Top 5 spinniest strings

List your top 5 strings based on spin potential.

1. Volkl cyclone tour 16

2. Volkl cyclone 16

3. Gamma moto 16

4. Volkl v-torque

5. Babolat RPM Blast 16


I'm goingtrying out solinco tour bite 16 soft and vokl cyclone 18 soft. They should easily replace rpm blast as I think there spin is extremely overrated due to marketing.
 

Ennismt

Rookie
Of the strings I've tried:

1 - Tour Bite 17
2 - Poly Star Turbo
3 - Klip Legend Gut 16/ALU Power
4 - RPM Blast
5 - Lux ALU Rough

Tough to leave off Big Hitter Black 7, but it did not last long.
 

yangster007

Professional
From the ones I've tried, and I haven't tried many because I am not a big fan of shaped polys due to inconsistent feel at times:

1. Tour Bite 19/18/17
2. Luxilon Alu Spin
3. Volkl Cyclone 17
4. Signum Pro Hextreme 17
5. Signum Pro Tornado 17
 
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Maui19

Hall of Fame
1. Tour Bite
2. RPM Blast (while it is new)
3. BH Blue Rough
4. MSV Hepta-Twist
5. Tour Bite Soft
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
List your top 5 strings based on spin potential.

1. Volkl cyclone tour 16

2. Volkl cyclone 16

3. Gamma moto 16

4. Volkl v-torque

5. Babolat RPM Blast 16


I'm goingtrying out solinco tour bite 16 soft and vokl cyclone 18 soft. They should easily replace rpm blast as I think there spin is extremely overrated due to marketing.
I find V-Torque to be significantly spinnier than Cyclone and Cyclone Tour.
 

Samuka

New User
1 - Luxilon Alu Power 1,25
2 - Toalson Devil Spin 1,25
3 - Tour Bite 1,25
4- Tornado 1,23
5 - Ciklone 17

Also Like Babolat Vs Natural Team Gut 1,25 :):):)
 

anubis

Hall of Fame
  1. Solinco Outlast (yeah, for reals)
  2. Solinco Tour Bite
  3. Solinco Revolution
  4. Kirschbaum Pro Line II
  5. Tourna Big Hitter Black 7

obviously i'm partial to Solinco :)
 

mikeler

Moderator
Tier One Fire Wire just moved into first place on the stringforum site:

1. Tier One T1 Firewire 1.30
2. Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25
3. Solinco Tour Bite 17
4. Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25
5. Tier One T1 Firewire 1.20
 

tdhawks

Semi-Pro
Tier One T1 Firewire 1.25
Gamma Zo Verve 1.25
Prince Tour XC 1.27
Tier One Durafluxx 1.23
Volkl Cyclone 1.25

One thing to always remember is each string can and may play different in different racquets.
 
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Jerme

Rookie
Tier One Fire Wire just moved into first place on the stringforum site:

1. Tier One T1 Firewire 1.30
2. Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25
3. Solinco Tour Bite 17
4. Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25
5. Tier One T1 Firewire 1.20
It has 10 ratings so it's not quite so relevant.
 

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
IMO spin strings are just for marketing. A proper technique is required to create spin rather than the string. RF used to have all natural gut racquet-bed before and was still able to create lots of spin.
 

souledge

Semi-Pro
IMO spin strings are just for marketing. A proper technique is required to create spin rather than the string. RF used to have all natural gut racquet-bed before and was still able to create lots of spin.
He instantly created more when he switched to gut / poly......so try again?
 

Micalzon

Rookie
Tier One Fire Wire just moved into first place on the stringforum site:

1. Tier One T1 Firewire 1.30
2. Yonex Poly Tour Spin 1.25
3. Solinco Tour Bite 17
4. Pro Supex Blue Gear 1.25
5. Tier One T1 Firewire 1.20
I was part of the Tier One Firewire playtest and it was the spinniest thing I've ever played with. Didn't pair very well in a hybrid, but even in full bed it was still very comfortable. I'm doing a run through on several other spin friendly strings (just for my own due diligence) but I would put Firewire as my #1.
 

anubis

Hall of Fame
IMO spin strings are just for marketing. A proper technique is required to create spin rather than the string. RF used to have all natural gut racquet-bed before and was still able to create lots of spin.
Topspin is generated by four distinct factors:

1. Technique. This cannot be overstated enough. Proper mechanics, more than anything else, affect spin production. I won't go into all of it because I don't understand it fully myself. However, I'm fairly certain that this is a fact and can be vetted by many other talented coaches both on these boards and in the real world.

2. String pattern. Generally, more open string patterns generate more spin. A 16x19 frame will generate more spin than an 18x20. This does not mean the 18x20 cannot generate much spin, on the contrary: the 18x20 can generate quite a lot of spin (see note #1 above). Be that as it may, with the same strings and technique, a 16x19 will generate a little more spin than the 18x20. Not by leaps and bounds, but there's enough of a delta factor that should influence your decision.

