PDR 2012 - overpowered

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Veninga, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Veninga

    Veninga Rookie

    Sep 18, 2011
    Hi there,

    Got the chance to hit two matches with this black side of power.

    And power it is. In comparison with the former edition: even more power, more spin, more control and less swingweight, so more easy to handle. Seriously thinking to swith from my bio 400 and bio 200 max to this one.

    One minor downside. It has 2 much power for me. I hit with lot of spin and have a medium-long swing, but I swing fast (according to my pro teacher). As a result I had to change my swing, I had to use only 30 procent of my backswing (see it as 30 procent corner as well) and slow the speed a bit down. If i did this correctly I had very heavy spin balls, making lot of free points.

    Under pressure I am used to use my own swingstyle, as a result balls were flying to the moon and I lost some games.

    My question: what can I do to:

    - depower the black beauty a bit?
    --- using a less power string with more kg?

    - or make it even more spinnier?
    --- different string?
    --- or use some lead tape at 12 o clock?

    At the moment it is already strung with a Signum Pro at 25 kg.. (poly).

    Any tips are welcome, thanks.

  2. fortun8son

    fortun8son Hall of Fame

    Apr 27, 2011
    The Desert
    Is this a string question?
  3. Hi I'm Ray

    Hi I'm Ray Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2010
    Well I really don't get all the threads & posts about "taming" the power of the PD/PDR. It's such a stiff frame and not likely good for the arm, so if its too powerful, why go for such a stiff frame in the first place instead of something more arm friendly or with more feel?

    I didn't have a problem hitting as hard as I could consistently and controlling the ball with this frame. Perhaps you just need some time to adjust to it. Aim shorter in the court while putting more spin on it

    Anyways, to answer the original question, a thicker gauge string will decrease the power a bit. I tried this frame w/full poly at midrange and in the mid 40's - the lower tension actually felt better and easier to control. You could try that out if you haven't already.
  4. serveitup911

    serveitup911 Semi-Pro

    Feb 13, 2006
    I am trying out the PDR+, and have found Solinco Tour Bite to be the best string for it. Low tensions work well for it. Go with the 1.30mm at 23kg mains/ 24kg crosses. Crosses tighter than mains helps a bit with control and stops the frame from compressing. The PDR is a fun racquet to play with.
  5. kiteboard

    kiteboard Legend

    Jun 18, 2009
    tour bite 18g/cylcone 18g.
  6. sundaypunch

    sundaypunch Hall of Fame

    May 17, 2011
    I suspect that he will still be launching the ball with this setup. I agree with Ray that he will probably end up with a different racquet.
  7. Veninga

    Veninga Rookie

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mine has been strung with a Poly at 25kg, so not much margin with going to different rackets.

    Should focus more on other rackets, with a bit more flex, thinner beam and lower power. Like BIO 400 or V Core 100.

  8. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Jan 1, 2011
    Some of the worst poly>racquet suggestions I have ever seen in this thread.

    TourBite 18 is very powerful. Cyclone 18 is absurdly fragile, particularly at the tensions that you'll need to string it at in a PDR. Just the worse combination of strings and racquets you could possibly have.

    Full bed TourBite 16 is stiff as hell and with a racquet as stiff as the PDR, you had better make sure you have the phone number of a physio at hand.

    I'd suggest trying something like Silverstring in a gauge of your choice. It's low powered, control orientated, comparatively comfortable, and will help tame that PDR.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012
  9. tlm

    tlm Legend

    Jul 21, 2004
    To me all pure drives are way to powerful.
  10. purple-n-gold

    purple-n-gold Hall of Fame

    Jan 12, 2008
    Down East
    my fav set-up with the pure drive:

    leather grip and 5g of lead @ 12

    ashaway kevlar 16g main and poly cross
  11. Veninga

    Veninga Rookie

    Sep 18, 2011
    thanks everybody. Above seems most logic to me. To de-power you need a very control orientated poly/multi/hybrid with some more kg' than avarage (without too much of course because of the stiffness).

    Cant find Silverstring in my Area. What would alternatives, for example of Wilson? Thanks.
  12. Cfidave

    Cfidave Professional

    Apr 4, 2004
    The new Lux 4G would be a good match for that racquet, provided you keep the tension fairly low. See the reviews, first stickey under " strings " I found 4G to be very control oriented, and on the soft side for a poly. Very solid feeling string, would give decent spin, and provide good controllable power in the PDR given the fairly open stringbed. Should be avialable very soon.
  13. neil1b

    neil1b Rookie

    Apr 25, 2010
    The new luxilon 4 g is terrible in the roddick plus. I have three of these racquets and have been experimenting with all kinds of polys and hybrids. For all of those who think this is bad on your arm and stiff........ You must have medical issues and should probably be playing with a pro kennex, or prince tour. For all of you with normal no injured arms, it is a dream.

    I don't know why anyone would want to "tame" the racquet. If you have to do that, than its the wrong racquet for you. This racquet takes a good two to three months to get comfortable with especially for touch shots, but when you do it is wonderful.

    String is all a personal preference but I have found for me 57 lbs to be the ideal mix. Sure, lower will give you more pop on serves, but this tension gives me the best of all. I have tried all the polys and believe it or not 17 gauge SOLINCO outlast is what I love.

    Babolat hurricane tour is a great second choice. Rpm blast is junk, it too soft and breaks quickly. Hybrids are ok, cyclone 17g and babolat excel is the best I have used if you want a bit softer feeling, but I like the full poly.

    Multi in the racquet??? You should be placed in jail if you do that.

    This racquet is for the big server, big baselines who is aggressive and likes to go for his shots. It's not a serve and volley racquet and is not the best for doubles.

    It's a singles racquet and what a beast it is.
  14. smirker

    smirker Hall of Fame

    Sep 15, 2007
    Cambridge UK
    The Yonex poly's work very well in my "standard" pd which is heavier than the PDR anyway. Either the blue spin string or the yellow Pro Tour at mid 40's. A perfect marriage of power/spin. About to try a hybrid of the two.
  15. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

    Aug 30, 2010
    I use RIP Control at a lower tension that most people in my PDRGT+'s and I find it comfortable and controllable. It really depends on your swing speed however!


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