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    oh. and that explains why the Adidas Power Hybrid is so powerful.

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    @kwun ..... Hmmm, re Adidas Power Hybrid strings, it seems that Adidas is onto something here... thick 0.72mm mains for strength where it's needed as that's where most breaks occur, 0.69mm for crosses. And I'm willing to bet that one of them is slippery, while the other is rough. So that the intersections friction is still minimized as compared to having both rough. Very smart.

    Which means a hybrid of nbg98 and a rough string like vs850,
    zm62/65 would be a good combo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    @kwun ..... Hmmm, re Adidas Power Hybrid strings, it seems that Adidas is onto something here... thick 0.72mm mains for strength where it's needed as that's where most breaks occur, 0.69mm for crosses. And I'm willing to bet that one of them is slippery, while the other is rough. So that the intersections friction is still minimized as compared to having both rough. Very smart.

    Which means a hybrid of nbg98 and a rough string like vs850,
    zm62/65 would be a good combo.
    both strings are slippery. the super slippery Adidas string i was refering to above is the Power Hybrid.

    0.69mm would slip on a clamp that was adjusted for ZM62. it was that slippery.

    and super powerful.

    now where is my can of WD40?

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    Hairspray report:

    Tested out a light application of “firm hold” spray onto an old credit card.

    Dried quickly in less than 30 secs, leaving a rough texture on the card. The texture seems to stick quite well on the hologram, signature area and the magnetic strip areas –resistant even to hard scraping with fingernails. However, unfortunately, the areas on the slippery plastic areas can be scratched with some moderate fingernail scraping.

    Hmmm… not good, as I don’t think this stuff can adhere long enough onto these slippery strings to last even half a game. I may have to try some stronger stuff like fixative sprays for artwork. To be continued…
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    I can totally visualize it now. In the middle of the rally, visor pulls out a can of hair spray from his pocket and carefully and meticulously spray a perfectly even layer on to his nbg98....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    I can totally visualize it now. In the middle of the rally, visor pulls out a can of hair spray from his pocket and carefully and meticulously spray a perfectly even layer on to his nbg98....
    haha! ... and then promptly proceeds to spray the bottom of his shoes too... (knowing the fact, as any baddy fanatic would know, that hairspray helps rejuvenate the stickiness of the soles)

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    actually, thinking about it some more, I can just spray only one side of the racket... thus, I have one side for power and the other for control... now I just have to find a way to keep track of which is which in the middle of a heated rally exchange

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    actually, thinking about it some more, I can just spray only one side of the racket... thus, I have one side for power and the other for control... now I just have to find a way to keep track of which is which in the middle of a heated rally exchange
    Have a racket logo on one side only.

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    Or make it simple for yourself. Just adapt to the NBG98.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    Or make it simpler yourself. Just adapt to the NBG98.
    I'm trying hard... but I'm probably losing
    more points from my poorer touch/block shots than I'm winning from shots from the new found power.

    I'm greedy I know... I want to have it all... power AND control.
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    Well this is an interesting thread.
    I use NBG98 as well but without having problems with the slippery characteristics.
    When I ordered a new racket (cause one was broken) there was a very ugly logo from the shop on the strings.
    So I removed the logo by rubbing the strings with nail polish remover.(without acetone).
    It's already some time ago, but as far as I remember, the strings felt much rougher than before the torture. Don't know if it works when there is no color / logo on the strings.
    I can imagine that this is not very good for the string, but maybe you can try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1337 View Post
    Have a racket logo on one side only.
    Doesn't the logo make it rougher already. I had forgotten about logos - haven't had one on my racquet strings for years.

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    Yeah, the ink gives the strings a certain grip and inhibits movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    I'm trying hard... but I'm probably losing
    more points from my poorer touch/block shots than I'm winning from shots from the new found power.

    I'm greedy I know... I want to have it all... power AND control.
    seems like I am a bit late for the party

    solution is easy. Just kindly ask Yonex to make you a Visor limited edition string with a BG66UM core and NBG99 coating. Problem solved

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    Quote Originally Posted by vajrasattva View Post
    why not try r4x100 by gosen? :O
    While R4X100 is a good string, it feels differently to NBG98. Coating isn't particularly rough either, and it loses tension rather quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    I'm trying hard... but I'm probably losing
    more points from my poorer touch/block shots than I'm winning from shots from the new found power.

    I'm greedy I know... I want to have it all... power AND control.
    I can't say that string roughness has had any influence on flat blocks for me. Only area where it really gets annoying are sliced shots where in the beginning it really feels like the shuttle is slipping all the way across the stringbed...but so far, I've always adapted successfully to that as well.

    Give it some sessions, and if you still really need more grip, ink away! You'll have to expect to lose some of that repulsive feeling, though. Be careful to apply only a thin layer of ink so that it doesn't 'glue' the strings together as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    I can't say that string roughness has had any influence on flat blocks for me. Only area where it really gets annoying are sliced shots where in the beginning it really feels like the shuttle is slipping all the way across the stringbed...but so far, I've always adapted successfully to that as well.
    .
    yeah, flat perpendicular blocks are fine... but anytime the incidental angle is more than 15 degrees or so, then that feeling of the cork slipping on the stringbed starts to appear. Then, what should be a +/- 5 degree in my return accuracy with zm62 or vs850 becomes like +/- 15 degree variation with this string.

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