Tennis players put a lot of emphasis on buying the right racquet. However, the key to creating spin, power, and other skills is to have the right string set up in a racquet.
Even the most spin-friendly racquet won’t create a ton of spin if someone is using the wrong string.
That’s why these nine strings below are all worth checking out to create extra bite on the ball and cause problems on the court.
9. Yonex Poly Tour Spin
One of the more popular options for pros out there is the Yonex Poly Tour Spin. It has a unique pentagon shape that adds extra spins to the ball by gripping it for a little longer. A lot of textured strings have become very popular for players who want to hit with spin.
Coming in a few different gauges, it’s considered a pretty low-powered string in general. Some will go with a hybrid setup so that they have a little more comfort overall. It does a good job of holding up even with intense play.
- Pentagon shape adds spin potential
- Very strong
- Multiple gauges
- Expensive compared to a lot of the alternatives
- Mediocre durability
8. Gamma AMP Moto 16
A lot of the most durable strings come at a cost. This is a very affordable option from Gamma that gives players polyester string at a solid price. It’s perfect for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money initially before seeing if they like it.
The string is known for being very firm, so try to go down in tension at first to play around with it. The last thing a person wants is to have arm issues because they went with a tension that’s too much to handle.
Gamma makes solid strings, and it’s worth giving a try at first. What many people realize is that the durability isn’t quite there, so in the end, it costs more money than going with some of the more expensive options.
It still makes this list as a good option to try out, especially for people who might not break strings all that frequently.
- Easy to find
- Has some texture for extra spin
- Not the most durable
- Too firm for some people
7. Wilson Revolve Spin
The Wilson Revolve Spin has been a pretty solid option for players over the years. Revolve has a nice middle-tier option for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money, and the extra spin with this version makes it a well-rounded solution.
Playability is at a pretty big high with Wilson Revolve Spin. Players also feel like they get a lot of control with the string so they are putting shots where they wanted to go.
Wilson is mostly known for their racquets, but they also have a few strings that are solid options in all the different categories.
- Material offers extra spin and snap on shots
- Excellent playability
- Middle tier with quality
- Other options offer better kick on shots
6. Kirschbaum Xplosive Speed
Kirschbaum slides under the radar at times, but many people swear by their different offerings. The Xplosive Speed is built for extra spin on shots so players feel in control of all their shots on the court.
What people love about this particular option is that it still has that same pentagonal profile, but it’s improved technology to make it softer and a little more arm-friendly for different types of players.
Using Thermal Fusion Technology, they’ve stepped up their tech game to make this one of the best polyesters out there.
Mess around with the tension a bit, and the Xplosive Speed will be a great option that won’t break the bank. It’s durable enough that it will last a long time, and it’s overall one of the better options for considering.
- New technology makes the string softer than ever
- Very affordable
- Built to handle different playing styles
- Takes time to get the right tension
- Notches easily
5. Volkl Cyclone
The Volkl company is one many people do not know about, but they have been producing racquets for decades. The strings are great and can be found at an affordable price (around $10 per set).
Some may think that this isn’t as good compared to brands such as Prince or Yonex, but playtests show they provide quality when it comes down to it.
Volkl’s polyester strings offer an excellent balance between power and spin. They are especially friendly for those who want to make the switch from traditional nylon or multifilament strings.
Out of all their polyesters, the Cyclone is worth the extra investment. It might not have that one standout feature, but it’s a well-rounded spin string that allows players to hit freely with power.
- Plays well at very low tensions
- Surprising power
- No true standout feature
- Volkl isn’t carried by all tennis shops
4. Solinco Tour Bite
Players who want the ultimate amount of spin will enjoy an even more open string pattern thanks to this thin option from Solinco. The Tour Bite comes in a few different gauges, going all the way down to 19 gauge for the best feel.
The different gauges of Solanco polyester have taken off at college levels where players can experiment with different strings more than casual players. Keep in mind it’s only going to survive a few hours if playing often, so invest smartly in 17, 18, and 19 gauges.
Play around with gauges before settling on one in particular. The same goes for tension. Some can’t sacrifice durability by going with a thinner string, even if they love the feel. Solinco, or any polyester for that matter, gets expensive in a hurry if they break all the time.
- Multiple gauges
- Excellent added bite on shots
- Loud colors aren’t for everyone
- Thinner gauges break easily
3. Tecnifibre Black Code
Tecnifibre has been producing some variation of their Black Code string for quite a while. It is designed specifically to provide spin and power, but not at the expense of comfort or feel. Players will appreciate it if their game calls for it.
The 16 gauge version will offer better durability than other lower-gauge options because they’re made with polyester monofilament materials that soften when heated up using Thermal Core Technology. This makes vibration reduction even more effective in this particular string setup.
The 16 gauge version is probably the best one to try out since it will offer maximum durability. This means that if anything happens with the string, Tecnifibre holds up better than Babolat or Luxilon which can be costly in case something goes wrong.
Additionally, their prices are pretty similar so even though this might seem like an investment, people always find themselves comparing brands when looking for higher-quality strings without breaking the budget.
- Builds off the legacy Black Code options
- Very durable
- Works well as a full bed or hybrid setup
- Notches a little easier than some
- Not as much technology in the string compared to other top-tier options
2. Babolat RPM Blast
Down to the final two, a person really can’t go wrong with either option. Babolat RPM Blast has been synonymous with all types of spin for a very long time. There are a lot of different variations, but people love the main option over them all.
What makes RPM Blast so different? A lot of people love that it has four different gauges to get thickness down to what they want. On top of that, it’s very easy to get extended playability with the string.
The standard option does a great job helping produce extra spin, but there’s a rough version of RPM Blast that helps out as well. The string has eight sides to it, and the ball will jump off of the strings when it’s hit the right way.
There’s a reason why so many people have gravitated towards this type of string compared to others out there. Babolat has done an excellent job marketing its RPM Blast, but it delivers in a big way as well. This all leads to plenty of people using it as the only polyester string they count on.
- Outstanding spin potential
- Different varieties and gauges
- One of the most durable strings out there
- Takes time to get tension correct
1. Luxilon ALU Power Spin
The top overall option out there is Luxilon ALU Power Spin. Many people have been gravitating towards the spin-friendly string for a while, either with the entire racquet or as part of a hybrid.
Luxilon makes some very durable polyester strings, but this one is designed for spin in particular. A pentagonal-shaped string adds a little bit more bite to every shot. When hitting with topspin, players can hit the ball harder knowing that it was spin down and land in.
Try out the standard ALU Power if the spin is a bit too much. However, this spin-specific option is perfect for players looking for true answers. The best part is, few polyesters are as strong and durable as what Luxilon produces.
- Luxurious feel off the string bed
- Very durable
- Different variations for specific playstyles
- Runs a few dollars more than alternatives
- Still prone to random breaks on mishits
Developing Spin as a Player
All the strings listed above have excellent spin potential. However, there are still players who use the string and don’t get any noticeable spin on their shots. This has more to do with their style instead of the strings themselves.
Brushing up on the ball is going to create excellent topspin on the ground. Some players naturally hit the ball in a spin-friendly way, while others need to development it as much as possible. Not every shot needs a ton of spin, but it helps with variation.
Polyester strings do well with spin, and it will add durability to a setup as well. Many advanced players are using polyester, so it makes sense to at least give it a try if less durable strings are no longer cutting it for the average player.
The racquet choice is just as important as the strings when it comes to spin, I listed the best racquets for spin in this post.