Anyone ever tried the Gulbis string pacific poly force extreme?

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  1. kiteboard

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    I just bought a couple of sets. Gulbis plays with the pt57E and pacific poly force extreme. Hits harder than anyone else on average, fh/bh/serve/return/volleys/oh. Wawrinka also on the pt57e and Volandri. Soderling the pt57a and Simon/donald young. It's a solid core poly with three layers. Anyone with any playing time on it?
     
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  2. Gene1994

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    He uses luxilon.
     
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    And before he used Poly Force Original, not Xtreme


    EDIT: He did use Xtreme (after switching from Original)
     
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  4. dr325i

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    Are you sure Wawrinka uses the PT57E?
     
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  5. MuscleWeave

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    Conjecture

    To answer the OP:

    First of all, I don't know which strings Gulbis uses, but with the Lux/Wilson partnership, I could see him staying away from Lux as he uses a Head racquet.

    From the reading around that I did, it appears that the Poly Force Extreme is underpowered and similar to ALU Power. I think Gulbis's powerful shots must come from flat hitting and some nice technique. Quite good spin when he wants it too. Impressive.
     
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    Wilson and Luxilon aren't a parntership. Wilson is just the distributor. HEAD (and any other companies) players can use Luxilon if they want.
    Gasquet
    Wawrinka
    Safin
    Djokovic
    Just to name a few
     
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  7. [d]ragon

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    Yes, he's sure. The HEAD engineer must have told him :)

    Wawrinka uses a TK(some number I don't remember).
     
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  8. dr325i

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    I thought it was the TGK238.3 or.2...
     
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    Whoops forgot the G. Yeah I can't never remember the numbers like that.
     
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  10. MuscleWeave

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    Isn't a distributorship a type of partnership?
    Also, while players are allowed to use Luxilon, I thought it woild be rather savvy of Gulbis if he chose not to put ALU in his HEAD racquet. That's all.
     
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    I take what I said back. He did use Poly Force Original but then switched to Xtreme. I had previously only seen pictures of him with Original and assumed he still used it (until switching to Luxilon, or something that looks like it)
     
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    Saw the code on the throat in hd on tennis channel. Was recent. Just strung up a pt57a with poly force extreme. That's what the string looked like in the gulbis pt57e pic, anyway. Very hard to string it. Slippery and it cut me. He is listed at 28/27kg (61.6/59lbs.)
     
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  13. chrisplchs

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    Unless they made a 16 main version of the pt57a recently.... Wawrinka sure isn't using a pt57a. He has a 238.2

    pacific strings aren't hard to string, at least that is what I feel
     
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    Murray is using a 16 x 19 drill pattern.
     
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    Wow. Someone who admits they are wrong and I am right! That's a first on the board.
     
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  16. ninjatennis

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    there were rumors around here that wawrinka used a 238.3 but i've never seen that racquet around ever. i see tons of 238.2 though.
     
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    What can I say? I was wrong :)
     
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    Hard to tell but to me it looks like TGK 238.3 to me
     
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  19. ae1222

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    To answer the OP's question yes I just strung my PT57A with the poly force extreme. I have been a big banger user for years and love that string but I must say I was really impressed with the Pacific string. I think it is just as lively as the Luxilon and it feels just a tad bit softer to me personally. I have hit with it for about 4 hours and it feels great and it seems like it is notching at about the same rate, maybe a tad slower, so I am hoping it lasts longer. It has great playability, I feel like I get great access to spin, I personally think it is a great alternative to Luxilon. I will keep playing with it, but I am seriously considering making the switch.
     
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