Shaped vs. Rough for best spin

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  1. thebeast73

    thebeast73 Rookie

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    What creates more spin rough string or shaped strings?
     
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  2. Keifers

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    Hard to generalise, I would think. Depends on the specific strings you're comparing.

    The current trend (among polys at least) is shaped, rather than rough-textured.

    I've found Spin X really grabs the ball. Will try Tour Bite next time I re-string.
     
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  3. High Roller

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    For me, extruded shapes that are then twisted generate the greatest amount of bite. It is *very* palpable.

    However, this does not always translate into the greatest, or most effective, spin. Then there are the trade-offs in when is comes to power, feel, and comfort. In thinking in terms of producing the absolute greatest amount of bite, there are more than a few new strings that are "one trick donkeys". Not saying they won't float your boat, though.
     
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  4. rodrigoamaral

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    In my experience, shaped strings produce more spin than rough ones..
     
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  5. Macro80

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    In my experience this is mainly marketing. I think string movement and pocketing are more important to spin generation. I dont find any difference between textured or shaped strings and normal.

    EG. I dont think ALU Rough generates any more spin than ALU Power.
     
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  6. Tennis_Crazed

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    i agree that its not all just shape, but the string itself. ALU Power does generate immense spin and its round. But apples to apples if i had to compare 2 strings exactly the same, but one was rough and other shaped, i would say that the shaped one would generate more spin
     
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  7. XFactorer

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    My vote is neither. Texture/shape of the string has no effect on the ball because the ball isn't on the strings that long. Swing path, speed, stroke style have more to do with it.
     
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  8. chaddles

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    Totally agree - and I found M2 Pro easier to produce string than ALU Power.

    The shaped strings theoretically could produce more spin as there is less surface area of the cross & main string making contact, therefore there could be less friction... In practice, this appears not to be the case and mainly marketing.
     
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  9. Mig1NC

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    According to this ALU Rough does generate more spin than ALU Power:
    http://twu.tennis-warehouse.com/learning_center/stringmovement.php
     
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