PS RF 97 (2017) String

#1
I want to know what strings you use in your PS RF 97, the black version, I used Rs Lyon at 50 and didn't liked, poor control, and Max Power at the same tension, very very stiff and low powered. Please, let me know your string setup, and how it works for you.
 

IowaGuy

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Mains: Pacific Tough Gut 16L (1.30)

Crosses: MaxPower 1.30

Takes couple hours to break in, then plays well for 20+ hours with my moderate spin/power strokes.
 

IowaGuy

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#6
How good is the durability and tension maintenance of the pacific gut compared to a poly if i break Rs Lyon in 8 hours?
When you break Lyon, is it because the crosses are sawing off the mains? Or does it break in some other fashion?

Pacific Gut tension maintenance: fantastic, TW says ~16% and this seems reasonable to my experience with the string.

Durability: seems to resist sawing from crosses very well (over 20 hours), given that I'm in my 40's and hit moderate spin/pace. Takes a few hours of hitting to start seeing even a slight bit of fraying.
 
#9
Keep in mind I'm a string breaker, hit a heavy ball, tons of top spin, powerful serve.

I've been experimenting with strings lately and have found what works for me quite well.

All tensions are 59 mains / 56 crosses.
Klip Legend 16 SG mains / Cream 17: I break the cream in under 2 hours.
Klip Legend 16 SG mains / Cream 16: good feel.
Klip Legend 16 SG mains / Tourna Silver 17: great combination.
Klip Legend 16 SG mains / Tourna Silver 16: great combination as well.
Head Velocity / Cream 16: this one plays good, not my favorite.
OSGM sg mains / Cream 16: this is my current setup in racket #1 and I absolutely love it. I'm testing out the Cream 16, and if it lasts m about 15 hours, I'll restring with it. If it breaks within 2 hours like the Cream 17, never stringing with it again.
OSGM sg mains / Tourna Silver 16: this is my current setup in racket #2 and I absolutely love it.

These are just the last few setups that I've tried. I'm stayin

I have a few sets of Babolat SG to try out but will most likely post pone this to later this year.

Can't beat the value for the buck on the OSGM SG/Tourna Silver, something like $5 per racket.

Once I get through a few more sets of the OSGM SG, I will try out the Tourna Syn Gut as I really like their specs, and at $1.85/set! Even if the setup for $5 lasts me 10 hours, since I string myself, I should be OK with that.
 
#10
If you break poly that fast I don't think you are a good candidate for gut/poly. Would be crazy expensive for you.
I have yet to break gut. I typically cut it out at the 25 hour mark, although the Klipp Legen did last me about 34 hours before it became unplayable due to string movement. I break the crosses and have restrung just the crosses at least 2 additional times while keeping the mains intact (I know, its frowned upon here).
 
#11
I have yet to break gut. I typically cut it out at the 25 hour mark, although the Klipp Legen did last me about 34 hours before it became unplayable due to string movement. I break the crosses and have restrung just the crosses at least 2 additional times while keeping the mains intact (I know, its frowned upon here).
Interesting I always break the gut first.
 
#13
Favorite due to low $$$, or favorite due to spin/control/feel, etc?
Keep in mind that I broke the Cream 17 in the mains after 2 hours in my Klip Legend NG mains/Cream crosses setup. I'm giving the 16 gauge a try, and if it last significantly longer, I'll be better able to comment on the 17 gauge.

The OSGM sg mains with either cream or Tourna silver 17 crosses plays really really well for me. The SG tends to move around a bit after 10 hours, but I'm a big hitter w/heavy top spin. The spin that I'm able to generate is great, but I've never had a problem with spin. The control allows me precision in moving the ball and painting the lines from side to side. The feel is easy on the wrist and elbow as compared to when I play with a full bed poly.

I have the OSGM / Tourna Silver in my PS97A, PS90, and PS85. Even though the launch angles differ slightly on each racket, since the strings are a constant, each one plays almost identical.

