Head RIP Control vs. Prince Premier Attack 16

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  1. anubis

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    Hello all,

    Just would like to report on my findings between these two strings if anyone is interested. Perhaps this can help people looking for a good, soft multifilament string. Especially if you have tennis elbow issues.

    I had both of these strung up side-by-side in two Head Youtek IG Radical MPs, both at 52 lbs.


    RIP Control:
    Playability was deadened as lots of people have observed. The ball felt like it stayed on the strings a little too long. Power was very low, it had no "pop". Against people that hit with a lot of pace, it felt like my racquet was being pushed back more, as if the strings were absorbing the power as opposed to re-directing it.

    I had to try harder in order to generate pace. There felt like a delay when hitting the ball, like I said it felt like the ball was hanging on for a millisecond longer than it should before travelling away from the racquet.

    Spin potential was outstanding. Probably the best thing about the string. A standard WW Forehand allowed me to make the ball jump considerably high. Lots of opponents complained that they didn't like playing against me, they thought I used too much topspin and therefore they couldn't hit the ball back very well.

    Comfort: excellent. Very soft, super soft even. I have TE issues, this string didn't aggravate at all.

    Feedback/response: it was good, very good. I "knew" where the ball was going without looking. I was confident after each hit if the ball was going in or not.



    Prince Premiere Attack 16
    Playability: much livelier than RIP. Lots of pop off the strings. It felt like the ball didn't hang on too much to the strings. I felt that I could re-direct the ball without losing any time. Ball really felt like it bounced off the strings in a predictable manner.

    Ball trajectory off the strings felt a little higher than the RIP control. More balls sailed long than the RIP. I had to work harder to produce spin.

    Power was more than adequate. My serves were significantly faster and I served more aces. I also served more balls that were not aces, yet unplayable because opponent couldn't get their racquet to it in time.

    Ground strokes were much more formidable. I hit more winners because the ball seemed to just "go where I wanted it to".

    Spin: not as good as the RIP control. I could still produce spin, but the ball wasn't bouncing as high. It was a "muted" spin. I had to work harder to produce the spin, which left me with a few UE's due to me trying too hard.

    Comfort: very comfy, a little harder than RIP but still no TE aggravations.

    Feedback: a little less feedback. A few of the shots were questionable to me. didn't quite know if they were going to go in or not.



    Well that's it, hopefully this helps someone in choosing between these two fine strings.
     
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  2. mikeler

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    "Ground strokes were much more formidable. I hit more winners because the ball seemed to just "go where I wanted it to".


    And this is why Discho Microfibre (aka Signum Pro Micronite) and Prince Premiere Attack are my two favorite multi strings.
     
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  3. Up&comer

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    I agree. I also feel that way with addiction. It is a stiff multi though.
     
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  4. ArliHawk

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    If they were both 16, you may have missed out with RIP Control. I find the 17 to be much more playable. But Prince Premier Attack is awesome! Was so disappointed when I went to my local store and they were out of it. Unfortunately, I had to settle for Gamma TNT2. Who knows? Maybe I'll like it.
     
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  5. BobStar

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    OP, thx for the review
    question: overall which is your favorite of the two?
     
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  6. netguy

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    I really like that you playtested them side by side. I did the same with them but only in the crosses since I like silverstring in the mains. Attack was the winner..... Have fun playtesting strings side by side!
     
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  7. Ramon

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    I'm familiar with both strings. They both offer great value for a reasonable price, which is why I think they seem to be very popular here. I prefer Premier Attack for the confidence it gives me to take full swings, but I can see why certain people would like RIP Control for the spin and directional control. I still keep a couple sets of RIP Control in stock because a friend, whose racquets I string, really liked it as a cross with poly, and I think it will be a good "unique" offering to other players. I also ordered a Pathfinder Awl because I know what kind of difficulty I'll get with blocked holes. LOL
     
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  8. monticore

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    i have played both side by side and my findings were similar if not almost identical. but for some reason i like the dwell time with rip they pop off the ppa scared me a little and i started to swing a bit tentative. with rip 17 it just seems to always land in especially in second serves they just dive in there.

    can;t go wrong with either, microfibre might be one you would like as well plays similar to ppa but easier on the arm to me anyways.

    cory
     
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  9. anubis

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    Thanks for the tip. Perhaps I will get one strung with 17 g RIP to see if I can get a little more pop out of them. 16 g just felt so "thick", you know?


    PPA 16. It's a more aggressive string. but it is worth noting that, if I had unlimited funds, it would be nice to keep one racquet in my bag with RIP 16 at all times. You know, for when i just can't keep the ball in and I need the string to take "a little off" of my stroke.



    Thanks. I wanted it to be relatively scientific. I still have them on my two Rads, so I play back and forth. They really are different from one another.

    You see, the pop off of the PPA helps me b/c my racquet is so under powered. If I was using a stiffer, more powerful racquet, then perhaps the RIP would be nice to "tame" the power level?
     
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    If you need more control, you might want to tighten it up a bit. On my 16x20 PK Ki 5x, I've had PPA as low as 50 lbs and as high as 58. I have trouble controlling it in the low 50's. High 50's is better for me, and I still get plenty of pop.
     
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  11. monticore

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    aye i use a k pro open , probably why i prefer the rip, i tried the rip in a dunlop 200 tour and with the flex of that racket i didn;t like the feel of rip , i couldn't even feel the ball everything was so muted.


    cory
     
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  12. Torres

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    If both RIP and PPA have characteristics that the other does not, isn't the obvious solution to hybrid them and see if you can get the best of both worlds?
     
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  13. Ramon

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    If someone likes both, that's not a bad idea. I tried RIP mains and PPA crosses. I liked it at first but it got mushy towards the end, which is a characteristic of RIP. So for me, I just like full bed PPA better overall.
     
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    At this point, price is more important than anything, really. I'm definitely going to start to hybrid my multifilament string jobs, but I'm going to cross them with cheap syn gut.

    Later perhaps i can experiment with RIP crossed with a syn gut to see if I get better results.
     
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    Keep track of how long they last. Mono synguts tend to saw through multis. I tried doing that with RIP and Prince Synthetic Gut w/Duraflex. It cut my time in half.
     
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    How do I find a reel? I found a reel on the bay but the seller has a no return policy and I never buy anything from a vender with that policy.
     
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  17. Ross K

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    anubis - Great comparison, thanks. I'm about to check out both and from what you say I'm guessing the PPA will be the better fit for me.

    BTW, as ArliHawk referred to, I'm hoping RIP in the 17 plays better than the 16 which I've tried before and wasn't so keen on.
     
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    PSGDF is a super "saw" it chews through any string easily - poly or multi.

    I had one racquet strung with Klipper neon red syngut and it was so smooth that it didnt touch poly in mains at all. Too bad that Klipper doesnt make these super cheap synguts in black colour :-(
     
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