Pacific ATP Poly Power Pro & Poly Force

I recently tried the Pacific ATP Poly Power Pro and the Poly Force. Of the two, I enjoyed the Poly Force more.

pppp16-1ATP Poly Power Pro

The ATP Poly Power Pro I actually did not enjoy hitting with very much. There was a significant initial tension loss in the stringbed, which made it feel extremely loose when I first picked it up to play with. The tension was also not very well distributed throughout the stringbed, and thus the play off the stringbed felt inconsistent. Sometimes I was able to keep the ball in play, and sometimes the ball would just fly on me unexpectedly. It did have nice “pop” however, with a good amount of power for a polyester. It also was relatively easy on the arm. I was able to generate good amounts of topspin and slice when needed as well. The durability was good too, as it lasted almost a week with daily wear (Editor’s note: Andy has broken co-poly strings in 30 minutes of hitting, so that is very impressive).

ppfo16-1Poly Force

I enjoyed playing with the Poly Force more than the ATP Poly Power Pro. I felt it was a little softer, and thus had nice feel and touch off the strings. I was unable to generate as much spin however, and the ball did not stay long on the strings. The tension throughout the stringbed was nice and consistent. What stood out to me was the excellent control I was able to have, while also being able to generate ample power on my shots. Durability and tension maintenance was excellent. Overall, a 7 out of 10.

Till next time,

Andy

got pain?

It was the summer of 2008; I was in Beijing, China, at an Olympic beach volleyball event. I was watching these world-class athletes walk onto the sand court with their shoulders and/or legs taped in what looked to me like athletic tape. But it wasn’t the standard issue athletic tape that I was used to seeing. This was the first time I had seen Kinesio Tape.
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Since then, I started seeing these colorful tapes pop up on athletes from all genres of sports, from basketball to football to tennis. Curious as to what it was, I had to do some investigating into this mysterious tape. After some googling, I learned that this was not just any regular athletic tape, this was supposed to ease pain and rehab muscles and joints. Sounded too good to be true, but since I was having shoulder problems of my own, I had to try it out.

About 6 months ago, I finally got my hands on some Kinesio Tape. With the samples, I was also sent a booklet on how to properly apply the tape. This booklet was no joke, I felt like I had to go to medical school to understand the big eight syllable words. Where exactly is my coracobrachialis muscle? Luckily for us non-Ph.Ds, there are easy to follow pictures. I grabbed some of the hot pink tape (brings out the color in my eyes), and had someone tape me up. First impressions: this felt weird. My shoulder felt like it was supported and tight, yet I had a full range of motion. The real test would be during and after my hit.

Wow, I was flabbergasted at the results. Yes, flabbergasted, astonished, shocked (thank you, thesaurus). Was it a placebo effect? Or did it really work? Perhaps a combination of both? Whatever it was, I was hitting almost pain free for the first time in a long time. I had to share this miraculous find with the rest of my ailing office mates. In the next few weeks, we used this to treat a hurt wrist, tennis elbow, and another hurt shoulder. Did this tape work on those conditions? Check, check, check and check. We were sold.

Various taping methods

Various taping methods

Exactly, how it works, I have no idea. What I do know is that without the tape, every time I swung a racquet, especially on the serve, it’d feel like my shoulder socket was filled with glass shards. With it on, it was like putting WD-40 on a rusty joint. A magical tape it is not, but the Kinesio Tape does minimize the pain enough to allow me to continue playing. What’s great about this tape is that there are so many applications it can be used for. From head to toe, this tape has got you covered. Literally and figuratively.

Don’t believe me? Great. I’m actually glad you’re not just taking my word for it. I think with the Kinesio Tape, it’s like The Matrix, you cannot be told of how it works, you’ll need to experience it for yourself. Luckily for you, a roll of Kinesio TEX tape only costs $12.99.  That’s cheaper than most tennis equipment you’ll ever buy. Take it to a personal trainer familiar with the Kinesio Taping Method or get the booklet and tape yourself up. Either way, I think you’ll be glad you did.

Have any of you had a chance to try out some Kinesio Tape? Share your stories; I’d love to hear them.

Jason, TW

Those burning questions

In just a couple of short weeks, Tennis Warehouse will be heading down to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open. We’ll have our tent and demo court set up as usual, and Jason will be working in the tent so if you drop by you might see him. However, Chris, Spencer and I are on a different mission for the annual trip to the desert. We travel with a member of our video crew and try to land as many interviews with pros as we can. I know, I know, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. I’m curious what questions you would ask an ATP or WTA pro if you got the chance to do an interview. If you’re looking for some ideas, here are some of the videos we’ve done in the past.

So drop us a note. We’d really like to hear what you’d like to ask the pros.

Happy Hitting!

Tiffani, TW