3. Mains string movement. The mains need to snap-back into place quickly in order to maximize spin. This can only be done if there is a low coefficient of friction between the mains and the crosses, and enough room (tension-wise) for the mains to move in the first place.

3a. Coefficient of friction. See this link for more info. Essentially, it is in your best interests to have the cross strings to be as slick as possible in order to maximize spin. The mains should be slick too, but the crosses are more important. As long as the cross strings are very smooth, then the mains will be able to move freely. If the cross strings are rough, then they will lock the mains in place, preventing string movement, inhibiting spin potential.

3b. Tension considerations. If the cross strings are too tight, then they will exert too much force on the mains, which inhibits them from moving. This is irregardless of coefficient of friction. It doesn't matter how slick your strings are: if you take an 18x20 pattern frame and string it full poly @ 65 lbs all the way around, then those mains aren't moving at all. They're so locked in place that your spin production will be negligible. Instead, for tight 18x20 patterns string the crosses 3 lbs (or 1 kg) looser than crosses. For open string patterns such as 16x19, 2 lbs looser should be sufficient. For "spin" technology frames such as 18x16, 16x15, etc., string mains and crosses @ the same tension.

4. Strings: Poly vs. nylon vs. gut. Just because you've got a smooth poly in the crosses doesn't mean you can put a synthetic gut (nylon) in the mains and expect crazy spin, because you won't. Nylon doesn't "snap back" like poly does. The strings will be moved out of place upon ball impact, but the strings aren't going to force themselves to "snap back" to their original positions before the ball leaves the string bed. They will after the ball leaves, but that is after the fact and does not help with spin production.

However, if you put a smooth poly in the cross, and then put almost any other poly OR natural gut in the mains, the mains WILL snap back before the ball leaves the string bed. This is what affects spin the most: the fact that the mains are so hell-bent on returning back to normal that they literally take the ball with them in the process. This forces the ball to rotate even faster.

This is why dead poly isn't as effective as fresh poly is: the main strings lose some of their elasticity and they don't return back to their original position before the ball leaves the string bed. Any time the mains become sluggish and slow and don't want to return back to their original position, you're losing spin potential on your frame.
 

syke

Professional
List your top 5 strings based on spin potential.

1. Volkl cyclone tour 16

2. Volkl cyclone 16

3. Gamma moto 16

4. Volkl v-torque

5. Babolat RPM Blast 16


I'm goingtrying out solinco tour bite 16 soft and vokl cyclone 18 soft. They should easily replace rpm blast as I think there spin is extremely overrated due to marketing.
tour bite 19 beats the poop out all the strings you have mentioned.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I find the spin potential of a string to be relative to your playing style, so this question cannot be answered IMO. I personally play the most spin with very smooth and slick round strings, so my list would probably have strings like Head Hawk, Solinco Outlast, Pro's Pro Intense Heat, Wilson Ripspin, etc.
 
Since one of our strings have been discussed in this thread, we would like to add a couple of things to the discussion. Based on the feedback we receive from our customers we would like to recommend the following:

Although every string will have its unique feel, players who like to play with Volkl Cyclone could give our Firewire string a try. Players who like to play with Solinco Tour Bite could give our Durafluxx string a try.

Having tested many strings over the past 3 years, here at Tier One Sports we always observe that after an hour of high-level hitting with Firewire, the felt of the ball looks significantly more used than with any other string we have tried in the past. It appears that the super rough hitting surface created by the triangular string structure offers tremendous ball bite but also allows for exceptional string recoil. Looking at the balls, it almost seems that the string took some chunks of felt off the ball :)
 
^^^ I have been using Völkl Cyclone for quite some time and when I once tried Tier One Firewire I thought it played quite similar indeed. Great spin potential for sure. However, IMHO the bright red colour of that string just looks awful in many racquets. I know the red colour is a trademark of the Firewire string, but I wish it was also available in black.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I never played this hybrid combo but had the absolutely hardest assignment stringing it in a frame for a player in a tourney due to the high friction pulling crosses through after weaving: mains were Forten Aramid Gear, crosses were Kirschbaum Spiky Shark. I can only imagine how spinny it must have played!
 

taurussable

Professional
List your top 5 strings based on spin potential.

1. Volkl cyclone tour 16

2. Volkl cyclone 16

3. Gamma moto 16

4. Volkl v-torque

5. Babolat RPM Blast 16


I'm goingtrying out solinco tour bite 16 soft and vokl cyclone 18 soft. They should easily replace rpm blast as I think there spin is extremely overrated due to marketing.
from reading this forum many say v-torque's spin is a level up than cyclone, do you agree?
 

smiley_face

Rookie
Have you ever tries Signum Pro's Tornado 18g? It's one of the best spin-oriented polyester strings out there. Exceptional spin, great power, comfort, feel...

