string setup for APD 2013

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  1. KL_Belgium

    KL_Belgium New User

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    I’m currently playing with the Babolat Aeropro Drive GT 2013. It is strung with PPA @ 53 lbs. It’s a great racquet, but there is too much power. I did have some small arm problems in the past (not with this racquet), but with this setup I’m perfectly fine. No problems at all, just too much power.

    Any advice for stringing this racquet? Maybe a soft co-poly at a lower tension? Or a soft multi at a higher tension? Or maybe a synthetic gut at a lower tension?

    I'm looking for a comfortable string with decent control and sufficient spin. What do you advise?


    Thanks!
     
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  2. LeftyRighty

    LeftyRighty Rookie

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I have the plus version, and I had too much power. I went with a synthetic string @ 33lbs and it worked out. Before I had a mix of nat gut and rpm blast @56lbs, and I kept almost taking peoples faces off lol.

    then a poly at 62 and that was way too stiff against harder hitters with big spin. My racquet acted like a ramp and the balls would just roll right off, or my spin would just reverse their spin, and the ball would go nowhere.

    Sythetic at 33lbs worked out for me, but i'm still trying to dial everything in.

    From some suggestions I got besides to try low tension, was to not use a poly with arm problems, and to raise tension to decrease power.
     
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  3. anubis

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    There's your problem. Tension is too low. Increase it to about 56 lbs and see if that tames the power at all.

    otherwise, soft multis are rather powerful. You may want to switch to a regular syn gut like Prince original SG. It's lower powered.
     
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  4. oldschoolrules

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    Started hitting with the new version a few weeks ago and am very happy with the feel and control I'm getting with a full bed of 4G at 65.
     
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  5. Ramon

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    I used to play with the APDGT and PPA is one of my favorite strings. For me, PPA needs to be tight in order for it to work with this type of frame. By tight I mean above 56 when it's fresh off the stringer and at least 50 after it settles. You might want to get the RacquetTune app if you have an iPhone to check the true tension. If you use the default string factor and enter the correct parameters you WILL get a very accurate reading. If it happens to say your tension is in the low 40's or high 30's don't dismiss it because it's probably right. You'll get those kinds of numbers from places that rush through string jobs to get the most racquets done in a day. I measure my tension after almost every match I play, and I do get numbers in the 50's because I string my own racquets. I wasn't getting those numbers before I strung them myself.

    One more thing. Poly at low tension will NOT help your arm. I found that out myself.
     
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  6. KL_Belgium

    KL_Belgium New User

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    Thanks for the advice guys. So basically I'm looking for a low powered soft/armfriendly string that I can string somewhere between 46 - 52 lbs and still remaining control.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  7. Fintft

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    Sorry to state the obvious alternative: go to a different racquet.

    For the same weight maybe HEAD IG Speed MP 315 (or the latest grahpene version), or for a heavier one, but much more controlled: Wilson Six.One 95 BLX.
     
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  8. LeftyRighty

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    The tension was pretty low without going too low. I tried a multi at 62 and it was far better on my arm. Going to like 58 would be better for me. Natural gut mains was nice, and felt perfect as far as arm problems. I've hurt my arm trying to change my swing to fit this racquet. I was happy at first, but now I'm just frustrated.

    But like Fintft said, maybe a different racquet would be better if the tension change doesn't help. I'm about to demo a few racquets from the Control section of the racquet finder, and see how they work out. I'm so angry at myself for buying the APD+ that I am playing with my $25 wilson tour slam again :rolleyes:
     
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  9. max pl

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    uhhh what?

    switching racquets is your obvious solution to him having too much power at 53lbs?
    he should raise his tension like someone else said. the racquet is fine.
     
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  10. lightthestorm

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    Ramon, I just got a new head racket strung with PPA. It took 5 days to get here (never order over memorial weekend!) and I just took a measure with rackquettune. Reading measures 49.6-50...

    Has the string settled after those 5 days? I asked for it to be strung up to 60lbs....
     
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  11. Ramon

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    When I ordered my racquets from TW, I had similar results. I suspect your racquet is very playable. You'll probably also get those kinds of numbers when you take your racquet to a good pro shop. If you take it to bad pro shop or sporting goods store, your tension could be a lot lower.
     
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  12. LeeD

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    Why did you choose the APD? For power, right?
    Now you're complaining of it having too much power.
    Why not learn to add topspin ala Nadal and use the power to your advantage?
    OR, kill the power, and hit like the 3.5-4.0 that you are now foreever.
     
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  13. Lukhas

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    Well APD is designed for power and spin. Add spin to control the power. Or/and lower-powered strings: Head Rip Control or Dunlop Hexy Fiber on the top of my head.
     
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  14. tennisnut09

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    I have the 2013 APD. If you want soft and medium power and spin, try pacific classic gut 16 main and co-focus 1.23 cross at 58/54-55. If you want less power and more control and spin, try MSV focus-hex soft 1.20 at 50-52 full bed.
     
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  15. tennisnut09

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    I always like your comments.
     
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  16. Dimcorner

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    My current setup for my APD is Yonex Poly Tour Spin @ 48/46.
    I might go even lower tension later to try it out but I had started at 52 and it was a bit too hard.
     
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  17. o0lunatik

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    Pro's Pro Black Out or Technifibre Black Code - you can swing away with lots of spin and controllable power.

    Topspin Cyber Flash - very low powered strings. It actually tires you out if you unload all of your power in most of your hits.
     
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  18. Fintft

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    Don't think that that racquet is fine lol And he could snatch an used one from e b or from a tennis store and even demo for a week or so to see if it doesn't make a big difference.
     
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  19. heartattack

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    nice. How about Head intellitour string 16? @ what tension would you suggest?
     
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  20. mattavery24

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    What do you typically play with and strin at? If you use a poly I would suggest that you increase tension so you can still have control. If you use a multi already I would suggest staying the same tension. I love a poly at 54-55 typically and I never have an issues with arm problems
     
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  21. ccmtennis

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    If you are not used to the APD feel you will find plenty in this update. I was using the APDC prior and with Head FXP tour at 57 it was just great. Comfy, decent spin, durabilty and control. If you are not used to the APD feel, using this string would feel pretty muted despite it's incredible comfort
     
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