Do rough/spin strings really work?

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Golden Retriever, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. Golden Retriever

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    They all claim to create more spin but I really doubt it. Take the ALU Power Rough, it is hardly "rough" at all and I really can't see the difference. The ones thats wrap around a core might work (eg Prince Topspin) but the ball feels out of control with those strings. Any textured strings that really create more spin without satisfying control?
     
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  2. Kick Serve

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    The most difference I've ever noticed with a string was with kevlar. I get an insane amount of spin with a very predictable response with Ashaway Crossfire 18. It's a little stiff though. I would only recommend using it in a flexible racquet and if you don't have elbow problems.

    Since my game relies heavily on spin, I'm very sensitive to the slight difference in each string's ability to generate spin. Granted, the angle of your racquet head at contact is where most of the spin is generated, but there are some strings that simply "bite" the ball better than others.

    As for Prince Topspin and the like... I've also experienced the unpredictable response of these "outer wrap" strings. Sure they generate good spin but I'm not as accurate with them. It's a little unnerving at times. Some say the outer wraps wear down quickly rendering the string no better than any other cheap synthetic. Personally, I always broke them so quickly I never experienced that problem.
     
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  3. AJP

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    Rip control has a textured outer layer that gets great bite on the ball. This is not the type of wrap that wears away though because I believe it is made of polyester type ribbons around a multifilimant core. I would say that rip control has a very predictable response to the ball, but it accomplishes it's texture in a much different way than other spin strings.

    It doesn't have the feel or power of other mulit's, but if you like a firm string with low power and lots of spin, give rip control a try.
     
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