The 6 Best Tennis Stringing Machines of 2020 Reviewed

Posted on October 12, 2020 by Daniel Renfro in Racquet Stringing

For many tennis players, stringing your own racquets can seem like an intimidating chore. But other tennis players know from experience that there isn’t anything quite like using a custom-strung racquet that’s been tweaked and designed for your exact play style and needs.

Stringing your tennis racquet yourself can be a huge advantage on the court, it isn’t as difficult or time-consuming as you might think, but you do need to have a quality stringing machine.

While tennis racquet stringing machines are an investment, they’re well worth it for the money you’ll save over professional stringing services (not to mention the customization possible by doing it yourself). We’ve also included a few professional-level stringing machines that are perfect for existing tennis shops and new professionals who are just looking to get started.

Whether you’re just learning to string your racquet for the first time or are already an experienced professional, this list will include good stringing options for you.


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Why You Should String Your Own Racquet

Stringing your racquet can seem like a lot to ask from new tennis players, so we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge why developing this skill can make a huge difference and you get more invested in the game.

For one thing, stringing your own racquet saves money in the long term. Many tennis players need their racquets re-strung every month. That can be $300-$500 dollars in fees for professional stringing services every year.

Comparatively, the strings themselves usually cost less than half a full professional stringing service. Restringing your racquet just as often as before brings the annual cost per-racquet down to only about $100 per year if you do the stringing yourself.

But the cost isn’t always the main reason people switch to stringing their racquets themselves.

Often, it’s all about getting the customized and optimized performance you just can’t get from a standard professional stringing service.

Once you’re stringing your racquet, it’s much easier to experiment with different kinds of strings, different levels of tension, and other details to improve your performance as a player. Stringing yourself can also help you determine when your racquet needs new strings, reducing the chances of poor performance during an important match.

Stringing yourself is just a great way to take your tennis game to the next level and make the sport more accessible and affordable in the long term.

How to Pick a Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine

There are a lot of different models of stringing machines out there, so it’s important to know what kind of machine is the best fit for you.


Stringing machines start as low as $200 for a drop weight machine. These have fewer adaptations so it takes a little longer to string your racquet, but they are the most cost-effective option.

From that low starting price you can spend almost however much you would like on a stringing machine. More expensive professional electric models can run for as much as $5,000 or more, and there are models of stringing machines at every price point in between.

Most home users are best served by a machine that costs $500 or less, especially if there are only 1-2 tennis players in the house. However, the more racquets you need to string, the easier it is to accept a higher price since you’ll quickly make that money back in lowered maintenance costs.

Professionals should look for machines starting in the $1,000 range and up since those machines are usually more efficient and faster. Faster stringing means higher profits for your business.

Tabletop vs Standalone

Tabletop stringing machines are usually the go-to option for home-use since they are smaller, easier to store, and easier to maintain.

However, standalone models are often better for stores, coaches, and even club use since they don’t need any additional furniture and are usually the sturdier and easier to use standing.

Drop Weight vs Crank/Lockout vs Electronic Constant Pull

Drop weight stringing machines are a little finicky and have a higher learning curve than electric, but they are very precise and work well for most people. It takes a little longer to string your racquet with these machines, but practice will improve your turnaround time.

Drop weight machines are also the most affordable of the three.

Crank Lockout machines are a good option if you want something a little easier to use than a drop weight machine from a technical standpoint, but they also require more upper body strength and are a more physical kind of machine to use. Pricewise these a middle ground machine, but they also offer a lot of control and customization for your racquet.

Finally, there are electric constant pull machines that are commonly used by professional stringers thanks to their high efficiency and precision. Because these machines adjust the tension on the string as it stretches, these machines can help even novice stringers get a perfectly tensioned string.

Floating Vs Fixed Swivel Clamps

Floating clamps are generally considered slightly weaker/less stable than fixed swivel clamps because they aren’t directly grounded. However, both designs work well, it’s just a matter of finding a configuration that works for you.

That said, fixed swivel clamps do seem to work better for anyone new to racquet stringing.

2 vs 4 vs 6 Mounts

All three of these mount configurations are common, with 6 mounts being the most secure and 2 mounts being the least.

The more mounts you have the higher the cost of the machine is likely to be. However, it’s easier to level and center your racquet with 6 mounts instead of 2, or even 4.

2 mounts do work, but you have to be very precise and there are a few more steps involved to make sure your racquet is positioned properly before you start stringing.


How Difficult Is It to String a Tennis Racquet?

Stringing isn’t very difficult to learn, but it can be difficult to master. Be prepared for a slight learning curve when you get started, and incremental improvements in your stringing technique for at least a year after you get started.

How Long Does it Take to String a Tennis Racquet?

Once you’re experienced it can take half an hour or less to string a customized racquet. However, the first time you attempt the job you should plan on 1-2 hours so you can take your time and pay attention to the whole process.

How Do I Learn to String a Tennis Racquet?

Learning is simple, you can watch a few videos, learn from someone else, or read a tutorial. Here are some basics to get you started.

  1. Measure 35-40 feet of string. (You’ll likely use about 38ft) Start with more than you’ll need as a beginner.
  2. Use a sharp knife to remove the old string from the racquet.
  3. Inspect any rubber grommets for signs of wear and tear
  4. Mount the racquet on the stringing machine, every machine is a little different, so follow its instructions.
  5. Choose between a 1-string pattern or a 2-string pattern.
  6. Pull the main strings (which run parallel to the longest point of the racquet.) Knot them when they are tensioned and in place.
  7. String the cross strings after the mains. Weave the string through the mains, and tension as you go. Use the same amount of tension as the main strings. Knot each string as you go.

These are basic instructions, but you can also alter the tension, experiment with different string materials, and make other customizations to your racquet as you get more experienced with stringing.

How Do I Calibrate a Tennis Stringing Machine?

Every machine will have a slightly different calibration process, but check calibration is simple. Just clamp a string into the machine (it doesn’t have to be run through a racquet to check calibration), attach it to a calibration checker or scale, and then tension the string. The tension the calibrator reports and the tension the machine shows should be the same. If not, follow the instructions provided with your machine to re-calibrate so that the calibrator and the machine agree.

Usually, it’s a good idea to relax the tension and test it again.