Best poly string for Babolat Pure Drive?

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  1. JTop

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    Hi!
    Can I get some suggestions for the best string for me in my Babolat Pure Drives? I played Division I College Tennis in the 1990s and now I have a high ranking in the 40s in my country. I like to play a grinders game and not make mistakes, play with a lot of topspin, and sometimes go for big ground stroke winners.

    I am playing Topspin Cyber Flash at 61 pounds. I think it's really good and crisp, but perhaps I want a little more control. I am not switching from my Pure Drives so I need to try and find that perfect blend between power and control. I want to try a few sets of different strings and then stick to that one. Maybe it will still end up Cyber Flash.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
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  3. JasonPerelman

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    Pure drive all around!

    Im trying 4g at 60 and its pretty good but what do you think about that tension?
     
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  4. Francis27

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    I tried Luxilon 4G mains with Babolat N.vy crosses 58/56 and its really good. I get nice power and comfort from the Babolat N.vy and exceptional spin and controll from the 4G
     
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    If you want to try an "upgrade" consider Solinco Tour Bite. You also might consider Tourna Big Hitter Silver. It is similar to CyberFlash but with a more muted feel as I recall.
     
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    I read good things about all these strings. The main thing I want is a lot of control and some spin. I have tried the 4g in the Wilson Steam 99s. Didn't like it, but I think it probably is I didn't like the 99s.
     
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  7. RetroSpin

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    Definitely TB. Don't string it too tight as it is stiff. I also like BHBR. It gives crazy spin but has some pop to it as well.
     
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    The strings I am considering to buy a set of so far:
    1. Big Banger ALU Power. I recently had Big Banger Original in my Pure Drive, but didnt really like it. It got dull and lost its tension. What I really like about Cyber Flash is its so crisp, keeps its tension, durable.
    2. Babolat RPM Drive. Good reviews and I'm a Babolat fan.
    3. Tourna Big Hitter Blue
    4. Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough
    5. Tourna Big Hitter Silver
    6. Solinco Tour Bite
    7. Yonex Poly Tour Spin
    8. Volkl Cyclone

    What do you think? If I have too many more choices I might drive myself nuts. Any super control poly recommended? I hear the Yonex is very low powered? Maybe Luxilon 4g is supposed to be low powered as well?
     
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  9. Francis27

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    The Alu power isnt gonna last as long than the original. Its only good for 5-10 hours after that its pretty much dead. You can also expect that from the Babolat RPM Blast as well. Other than that i think your good to go :). You should also try WeissCannon silverstring because its kinda like the ALu power but will last longer, but ALU power is still the better string cause it will have a little more power and spin. And i found the 4G to be a control string.
     
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    I didn't feel any special magic with RPM. The general consensus is it dies pretty fast as well.

    TB is a must try. I would say BHBR as well.

    For control and spin, it is hard to beat Weiss Cannon B5E, although it is low powered. Might not be a problem on the PD though. WC Scorpion is an excellent all around string. It doesn't have the spin of TB or B5E but it is easy to control.
     
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    So should I forget buying a set of the ALU Power and Blast? It doesn't really matter to the pros on the tour if it dies quickly because they don't use it that long...maybe I've even tried the ALU before but forgot! I like the CyberFlash much more than the original Big Banger for some reason..

    I am looking for as much control as possible in my string. The Pure Drive is a beast! I love it but need to tame its power..the 4g is good for this?
    I will look into Weiss Cannon too.
     
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  12. JTop

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    Has anyone tried Prince Pro Blend in it?
     
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  13. RetroSpin

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    JTop,

    You should look at PV Audio's string test thread. Also, Up&Comers.

    I will say if you want low power plus high spin, B5E is a must try. In fact, most people seem to feel it is so low powered, it's best as a hybrid.

    I think you are going in the wrong direction on tension. If you string these polys loose, they generate more spin, unlike syn gut or natural gut. I would string TB and B5E in the low 40's and BHBR and Scorpion in the high 40's. It may take a while to get used to the feel, but once you do, you can generate big spin and avoid all the shock to your arm.
     
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    Have you tried MSV focus Hex? Pretty awesome co-poly.

    I also like the Tourbite and cyclone, but MSV is just a wee bit softer.
     
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    I wouldn't try the alu power, because reels of these strings are very expensive due to its price and the fact that this string die soon. So if you're willing to pay a lot of money and restring often, you should try alu power.
    RPM blast is cheaper than the alu power, but still expensive IMO. This string also dies way too fast. So same applies to this string.

    You can try the yonex polytour pro 1.25 as well, I really liked this one in the pure drive 2010. I hope you realize that full bed poly's (especially in the stiff pure drives) may cause arm problems. This also depends on what poly you use. Both alu power and RPM blast are not comfortable enough for me for use in a fullbed, but the yonex strings are.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice on strings. Maybe I will pass on ALU Power and RPM Blast if they die too fast. It would be okay if they cost a little more and kept the tension...I have tried poly loose and I just feel I have no control and dont like the feel. Maybe it's subjective, but I have always had my strings tight. I used Prince Graphite Oversize in the 70s. Been stringing poly for a while at 61 in the Pure Drives with no problems. I just need that crisp tight feel when I contact the ball.
     
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    You may want to take a look at Toalson Revo Devil Spin if it's available where you are.
    Here in the US it's marketed as Gamma ZoVerve at double the price.
     
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  18. RetroSpin

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    That funny because I used to string my o/s POG s at 74. They still were launchers on occasion.

    I had to adjust to the low tension but it seems to suit my game.
     
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  19. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    On the other hand, I think you should try alu power at least once in your life, so you know what all the fuzz is about. For me, it was too expensive and it died too soon. I didn't like its comfort as well, that's personal because I have a sensitive arm.

    You can try it, don't think you will end up buying a reel, but who knows. IMO, in the first 5 hours of play, this string is unbeatable in terms of playability. Never tried this string in the pure drive though.
     
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  20. JTop

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    Thanks, I ended up getting the ALU Power and Blast. Also, every string on my list. I added Yonex polytour pro, Gosen Polylon, Technifibre Red Code, Black Code, and Topspin Cyber Blue. Tennis Warehouse Europe didnt have Pro Blend or Ashaway so couldn't get them. I'll start with the first ones!
     
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  21. RetroSpin

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    JTop,

    I have a late entry. My coach, who is an open player, is raving about Lux M2.
     
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  22. Vlad_C

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    JTop, after you hit with it for a while, could you please post your impressions of the AluPower in this racquet?
    Thanks!
     
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  23. JTop

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    I'll let you know Vlad!...retrospin, I'll check that string out for later. Thanks.
     
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