Rafael Nadal uses Babolat RPM Blast to help unlock the power and spin in his game. Photo courtesy of Mike Frey
Babolat RPM Blast, Luxilon ALU Power, Solinco Tour Bite… these polyester tennis strings are popular on the pro tour because of their low-powered response that allows players to swing extremely fast and generate tons of spin. Also, their monofilament construction also offers excellent durability for frequent string breakers.
Let it be known that if you don’t have long, fast, more modern “low to high” strokes, then polyester strings may not be ideal for you. They are very low-powered and stiff which can cause arm problems in players that can’t generate a lot of their own power. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are able to break softer strings like synthetic gut or multifilament in 20 hours of less, then you’ll most like benefit from the unique properties that polyester strings provide.
With so many polyester tennis string options out there, you don’t have to break the bank to get great performance. Here is a list of some of our TW Staff’s favorite polyester strings that are available under $10 a set:
Players looking for that elusive blend of comfort, control and spin will want to take a look at Wilson Revolve!
A comfortable firm co-poly, Revolve is ideal for players with long, fast strokes. Revolve promises to provide players with tremendous precision and predictability on big swings as well as giving players lots of spin. The science behind it tells us that its unique molecular structure and a proprietary additive has made Revolve so it will increase the string’s ability to deflect and snap back resulting in heavy spin. Offering higher comfort than a traditional polyester, Revolve is a great option for intermediate and advanced players looking for durability, control and spin.
Chris and I did an extensive playtest with Revolve and for the first time we were able to utilize our Playsight Smart Court and test the string side by side with our current string of choice. Chris spent his playtest using his Wilson Six.One 95S and tested Revolve side by side with Volkl Cyclone. I used my Babolat Pure Drive Roddicks and played side by side with Revolve and Luxilon Savage. All in all, we both found success with Revolve and enjoyed the spin and control as well as the feel from Revolve.
Check out our playtest video and keep an eye out for our upcoming written review!
With a large following on the pro tour as well as with competitive recreational players, the Luxilon ALU Power line is introducing another string into the family this month, Luxilon ALU Power Soft. As its name alludes, it is a tad softer than ALU Power and offers excellent control, durability and spin potential. Chris and I took this string out for a several week playtest and found the string offered a crisp, medium firmness feel and a consistent response. We were most impressed by the durability as after 2-3 weeks, we had plenty of life left. We did find the string to be low powered and would recommend it to big hitters who want to be able to play offensively with accuracy. Check out the video above right now for our complete thoughts and look for the written review when the product launches.