Originally Posted by Irvin
I'd be willing to bet if you took the power pads out the string would not break at the bend. Not saying it won't but I like Babolat's woofer description better. Not so sure about softening up the string bed either. I bought some hard plastic power pads when I first started stringing.
This is true. The pads are most useful for the old wood racquets, where you really do notice a sharp circumference change and tight string angle. Today's racquets don't have this. Yeah, my old Bancroft Super Winner has those plastic bits.