Wilson Hits Homerun with Wilson Steam 99S (mini review)

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  1. g4driver

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    I did and cut it out after hitting two hours.

    Wilson Revolve 15g is much better IMO. I have a reel of 16g Revolve, since I string for myself , but I am putting 15g Revolve in one friend's 99S frames who are snapping 16G Cyclone Tour weekly.

    The guy hits every day, so until he learns to string he is getting 15g REVOLVE mains/ 16g Revolve Crosses.
     
  2. Fuji

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    No problem!

    As suggested, definitely check out revolve. It's a really nice string in the 99S. If you want cheap and durable, you might want to check out Golden Set Powerchord. It's super durable, smooth, and works ridiculously well in spineffect frames. It lasts as long as kevlar for me. :) (Plus it is a fair bit cheaper than anything Babolat/wilson puts out!)

    -Fuji
     
  3. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Agree, with Fuji.

    I tried revolve in this frame when it was called rip spin ???, and it was fairly nice and seemed to more durable than other 16 g strings. The string is used was the white version, although the newer colors seem to feel nicer.

    I've been stringing quite a few of these frames as well as the 105's at the shop with a lot of the revolve string (16 and 15 gauge).
     
  4. g4driver

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    Drakulie and Fugi,

    Did Wilson turn Ripspin into Revolve by making it softer with better tension maintenance ?

    Any difference between the white, black and that Halloween/Florida /Clemson/Auburn motif ?
     
  5. Fuji

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    No idea honestly. As far as I know, Ripspin was just turned into revolve and made a bit more slippery. Not too sure on the tension maintenance. Different dyes will always play differently. I hate black dyed strings with a passion, they always are different IME and the playability is not the same.

    -Fuji
     
  6. g4driver

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    It seems softer with better tension maintenance in both the white and black.

    I hate Orange period. Just a nasty, ugly color, with no intended purpose. Orange is the sandspur of the color wheel. ;)
     
  7. stingstang

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    I've been trying the 99S recently. I've hit shots which I have no business playing and shocked myself but also experienced frustration with control on basic groundstrokes. Spin serves incredible but flats have gone totally AWOL.

    My conclusion is that its actually quite demanding, you need the technique to use the spin potential otherwise the power can launch balls long. In the right hands its probably phenomenal.

    The strings do break quickly but the string goes dead even quicker. Even with SPPP at high 50's.
     
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  8. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    my understanding of the change in name is due to a threat of lawsuit. As for the colors, I believe the dark color plays and feels better.
     
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    My Wilson rep claims that Revolve uses a slightly tweaked formula that was designed to maintain playability better than RipSpin.

    I just got a few reels to replace the RipSpin I sold out of, but I haven't yet strung up one of my frames to evaluate whether there's a noticeable practical difference.

    I've never noticed a difference between the white and the "black" RipSpin. I never tried the orange, since I can't imagine it looking right in the new Pro Staff line.
     
  10. Fuji

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    But it will look awesome in the Burn line!

    -Fuji
     
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    I'm legitimately shocked that this thread is still alive.
     
  12. g4driver

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    Kinda of like my opponent (a PD user) was shocked last night when he took his second list of the year. Breadsticks. ;)
     
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    You still use 15g Revolve or Cyclone as in your signature?
    Also what tension are you stringing at?
     
  14. g4driver

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    Cyclone Tour 16g 60 M / 57 X on my Alpha Apex 2

    But I drop to 57 M / 54X on a constant Pull (Wilson Baiardo, Gamma ELS 8800)

    I have five 99S frames and am experimenting with Revolve 16g and 15g mains/ Revolve 16g crosses.

    Cyclone Tour 16g is a phenomenal string IMO. I have found nothing that compares to so far.
     

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