How much does it cost to restring a racket?

Tennis racket strings are often overlooked by beginner and intermediate players.

Most players only restring their rackets when they break – by then, you are a few months late.

Tennis rackets gradually lose their tension and elasticity, meaning you will experience a “bounce effect” earlier, which will make it harder to play properly. Think of your racket strings as a trampoline – the looser the strings are, the more the balls will bounce from it, and the harder it will be to control your shots.

The cost of restringing your tennis racket varies from geography and provider, but it can range anywhere from 12 to 85 dollars, depending on the kind of strings you wish to apply.

Average prices for labor range between 10 to 25 dollars, and strings can cost anywhere between 2 to 60 dollars.

Below you can find a breakdown of the costs involved in restringing a tennis racket, including average prices for both strings and labor, as well as some suggestions on where to get your racket restrung.

If you prefer to string your own racket, you can save a lot of money in the long-term. We recommend you check our article on the best tennis stringing machines if this is something that appeals to you.

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How much do tennis strings cost?

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Tennis strings can cost as little as 2 dollars and as much as 60 dollars, depending on the type of strings chosen.

A tennis string can be made, essentially, from 3 materials: natural gut, nylon (multifilament strings), or polyester (monofilament strings).

Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, such as the comfort and power they provide, as well as the time they take to deteriorate.

Natural gut strings, for example, are typically more expensive than strings made of one of the other two materials and deteriorate faster, but the feeling they provide is unparalleled.

Aside from the material they are made of, tennis strings have different thicknesses (or gauges). As a rule of thumb, the thicker the strings are, the more durability and control they provide. On the other end of the scale, thinner gauges provide more power and comfort.

Since there are so many different types of strings and setups, we recommend you check our guide on how to choose tennis strings.

How much does the labor for stringing a tennis racket cost?

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Restringing a tennis racket will, labor-wise, set you back 10 to 25 dollars per racket.

This is a rough estimation and will vary greatly by where you decide to get your rackets restrung.

A pro club (we all know that high-end, wannabe fancy tennis club) will charge you more than your typical, lower-end tennis club.

You can always get your strings done at a sports or tennis shop – then, it will greatly depend on what the owner decides to charge and what kind of machine they use to get the job done.

How often should you get your racket restrung?

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This will depend on how many times you play, how hard you play, and what kind of string material you are playing with.

As a rule of thumb, expect to restring your rackets every 50 matches, assuming you are a beginner to intermediate player (meaning you won’t hit the ball that hard) and you are not using natural gut strings, that deteriorate faster than strings made from other materials.

It is generally said that you should get your racket restrung as many times per year as the times you play per week. Meaning that, if you play 2 times a week on average, you should replace your strings twice a year.

And, from our experience, this is generally a piece of good advice to apply to make sure your tennis strings are always on the top of their game.

Where can you restring a tennis racket?

Most players restring their rackets at their local clubs since the vast majority provide this service, and it is convenient since you already go there to play.

This may or may not be the best option, depending on the quality of the stringer (the person who strings a tennis racket), what machine they use, and what they charge.

You can restring your tennis racket at a sports shop – again, the quality and price of the work depend on the factors above.

You can also find people online to string your racket, as some bought a tennis stringing machine and are looking to make some money out of it.

The best advice we can give you is to ask your trainer where you should string your racket (as well as what strings to use).

Chances are they will do it themselves or point to someone they trust, and generally, at a lower price than through the “official” channels. Tennis trainers have to get their rackets restrung too.

Can you string a tennis racket yourself?

You can string a tennis racket yourself, but only advanced players who string a lot of rackets do it.

The reason is that, to restring a racket, you will need a tennis racket stringing machine. And these don’t come cheap. Professional machines, like the Gamma X-ELS, costs upwards of 1000$.

A stringing machine can range anywhere from 200 to 8000 dollars, depending on its quality. And a cheap stringing machine, like Klippermate is not very precise regarding string tension.

Besides the investment needed to purchase the machine, stringing your racket comes with a learning curve – so we advise the casual player not to go through this route.

If you are an advanced player who gets a lot of rackets restrung every year, it might be interesting to invest in a machine in learning how to use it, as you can save a lot of money doing it yourself.

To Wrap Up

Getting your racket restrung can cost anywhere between 12 to 85 dollars, depending on the kind of strings you choose and where you get it restrung.

If you’re not so savvy regarding tennis strings, we recommend you ask the trainer at your local club what strings he recommends for your playing style and where to do it.

Tennis trainers need their rackets restrung as well, and chances are they do it themselves or know someone who can get the job done for a fraction of the price.

If you are an advanced player who needs to get their rackets restrung a lot of times per year, it might be interesting to invest in a tennis racket stringing machine and learn how to do it yourself, as it might save you a lot of time and money in the long run.