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Hidious
07-03-2011, 07:07 PM
It seems like the new polys coming out all have pretty funny and sometimes ridiculous names. Sometimes a storm (Cyclone, Typhoon, Hurricane, Tornado), sometimes a fierce animal bite (Mosquito Bite, Snake Bite, Scorpion, Viper, Black Widow) , something explosive (Bomber, Dynamite, Explosiv, TNT2), something sharp (Spiky Shark, Hexablade, Barbwire, Twisted Razor) and some of them are just weird (Optic nerve, Juice, Poly-Plasma?).

Very good strings, no doubt, but some of them are hard to take seriously :-?:)
Are they aiming for the kids market?

Which ones do you think are the worst? I thing the storm thing is getting old. Please don't make a string called Tsunami!

got spin?
07-03-2011, 07:17 PM
Beast XP, a ridiculous rip off aimed at little kids simply looking for somthin "cool" to put in there rackets. The string sucks in my opinion.

Kaz00
07-03-2011, 07:22 PM
RPM blast lulz

pvaudio
07-03-2011, 07:28 PM
I've always thought that optic nerve is the worst of the stupid string names.

Hidious
07-03-2011, 07:31 PM
I've always thought that optic nerve is the worst of the stupid string names.

Hahaha, couldn't agree more :)

TenFanLA
07-03-2011, 08:00 PM
I always thought Leoina 66 (named after the billionaire NY hotelier Leoina Helmsly) was a weird name for a string.

kiteboard
07-03-2011, 08:22 PM
I really don't think much of spin a ling, or orgasm.

coachrick
07-03-2011, 08:22 PM
I always thought Leoina 66 (named after the billionaire NY hotelier Leoina Helmsly) was a weird name for a string.

I think someone may have mis-connected Leoina Sheep 66(or 77) and Leona(nee Lena) Helmsley. I'm guessing that TOA didn't know Ms. Helmsley when they named their string.

But, yes, an odd name for a string...as was Blue Star, International nylon, Profected, Vantage, Tournament nylon, et al from the same time period.

fortun8son
07-03-2011, 09:35 PM
Anything that says Synthetic Gut! Not even close!

lethalfang
07-03-2011, 09:40 PM
Cyber Flash. That sounds like something Anthony Weiner uses.

Up&comer
07-03-2011, 11:05 PM
I think scorpion is a cool name, not to mention it's catch phrase, "the string with sting."

scotus
07-04-2011, 04:04 AM
Mosquito Bite

Bent
07-04-2011, 05:10 AM
Whay about Gosens "Hy-O-Sheep" or more recent "OG sheep".

Where does that sheep come from ?

slice bh compliment
07-04-2011, 05:27 AM
Funny thread, OP.

Blue Star, Victor Imperial and VS Gut are cool names, and always have been, but does anyone remember when Babolat made a red natural gut called Africord? So cool.

Remember the one with the changing colors...Prince red light or something?

Fluoro (isn't that a carcinogen?)
Big Banger Rough (sounds like the nickname of a rapist)
Beast is hilarious. It's sounds like that racquet HEAD put out a few yrs ago, the Monster.

coachrick
07-04-2011, 05:57 AM
Funny thread, OP.

Blue Star, Victor Imperial and VS Gut are cool names, and always have been, but does anyone remember when Babolat made a red natural gut called Africord? So cool.

Remember the one with the changing colors...Prince red light or something?

Fluoro (isn't that a carcinogen?)
Big Banger Rough (sounds like the nickname of a rapist)
Beast is hilarious. It's sounds like that racquet HEAD put out a few yrs ago, the Monster.

The Africord came in black as well; a sure disappointment to those who think black nat gut is a 'new' invention.

Prince had 'Stop Light' and Gosen had 'Signal' for their color-layered strings. There was also 'Rainbow' and 'Prism'...self-explanatory names for the multi-colored nylon.

Vilalta Vich was a short-lived popular nat gut back in the '70s. Just the name Babolat-Maillot-Witt was a mouthful. American Eagle had a natural gut(NOT made from eagle in***** ;) ).

Let's not forget Leoina UFO, a popular pink string from the '80s.

Blackkitty
07-04-2011, 06:50 AM
Never really understood the "codes" of Tecnifibre.

Torres
07-04-2011, 07:22 AM
Practically everything by Polyfibre has a stupid name; its impossible to distinguish between the different strings within the range and what they're supposed to do.

I mean, without knowing anything about them, what are the differences between the following?

Black Venom
Cobra
Viper
Hexablade
Hightec Premium
Poly Hightec
Rapid
TCS
TP Select
Xplode

Is Viper string supposed be better than Cobra string? Where's Annaconda string?

