Recommendations needed for a low powered, non-poly string

Hi I'm Ray

Professional
Recommendations needed for a low powered, non-poly string. This is for a friend who needs to tone down the power of a high powered OS racket which he's not going to switch away from. Its currently got the thick Wilson factory syn gut in it and feels super tight. Its already so stiff that after trying it for an hour, my APDGT's felt very flexible in comparison(!) so a stiff string isn't going to work. He's also not a string breaker but does hit fairly hard (flat). Thanks for any input!
 
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anubis

Hall of Fame
The most low powered strings of any construction are going to be the stiffest strings. The stiffest nylons are things like:

Wilson Red Alert
Gamma Syn Gut 16
Prince original syn gut
Gosen OG Sheep Micro
Head FXP Power
Wilson Stamina
Forten Sweet


Any multi will be more powerful (generally) than any plain-jane nylon. If you want low power, you're better off with plain nylon.
 

Frankc

Professional
Agreed on MCS - tight yet ball pockets in a 90, 18X20 frame... wears fine with stable playability for this flattish hitter...
 

000KFACTOR90000

Professional
This is a good choice. Other good ones:

Mantis Comfort Synthetic (if not a string breaker)
Isospeed Control Classic
Genesis Thunder Blast

have you tried the pro's pro claycourt plus mikeler ? i was looking at it as a replacement for rip control. not sure.
 

Muppet

Legend
Gamma Revelation is a firm, low powered multi. The 17g is 1.27mm and it has zyex in it. It's worth a try.
 
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mrmike

Semi-Pro
The most low powered strings of any construction are going to be the stiffest strings. The stiffest nylons are things like:

Wilson Red Alert
Gamma Syn Gut 16
Prince original syn gut
Gosen OG Sheep Micro
Head FXP Power
Wilson Stamina
Forten Sweet


Any multi will be more powerful (generally) than any plain-jane nylon. If you want low power, you're better off with plain nylon.

RIP control is an exception to this rule. It's definitely unique. If you look at the 2012 RSI string stiffness numbers, RIP 17 is a 178, which is in the multi range, yet its pretty dead. For instance, biphase 17 is a 192, yet is way more springy. You really have to play test them, that's the best bet.
 

Hi I'm Ray

Professional
Thanks for the replies. Looks like RIP Control is recommended the most, with MCS probably the 2nd choice. It needs to be lowered powered than the factory strung syn gut to make a difference - the high powered racket is magnifying his errors, though he actually has pretty decent control.

I've heard RIP Control has a love it or hate it feel/response. I saw this on another thread:
The first thing that came to mind to solve that conundrum was RC, because It's fairly stiff as multis go, so it's fairly low powered, but it has has a very unique, damp, muted, sort of muffled feel to it. That damp feel is pretty good on sensitive arms.
Is that generally how you guys would describe it?
 
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TheRed

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the replies. Looks like RIP Control is recommended the most, with MCS probably the 2nd choice. It needs to be lowered powered than the factory strung syn gut to make a difference - the high powered racket is magnifying his errors, though he actually has pretty decent control.

I've heard RIP Control has a love it or hate it feel/response. I saw this on another thread:

Is that generally how you guys would describe it?

I wouldn't even consider RC stiff for a multi. Somewhere in the middle. It's stiff for the 1st hour and then plateaus. The other strange but good thing is that tension loss is not linear. It has a noticeable initial tension loss and then stays very stable until about an hour before it snaps.
Mikeler and others have commented that it lacks control. If you hit with spin then I don't know if it matters. If you're a flat hitter, RC does mess with your directional control. I would say it's lowered powered than many syn guts.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Others have commented that RIP Control 17g plays much better than the 16g version but I have not tried the 17g yet. RIP Control 16g is really in a class of its own. It has the most spin of any multi on the market and feels very dead. Serves, overheads and volleys feel very solid with it. On ground strokes, I had to hit loopy topspin balls otherwise my shots would go long which really reduced the confidence in my game to go for winners. It felt like a stiffer multi to my aging elbow.
 

hmd

New User
I had Rip Control 16 at 60lbs in Pro Open and it was VERY low power. This leads to the obvious of getting him to string it on the high side of the recommended tension for his stick.
 

gameboy

Hall of Fame
Just stringing it with higher tension is going to result in more difference of power than going from one multi to another.
 

Rjtennis

Hall of Fame
I fourth, fifth, sixth RIP Control. What about FXP Tour. I've never played with it but I have a friend who switched from RIP. Not sure if they are at all similar but isn't it supposed to by a "hybrid" multi.
 

fortun8son

Hall of Fame
It depends which way you string the hybrid. With RIP Control in the mains, it really feels like RIP Control "lite".
I don't wish to contradict the Multi-Master, but RIP Tour is not the same as RIP Control.
The core construction is different.
Livelier than RIP Control, but not as much as RIP Power(Intellistring mains, same RIP Feel cross)
It may be RC Lite, but I have a client that thinks Intellitour's the Holy Grail for his Prestige Pro.
FWIW Intellistring is awesome on Head Racquetball frames and those big ol' Intelligence S-racquets.
 
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mikeler

Moderator
I don't wish to contradict the Multi-Master, but RIP Tour is not the same as RIP Control.
The core construction is different.
Livelier than RIP Control, but not as much as RIP Power(Intellistring mains, same RIP Feel cross)
It may be RC Lite, but I have a client that thinks Intellitour's the Holy Grail for his Prestige Pro.
FWIW Intellistring is awesome on Head Racquetball frames and those big ol' Intelligence S-racquets.

The RIP Tour in the mains really dominates the setup and makes it feel like RIP Control. I've not tried RIP Feel as a main but I'm sure it would make it play less like RIP Control since it is more of a standard multi.
 

fortun8son

Hall of Fame
RIP Feel is all ribbon and no core.
It was never intended as a main.
It might not even last as long in the mains as MCS. :)

There was a RIP Feel thread a while back.
AFIK the only way to get a quantity is in a reel of Intellitour/Intellistring(not for sale in the US).
Some say that the white RIP Feel plays different than the gold, btw.
 
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mikeler

Moderator
RIP Feel is all ribbon and no core.
It was never intended as a main.
It might not even last as long in the mains as MCS. :)

There was a RIP Feel thread a while back.
AFIK the only way to get a quantity is in a reel of Intellitour/Intellistring(not for sale in the US).
Some say that the white RIP Feel plays different than the gold, btw.

It probably would not be very durable for me.
 
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