Rip Control and Spin???

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Zakquis, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Zakquis

    Zakquis New User

    Sep 3, 2010
    I have read numerous posts and threads describing Head Rip Control as a soft arm friendly multifilament that also provides excellent access to spin, as well as being one of the few multis that does not move.

    My experience with Head Rip Control has been the complete opposite. I have strung it in an array of setups from with tensions ranging from 45lbs to 55lbs, full bed, hybrid (as a cross with Kevlar mains, as mains with Gosen Polylon crosses, and as mains with Gosen Micro crosses); and no matter the setup or tension I get jacked up movement, no EASY access to spin beyond what I produce myself, and a numb mushy response.

    However, I have seen a couple of geezers with Rip Control laced up full bed in Prestige Mids and Exo3 Tours (16X18) and the strings look straight and unfettered even after hitting those pressure-less bricks fed from the a ball machine.

    Am I missing something? Does Rip Control only perform as raved about in tensions in the 57lbs+ range?
  2. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    I have it at mid tension 60lbs on my Bio 300T and it plays really good. Tried NXT, NRG2 on that stick and the Rip was the best for me. Good spin for the average player.
  3. slowfox

    slowfox Professional

    Oct 3, 2011
    RIP seems to be a "love it or hate it" kind of string. I'm in the camp with Zak. I just thought the strings felt mushy and not especially spinny. But if someone can shed some light, I'd give it another try.
  4. t135

    t135 Professional

    Sep 1, 2009
    I used it at 45 and got the standard result. I liked the 17 better than the 16. Better power and spin

    I thought mushy=comfy?
  5. Say Chi Sin Lo

    Say Chi Sin Lo G.O.A.T.

    Aug 30, 2005
    I used to use it because it approaches the comfort of the premium multi (NRG2 for example), but with twice the durability and at half the cost.

    Also, it holds tension well.

    As for the spin, don't buy into that marketing texture/ripple crap. Because the texture rubs off after 30mins or so. Then it's just your usual round multis at the sweetspot.

    I've moved onto natural gut. But if for some reason gut becomes unavailable, I would be perfectly happy to go back to RIP without much thought. I'll also add that the original gold version plays the best for me.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2013
  6. Ramon

    Ramon Hall of Fame

    Sep 4, 2011
    You need to be specific about the gauge and tension of your setup. I only use 16g because I need the extra durability. I've heard the 17g has better feel but moves more. 16g doesn't move much and produces very good spin if it is strung in the high 50's.

    Let me elaborate on string tension. If you take your racquet to a typical sporting goods store and ask for 60 lbs, you might actually get one strung in the mid-to-high 40's. They usually try to get as many racquets strung as possible in the least amount of time. When I say high 50's, I mean tension that is truly in the 55-60 range. I string my own racquets and use RacquetTune to verify tension.

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