At least with something like 'Alu Rough', you know its something to do with alunimum and has a rough texure, MSV Focus Hex is a 6 sided, and BHBR for people who want to hit big with a rough string!

bfactor61
07-04-2011, 07:24 AM
barb wire...great name

Kunohara
07-04-2011, 07:25 AM
Babolat Rapture

pvaudio
07-04-2011, 08:24 AM
Cyber Flash. That sounds like something Anthony Weiner uses.
You *******! I was thinking just this the other day lol

Donny0627
07-04-2011, 09:03 AM
Babolat Rapture

lol i remember tht...

samster
07-04-2011, 09:56 AM
I always thought Leoina 66 (named after the billionaire NY hotelier Leoina Helmsly) was a weird name for a string.

I have wondered a long time how they came up with Leoina 66. Now I know. Thx!

tennisdarren
07-04-2011, 10:02 AM
Prince Stoplight

flashfire276
07-04-2011, 10:37 AM
Gamma Synthetic Gut with Wearguard.
It doesn't sound that bad, but for those that played with it, you know what I'm talking about. ^_^

Devilito
07-04-2011, 10:49 AM
Tecnifibre "Black Code" sounds like a cologne

pvaudio
07-04-2011, 10:59 AM
Gamma Synthetic Gut with Wearguard.
It doesn't sound that bad, but for those that played with it, you know what I'm talking about. ^_^I used to play with this exclusively as a junior. The only wear it guards against is possible damage to your wallet from having money sit in it too long between string breakings.

ccmasterk
07-04-2011, 11:00 AM
Dunlop Explosive, DNA, and Hexy Fiber.

coachrick
07-04-2011, 12:18 PM
I have wondered a long time how they came up with Leoina 66. Now I know. Thx!

Prince Stoplight

No fair not reading the previous posts. ;)

Djokolate
07-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Luxilon Adrenaline vs Wilson Sensation vs Solinico Revolution. Who will claim the title of the biggest d0uch3 string name?

SirGounder
07-04-2011, 12:44 PM
Yeah Mosquito Bite is pretty bad. My girlfriend made fun of me for it.

slice bh compliment
07-04-2011, 01:06 PM
Babolat Rapture

Revenge sounds cool.
Addiction...there's nothing funny about addiction.
Nvy.

Dunlop DNA sounds cool. Like it's genetic information encoded on a double helix or something.

Hexy Fiber. Aaawwww yeeeahh, very, very hexy, baby.

GS
07-04-2011, 01:09 PM
The Prince Stoplight came out around 1988. The outer core was green, the next core was yellow, and the last one was red, meaning you'd better re-string soon. A pretty novel but dumb idea. It didn't sell. It was a cheap string maybe designed for cheap people.
A worse idea years ago was Head's Intelligence racquet with a computer chip in the handle---"Intellifibers" in the throat would transmit a current to the chip, then the chip would transmit an out of phase current back to the throat, "thus reducing vibration." Their I-chip must of had a virus in it from day one---this racquet was laughed off the market pretty quickly.

Keifers
07-04-2011, 01:36 PM
Mosquito Bite
+1. Huh? :confused: Seems very strange to me.

rodrigoamaral
07-04-2011, 02:17 PM
mosquito bite, sensation for a string that sux

Hidious
07-04-2011, 02:45 PM
Whay about Gosens "Hy-O-Sheep" or more recent "OG sheep".

Where does that sheep come from ?

I believe they are referring to sheep gut (it isn't but...), not that weird.

Kirschbaum's Pro Line: sounds like you're gearing up for a fishing trip...

rz250r
07-04-2011, 04:26 PM
Gosen Egg Power: Many people can't understand the meaning.

http://www.gosen.jp/racket/detail_TS101.html

slice bh compliment
07-04-2011, 04:43 PM
Yeah, it is the oval shape. That's one semester of playing dubs with a Japanese guy.

anhuynh16
07-04-2011, 04:53 PM
those names are bad because - the companies have nothing else to name them

Jaewonnie
07-04-2011, 05:04 PM
Big Banger Rough (sounds like the nickname of a rapist)



+1 for Big Banger

coachrick
07-04-2011, 06:41 PM
The Prince Stoplight came out around 1988. The outer core was green, the next core was yellow, and the last one was red, meaning you'd better re-string soon. A pretty novel but dumb idea. It didn't sell. It was a cheap string maybe designed for cheap people.