The $$$ savings is great too as it used to cost me $17.50/racket for labor, + cost of strings, I was usually out anywhere from $25-40 per racket. Keeping it to ~$5 in strings per racket, I can play with a fresh set more often.
 
#17
How is the durability and tension maintenance of those setups? Which do you like more?
The Tonic/ 4g is stiffer and tension maintenance seems better with the 4g. Tonic/ Revolve is softer, more powerful and plush.
Durability seems to be better with Tonic/ Revolve which is enough for me to keep playing with it. Saves some money as well.
Strung the PS97 with full bed Velocity yesterday and it was awesome. Hoping that is the case with the RF97 as well.
 
#18
For full bed, Cyclone 18L or 19g. Lasts 5-8 hrs on average depending on type of play for doubles.
Gut/poly is also very nice. I use it for singles mostly. I like the feel of Klip uncoated (Legend or the newer Guru) but coated gut is better for spin and maintains playability longer.
For crosses, I like the Cyclone but that breaks the gut in under 3hrs in heavy hitting singles. I played with smooth polys, which last up to 200% longer, but most of them lose elasticity so quickly, it's not useful as game day set up but works as regular hitting combo.
 
#19
I am always experimenting, but lately I have been rocking Tecnifibre Black Code 4S in the mains @ 54 and Yonex Poly Tour Spin G @ 51 in the crosses. I did just recently string up one of my racquets with Babolat Vs Touch (Black) in the mains @ 58lbs with 20% pre-stretch and Yonex Poly Tour Spin G @ 52 in the crosses which I hit with once and enjoyed.
 
#22
I've tried it at 56# in the RF97 - Laver Red version..
absolutely love it!..
my usual set-up for the RF97 is Champions Choice.. Gut n Alu Power Rough.
 
#23
Champions choice or VS Gut/RPM Hybrid at 58/56 gut in the mains
Poly Tour Pro 1.25 57/57 or 56/56

I have tried lower tensions but found the ball to balloon long at anything below 55 even with poly, that could be down to lack of racket head speed on my part as the racket is extremely heavy compared to others on the market.
 
#24
Champions choice or VS Gut/RPM Hybrid at 58/56 gut in the mains
Poly Tour Pro 1.25 57/57 or 56/56

I have tried lower tensions but found the ball to balloon long at anything below 55 even with poly, that could be down to lack of racket head speed on my part as the racket is extremely heavy compared to others on the market.
Personal Preference/ RF97 ( Black)
VS Touch 1.30/Lux 4g
57/54-59/56
 
#25
VS Tonic 1.30/Lux 4g 1.25. 57/54. $28

VS Tonic 1.30/ Wilson Revolve 1.25. 57/54. $23
These are great combos. I like the finished tension to be 56# (after hitting with it for an hour), so have been stringing the gut at 61#/5% pre for the center six mains, then 59#. 4g in this combo is more comfortable that I ever thought it could be. Other worthwhile cross is Hawk 1.25 - it’s as slick as Revolve and a bit firmer, but doesn’t dent like 4g so plays a little longer for me. Alu Power is great for 2 hours as noted (in about any frame), but gut/poly wins all around.
 
#26
OSGM sg mains / Tourna Silver 16: this is my current setup in racket #2 and I absolutely love it.

Can't beat the value for the buck on the OSGM SG/Tourna Silver, something like $5 per racket.
I agree 100%! I use OGSM mains and Luxilon Timo crosses. As a string bed, I find it is predictable, spin friendly, has great control and feels great. I have been looking for a replacement poly since I fear Timo is on the way out. I will have to give Tourna Silver a try.
 
#27
I agree 100%! I use OGSM mains and Luxilon Timo crosses. As a string bed, I find it is predictable, spin friendly, has great control and feels great. I have been looking for a replacement poly since I fear Timo is on the way out. I will have to give Tourna Silver a try.
OGSM 1.30/Vel 1.30
54/52-55/53.
*great set up for the winter.
 
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