Babolat RPM blast vs Luxilon alu power

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  1. Fedace

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    Ok, i have been told on so many occasions that Alu power is Superior string in every aspect. I DISAGREE. i have been hitting with alu power for last week or so, just to experiment. I have to say RPM blast provides SUPERIOR spin,,, nasty kind of spin. and Power wise, sure alu power had little more but Not by much. and in feel department, RPM blows away Luxilon. and Control department,,,,,i say they are very similar,,,but i once again have to give RPM slight edge here too.

    Durability between the two......don't really care...:)
     
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  2. Fedace

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    everyone agrees ?
     
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  3. arche3

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    Agree. I have used both extensively in the past full beds.
     
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  4. Fedace

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    WOW, nice to know. so many have ragged on me about how Luxilon alu is better in spin, durability and power and so on and so on.
     
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  5. J_aces

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    I think rpm is better than Alu
     
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  6. Fedace

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    I think only thing is RPM is little more expensive. but Alu power is very plastic feeling. and RPM is worth that little more money
     
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  7. laboule

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    ? Alu Power is more expensive man...
     
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  8. Bartelby

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    I prefer alu as I find it has more power and spin when both strung in the mid forties.
     
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    I agree on power but Not spin. RPM blast definitely gives me more spin,,,,Nasty kind of spin that makes guys miss-hit their return of serves....
     
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  10. Boricua

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    I tried RPM and never Luxilon/ Nonetheless I liked Weiss Cannon Black5Edge more than RPM Blast. Similar spin potential, but better feel and more tension maintenance.
     
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  11. Bartelby

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    You may be right, but because I could get more power with alu I went for even more power so probably got more spin as a result whereas blast's lower power left me struggling.



     
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    I would also have to agree as I have hit with both. Reciently I have been hitting with Lux Savage and feel it combindes the qualities of both imo(only).
     
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  13. rudester

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    Have tried both, there are better strings out there IMHO, for both spin, power, and comfort.
     
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  14. J_aces

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    Fedace have you tried any genesis strings yet. The express has typhoon buy 2 get third free and I just got it. Will compare it to rpm. Lux doesn't feel special to me. Rpm does but doesn't last long enough
     
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  15. NLBwell

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    To me, the Lux Alu is special - just wish it didn't cost so much. Everyone has different strokes and different likes.
     
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  16. 000KFACTOR90000

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    IMO Alu > RPM by a large margin.
     
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    Black widow blows rpm And luxilon out of he water
     
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  18. JasonPlaysTennis

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    RPM Breaks too easily and ALU loses tension way too quickly. I like Prince Beast XP 17 compared to both of them. RPM is superior in the spin department, but Beast is the most durable, holds the best tension and gives a lot more control compared to any poly i have ever used. after 50 hours of hitting my original stringing of 63lbs the tension is at 59lbs and I still feel like i'm getting all the spin and control that i was at 63.
     
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  19. J_aces

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    While this is true beast gives WAY less spin and therefore doesn't cut it for me. Beast with edges would be awesome :)
     
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  20. Blade0324

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    I'm going to have to go with Fedace on this one. RPM is far superior in most every aspect. I also have tried ALU power full bed at 56 recently and RPM just feels as though it grabs the ball and tears around it when you try to hit spin. I guess if you hit a flatter ball ALU might be pretty good but for a player that like to use a lot of spin RPM just blows ALU out of the water.
     
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  21. parasailing

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    I think Alu Power is just an average string with RPM being slightly above average. I guess I don't have the racquet speed to utilize the benefits of Alu Power. RPM is softer and I would prefer that over Alu Power but there are other strings out there that offer similar performance for half the price of these two strings.
     
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  22. tennis_balla

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    I've played with both, no hybrid stringing here. The RPM Blast does feel like it grabs the ball more and is definitely a nice string. I never liked any of the old Hurricane strings so I was sceptical of the RPM at first but it was a nice surprise in the end. ALU Power is just solid string all around, can't go wrong if you like poly's. I wouldn't say one is better than the other as both have plenty to offer, its just a different feel and different results. RPM Blast does feel a tad softer as well.
     
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  23. Fedace

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    then which Poly do you find to be far above average ?
     
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  24. Fedace

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    I agree with you. the rough edges or shape of the strings doesn't seem to make ton of difference when it comes to spin potential among polys. It is Odd but it is true. This RPM has some kind of weird coating on it and Babolat say that is what makes the difference.
     
