Steve Johnson string change?

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Anybody catch that comment during his match with Bautista Agut yesterday at Indian Wells? He was apparently having some arm issues and his coach had him switch to a different string, but they didn't identify the old stuff or his new setup. Whoever was in the booth added that after the switch, his ailments disappeared and he promptly won an event - could be the indoor tourney he won in Dallas in early Feb.

I suppose this isn't the sort of press that his old string supplier would want to get out, but it was certainly interesting. We often talk about the potential links between string type/tension and arm problems around here and this looks to be one of those stories that happened to somebody outside the realm of mere mortals.

I'd love to know if Steve merely switched poly brands (for ex.) or maybe went to a completely new string type.

Edit: Sorry if this belongs in the section for Pro's Racquets and Gear. I was stuck in string mode...
 
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ls206

Professional
Interested to know the answer too. Was the whole bed strung with the same string?

Most plausible has got to be that he switched the mains for gut right?
 

donnygg

Rookie
As of US Open 2012, Steve Johnson was using AeroStorm with Polystar energy/Nat gut, both 16g, 49/47lb. I was sitting next to his coach with his racquet in the plastic bag. Dunno about his new stuff.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
As of US Open 2012, Steve Johnson was using AeroStorm with Polystar energy/Nat gut, both 16g, 49/47lb. I was sitting next to his coach with his racquet in the plastic bag. Dunno about his new stuff.
like polystar energy doen't have enough power , he has to cross it with natural gut ?
 

uk_skippy

Hall of Fame
At Nottingham grass challenges last year he using ALU Rough/Natural gut at 23kg/22kgs with 10% prestretch on gut.

Regards

paul
 

arche3

Banned
I'm sure it was bad technique and had nothing to do the poly strings and stiff babolat racquets (see below)...
Lol. There are ttw members who say it is technique always. Not possible to get injury from poly if your skills are good enough.
 

anubis

Hall of Fame
I heard that comment too. I'm a big fan of Stevie J! If he was using a poly/gut hybrid, then I'd bet that his coaches told him to reverse that setup. Gut in the crosses is just a waste.
 

RetroSpin

Hall of Fame
Lol. There are ttw members who say it is technique always. Not possible to get injury from poly if your skills are good enough.
I've said that technique is often a factor in injuries, particularly TE. Anybody here really doubt that?

TE was a problem when people played with wood racquets. Their stiffness was probably in the 40's.

I don't recall anyone saying you couldn't get injured if your technique was good. Usually, however, those are overuse issues. No doubt poly and stiff frames can contribute to that.
 

arche3

Banned
Given polys are super stiff.

I think for old people its just age. For pros its overuse. For hacks its technique. Generally. But old hacks its double whammy. Lol.

I fall into old category plus semi hackish. Lol.

But same player using poly will be more prone to tennis elbow than if he used gut. For example. There is a direct relationship of stiffness and injuries.
 
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