RF97 Autograph @60lbs on mains anyone???

pico

Semi-Pro
Hey guys. I recently purchased the black matte RF97 Autograph. I strung it with the Volkl Psycho hybrid (Volkl Cyclone on mains at 58lbs and Volkl Power Fiber on crosses at 55lbs). This is one powerful racquet. I am over-hitting a lot with it. I have the same setup on my Yonex Duel G 97 330g and like hitting with it better since I don't overhit and just feel more in control. I am thinking of stringing my RF97 Autograph at 60lbs on mains and 58lbs on crosses. Anyone go this high on tension with it?
 

johnwah

Rookie
im at 62! i just kept creeping up higher and higher... i think thats the max for me though.. its getting a little too stiff now... but strings lose their tension on this racquet after an hour of hitting..
 

CopolyX

Hall of Fame
hey I guess if it works right but good luck with those arms, wrists and shoulders ...
I stay under 52 on all copolys.
Plus topspin is key, naturally it will pull the ball in ( and keeping it high over the net) other that cranking the tension up high...

If you are flat hitter, be open to a dense pattern..
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Played a good bit at 58/55 with VS Tonic 1.30/Luxilon 4g 1.25. Haven’t ventured above 52 with all poly in the RF97. Starts to feel like a pickle ball racquet.
Try the same string in the mains and crosses at 55 and that should resolve the control issues as long as you are hitting the ball early. No substitute for early with the RF97.
 
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Crocodile

Legend
It's an interesting situation. Yes the RF is heavy and has a relatively high swingweight so it's going to be powerful for anyone who can swing it. Factor in the 68 RA, open string pattern and 21.5mm beam and the power is further validated.
That being said you will need to experiment with it. I'm thinking that 60lbs in a polyester is going to be tough on your arm, maybe you might need to go hybrid.
I'm going to say that your Yonex is going to be a better fit for your game. Also lately I've noticed a bit of a swing back towards more flexible frames with beefy seingweights, so maybe you might want to test those as well.
 

merwy

Legend
If you keep overhitting, it wouldn't be a bad idea to work on your technique a bit as well. Play with more topspin, hit more over the ball. You'll get used to it. Messing around with equipment helps to a certain extent but it doesn't solve everything.
 

joshtige600

New User
I didn't get 'locked in' on serve until I went up to 62 on nat gut mains and ~59 on poly crosses (Cyclone tour 18). Still not as much control on serve as I had with PS90, but duh. The Angell 97 gives me similar performance at lower tensions. Better control, less stability.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
I found 58+ too boardy I got to 60lb but ended up at 58lb. If I restrung more regularly I would go lower, maybe 56 but find 58 is bit tight for first hour or so then feels OK 60lb just feels tight as in a copolymer But personal preference Only way to tell is try.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
I found 58+ too boardy I got to 60lb but ended up at 58lb. If I restrung more regularly I would go lower, maybe 56 but find 58 is bit tight for first hour or so then feels OK 60lb just feels tight as in a copolymer But personal preference Only way to tell is try.
 

Dominic

Semi-Pro
Hi Pico. I used to play with the RF97 and would say - yes - any Hybrid in the RF97 , responded well to tighter tensions.
I would get the Mains up to 65lbs. Ramp up the tension is 2-3lb increments until you find the winning setup.
 

gmatheis

Hall of Fame
currently stringing Hyper-G at 54/52 in my RF97A's

Only down side is that I want a black and green blade bag to go with them :)
 

Karma Tennis

Hall of Fame
Tailweighted PS97CV, no probs with Volkl Cyclone 16 Anthracite at 64/64. Comfort fine, control great, but I little bit underpowered for my liking.

Yes I know its a PS97CV NOT an RF97A! But if the PS97CV can handle those tensions, the stiffer RF97A will easily but perhaps won't be as comfortable.
 
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