Trying a full bed of Kevlar tomorrow

Wuppy

Professional
I'm very excited. It was a joy to string, 18g strung at 60/62 with a modified-Wuppy method going from the middle crosses down. Just a noname Kevlar but wow that's a fiber! I always complain about how nylon and poly should be cheaper because they're nothin', but Kevlar is definitely something. I'm very impressed with it as a product and a technology just from stringing it for the past hour.. It's strong yet supple and has a quality I can feel unlike plastics. Almost no stretch whatsoever. I can see how it could be make to stop bullets. We'll see how it plays though :)

I also tried a full bed of 20 gauge nylon string but it snapped on the first main. I can't break 18 gauge so I thought I'd try 20 and it's just way too thin. Maybe 20g Kevlar would work though! :twisted:
 

Muppet

Legend
Wuppy,

I appreciate the sentiment in your sig. And good luck with the full kevlar (bring a racquet that you know will work.)

Cheers!
Muppet
 

SlapShot

Hall of Fame
Good luck me boy. I went back to kevlar for about a week and a half last fall, at 46#, and had to give it up because of pain in my arm. And I was previously using poly at 57#. It's about as un-arm friendly as string gets.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Its funny because the OP touts himself as having superior intelligence to most posters here, claims 99% of content here is "worthless", and then goes ahead and puts together a gem like this.

I take responsibility for suggesting Kevlar to it in the first place, but in my defense I did say to hybrid.
 
Its funny because the OP touts himself as having superior intelligence to most posters here, claims 99% of content here is "worthless", and then goes ahead and puts together a gem like this.

I take responsibility for suggesting Kevlar to it in the first place, but in my defense I did say to hybrid.
He has the "Wuppy-approved" stringing method. Those of us not using the "Wuppy-approved" method are not qualified to talk.

I'm sure with his method, them kelvar will play like gut.
 
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guitarplayer

Guest
I use Fortin Thin Blend. I can not imagine a full bed of Kevlar. Wuppy are you really a girl? I can't see a girl using all Kevlar. Well, I can't see anyone using it. Good luck on your last days.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
u realize that wuppy doesn't hit the ball, but brushing it so a full bed of kevlar might not cause him any discomfort. after all, he's accustomed to poly at 63#s.
 

Hazelrat10

New User
Yeah, I wouldn't do that. It's bad enough that you strung full bed, but you also decided to string it at 60/62. Despite this, you'll probably stay true to your sig and destroy your arm (and hopefully destroy your superiority complex).
 

mawashi

Hall of Fame
I'm very excited. It was a joy to string, 18g strung at 60/62 with a modified-Wuppy method going from the middle crosses down. Just a noname Kevlar but wow that's a fiber! I always complain about how nylon and poly should be cheaper because they're nothin', but Kevlar is definitely something. I'm very impressed with it as a product and a technology just from stringing it for the past hour.. It's strong yet supple and has a quality I can feel unlike plastics. Almost no stretch whatsoever. I can see how it could be make to stop bullets. We'll see how it plays though :)

I also tried a full bed of 20 gauge nylon string but it snapped on the first main. I can't break 18 gauge so I thought I'd try 20 and it's just way too thin. Maybe 20g Kevlar would work though! :twisted:
Wahahahaha!

Thanks for the laughs!

I have some spare kevlar in 18 and 17 if you need more lol!
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Stosur's forehand?
stosur drives through the ball. wuppy does not. the 2 links below give you a clearer picture. he acknowledges that he does not generate a hard and heavy ball with alot of pace. he said his game consists of extreme spin which he accomplishes through brushing the ball.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=6542474&postcount=12

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=6544394&postcount=16

i think a full bed of kevlar will be fine for his technique.
 
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Ramon

Legend
Just bite the bullet and get a less powerful racquet. Then you can buy a synthetic string and play with it until it breaks. You can get a perfectly good one at TW for about $70.
 

goober

Legend
I'm very excited. It was a joy to string, 18g strung at 60/62 with a modified-Wuppy method going from the middle crosses down. Just a noname Kevlar but wow that's a fiber! I always complain about how nylon and poly should be cheaper because they're nothin', but Kevlar is definitely something. I'm very impressed with it as a product and a technology just from stringing it for the past hour.. It's strong yet supple and has a quality I can feel unlike plastics. Almost no stretch whatsoever. I can see how it could be make to stop bullets. We'll see how it plays though :)

I also tried a full bed of 20 gauge nylon string but it snapped on the first main. I can't break 18 gauge so I thought I'd try 20 and it's just way too thin. Maybe 20g Kevlar would work though! :twisted:
Full bed kevlar, 20g nylon


... so sad
 

Wuppy

Professional
All right well I tried it twice against two different opponents last night and this morning and I didn't really like it. Yes, it has very little power, and yes it has too little power. I was netting a lot of balls and my whole game felt bad. I was either ripping it long or hitting it short, and slight mis-hits were always short.

It did give some good spin, though. I hit one slice backhand that literally bounced 90 degrees from its trajectory when it landed. My opponent stumbled trying to get at it and I chortled with glee.

Also, I was saddened to see that the string-bed moves around a lot. I thought it would be like poly and stay pretty much perfect. I was constantly adjusting strings.

It didn't hurt my elbow or shoulder but it just didn't work very well for me. Toward the end of my play I switched back to my racquet of BM and it felt much better. Just the right amount of power.

So I'm glad I gave it a shot but I'm not a huge fan of the Kevlar. Great product, for sure, but not so good for my game. Too dead even for me.

Next up I'm going to go back to nylon at 18g and see how that works, now that I've had all this experience with other types.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
In my high school days, back in the late 80's, I used to play with a Wilson Pro Staff (Original) strung at 70 lbs with a full bed of 17g kevlar. Between the 85 square inch head, the deadness of that string, and the insane tension, the sweet spot was about the size of a dime. My whole game was about counter-punching and control, and I moonballed most shots, so it worked OK. The strings usually lasted about 1.5 to 2 months also, so it was good for my meager budget back then. I never had any arm pain, but I was young. However, in retrospect, that was a terrible setup, and I blame that string on why I never developed an effective put away ground stroke or volley until I was in college!
 

Wuppy

Professional
I can't think of a more control-oriented racquet than that ^^^ !

The issue I see is that you'd have such little power that you'd have to muscle it as hard as you could to get any speed at all, and that would introduce inconsistencies into your shots, which would negate the control!

That's what I experienced with my kevlar setup. I was either dumping it into the net, hitting super weak shots, or hitting it so hard that I was wild with it.
 

LanEvo

Hall of Fame
I really recommend hybriding it with a very soft, elastic multi. for me I like E-Matrix, but any really soft Multi. should work. You will find the right amount of touch and power on it.
 
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