Pro usage of RPM Blast

Discussion in 'Strings' started by clevy11, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. clevy11

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    So apparently nadal, roddick, and tsonga used RPM blast soon after it was released. Now the word is roddick and tsonga switched back to their old string setups but nadal still uses RPM. What's the real deal here?
     
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    the REEL deal is about $200
     
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  3. LetsGoRoddick

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    Roddick switched back to PHT, I heard its 17 guage now, was 16 before he used RPM.

    Tsonga is using a luxilon string, not sure what.

    They probably used it for marketing purposes but found they liked their old setup better.
     
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  4. thetennisman12345

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    Nadal might be just painting his Duralast Tour yellow strings black...you can find the real D Tour strings on e B ay. Cheers, it's some powerful stuff.
     
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  5. scotus

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    And Stosur is having an arm problem....
     
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  6. mrmo1115

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    Source on the switch to 17 Gauge? Ironic, I think I am going to 17 also.
     
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  7. Tennis_Crazed

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    yeah i think you're right... as long as nadal is still using it, or hte public thinks he is, i'm sure the rpm will do well
     
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  10. Hooked

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    In the end, does it really matter what the pros use? They have several identical racquets and change them before the strings go dead or break so they only really care about that first hour of playability and consistency. And they don't pay for any of it - their sponsors do and they pass that along to the consumer. The rest of us (for the most part) don't have that luxury. We pay for our strings and usually consider performance, durability and cost together as a package deal. Obviously the ideal string is high-performance, long-lasting and relatively low cost. Those last two variables will likely change the list of viable options for us, but are not even on the radar of most pros. I guess it is interesting to see what they use from the performance aspect, but beyond that it is pretty academic. I use RPM Blast because it has the lowest coefficient of friction among a group of polys that TW tested which indicates high spin potential and not becasue Nadal or anyone else for that matter uses and/or endorses it.
     
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  11. Fedace

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    Can someone confirm that Andy Roddick is now back to RPM blast string ??
     
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  12. downs_chris

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    i just saw him tonight in cincy...it definitely looks like he's back with rpm blast in the mains...
     
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  13. Gene1994

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    Here you go guys.... pic from today. Looks like he's back to RPM!


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  16. LetsGoRoddick

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    haha this is nice. just when i'm about to make a change to RPM blast.
     
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  17. lefty10spro

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    IMO opinion there's not much difference between all these polys. They play well for a very short time then they must be cut out. Spin production is only increased because you have to swing harder. And over time they are going to hurt you. I am generalizing of course, but I have been in the business a LONG time. Put natural gut in your mains and a nice multi in your crosses like I do and your poly experimenting will be over.
     
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  18. dParis

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    I don't know nuthin about nuthin, but this read like poetry to me...
     
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  19. SliceForehand

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    Polys (co-polymers) have more spin and control than gut when they are still playable. They last about as long before going dead as gut and nylon do before breaking. If you like the extra spin and control, you go with poly. Natural gut is better for flat hitters and those with weaker arms.
     
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  20. nomie

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    Ooh now that's not quite true now is it? Fundamentally gut and poly has similar spin potential. Its actually the other properties of poly that makes it more suitable for someone with a spin oriented game, like lower power and like you said, more control.

    One source: TW Learning centre
     
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  21. Hooked

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    Actually, the science shows that more spin is created by strings that have a lower coefficient of friction and are able to move more easily during impact. A couple of good reads:

    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/spinexperiment.php

    http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=1363
     
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