Kevlar - Is it really BAD?

cheecl

New User
I've read many times on this forum that kevlar strings are bad for the arm. Please share your experiences on this. Are there any out there that have used kevlar on a prolonged basis without impact to the arm. Would also appreciate any advice on how to minimise the effect of using kevlar :?: strings.
 

theace21

Hall of Fame
Many people think that kevlar and poly's are hard on the arm. You can hybrid both with a syn gut and that will reduce the potenial problem. Some people swear by poly's - and have never had any arm related problems. I used them last summer and after several hard days of play my arm was fatigued. I have since stayed away from them.

Why do you feel the need for kevlar strings?
 

cervelo

Rookie
Been using Forten Kevlar and Gamma Power Play 18 for years. I don't suspect I've had any more arm/shoulder problems than anyone else. I like Kevlar because it feels like it "bites" the ball a little more- also, I can exaggerate my extension to the target without fear of sending missiles into the curtain. The biggest drawback for me is that it takes a little off the serve- so I try to place the ball more than power it up.

I will switch to a synthetic or poly-, maybe twice a year- mostly just to try something different or, if I'm a little banged up, for fear of injury.

And I agree with v_t_m about the 18g kevlar- thinner kevlar has a nice bite to it.
 

cheecl

New User
theace21 said:
Many people think that kevlar and poly's are hard on the arm. You can hybrid both with a syn gut and that will reduce the potenial problem. Some people swear by poly's - and have never had any arm related problems. I used them last summer and after several hard days of play my arm was fatigued. I have since stayed away from them.

Why do you feel the need for kevlar strings?
I have 2 sons that play competitive tennis. The older one (15) is using poly's with his LM Prestige. He has no problem with the poly's. I guess because of his style of play and the string pattern of the LM Prestige.

The other (13) is using Forten Aramid Gear with his Prince DB850. He is a lefty with extreme western grip. He is now waiting for the arrival of the O3 Tour in mid-July. From what I've read, the O3 Tour chews up strings.

I tried stringing poly's with the DB850 but they only last for about 2 hours of play because of the style of play(extreme spin).
 

hummer23

Hall of Fame
kevlar is awsome fora duarbility string and its very solid to play with. a goof reind of mine broke syn gut in one hour, luxilon big banger in 2 hours, so he turned to prince pro blend, which lasted him 5-6 hours on a regular basis. now that i string for him, we've swtiched toa combo of prince synthetic gut crosses, and ashaway kevlar 16 mains. ashaway kevlar is much more soft and forgiving than the prince kevlar, as both cross strings are teh same, i can compare the two. i love the feel of the ashaway kevlar its solid and the tension lasts a long time, as do the strings. its a great combo. if durability is the goal, kevlar is great.
 
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