What's the deal about RPM Blast and ALU Power?

WilPro

Semi-Pro
I seen RPM Blast and ALU Power are the most used strings in the professional circuit.

I heard people claiming there is nothing special about them just marketing. Other claim they are the best strings.

How come they are the most used string to date in the professional tour?

Or am I wrong? Is there any other string that is more used than RPM Blast and ALU Power?
 

Tennisist

Semi-Pro
RPM Blast is definitely one of the strongest strings for spin production. + control comes from it being stiff and dead-feeling poly. This is what professionals need. Calling it "best" would be ridiculous. This is something that everyone has to decide for himself ...

Bear in mind that what professionals use oftentimes comes to what they are paid to use, or paid to advertise. So, I would not read much into what you see.

After some try-outs, I found some strings string that generate even more spin than RPM Blast, but they are not visible on the tour. I believe that even Nadal uses something else (although advertises what he uses as RPM Blast).
 

brownbearfalling

Hall of Fame
For RPM I think it’s just process of elimination. If you are sponsored by babolat and get strings for free, you only have 3 polys to choose from. Pro hurricane, pro hurricane tour and RPM. (Grouping all varieties of RPM into one because they are all black). What would you choose?

for ALU I think it’s a legacy effect. In the early days of co-polys ALU was by far the best. I imagine players who grew up using it just continue to use it.
 

WilPro

Semi-Pro
What I liked about RPM blast was the combination of control and top-spin. You could have precision and power in your shots.

The bad thing is it doesn't last too long. I mean it lasts long and is playable but after a while it does not have so much of those qualities. Precision degrades and shots get more erratic.

And for the ALU Power, as far as I can see, is by far the most loved string by everyone.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
They are great strings for guys who hit HARD and can restring every hour. Less so for us since they are stiff as rocks and go dead in 3.5 seconds.

I always giggle a bit when I see some 3.0 with home grown strokes pull out 3-4 sticks with fresh Alu Power. Bro....
 

USPTARF97

Hall of Fame
Alu Power is the best poly string I have ever used. RPM blast was stiff and taxing on the arm and the spin benefit wasn’t enough to make we want to continue using it.
 

WilPro

Semi-Pro
They are great strings for guys who hit HARD and can restring every hour. Less so for us since they are stiff as rocks and go dead in 3.5 seconds.

I always giggle a bit when I see some 3.0 with home grown strokes pull out 3-4 sticks with fresh Alu Power. Bro....
So, you are saying, for a top player, ALU Power and RPM Blast, really, truly and absolutely ARE the best strings. Right?
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
So, you are saying, for a top player, ALU Power and RPM Blast, really, truly and absolutely ARE the best strings. Right?
Strings are personal, but it makes sense why the pros like super stiff control strings and don't mind the drawbacks of cost, elbow health, and 0 tension maintenance.

There are much better choices for amateurs, imo. Something like Yonex poly tour pro is a better choice for 4.5+ amateurs who like round poly. Shaped poly I like a lot is Diadem Solstice. There are many others.

4.0 and below are going to do better with a multi or possibly hybrid setup.
 
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