Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Roger Wawrinka, Oct 8, 2013.
What is the most used string for pros' on the Futures and Challengers Circuit?
I figured Lux, but what kind is what I was going for.
Last tournament I worked, it was almost dead even between ALU and RPM Blast.
^Which tournament was it?
Vero Beach FL Futures in May
As for poly's, here's the most used on tour presently:
1. Luxilon Alu Power
2. Luxilon Alu Power Rough
3. Babolat RPM Blast
4. Luxilon Alu Flouro
5. Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour
Other common brands (non-specific, in no order) - Signum, Pacific, Tecnifibre.
Non-poly's used on tour
1. Babolat VS Touch
2. Babolat VS Team
3. Pacific Tough Gut
4. Pacific Prime Gut
^^^^^^I see more Lux original & PHT than Alu Flouro.
I also see quite a bit of TF Blackcode.
As for non-polys, I see a lot of WIlson Sensation.
At futures levels you see a lot of players using Lux & Wilson if they're sponsored by Wilson for rqts; and Babolat if they have Babolat rqts. While the same set up goes for players using Prince.
For reference I've strung at 16 futures/challengers tournaments this year.
^ UK Skippy, Do you have any stringing logs?
I have logs from the Futures I've strung at, but they contain confidential administrative info. I could extrapolate some info if you tell me what you're after
Just the players names, and the string their using, and the tension. Or is that to confidential?
I also sent you an email, so whenever you have the time please take a look at it.
Qurios about what type of VS gut those players are using that are supposedly using VS gut cause i can never imagine they are using the new thermogut garbage that babolat sells these days??
Pretty much every player using Babolat Gut that I have strung for in the last few years are using the same that is available to purchase online:
Hope this can be of help,
Yes, on the futures and challenger circuit they get retail gut. But the top guys get a different quality of gut compared to retail. Especially the Wilson players, the gut in retail Wilson Natural Gut is second rate Babolat stuff where as the top Wilson sponsored players that I've strung for get the good stuff. Heck, even the Wilson Pro over grip available to the top guys are different, the pro stock grip is more similar to the Yonex Super Grap. I know this for a fact.
I disagree with this.
Here are some "top guys" that I have strung for:
Andy Murray is using retail Babolat VS Team.
Lleyton Hewitt is using retail Babolat VS Touch.
Grigor Dimitrov is using retail Wilson Natural Gut.
Bob & Mike Bryan are using retail Prince Natural Gut.
Can you let us know the players that are using this different quality of gut please.
I disagree as well. Players like federer, dimitrov, nishikori, the Williams all use Wilson gut, which is the same as retail.
Joker, Murray, tsonga, Hewitt, etc use the Babolat gut that is same as retail.
As for the op question, I would say Alu power hands down is number one string, followed by BBO, and then rpm.
It's all true. The good sets have Fed picture on it, the lesser quality has Serena on it. ;-)
You better edit your post, before you get trolled by Serena fans.
Thanks Drak, I was hoping you would have chimed in on this.
Thanks! The thing that makes it so incredible is that its common knowledge most of the pros are very finnicky about their gear. All over sudden Babolat decides to change a string that pros have been using perhaps since they were kids to something that feels very noticeably different, its very hard for me to imagine pros would simply go along with whatever babolat sent them....
Babolat gut is a very rare exception to this rule. Most pros are paid to endorse a product, Babolat does not give free gut to any players as far as I understand (unless this practice has changed). In Sampras's book he said it's really the only thing he had to pay for. Seems crazy to me that a #1 player in any sport would have to pay for any kind of sports equipment though I can see with gut how it's different. Especially with the way some players abuse it like Pete or Fed!
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