Is there a difference between shaped and rough strings performance wise?

JamesV

Rookie
Shaped, or textured strings can increase the string-to-ball friction and increase spin that way, but can also rub against each other, increasing string-to-string friction and reducing string snap back which will reduce spin. It depends on the string. Check the TW Similar Strings Tool, their Strings Comparison Tool and their Strings Spin Potential Tool for more info. These charts also offer explanations on the side to help you understand the factors affecting string performance, including spin.
 

Kevo

Legend
It's a mixed bag really. I think you have to look at the individual strings. IME though, rough strings frequently aren't all that rough. The TW string tool is a good place to look. So far though, I think square strings are the best that I've tried for spin. Control is harder to quantify because there are a lot of aspects to it. I wouldn't even try to make a generalization on control in terms of shaped and rough.
 

HOT SHOT

Rookie
It's a mixed bag really. I think you have to look at the individual strings. IME though, rough strings frequently aren't all that rough. The TW string tool is a good place to look. So far though, I think square strings are the best that I've tried for spin. Control is harder to quantify because there are a lot of aspects to it. I wouldn't even try to make a generalization on control in terms of shaped and rough.
Such as Tourbite?
 

HOT SHOT

Rookie
Shaped, or textured strings can increase the string-to-ball friction and increase spin that way, but can also rub against each other, increasing string-to-string friction and reducing string snap back which will reduce spin. It depends on the string. Check the TW Similar Strings Tool, their Strings Comparison Tool and their Strings Spin Potential Tool for more info. These charts also offer explanations on the side to help you understand the factors affecting string performance, including spin.
Hi James, I mean in comparison to each other not round polys
 

blai212

Semi-Pro
rough strings are more of a gimmick imo...many have claimed that rpm blast rough does not get more spin than rpm blast but i have no first hand experience...if you’re looking for spin, go for a sharp shaped poly that retains its shape well like diadem solstice power, signum pro xperience, tourna silver 7 tour, tier 1 firewire and since shaped poly provides high launch angle, using a hybrid with smooth round poly in crosses is usually your best bet


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HOT SHOT

Rookie
rough strings are more of a gimmick imo...many have claimed that rpm blast rough does not get more spin than rpm blast but i have no first hand experience...if you’re looking for spin, go for a sharp shaped poly that retains its shape well like diadem solstice power, signum pro xperience, tourna silver 7 tour, tier 1 firewire and since shaped poly provides high launch angle, using a hybrid with smooth round poly in crosses is usually your best bet


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I currently am using a reel of solstice power it's got amazing spin, ok string overall it's just that fact it goes dead way too quickly. planning to change to tourbite for more control.
 

JamesV

Rookie
Hi James, I mean in comparison to each other not round polys
OK, forget round polys. Just check out Y-tex Quadro Twist. Not the cheapest, but insane spin and durability. Not really a control string, but string it in the mid to just above middle of your racquet's suggested string tension range and you should be good to go for control.
 

Kevo

Legend
Such as Tourbite?
There are several out there now. I haven't tried Tourbite personally, but from what I've read it would seem to be a good one to put on the list to test. I'm using Ultra Cable right now and have enjoyed it quite a bit. I bought a reel and probably won't be trying anything else until I go through the reel. Might take me more than a year at my current rate.
 
I feel the difference with a shaped string. I notice it most on spin serves where your rhs is high. Although the effect seems to wear out after a few sessions, it's totally worth it.
 

blai212

Semi-Pro
OK, forget round polys. Just check out Y-tex Quadro Twist. Not the cheapest, but insane spin and durability. Not really a control string, but string it in the mid to just above middle of your racquet's suggested string tension range and you should be good to go for control.
quadro twist shape wears off and then you’re stuck with round poly...solstice power, xperience and most solinco strings have shapes that dont wear off too easily


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