Tennis for Children
3. Static Weight
4. Swing Weight
5. Twist Weight
7. Grip size
8. (and if you want your child to still love you) The decals. (this should be the least purchase driven aspect!)
There are also several things to consider when choosing strings:
First and Foremost:
Strengths, abilities, style of play (eg. Serve & Volley, Touch, Spin, Power, Base-liner or All Court)
1. String Type
Very expensive and susceptible to the weather. If you play outdoors and all year round and are playing within a budget, then probably best avoid. (Although it is, by far, the kindest string for the body and offers unmatched performance) You can reduce the cost by using it within a Hybrid combination.
Probably the safest choice for the youth. Offers a wide range to cater for every budget. A variety of textures to add spin. Comes in many gauges and colours. Not the most durable but you should be looking for comfort over durability.
Even within the catagory of 'softer Polyesters' there are 'Soft' or 'Touch' versions of the string. With brands like: Babolat, Solinco, Volkl, Head, Luxilon and others all understanding the importance of offering more comfortable options.
Are a fantastic way to find the best of both worlds, enabling you to utilise the characteristics of one type of string and alter the feel using another string.
Can be very cost effective and has a wide choice range.
2. String Gauge
(In general, I would recommend using the thinner gauge when using Polyester strings 1.15mm to 1.20mm and avoid Durable Polyester and Kevlar's
Tension is one of those things that you have to experiment with to find what works for the player. A good place to start for a youngster is on the lower end of the frames required range and adjust accordingly (if required) You can also string outside the recommended range (it is only a guide)
Tennis Strings For Children
(all prices are for strings & labour)
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Solinco Tour Bite Soft.
A newly developed, softer high-performance and versatile polyester string designed to offer more comfort while still generating extreme power and intense spin and bite. Utilizes a newly developed softening chemical composition with the high-powered polyester monofilament fiber designed and shaped to generate maximum power while amplifying the spin and bite intensity of the ball.
Kirschbaum Pro Line II
PRO LINE No II is based on Kirschbaum's 20 years of experience in string manufacture and work with professional players. After developing products such as SUPER SMASH and SPIKY, Kirschbaum continue to improve and enhance their formulations.
Volkl Power-Fiber II
This extremely natural-gut-like performance multi-filament string has been improved with a new patented coating process that helps eliminate the 'notching' due to friction and court debris. Exceptional tension maintenance, thanks to the patented "high-pressure-resin-misting", allows more string fibres and less resin. This also helps create exceptional shock and vibration reduction.
Power-Fibre II is developed for all racquets and playing styles for today's players who demand top performance.
Gauge: 1.32mm 1.25mm
A superior, arm friendly multifilament string offering the optimal combination of touch and control. Unique construction features a Du Pont High modulus polyamide multifilament core and enhanced performance resin to offer a unique blend of touch and control.
Volkl Cyclone Tour
Softer and more arm-friendly, Volkl Cyclone Tour is a twisted co-polymer string offering access to generous spin and increased ball bite.
Volkl Engineers have developed this unique gear shaped string unique to Volkl that will enhance spin without compromising ball speed, control, and durability only found in the highest quality Co-polymer strings.
Gauges: 1.30mm 1.25mm 1.20mm 1.10mm
Colour: Black, Orange, Pink and Yellow