Babolat RPM Power

After the initial launch of the iconic RPM Blast in 2010, there have been a wide range of variations. From the original RPM Blast, to the rough, to the spin control to now the RPM Power, there is something for everyone in this range! The RPM Blast was originally brought out during the 2010 Australian Open and used by Rafael Nadal. It was his secret weapon for imparting even more spin on the ball and his career has only gone from strength to strength after using the then mysterious black string.

Naturally, Rafa’s string flew off the shelves as so many recreational players around the world wanted to play like him. But, it was the octagonal shape of the string that made it so unique. This made the RPM Blast a real spin machine and was one of the most playable multi sided strings out there.

Over a decade later and there are now a number of different models in the RPM family. Today we are looking at the all new RPM Power to see if you can really get the best of both world from one string!

Now, generally speaking polyester strings are pretty low powered and lack overall feel. This is why they are great for string breakers as their stiffer construction makes them strong and durable.

Players looking for the most power possible from their string would traditionally go down the natural gut or multifilament route, as these offer more feel and pop due to their malleability.

Whilst the RPM Team is the absolute softest string in the lineup, the new RPM Power is a string that aims to be all things to all people.

The original RPM Blast was a spin machine that chewed up the ball but compromised on comfort and didn’t offer much in the way of power. The RPM Rough took this to another level and felt like kevlar to string in the racket!

The RPM power has gone the other way and really focussed on playability, power and touch, whilst still retaining some of that spin and durability that RPM customers love.

One of the unique things about the RPM Power is the electric brown colour scheme. This is something completely brand new to the RPM family and whilst it may not be the most exciting colour out there, it still looks sleek in rackets of any colour or design.

Dominic Thiem has been through the RPM family of strings and has now settled on the RPM Power. He previously used the RPM Blast and the RPM Blast Rough, but is now maxing out on the pop and using the newest string in the line up.

Power

7out of 10

The RPM Power has a bit of a difficult name to live up to. Given it is a polyester string based on a low powered, low comfort and low feel string to begin with, but branded as a ‘powerful’ string, it is kind of starting on the back foot!

That being said, the Babolat RPM Power delivers more pop than any other in the range. Babolat have developed a coating for the string which is specifically designed to increase ‘snapback’.

This means the string will return to its original instantly after it has flexed, giving you more explosive power.

Babolat has also gone to great lengths with the construction of this monofilament string to ensure it has more power than any other RPM string.

The Co PET-C extrusion technology ensures this rounded string has as much pop as possible and it is pretty malleable for a poly.

This type of string was never going to be as powerful as, say, natural gut. But, Babolat has done a great job with upgrading the power, softness and playability of the RPM string by altering its construction but still retaining the spin and control that users of RPM Blast love.

Control

7.5out of 10

Control rates highly in the RPM Power string. Whilst it is a softer poly, it still has that underlying stiffness that limits the movement of the strings somewhat.

This means you get a crisp response from the string time after time and its predictable nature makes it easy to play with.

You can control the ball and place it easily, whilst still being able to rip it with plenty of spin and power.

Touch

6out of 10

Despite Babolat’s efforts, this is not the most feelsome string out there. Given it is a softer poly that has been heavily engineered to produce power, being the most communicative string was never really in its design brief.

That being said, it is definitely more forgiving and has a more dialled in connection to the ball compared to the original RPM Blast.

I’m not saying it is uncomfortable or the ball will bounce off the strings uncontrollably, but compared to a multifilament or natural gut string the RPM Power is a little muted in the touch department.

Spin

6out of 10

Babolat have stayed true to their roots and given the RPM Power enough spin for lovers of the iconic Blast to enjoy.

If you are changing from the RPM Blast to the RPM Power you will definitely notice a drop off in your spin level, but not so much that it is like playing with Xcel.

The string still bites the ball nicely, but also pockets it a lot more than any other in the RPM family.

You can go after your shots and enjoy the power the string can generate, safe in the knowledge that there is enough spin being produced for the ball to land safely in the court.

I have found myself hitting a little lower over the net with the RPM Power, so adding a bit more of a steep angle to my topspin shots helps generate a bit more spin.

But, I don’t have to try as hard to get the ball deep as I would with RPM Blast. This is why the RPM Power is a best of both worlds type of string that is well worth a try.

Durability

7.5out of 10

RPM Power takes away some of the stiffness that makes poly string so durable, so of course it is not going to last as long overall.

However, the resin on these strings that generates the snapback does notch quite quickly, so this is something to bear in mind. You may be best off stringing this at a lower tension to try and counteract this.

Despite this, the RPM Power is still a co-polyester compound that is inherently durable so it will be a good choice for string breakers that want a bit more pop in their game.

Comfort

7out of 10

Babolat RPM Power is one of the most comfortable poly strings out there. Whilst it has no natural gut, it is a lot more supple than the original RPM Blast or RPM Blast Rough.

You are unlikely to get arm issues from this string as it is a good all rounder that generates a lot of power and spin, but is also relatively pliant for a monofilament.

If you are after a more plush feel, perhaps go for a hybrid setup string RPM Power in the mains and Xcel in the crosses.

Overall

7.5out of 10

Babolat RPM Power is a great all rounder that softens off the traditional RPM Blast to make it more playable. If you are a user of the original black string but want something that offers more pop, this could be the string for you.

It is not the most comfortable string in the world, nor is it actually the most powerful, but it is a middle of the road string that still retains the spin and control that RPM Blast users will be familiar with. The RPM Power is a string where it is more than the sum of its parts.

On paper it doesn’t stand out in one particular area, but is a solid feeling string that gives you a lot of confidence when ripping balls from the baseline.

Overall, the RPM Power is a good choice for a player that wants a string to match their aggressive baseline game style.

If you are not after deft touch but instead want the most power and spin possible from your forehands and backhands (circa Dominic Thiem), this could be a great option for you.

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Power

7

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Control

7.5

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Touch

6

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Spin

6

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Durability

7.5

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Comfort

7

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Overall

7.5

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