Poly recommendation for RF97

#1
Hey all. Just need a quick tension recommendation for a full bed of poly in the RF97. I currently play a gut/poly hybrid where the gut (VS Touch) is in the main @ 57 lbs and poly (RPM Blast) in the cross @ 54 lbs. I am looking to put in a full bed of Hyper G and was wondering what tension I should string it at. Should I string the main and cross at the same tension or have a difference like my gut/poly hybrid? From what I understand the difference in main and cross is to allow for more movement and therefore more spin potential.

I've played the Hyper G before in a Pure Strike 16x19 @ 55 lbs which was ok but it started feeling better after breaking it in. I like the current hybrid setup but just curious how the RF97 would play with a full bed of poly and thus my experiment. Thanks!
 
#2
when i have a 16/19raket pattern i go 2 lbs difference for comfort and control (my personal preference)
i personally would start with 52lbs mains/50lbs crosses
that should be comfortable and not too loose
 
#3
I play with with VS Touch/Kirsch Max power (57/54), VS Touch/RPM Blast (57/54), but mostly full bed RPM Blast 17 at 48-50# without any differential. I really like the full bed RPM option, but when I think I will need more power I switch to hybrid setup. The transition is seemless to me beside additonal juice hybrid gives me.
 

KaiserW

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#4
I play with with VS Touch/Kirsch Max power (57/54), VS Touch/RPM Blast (57/54), but mostly full bed RPM Blast 17 at 48-50# without any differential. I really like the full bed RPM option, but when I think I will need more power I switch to hybrid setup. The transition is seemless to me beside additonal juice hybrid gives me.
I currently play the RF97 with gut/poly but picked up some RPM Blast 18 to try in it. How would you say comfort level is compared to gut/poly? Looking for more control than gut/poly as I feel I have to hold back some on my strokes with my forehand especially.
 
#5
I currently play the RF97 with gut/poly but picked up some RPM Blast 18 to try in it. How would you say comfort level is compared to gut/poly? Looking for more control than gut/poly as I feel I have to hold back some on my strokes with my forehand especially.
Control, comparatively, is superb. I have been using fb RPM Blast almost 90% of the time for the past 6 months, I have no comfort issues or any sort of pain at all, and I am over 50 yo if that helps.
My game has improved since beginning of the year, and I am finding myself using tension closer to 47-48, level of control is that good IMO.
Another note worth mentioning: At lower tensions, I am finding the strings last me three matches, whereas around 50# they lasted barely two. The hybrid option lasts twice as long of course.
 

KaiserW

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#6
Control, comparatively, is superb. I have been using fb RPM Blast almost 90% of the time for the past 6 months, I have no comfort issues or any sort of pain at all, and I am over 50 yo if that helps.
My game has improved since beginning of the year, and I am finding myself using tension closer to 47-48, level of control is that good IMO.
Another note worth mentioning: At lower tensions, I am finding the strings last me three matches, whereas around 50# they lasted barely two. The hybrid option lasts twice as long of course.
Thanks, are you breaking them that fast or cutting out? If cutting out why such short life.

Going to string at 52 lbs since 18g.
 
#8
RF97 is pretty stiff so you don't need to go too crazy on the string tension. Just depends on your strokes and what your arm can take but 45-50 is a good starting point.

One thing I've always like about the RF97, when switching back to it from a lighter racket, is the extra pocketing you get on the strings as the heavier racket plows through and stretches the string bed. On my lighter, more flex racket that feeling gets blended a bit.
 
#9
I've been stringing my RF97 at 54# poly in the mains, 58# OGSM in the crosses. Been happy with it, but certainly feels pretty lifeless right now. Not enough to make me change it out now, probably about 8-10 hours in. Gonna wait another 1-2 weeks to restring.
 
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