Due to its 1.17ml gauge, tension and durability is just OK but considering price/performance, it's still a gift.
 

erbs101

New User
Topspin is generated by four distinct factors:

3b. Tension considerations. If the cross strings are too tight, then they will exert too much force on the mains, which inhibits them from moving. This is irregardless of coefficient of friction. It doesn't matter how slick your strings are: if you take an 18x20 pattern frame and string it full poly @ 65 lbs all the way around, then those mains aren't moving at all. They're so locked in place that your spin production will be negligible. Instead, for tight 18x20 patterns string the crosses 3 lbs (or 1 kg) looser than crosses. For open string patterns such as 16x19, 2 lbs looser should be sufficient. For "spin" technology frames such as 18x16, 16x15, etc., string mains and crosses @ the same tension.
Hello,
Normally i strung 2 lbs looser on my cross, but can you explain why in a more open string pattern, you should not string your the cross the same 2lbs lower same as the 16x19 pattern

thanks
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
strings don't produce spin. technique does.

that said, the amount of "extra" spin a given string could produce is negligible compared to a string not know for "spin". For example a poly vs a nylon. Reason why I say negligible, is because these "spin" strings for the most part produce a few more revolutions of spin throughout the course of an entire tennis court vs a non "spin" string when everything is equal (ie: swing speed and degree of upper cut on the stroke).
 

nickarnold2000

Hall of Fame
Have you ever tries Signum Pro's Tornado 18g? It's one of the best spin-oriented polyester strings out there. Exceptional spin, great power, comfort, feel...

Due to its 1.17ml gauge, tension and durability is just OK but considering price/performance, it's still a gift.
A great string but much cheaper in Europe.
 

souledge

Semi-Pro
strings don't produce spin. technique does.

that said, the amount of "extra" spin a given string could produce is negligible compared to a string not know for "spin". For example a poly vs a nylon. Reason why I say negligible, is because these "spin" strings for the most part produce a few more revolutions of spin throughout the course of an entire tennis court vs a non "spin" string when everything is equal (ie: swing speed and degree of upper cut on the stroke).
That can't be right.....why do I have the perception that my balls that land just out with gut will land in with poly?
 

Rabe87

Professional
2. String pattern. Generally, more open string patterns generate more spin. A 16x19 frame will generate more spin than an 18x20. This does not mean the 18x20 cannot generate much spin, on the contrary: the 18x20 can generate quite a lot of spin (see note #1 above). Be that as it may, with the same strings and technique, a 16x19 will generate a little more spin than the 18x20. Not by leaps and bounds, but there's enough of a delta factor that should influence your decision.


Disagree, for example player A can be tested in a laboratory and consistently get more spin with an 18 X 20 blade than a 16 x 19 one, whereas the reverse will be true for Player B, C and so on.

How do I know? I've had my spin analysed in Sydney in a Uni study and I got more spin with an 18 X 20 as long as the strings were strung at low tensions, and even when the 16 X 19 patterned blade was reduced to that same tension or lower, it didn't even come close.

It's all about swing style, strength level, timing - that's what determines how much spin you'll get THEN you work out which string pattern will maximise that spin.

For the record i've tried the Steam 99S and 105S and couldn't generate anywhere near as much torque, only the occasional shank serve.

You're simply getting more string onto the ball and more strings snapping-back / inter-string friction with tight patterns, if you have a fast enough swing speed that's how you're going to generate the most spin *for your game* - everyone's different.
 

counterpuncher

Hall of Fame
Disagree, for example player A can be tested in a laboratory and consistently get more spin with an 18 X 20 blade than a 16 x 19 one, whereas the reverse will be true for Player B, C and so on.

How do I know? I've had my spin analysed in Sydney in a Uni study and I got more spin with an 18 X 20 as long as the strings were strung at low tensions, and even when the 16 X 19 patterned blade was reduced to that same tension or lower, it didn't even come close.
Were the other variables the same between the 16 x 19 and 18 x 20 Blades? i.e. Did the two racquets have the same weight, swing weight, balance, stiffness, strings and tensions? So that only the string patterns differed? If not the findings are flawed. If so, I find it hard to believe the amount of spin didn't even come close between the two. A study is only as good as its assumptions, Statistics 101.
 

tlm

G.O.A.T.
I really believe that the tennis world has gone goofy over this snap back theory. I am not saying that there is no truth to it because I am sure there is some, but also seriously question how many rec players have enough racket head speed to create enough snap back to make much difference.

I know that kevlar can produce even more spin than poly with no snap back. As for has best poly spin string I vote for lux. bb ace that is the best poly spin string I have used.
 

mikeler

Moderator
I really believe that the tennis world has gone goofy over this snap back theory. I am not saying that there is no truth to it because I am sure there is some, but also seriously question how many rec players have enough racket head speed to create enough snap back to make much difference.

I know that kevlar can produce even more spin than poly with no snap back. As for has best poly spin string I vote for lux. bb ace that is the best poly spin string I have used.
I'm with you, I don't think snap back is a major component with spin production.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
1. Solinco Tour Bite 1.20
2. YTex Quadro Twist 1.26
3. Babolat RPM Blast 1.20
4. Volkl Cyclone 1.20
5. Solinco Tour Bite 1.25

TripleB

* Top 2 are stand outs from all the strings I've tried!!!
 
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