Strings for Babolat aeropro drive +

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  1. LeftyRighty

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    I just bought this racquet about a month ago, and with it I got babolat vs touch on the mains, and rpm blast on the crosses @ 56lbs.

    I pretty much hate it.

    I love how soft the feel is, but I get ALL power, no control at all. A coach told me I should have gone with 62lbs, but its too late, and now I need to get these OUT.

    What strings would you guys suggest for this racquet and what tensions?

    (yesterday I sent it to get restrung, but they only had Prince Topspin available for me to get it back to play Wednesday)

    I play every two days.
     
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  2. Fintft

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    My friend if you want control, it's better to switch to either:
    a) Head IG Speed MP 315 or the latest Graphene.
    b) Wilson 6.1 95 BLX (heavier).

    As for strings I found that the hybrid recommended by the manufacturer Hurricane Pro and Excel worked okeish, but full bed natural gut at 57/55 even better. So did Luxilon Fluro in the mains and VS in the crosses, for control.
     
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  3. LeftyRighty

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    Thanks! I think I will give the Luxilon Fluro strings a try in the next couple of weeks.

    I got my racquet back today with the prince topspin strings. They are huge improvement for control for me, but they kind of hurt my arm at first. 62lbs seemed to work great though.

    I can still swing fast but it goes exactly where I want now. The strings feel a bit cheap though lol. I would rather a thinner string. These are 15's.

    I have tried both of those racquets you suggested before, but I only liked the Wilson. It was a heavy like you said, and it strained my wrist.
     
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  4. Lukhas

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    I liked Dunlop Hexy Fiber (or rather its cheaper knock-off the Pro's Pro Hex Multi), but the feel is very muted; which I like. Not very high powered but not dead either, might tame a bit the power of an APD. I don't think you should play with mono-filaments if your arm is a bit sore.
     
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  5. anubis

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    Yeah, your problem is you're playing with gut strings. Gut is the most powerful string on the market. Don't use gut if you're looking for a more low-powered string bed.

    I'd go full bed RPM Blast right in the middle: 55 lbs. See how that feels. If you feel its still too powerful and you can't correct that with topspin, then go up to 57. If that's too powerful still, go up to 59.
     
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  6. Lukhas

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    ^Are you serious? I'm not against RPM Blast, but it's a stiff string (that doesn't feel stiff, but it's very stiff), on a stiff frame, at high tension. Nice cocktail for elbow/arm problems. A lower powered string will do fine. And if he doesn't break strings, he has no business with poly.
     
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  7. anubis

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    He gave no indication that his arm is susceptible to stiff strings, so why not suggest it?

    If he had come right out and said "no poly please, it hurts my arm" then I wouldn't have suggested it. But just because poly hurts some people doesn't mean it hurts everyone.
     
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  8. MikeHitsHard93

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    I suggest RPM mains/ nvy crosses @55 lbs. nvy is very low powered and let's the mains do what they were meant to do. The rpm offers power and spin, at the cost of comfort and longevity. The nvy will hide the dead rpm for a while, but should still be restring after at most 20 hours of casual play, 15 hours aggressive play. This is all my opinion, however, so don't take it as law.
     
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  9. Lukhas

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    I'd rather take no risk, thanks. Because it doesn't hurt everyone doesn't mean it's a good idea either.
     
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  10. LeftyRighty

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I haven't broken a string yet, they usually just soften up until it's unhittable. I change them right when I notice that.

    I don't normally get arm injuries, but switching from natural gut for the first time on this racquet hurt the first time I hit with it, but stopped after that.

    I swing pretty fast most often and generate power fine enough with these strings at 62lbs. I think I want to try a hybrid setup again.

    (this stringing stuff gets more confusing as I go lol)
     
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    Babolat RPM Blast 15 duh! That's what Nadal plays with.
     
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  12. Fintft

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    Or was it Duralast?
     
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  13. tennisfreak73

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    i don't have the plus, but when i strung my APD W/Cortx with Blast 16 at 60 #'s it was very nice with no arm issues. the plus is a bit stiffer so i can't say you'll have no pain, but i don't find blast to be a very stiff string. i love the crispiness of the string and how the ball come off feeling a bit heavier as if its staying on the string bed longer. the control is by far the best i've played with, but the price is the worst and that's a deal breaker for me :(

    i'm using bhbr 17 now and i really like the power, spin, control, and tension maintenance. its a very nice string that does everything very well. i strung it at 58 lbs and played 4 sets of singles and 3 sets of doubles and the string still hasn't moved, and is playing very well, of course, not as well as when i first strung it, but still playable. gears/twist are still visible in the sweet spot.

    i also tried gamma moto 16 at 55 #'s and this string, which doesn't get a lot of talk, in fact i've never even hear of it until i got it as a sample, actually plays very nice. tons, and i do mean tons of spin! power is very high for a poly and durability seems good. tension maintenance could be an issue, but i should have strung it higher.

    hope this helps
     
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  14. cluckcluck

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    Probably something called DuraBlast
     
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    Have you personally tried this combination? Have you personally tried this combination on an APD+?
     
