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Hi Guys and Gals (Where is Veri these days ?),
I'm getting a lot of requests for Junior players in the 10 to 12 year old age groups. Most of the parents have no idea about strings, (some are under priviliged) and just looking for the cheapest thing that lasts a long time.
Can you give any recommendations of a string to stock for such cases where I'm making the choice for them and the primary considerations are price and durability however something that will not kill their arms before they are even developed.
Also, some tension recommendations or considerations for kids to go with it.
Maybe you could try the Babolat Pro Speed.
It's about 15L (1.35), quite durable and has still a lot of playability.
Tension depends on the racket, for kids I wouldn't go for too high a tension.
Hawkeye's suggestion of a playable 15L string is an excellent one for the scenario you describe. I have had good success with Gosen ProForm Tuff. It can be obtained from Tennis Warehouse for <$20.00 for a 660' reel.
It also had received some pretty positive feedback in the comments section on their web site. Check it out when you get a couple of minutes.
Thanks GG and Hawkeye,
Wilson Sensation seems to be the most used string by the kids that I train with. It comes at a lowcost and provides a nice pop. The 16 gauge willl last a long time for most jouniors. Another good one is prince sythetic gut. It is used mostly because of the low price. I use gut and tino 18 but most kids dont want to pay that much for stings.
Prince Syngut w/duraflex. If the student is a string popper, use 16. If not, try 17 or 18 gauge.
Gosen Micro is a step up from their Pro Form Tuff. The Micro product has more wraps (22) around the centre core and therefore will display better tension maintenance than the Tuff. The Micro also has ET coating, which makes the string a bit stiffer but also increases it's durability. However, the Tuff can be purchased for less than the Micro. Both are good values for your particular application without resorting to monofilaments or Kevlar.
a string like pro's pro synthetic may be adequate. the durability isnt great but its cheap enough so you can restring often without going broke!!
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