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  25. dr325i

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    I am also with the OP on this. The RPM is a string designed to accommodate us, recreational players, too. The ALU Power is a string you put on, play your match (or X amount of games) and then you restrung it. There is no worse setup than "dead" ALU Power, and it dies quickly!
     
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  26. tennis_balla

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    I disagree that ALU Power dies quickly. If you want a string that dies quick, play some of the cheaper poly's on the market then come back and comment ;)
     
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  27. anhuynh16

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    RPM is the best spin string, but it loses tension easily.
    Luxilon alu power is ok. But the best string of all time is luxilon adrealine 18 gauge
     
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  28. drakulie

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    RPM loses tension WAY too quickly. Has about average spin, and power. It's on the soft side so I guess that is nice for a poly. That said, inexpensive synthetics offer more and are just as soft.
     
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    This is my conclusion also....
     
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  30. Fedace

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    Lux Savage is cheaper more economical version of Alu power series, description states. so how can a cheaper string be better ??:confused:
     
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    Not sure about the spin part. i compared spin potential and RPM definitely gave me more spin than alu power. and alu power is one of the more spin oriented strings in the market.
     
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  32. Up&comer

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    I think the difference is that rpm gives way more spin while, IMO, alu gives control by being low powered and pretty spin friendly. With rpm the ball stays on the racket longer which can help with spin while alu is low powered and very stiff. So i think the basic difference is how the string produces control. I think it's more about what feels better to a certain game style. Personally, I do prefer rpm over alu in almost every catagory.
     
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  33. tennis_balla

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    Not at all. Look at what the pro's are currently doing. Stringing in the low 50's or high 40's with poly. Use a string like ALU Power or RPM Blast at those tensions and you're still getting a ton of control, lots of spin and a very comfortable sweet spot. Thats the biggest change in the game in the last 10 years or so. No Syn-gut offers those types of benefits. There's a reason why so many pro's have hopped on the poly train. For those recreational players who say poly's aren't all that, their games don't benefit and/or aren't good enough to be playing with such a string. I'm not pointing anyone out, just talking in general but its as simple as that.
     
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  34. Fedace

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    so are you saying RPM gives more spin than Alu power ??:confused:
     
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  35. tennis_balla

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    Where did I say this?
     
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  36. purple-n-gold

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    Its not "like" Alu...nowhere near as stiff and/or firm. Softer,less power than Alu, not as soft as RPM. I like it better than RPM btw.
     
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  37. drakulie

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    what does any of this have to do with my post? I'll break it down for you:

    • An inexpensive multi will have WAY better tension maintenance than RPM.
    • An inexpensive multi will play fresher WAY longer than RPM.
    • An inexpensive multi will have way more power than RPM.
    • An inexpensive multi will be much softer than RPM.
    • An inexpensive multi will have a little bet less spin potential than RPM.
    Therefore, for the price of RPM which is way overpriced and overhyped, there isn't much benefit compared to a inexpensive multi, much less much better poly strings.
     
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  38. Hominator

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    Drukulie, what are some of the better ploys on the market, in your opinion?

    Thanks!
     
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  39. Fedace

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    but Drak, advanced 4.5 player like myself that play Nadal like style of tennis really need the help of Poly that produces mondo spin. but i do see your point. as i get older, i am finding out that i have to use the hybrid with good multi string to get that extra feel.
    Anyway,,,,,Pam Shriver said Nadal with RPM blast in his racket has produced 7800 RPM of spin with his groundies. Where Federer has only produced 3500 RPM or so. and most other players produce about 2500 RPM's.
    Pretty incredible stuff...............:):) What do you think of RPM blast now ? lol
     
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    My problem withinexpensive multis is 1) they break quickly and I pay for stringing, and 2) I get too much power/trampolining. Prior to switching to poly I played with kevlar.
     
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  41. tennis_balla

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    You are completely missing the point of why pro players use poly's in the first place and I explained it in my first post. Poly's do have less spin, less power, and are harsher then some inexpensive syn-gut but then why are 90% of the pro's using them? #1 reason is control and the fact that they can swing full out and not have to worry about the ball sailing long on them. Pro's went from 13oz rackets strung with gut in the high 60's and low 70's a lot of time time, to using lighter rackets with smaller grips with lower tensions and poly strings.
    They don't need ample amount of spin or power, but strings like ALU Power and RPM Blast give them the ability to crush the ball and still keep it in the court which they wouldn't be able to do with multi-filaments. For a poly string RPM Blast does offer plenty of spin, doesn't break on them (when was the last time you saw a pro break a string mid point? it basically never happens now) and like I said stringing it lower give them the benefit of a larger sweet spot as well, thats why the game is now a baseliners dream.

