11 February 2016

Tennis Strings II

For someone who has been playing with the same tennis string since 1993, I felt marooned when Gamma Ruff 16 was discontinued.

Despite it being out of production for a number of years, still have a few pieces of this precious commodity left.

In the interim, I tried the Toalson Rencon Devil Spin but I didn't like it.

Anyway, I went down to (nearest tennis pro shop from my place via public transport) and consulted the experts there. They recommended a hybrid combination for me.

Babolat RPM Blast 17 (cross) and Babolat Xcel French Open 17 (main).

Since I am using this hybrid for the first time, it was agreed that we play it safe and try mid tension first at 55 lbs (I normally play high tension at 58 lbs on my Wilson nCode nPro Team and 62 lbs on my Prince Triple Threat Hornet).

I got my racquet back the same day and I can't wait for Sunday to start pounding with the new strings.

Will see how it goes. If this hybrid is suitable, I may opt to move up the tension the next time I restring.

Oh and forget about mail ordering Gamma Ruff 16 from

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- Voxeros

09 February 2016

Tennis Strings


The sound I've been waiting to hear for a long time now. I hated the string that i was trying for the first time. Toalson RENCON Devil Spin125 but I was too cheapo to cut it and restring.

Real glad that I finally snapped it.

So this would be the first and last time I will be playing with poly string?

It has always been multifilament strings for me until Gamma Ruff 16, that I have been using since the 90s, was no longer in production.

I have a love-hate relationship with this poly string. 

On one hand, it produces a very clean snappy feel with every strike but the down side is that I lose a shitload of power (I play with high tension 60-62 lbs) and it felt like I was playing with a wooden plank.

Then again, it forces me to generate my own power and to rely less on technology. I actually felt myself playing stronger over the past couple of months.

Maybe I will end up with poly string again despite all the bitching? #犯贱

Or I probably should ask the tennis shop guy for advice.

Any advice from the floor?

p.s. Click here for a good article on tennis strings ->

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- Voxeros