and eventually snap every moment you hit a ball. The higher the frequency of breakage, the greater the room to move. They tend to shy away from those types of frames entirely for those frequent string-breakers.

There is less room for string movement and better string life for a dense string pattern. It also provides players the chance to use softer and thinner strings. With an open string pattern, it would break much faster in a frame.