    Also, like I said before poly's are not for everyone and unless you're ripping the felt off the ball on every shot then stick to syn-gut or maybe a hybrid. Besides, like with gut which doesn't last long pros don't care about tension loss with poly's because they cut them out anyways from match to match, practice to practice according to weather conditions and so on. Of course recreational players can't always do this, and it becomes expensive.
     
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  42. Fedace

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    ^^Tennisball. One thing i did notice was that if playing on super fast Slick test courts, the topspin shots really SIT up and just say Hit me. and flat hitters really wack the ball and take advantage of it.
    and RPM blast produces alot of sitting ducks if i play on slick fast surface.
     
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  43. cork_screw

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    RPM by a landslide. It's softer, holds tension more and even looks better.
     
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    I go with a hybrid set up, and I tried the RPM Blast last summer. It was a good string, but I feel like the RPM was a little too soft for me, wasn't as crisp as the ALU Rough. I like the crisp feeling I get from the ALU Rough, feels as though the string really grips the ball. Also I feel that the crisp sensation really lets me know when I mishit the ball or hit it cleanly. After every stroke I can pretty much tell exactly where on the stringbed the ball made contact. This is something I didn't really have with the RPM Blast.

    I played several sets against a guy who plays for University of New Mexico with each set up. I had my normal tension set up, 52 lbs on the RPM and ALU Rough, and 57 lbs on the syn gut (Sensation 16). In terms of performance they both played about the same for me, but I felt like with the ALU Rough the racquet head was an actual limb attached my body; in that I could sort of feel where I was striking the ball. The RPM Blast was definitely very comfortable and soft, and I could see where some people may like that kind of feel. However, the BLX 90s already feel dampened and soft enough for me so I don't need anymore things to help feel as if I'm swinging through air lol.

    I've never had issues with tension loss with the ALU Rough, however I tend to break strings every 2-3 days so I never give them enough time to really lose a lot of tension. I probably should switch to a full bed of poly due to the rate at which I'm breaking strings; however, full poly just doesn't have the kind of feel that the hybrid has. I break mains some of the time anyways, so I don't think a full bed would last me longer than 4 hits anyways
     
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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/340600-does-rafael-nadal-hit-with-too-much-topspin

    I agree with your point, but your figure is way over the top. Nadal hits with 3200 rpm and Fed at 2500 usually. Multi degrades really fast for 4.0 or even 3.5 level power players. It has linear tension drop, while poly has high initial tension drop and low tension drop afterward. So average poly would actually last longer than average multi for most young 3.5+ players. Old players at the same level tends to hit with a lot of flat shots, so they don't mind the multi i guess.
     
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    I don't know where you hear what you hear that multi has more spin than poly, but it's very wrong. I have never used a multi that has more spin than poly, have you tried poly?? Even natural gut, what multi tries to emulate, has way less spin than poly. The fact is, pro switched to poly because of its amazing spin and control it's that simple. Even Federer switched from full gut to poly hybrid to gain the benefit of poly's spin. I don't think anyone who has tried poly would argue that it has less spin, which leads me to question whether you have ever tried poly strings?
     
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  47. tennis_balla

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    I have been playing with poly's since '99 full string bed and the only type of string I use. The reason poly's have more spin is because they allow you to take bigger cuts at the ball. If you equal that to the string having lots of spin then thats ok. I never said poly's lack spin, they do give plenty of it but its also because of the way the string allows you to play.
     
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  48. 2Hare

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    Ok I thought everyone knows this by now. Poly generate spin by allowing strings to slide and then snap back during dwell time of the ball on the string bed adding spin to the ball. I think they explain it on TW University, you should go check it out. You didn't say poly lack spin, but you said syn string generate more spin than poly, which is wrong.
     
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  49. tennis_balla

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    Not exactly but its ok no use arguing :)
     
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  50. Andre D

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    Ill tell you what I think, that Nadal really Is a bull, that guy has like 2 or 3 times my arm and he has great skills, Its not the strings, they may help, but they dont help 4000 RPMs..lol
     
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