Hybrid Stringing – Roger Federer’s Stringing Technique of Alternative

When you’ve got ever performed with a pure intestine string earlier than, you’ll doubtless have discovered it to be probably the most playable and arm pleasant string going. Nonetheless, it’s costly and if you happen to’re a heavy topspin participant, the sturdiness of the strings comes into query.

On the flip aspect, polyesters present a lot better sturdiness, while providing unrivalled ranges of spin and management. However the strings are unforgiving on the arm and have precipitated numerous gamers issues with tennis elbow.

If solely there was a solution to mix the most effective qualities of several types of strings while lessening every of their limitations in the identical racquet.

Welcome to the world of hybrid tennis stringing. It’s additionally the string setup of selection for Roger Federer so let’s have a look.

What’s a Hybrid?

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A hybrid string setup is using two completely different strings within the mains and cross strings of a tennis racquet.

This may be so simple as utilizing two completely different gauges of the identical string however is extra generally executed with two utterly completely different string supplies. For instance, pure intestine with a polyester.

Hybrid setups are extraordinarily frequent on the ATP and WTA professional excursions proper now with gamers selecting a robust, endurance-type string within the mains like Babolat RPM Blast or Luxilon and pairing it with a softer string within the crosses resembling pure intestine or a multifilament.

Why Do Gamers Select To String With a Hybrid Setup?

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About 80% of the playability in your racquet comes from the primary strings, subsequently the mains are often the primary to interrupt.

In case you put a polyester string within the mains that’s the string that’s doing many of the work and due to its sturdiness, will improve the longevity of the string job in addition to offering entry to large spin and management that these kind of strings supply.

Coupling the sturdy string with softer strings within the crosses will lower the harshness that you simply’d get with a full polyester string mattress. And on the similar time negate the poorer sturdiness {that a} full mattress of pure intestine offers. 

So while it’s not mathematically the most effective of each worlds as one string remains to be doing extra of the work, it’s nonetheless an in depth compromise whereby you get the advantages of each strings and offset the constraints they every have.

Both limiting the ability of intestine mains or wanting extra spin however nonetheless having management is why most professionals use a hybrid, however for the membership participant, the opposite profit is value.

A hybrid string job can decrease the price of an costly string. Let’s say you’re a enormous fan of pure intestine, however the hefty price ticket coupled with frequent restringing makes it too pricey. As an alternative, utilizing a less expensive, more durable string within the crosses will improve sturdiness and decrease the general value.

Will it play precisely like a full set mattress of pure intestine? No. However it’s habitable and the discount in playability doesn’t outweigh the cost-saving for lots of gamers. 

By choosing completely different hybrid mixtures of string, gamers can fine-tune the playability of their racquet. Consolation, sturdiness, liveliness and management can all be tweaked so that you get a mix of the 2 and for lots of gamers that mix is preferable.

Roger Federer’s Hybrid String Setup

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In some methods, Roger Federer is the grandfather of the hybrid string setup as he’s been utilizing it since 2002 with a mix of Wilson pure intestine and Luxilon ALU Energy Tough. 

Federer’s actual setup is called a reverse hybrid as he makes use of pure intestine in his predominant strings and Luxilon within the cross strings. That setup offers a livelier really feel on contact but in addition offers loads of spin potential and has paved the best way for gamers like Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov to additionally use a hybrid string setup.

Having pure intestine within the mains means the playability is extra comfy as a result of the emphasis is on the extra forgiving strings. It additionally offers entry to extra energy due to the properties of pure intestine. The Luxilon within the crosses tempers the ability of the pure intestine and provides Federer entry to extra spin and management.

Ought to You Copy Federer’s Hybrid String Setup?

For gamers who aren’t string breakers, don’t thoughts restringing usually or choose a softer really feel oriented string mattress then you’ll like Federer’s setup.

In fact, sturdiness isn’t as spectacular, however there’s better really feel and Roger Federer doesn’t fear about breaking strings as he will get a freshly strung racquet out the sport earlier than new balls.

Personally, I discover Federer’s setup feels and performs the most effective of any hybrid I’ve tried. The polyester tempers the ability of the intestine and you’re nonetheless in a position to impart a variety of spin on the ball with out placing an excessive amount of pressure on the arm due to joint friendliness of the pure intestine.

The one detrimental is value, if you happen to use a excessive finish coated intestine and a high-end slick poly like Luxilon, just like the pre-packaged Champions Alternative then the string value alone is like $40. Alu tough additionally frays intestine rapidly because of the ridged floor.

In case you use a pure intestine within the mains and need to acquire some additional sturdiness, check out my publish on string savers. They’re designed to lower the friction between the strings.

Ought to I String with a Hybrid Setup?

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Earlier than you leap the gun and go purchase a set of Wilson’s Champion Alternative, it’s good to ask your self the next:

What do I need to get out of this modification in string setup?

In case you don’t have an thought of what you’re on the lookout for, it’s troublesome to see outcomes and you find yourself with a foul stringing expertise.

I like to think about hybrid stringing as discovering a steadiness and tempering the properties of 1 string with one other and in my expertise, most gamers change to a hybrid setup with a purpose to improve sturdiness. However any of the beneath are frequent causes:

  • Improve the sturdiness of the strings
  • Enhance the playability of the racquet.
  • Change desired string mattress stiffness
  • Obtain a steadiness between energy and management.
  • Improve high spin functionality
  • Decrease the stiffness of a racquet to make it arm pleasant
  • Cut back the price of stringing a racquet.

Let’s take a look at the sturdiness angle. If you’re carrying by way of artificial strings, multifilaments or pure intestine faster than you’d like (or your funds aren’t having fun with it) then you’ll most likely look into switching to a polyester string.