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    Um, no. If he can't correct the power issue with top-spin, he definitely should not string RPM on a APD at near 60 lbs. That is, of course, if you value arm health. Either find a new string or racquet, but RPM at 60 in an APD is a bad idea.

    Full RPM 16 gauge at 54 is comfortable for me, suits my style of play (baseline/heavy topspin) and last for about 7-10 hours. Control is there, as is easily accessible power. The suggestion that RPM blast is a "powerful" string is disingenuous, unless you specially compare it to most other polys. It has power on tap if you know what you're doing. If you don't, then yes, it can catapult the ball easily.

    Don't play with RPM the day you get it strung; has a big affect on tension stability. I wouldn't recommend going below 50 on the mains either.
     
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  17. P.Floyd

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    No, it's Duralast.
     
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    It was duralast, now it's RPM Blast. But anyway, I was making a joke...if it wasn't obvious enough.
     
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    I just picked up an APD GT+ and I wouldn't even think about stringing that thing anywhere close to 60lbs lol.

    I personally like to string my racquets at lower tensions ie 45-49lbs and would like to ask you guys what strings would you suggest (at that tension) where control is still there? Usually I use a stiff string and string it low, the soft co-polys are just too lively at that tension especially with this racquet.

    -Jon
     
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  20. P.Floyd

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    Sorry, gave you the benefit of the doubt; but I guess that really was supposed to be a joke. :confused:
     
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  21. cluckcluck

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    Let's go hit at Andulka sometime!
     
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    Sure thing! Are you a member there? I haven't renewed my membership in a long while lol. The only time I hit there is when I'm playing league matches...but that hasn't been for a while either lol

    -Jon
     
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    I just got back from playing. My prince topspin 15l strings are stiff, but I have so much control at 62lbs with the aeropro drive plus, compared to the natural gut and rpm blast combo.

    I only lack about 10-15% of the power the other setup gave me, but now I can aim for a line and hit it perfectly.

    I DONT like how stiff they are.

    I'm kind of confused about what tensions to use with different strings. If I had strung the VS touch & RPM blast at 62 instead of 56, would that have given me the same control I am getting from these? I see pros are stringing with way less tension now. It's confusing on which one gives more control without sacrificing power.
     
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  24. P.Floyd

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    Yes, you need to go over 60 on the gut to mitigate the excess power. Frankly, the setup is a bit of a mess. Here, you're going for comfort and feel, while really reducing the impact of spin by having RPMs as your crosses. If you want more spin, then install those on the mains and leave the crosses for the gut or another type of string for power and feel. Mike's suggestion wasn't bad, in theory, although I'm not sure how N.VY would react in an original APD given its relative softness. Also, RPM isn't going to give you power; you're going to have to bring that if you want it to be usable.
     
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    Why not using a lower powered, spinny string instead of stringing at high tensions to get rid of the string's power? The kinds of Black Widow, Hexy Fiber, Völk V-Torque or Rip Control kinda fit the bill.
     
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  26. P.Floyd

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    The power issue here is stemming from the fact that he went with natural gut in the mains in the mid 50s. I agree with your point, on an APD, you go with a less powerful string rather than a higher tension. Heck, RPMB at 16 is still comfortable and accurate at 54/55; power is something you'll need to generate though.
     
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  27. Lukhas

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    Well, non pre-stretched, it's hard to string gut at low tensions without having a rocket launcher. And even then, it's still very powerful. I understand better his problem. Maybe he used gut to soften a bit the string bed. But even if it's the case...
     
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  28. LeftyRighty

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    I was using a Wilson Tour Slam lol. It's very cheap, but I felt so comfortable with it after changing strings, I didn't see the point of buying an expensive one until I started playing matches. I quickly noticed it was weak.

    I could put the ball anywhere with that racquet though until someone belted one at me and it just couldn't really handle it. It got warped during a match lol.

    I demoed a bunch of racquets from TW for months, and once I tried the APD+ I was sold. I think they had Babolat Duralast strings on it. I didn't like those strings.

    You guys are definitely right though. I don't need a powerful setup. This racquet combined with the power I am used to generating using that big 5 racquet, i'm sure I need something a bit low powered.

    But how do I go about doing it. That's what I'm so confused about from the recommendations. Right now the Prince topspin 15L's @ 62lbs are perfect for control. I dont like the feel of them though. Too stiff basically.

    I'm confused on if the string is too stiff, or the tension is too high. If the tension is why I have so much control, or if it's a combo of the string and tension. Then since I hated 56lbs, Idk if I will hate that on ALL strings, or just the setup I had at first.
     
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