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Open or Dense String Patterns?

Another area to consider is the pattern of the strings. An open string pattern has bigger spaces between the strings and will help when you want to add spin because the strings will “bite” into the ball more deeply. For example, the more topspin you add to your shots, the harder you can hit the ball while still keeping it in the court.

An open pattern, for instance, could have 16 main (up-and-down) strings and 18 cross strings. A dense string pattern—for example, 18 mains and 20 crosses—will give you added control in directing your shots. To generate more topspin, though, you’ll need to brush up on the ball more severely.

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