FIVE FAST FACTS FRIDAY: TENNIS STRINGS

Happy Friday all! It's that time of the week again, when we come at you with five facts you may or may not have known about a topic that we hope is of interest to you! 
This week we're "coming at you" you five facts about tennis strings! We've focused on tennis rackets in the past- in case you missed it you can find read it here. 

To be clear, tennis strings are part of the tennis racket and are the part in which makes contact with the ball. Now that we have that cleared up, here are todays fast facts:

1) There are several materials used to make tennis strings, and they vary in terms of elasticity, durability, rebound efficiency, tension holding capability, and manufacturing cost, among other considerations.

2) Some of the materials are: natural gut, synthetic gut, multi-filament, nylon, polyester, kelvar, Vectran, Polyolefin and metal wire.

3) Virtually all modern day rackets are strung in a horizontal-vertical- criss-cross pattern. There have been other patterns with varying success rates and some generating too much spin - that caused them to be banned. 

4) String tension can affect your game dramatically. The recommended tension is usually printed on the racquet. With a lower tension the racquet will have more power and less control; with a higher tension, it will have less power and more control.

5) The process of installing strings in the racquet is called "stringing," and is done with a racquet string machine. These machines vary in complexity, accuracy and price.