A thousand pardons; but, 'we' had it in the southeast US in '84-'85. I was selling Gosen at the time(Signal was their 'layered' multi-colored string). You're right that the string itself was pretty cheap...basically tournament nylon. Same with the 'rainbow'/'prism' strings...more for novelty than playability. I actually sold a fair amount of both colorful Gosen strings in North Carolina(Century Sport out of NJ was the distributor for Gosen).

mikeler
07-05-2011, 06:15 AM
I used to play with this exclusively as a junior. The only wear it guards against is possible damage to your wallet from having money sit in it too long between string breakings.


Yep, it is good at wearing out your wallet. Was kind of surprised that it had half the durability of the regular version.

GS
07-05-2011, 06:20 AM
You're right, Coach---I looked it up---Stoplight did come out in the mid-80s. It started out green, then with wear, it went yellow, then went red.
Yep, a simple nylon string, but some people here say it played okay back then.

tennytive
07-06-2011, 05:48 AM
When will Gosen or Gaucho come out with "G-string"?

retlod
07-06-2011, 06:02 AM
Mosquito Bite (silly)
OG Sheep Micro (misleading)
Big Banger Alu Power Fluoro (totally and unnecessarily long)

Cup8489
07-18-2011, 03:09 PM
Mosquito Bite (silly)
OG Sheep Micro (misleading)
Big Banger Alu Power Fluoro (totally and unnecessarily long)

Hopefully they dont come out with

Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Fluoro Ace Rough.

fortun8son
07-18-2011, 03:29 PM
Hopefully they dont come out with

Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Fluoro Ace Rough.

Would be hard to fit that on the racquet sticker! :)

Netzroller
07-18-2011, 03:51 PM
Well, it's almost harder to find strings that do not have a ridiculous name:)
2 more for the list:
Pro's Pro Vendetta
Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme

Cyber Flash. That sounds like something Anthony Weiner uses.
Yeah, that's some weird name.

Though I actually use that one right now and it's pretty good :wink:

slice bh compliment
07-18-2011, 05:56 PM
Future ridiculousness in tennis product names:

The Reebok Jupiter (it's a shoe with some gimmicky red oval on the sole that's supposed to enhance durability or traction or whatever).

The Wilson Leviathan (it's basically a sledge).

The HEAD Epic (Focus groups liked that name for a racquet and for a bag).

The Donnay Zing (short for amazing. it is a low-end poly).

The Donnay Shun. Because when you pay that much for a racquet, it's basically a donation to the middlemen involved.

The FILA Fire shoe (Head's rights on that name ran out).

The Volkl Yokel (will sell well in Appalachia)

The Babolat Tsunami (just going along with the whole natural disaster meme). I know, I know...too soon.

The Dunlop Quake. Oh, sorry, they already did that in the early 90s, the same era as the HEAD Genesis and the Dunlop Revelation. Preach on brothers...gettin' all Biblical on us.

The Yonex Pikachu (Japanese company, co-branding, Anime and aggressive marketing to the pre-strung entry-level jr market...gotta catch 'em all!)

The Fred Perry Air (a new shoe)

The DiaDora the Explorer (hiking shoes for little girls)

The Prince S (get it, princess? It's a shoe for women or narrow-footed men who like swarovski crystals.

hebrewhammer
07-18-2011, 08:27 PM
^^^
The fred perry air sounds like dairy air lol.
I dont know what Mr. Fred Perry was trying to get at...

hebrewhammer
07-18-2011, 08:28 PM
woops. didnt catch the "future" part

slice bh compliment
07-19-2011, 03:16 PM
^Cool username.^
Is that a reference to Ryan Braun or the movie with Adam Goldberg?
Or just showing some love for fellow Members of the Tribe...the chosen people?

Two of the kids on my HS tennis team were basically like Solomon and Dibbs, only younger and even more Jewish-looking. As a dubs team, they called themselves the Jew Crew.

Anyway, back to the fun names for tennis stuff:

The Yamaha Yarmulke! It's a racquet with a Star of David paintjob and a really ornate little bumperguard. Got a muzuzah in the buttcap. Oy!

fortun8son
07-19-2011, 03:18 PM
Black Mitzvah!
And for the LDS?.... Poly Gamy!
Couldn't resist! :)

MambaT
07-19-2011, 05:50 PM
^^^ I am going to have to steal that last one...

It starts out two sided and adds a side each match you play until you cannot afford it anymore.

slice bh compliment
07-19-2011, 06:31 PM
^^LOL^^

Black Mitzvah!
And for the LDS?.... Poly Gamy!


Great stuff, boys.

Seriously though, I was just in Egypt for business. Got to play twice, broke a string and had the resort pro put in a set of Tecnifibre Hammurabi's Code. Only available in Egypt, apparently. Heiroglyph-ish markings on it and stuff....lasts forever.