Earlier than going pull polyester, you may need to strive poly mains with artificial intestine (or no matter you’re at present utilizing) within the crosses.

As I discussed above, the mains do many of the work, so solely switching these to polyester could be all you want. Plus, you’ll nonetheless have the ability, consolation and really feel of the artificial intestine cross strings. You may nonetheless break strings, nevertheless it ought to take noticeably longer. 

In case you’re a full polyester participant and are beginning to really feel it on the arm or joints, then mixing your poly mains with a pure intestine or smooth multifilament will take that harshness away and luxury will improve dramatically. 

That is the setup Andy Murray makes use of with Luxilon within the mains and a pure intestine within the crosses. It is a good setup, however if you happen to aren’t having arm issues, then you’ll want to determine if paying for a premium cross string that isn’t including a lot in the best way of playability is price it in comparison with an artificial intestine.

When you’ve got been utilizing a full mattress of pure intestine and are struggling to search out the traces, then you might take Federer’s strategy and put a polyester string within the crosses. The upper stiffness of the poly reduces the ability of the racquet so that you acquire extra management. One factor to concentrate on right here is with a tough textured polyester the poly will chew by way of the pure intestine rapidly.

So must you string hybrid? A hybrid setup actually is sensible for lots of gamers. Most leisure participant will be unable to deal with a full set of polyester due to the stiffness and lack of dwell time on the strings. Subsequently going polyester within the mains with an artificial intestine or multifilament tends to be the setup that I like to recommend for almost all of gamers.

What String Rigidity Ought to You String A Hybrid At?


As you possibly can see from Federer’s instance above, you possibly can fluctuate the stress between strings. The final rule most gamers observe is that softer, longer predominant strings must be strung tighter than the shorter poly cross strings to carry the the string mattress to a extra proportional stress.

The opposite idea right here is the scale of the ‘candy spot’ will increase. I don’t just like the time period candy spot, nevertheless it’s generally used. For stress variance, purpose for 2-3lbs and don’t go above 5lbs.

Nonetheless, that is certainly not a ‘legislation’ and lots of gamers string the mains and crosses at similar tensions whether or not it’s a hybrid, one piece, 2 knots for 4. So it varies considerably amongst gamers.

Hybrids Utilizing Completely different String Gauges

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One different hybrid setup is to make use of two completely different gauges of the identical string. Once more that is executed to extend sturdiness, consolation, or spin.

An instance right here could possibly be, you’re a enormous fan of 17 gauge Technifibre X-One Biphase nevertheless it breaks too rapidly.

Slightly than switching utterly straight to a full set of thicker 16 gauge X-One Biphase, put the thicker string within the mains, and hold your most well-liked 17 within the crosses.

The end result could be that you simply get the added sturdiness and not using a whole change in really feel.

Professional Gamers That String With a Hybrid Setup

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  • Roger Federer: Wilson Pure Intestine within the mains and Luxilon ALU Tough within the crosses
  • Grigor Dimitrov: Luxilon 4G within the mains and Wilson Pure Intestine within the crosses
  • Kei Nishikori: Wilson Pure Intestine within the mains and Luxilon Component within the crosses
  • Serena Williams: Wilson Pure Intestine within the mains and Luxilon 4G within the crosses
  • Genie Bouchard: RPM Blast in the primary and VS Contact within the crosses
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime: VS Contact within the mains and RPM Crew within the crosses
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: VS Crew within the mains and RPM Crew within the crosses

Know any extra participant setups? Let me know within the feedback and I’ll add them in.

Felix Auger Aliassime has VS Contact within the mains and RPM Crew within the crosses. It’s his coach that steered this mixture for him. He wished to carry Felix a dynamic string so he might use his contact extra successfully quite than relying solely on uncooked energy. This was a big transfer to organize him for the transition from juniors to ATP the place there are extra types of play than he’s used to. The hybrid stringing allowed him to take his recreation to the subsequent degree in a short time. François-Xavier Quesse, Babolat

Really helpful Hybrid Tennis String Setups for 2020

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The recognition and demand for hybrids imply that many string producers promote prepackaged units. As an alternative of needing to purchase two full units of various strings and slicing them in half, firms are placing half-sets in a single package deal.

This, in fact, makes it a lot easier for the experimenting client and the stringer. Though do bear in mind there’s a comfort cost right here so that you do pay bit additional.

There’s all kinds of hybrid string mixtures that can be utilized, and like I’ve mentioned on a variety of posts, deciding on the fitting one for you boils down to non-public choice. What works for one participant won’t work for the subsequent.

This presents one of many drawbacks of hybrids: the string potentialities are infinite. With so many kinds of string in the marketplace, a participant can go loopy looking for the proper mixture. 

Three Hybrids I Suggest:

Last Ideas

Experimenting with hybrid stringing might enable you to acquire an edge in your opponents so if you happen to haven’t tried it and really feel like your recreation is lacking one thing, it’s price testing.

As I’ve mentioned, think about what it’s good to enhance in your recreation (i.e. extra energy, extra management, much less restrings attributable to breakages, extra consolation, and so forth.), and work together with your stringer to supply a hybrid that can ship it. You might discover that hybrid stringing was the lacking piece in your tennis puzzle.

Does that imply hybrid stringing is a few magic bullet? In fact not. A full mattress of artificial intestine works simply nice for a lot of gamers. For superior gamers, a full set of polyester generally is a more sensible choice.

In actual fact, the expertise developments imply some polyesters really really feel and reply fairly effectively nowadays. Some gamers are even stringing with two completely different polys, a tough and a clean. Not one thing I’ve tried nevertheless it’s on the to-do listing.

Are you a fan of hybrid tennis strings? If that’s the case, what’s your favorite hybrid mixture? Let me know within the feedback.

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