BABOLAT RPM BLAST ROUGH TENNIS STRING - 1.25MM 17G - 200M REEL - RED - RRP £220
Innovation is at the
heart of Babolat’s string strategy and the RPM Blast Rough introduction does
not deviate from this rule. This is the perfect example, with a unique
structure that offers more spin with incomparable comfort.
RPM Blast Rough is
the textured rougher version of RPM Blast, one of the most popular co-polyesters
ever made. Like the standard RPM Blast, this string is a co-polymer
monofilament with an octagonal shape for increased spin potential. It has a
special cross linked silicone coating and also offers a unique sensation thanks
to the High density co-polyester.
This strings high density
co-polyester with octagonal profile and a cross-linked octagonal structure
silicone coating delivers a fast, powerful string response with maximum top
spin, a unique feel and powerful response.
This string is perfect
for aggressive players who like to attack the ball with long, fast
strokes. Our play testers found it a little softer and more powerful than
the original RPM Blast, resulting in a slightly more penetrating
shot. With its grippy surface, you'll find plenty of bite for bringing the
ball down with spin. The durability is also very good, making this a great
option for string breakers.
The string offers an
exceptional combination of power, control and 'bite' on the ball for players
who demand more control and incredible spin.
The RPM Blast Rough is
a very popular choice among strong baseliners seeking durability and spin to
dictate the action.
The Co-Polyester string
construction delivers a unique great combination of power, control and
RPM Blast Rough has a
softer feel than the Pro-Hurricane Tour and RPM Blast original but also
delivers more power. This is why this string is now one of our best selling
Babolat tennis strings on the market today.
Packed with the latest
technologies, this high-density co-polyester monofilament string offers a
totally unique feel and a powerful, ultra-high-speed response.
The octagonal section and
cross-linked silicone coating allow the strings to quickly return to their
original positions and “bite” the ball better for maximum spin.
The RPM Blast Rough silicone
coating is designed to allow the strings to slide across each other easier.
This serves two purposes; the first is that the string can move easily,
effectively allowing the string bed to play as a more open pattern than it is.
The second, of course, is to enhance durability by lessening string to string
The RPM Blast Rough
stays with the octagonal profile but enhances the spin generation through the
use of a new dye and coating.
The game of tennis has
largely evolved in recent years, player expectations have also been
transformed. With this evolution came the need to offer more flexible and,
therefore, more powerful monofilament strings, bringing new benefits in terms
of comfort and safe ball trajectory. In short, hit harder while keeping
the ball in the court. At the centre of this challenge is spin with attack
A lethal weapon on modern
courts, spin, and its mastery, have become essential for anyone looking for performance,
accuracy and the winning shot. Rafael Nadal has changed the game in this
area. He proved that you could hit very hard with lots of spin while hitting an
extremely vibrant and dynamic ball. He broke with the previous generation’s
tradition of spin as a defensive manoeuvre, with impressive height over the net
called parabolic trajectory. This was possible thanks to his technique and his
Babolat RPM Blast string. His success at the highest level of competition has
allowed the RPM Blast to win enthusiastic praise. It is undeniably the flagship
of the Babolat synthetic tennis string range. However, Babolat had feedback
from the players that led them to believe they could create a string optimised
for spin, that was more accessible to players of a less elite technical
level. Not everyone has the slap of Rafa Nadal! They immediately
looked at the options for maximizing the snap back.
Snap Back? What’s this? In
fact, what makes it possible to create ball spin is not the roughness of the
string as is commonly believed. The quality of the spin is related to the
movement of the strings during ball impact and especially after. The
moment when they slide back in place is the key. The more fluidity, the more
efficient the spin. This is what is known as the snap back. Of course, other
criteria come into play such as the stringing pattern and the spacing between
the strings also has a real influence. Nevertheless, it is the construction of
the string that has the most important role. Once this definition is explained,
it’s easier to understand the idea of developing an innovative string that
promotes this movement. This has been Babolats guideline, their area of
research and to find the secret to improving the snap back. They analised many
string properties and especially their structures. Then Babolat started the
industrial manufacturing process with the appropriate tests. They unanimously
agreed on its name of RPM Blast Rough.
The first step was to
create a depression in the string. Not to grip the ball as explained
earlier, but to allow maximum slide and minimum friction between the strings at
the time of ball impact. In addition to the material (co-polyester) created in
Babolat’s French laboratory, the design of the string has been meticulously
studied to favour slide thanks to an aerodynamic phenomenon. Some won’t
believe them, but the brand logo is carved on the string. In fact, after
thorough studies, it was found that this design really favoured the movement,
that it was perfectly adapted to their approach.
Once the RPM Blast Rough
prototype was ready, the manufacturing test adventure began. As usual it was
the production lines in Corbas near Lyon, France, that were solicited and used
since 1875. Made in France is not a myth. It’s a reality with all Babolat
top strings, and also a pillar of their history. The RPM Blast Rough is no
different. After testing, its technical specificities led to some modifications
in the manufacturing process but the result soon aligned with their
expectations. From the beginning of the idea to the finalisation with its
specific packaging took them almost two years. Once the product
was “finished,” it was necessary for it to be validated by
the players. This was the famous test period of the RPM Blast Rough on courts
all over the world. In fact over 20,000 demo test sets were distributed and
play tested worldwide.
Babolat tennis strings
are made from some of the most high quality materials around and are guaranteed
to help improve your game play and to last for many matches and practice
Many of the strings that
come from Babolat are made from materials that allow them to reduce the amount
of notching that occurs in strings as they get worn and can also prevent the
strings from breaking on you prematurely.
Babolat also makes
strings for every playing style so that different players can find a string set
that will enable them to build on their skill set and become more effective
Some strings will help a
player increase the strength in their swing, while others will allow them to
have more control. Strings that give you more control allow you to be more
accurate and deliver the ball right where you want it to go. Not only is
choosing the right string important, but making sure to use the right tension
when putting the strings in is also important to getting the maximum playability
out of the strings themselves.
Colours - Available in
black, yellow and red
String gauges available
are - 1.25mm 17G & 1.30mm 16G & 1.35mm 15G
String lengths available
- 36 Feet (12M) Set or 660 Feet (200M) Reel