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Holabird Sports


Available Babolat RPM Blast Rough 17 (3329 hits) Co-PolyesterMonofilamentStructured surface 6 ratings $15.00* Available in: World 2018-10-29
 Durability  Power  Control  Feel  Comfort  Spin  Tension stab.  Satisfaction  Overall
80% (4/5)

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Tester Mike T (61), 2018-10-29  Board-ID Residence: Austria male team player lower league, hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
49/52 lbs Wilson Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph 2016 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
Stringing behavior was similar to Luxilon Alu Power, quite wire-like.
I was curious to try this string after hearing a lot of positive things about it. Unfortunately both tests (one on carpet, one on clay) were disappointing.
I did not feel any of the extreme spin, especially when comparing it to Tour Bite, Plasma Hextreme, Focus-Hex, Moto etc.
Depth control was not particularly good, and the string lacked tension stability. This resulted in an improvement of comfort over time; initially it felt really wire-like.
I was not happy with the string at all and cannot recommend it.
Satisfied? not satisfied
Compared to:
MSV Focus-HEX 1.23
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a.
I tested the two strings in sequence on the same racquet model.
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives stiff, wire-like
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Tester Pego (3), 2018-09-06  email address provided but not confirmed Residence: Germany male tournament player national level, hard strokes with heavy spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
55/55 lbs Head Graphene XT Extreme Pro (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (12 hrs.)
The RPM Blast Rough provides excellent feel. My current favorite. Overwhelming spin. Be cautious, you may get addicted.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, elastic, lively, stretchy, crispy
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Tester lasse-s (82), 2018-09-03  Trusted Tester Residence: Germany male seniors team player upper league, medium strokes with heavy spin, allround game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
49/51 lbs Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 (Project One7) (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 (>6 hrs.)
Played on clay court with Wilson Tour Germany balls. Played both as a full job as well as in a hybrid with Kirschbaum Touch Dura 1.30. Red version.
I like the RPM Blast Rough better than the normal RPM Blast. It provides better spin, feels a bit stiffer and provides better control. As a drawback, both strings tend to lose their characteristics after 2-3 hours of play.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
 
Similar string(s): n/a
StringAdjectives crispy, precise, rough
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Tester geizhalsix (59), 2017-09-17  registered Residence: Germany male recreational player, hard strokes with moderate spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Yonex VCore Tour G (MP, 16/20)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
n.a. n.a.
Not as crisp as the normal RPM Blast, but better feel and comfort. Great precision on both forehand and backhand. Amazing depth control! I liked it.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Babolat RPM Blast
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
Similar to the normal RPM Blast, but with better feel and comfort.
Similar string(s): Babolat RPM Blast
StringAdjectives soft, elastic, precise, rough
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Tester john_anthony (2), 2017-09-09  anonymous Residence: Switzerland male recreational player, hard strokes with moderate spin, offensive baseline game
Test Conditions Tension Racquet
53/53 lbs Yonex E-Zone Xi 98 (MP, 16/19)
Absolute Rating Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
I'm really enjoying this string so far (4 hours). I strung it lower than usual. The gain in power came in handy on my weak backhand in defensive situations. On my forehand I was happy as I had perfect depth and speed with moderate swing. Only at full speed it occurred that the shots scattered around. A fresh Alu Power or RPM Blast provide a bit better control at that speed. On the other hand, the spin potential of the RPM Blast Rough is definitely great. That was evident on my backhand slice and forehand topspin on sharp angles.
Overall I enjoyed it a lot. I also want to point out the nice touch in all situations. I'm positive that many players find some characteristics in the RPM Blast Rough that they have been missing so far. Great string. Could well be that I will stick with it.
Satisfied? satisfied
Compared to:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125
Durability Power Control Feel Comfort Spin Tension Stability
The RPM Blast Rough plays a lot different than the YPTP! The RPM Blast Rough is much more lively; nice added power and significantly better touch and spin. For me the YPTP is much too dull. The RPM Blast Rough is very lively and provides a nice solid sound on impact.
Similar string(s): Babolat RPM Blast
StringAdjectives soft, comfortable, lively, explosive, crispy, rough, unique
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