RF97 -- string tensions and why??

djkahn86

Rookie
I have been tinkering with my strings for months on this stick..still have not decided on the proper tension...

been using polys and trying to keep them strung low but i lose control b/c the stick brings alot of plow thru...
have tried gut main/poly crosses but felt like i was not getting enough spin.....

now i thinking a low powered poly.. strung in the mid 50s (55-57)

anyone do this already and with what strings.....

I want to be able to swing out with this stick and not hold back.... sick of my balls sailing long....thinking hyper -g 56/52lbs...... currently using ytex quadrotwist 52/50
 

coloskier

Legend
I have been tinkering with my strings for months on this stick..still have not decided on the proper tension...

been using polys and trying to keep them strung low but i lose control b/c the stick brings alot of plow thru...
have tried gut main/poly crosses but felt like i was not getting enough spin.....

now i thinking a low powered poly.. strung in the mid 50s (55-57)

anyone do this already and with what strings.....

I want to be able to swing out with this stick and not hold back.... sick of my balls sailing long....thinking hyper -g 56/52lbs...... currently using ytex quadrotwist 52/50
From my experience anything much over 52# and you lose the ball pocketing effect and the racket turns into a paddle. And playing all poly at tensions above 55 will make it even more of a paddle.
 

djkahn86

Rookie
i dont want that.... michelle from TW uses hyper-g at 57lbs... to reign in the power of the RF... so that is where i got the idea from


 

Alan_Hill

Rookie
Bro try kevlar main and poly cross. I am on fire with this set up. Plenty of control and ball bite. Exceptional feel. Your racquet has power. Make it more control and feeling.
 

Anton

Legend
I want to be able to swing out with this stick and not hold back.... sick of my balls sailing long....thinking hyper -g 56/52lbs...... currently using ytex quadrotwist 52/50
Sounds like a good plan for what you want...but maybe also consider changing technique to hit with more topspin and whip. RF97 is great for hitting smooth spiny 8/10 ball at low tensions and gut/poly , you just have to stop trying to flat-blast the balls, relax, rotate into the shot while keeping the wrist relaxed and let the racket easy-whip from under the ball. Playing like this will let you use looser, more comfortable stringed with low tension poly or gut/poly, I think it's more efficient way to play.
 

SeeItHitIt

Professional
Have run Revolve 16 & 17 strung at 55#. Very comfortable and playable (plenty of power and control). Same with Cyclone - have 16g orange on there now, and two weeks into the string job (only maybe 8 hours on the string) it's settled to around 51#...at this tension the frame can still launch the ball if you don't do your part.
 

KaiserW

Hall of Fame
Honestly I don't think a 4 lb increase in tension will help with balls sailing long. Another lower powered poly would probably help more, never heard of hyper g. Is it is supposed to be low powered? I find Yonex Poly Tour Pro low powered you might want to give that a try if you have not already. It is a very powerful stick and I also feel I need to be careful not to hit long sometimes. I am using gut/poly though which should be a lot more powerful than full poly. When I get a chance I am going to try a full poly setup, just tough now that it is indoor season and only play once a week usually. Don't really want to experiment in matches so I may wait until spring.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
I run mine low at 39# on a 3.0. But I'm a big guy with huge fast strokes. Still, I would keep it as far south of fifty as you dare for pocketing and control. Pht Is TWs highest rated string for control at 97. I agree and use it exclusively in the mains.

thanks,, i have some PHT.. wonder if its low powered enough.... thanks for the feedback
 

Taveren

Professional
I used blackfire/scorpion cross at 55/52 and got a good control setup with my RF97 but so far the best I have tried is kevlar/zyex at 60/45 which brings control and very easy access to spin with the expense of loosing feel
 

Dominic

Semi-Pro
I have been tinkering with my strings for months on this stick..still have not decided on the proper tension...

been using polys and trying to keep them strung low but i lose control b/c the stick brings alot of plow thru...
have tried gut main/poly crosses but felt like i was not getting enough spin.....

now i thinking a low powered poly.. strung in the mid 50s (55-57)

anyone do this already and with what strings.....

I want to be able to swing out with this stick and not hold back.... sick of my balls sailing long....thinking hyper -g 56/52lbs...... currently using ytex quadrotwist 52/50
I use Solinco Tour Bite 16l @ 52 lbs. I feel the low 50's suits a stiffish poly like STB. I note you have quadrotwist at 52/50. I have hit with Quadrotwist (great string) just this is what id call a very soft poly, with plenty pop. For me, to much power on the RF97. Id string Quadro Twist at 55-58lbs, to tame the RF97 power. Try STB, adds great control to the awsome power of the RF97
 

Adam1985

New User
I have used three set ups:

- Head Hawk @ 55 (great control, but bad for my arm)
- NRG2 @ 55 (comfortable, but rocket launcher)
- Gut/poly @ 57/54 (comfortable, pretty good control, but still hit more long than I'd like)

Gonna keep experimenting. The gut/poly is the best so far, but expensive...
 

darklore009

Hall of Fame
luxilon 4g works very well with the racket. I tried this one a demo racket and couldnt tell how much tension it had.
 
I use a full bed of Volkl cyclone 18 at 47lbs and love the feel!!! I was getting slight tennis elbow at higher tensions and lower the tension sub-50. I might try 45lbs next string job. Excellent ball pocketing and no real control loss.
 
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