Just in time for the Olympics, Babolat has released a limited edition Stars & Stripes version of Andy Roddick signature shoe, the popular Propulse 3.

Article written by Dave

When it comes to tennis string, it’s largely a matter of preference. There are hundreds of different kinds of string on the market, each one with its own unique qualities and distinctions. However, choosing the right type of string for your tennis racquet, and your particular playing style, is vital. The wrong kind can make that expensive racquet a big fat dud, no matter how much skill you have.

Before I go into individual brands and my favorite strings, let me tell you a little bit about the different types. Let’s start with natural gut string. Many players love using natural gut string. It has a good feel and good power. Natural gut string maintains a high performance level; however, it becomes vulnerable to moisture as it wears. Polyester string (and also polyester hybrid strings) are extremely durable and offer awesome power. The main drawback is how hard they can be on your arm so if you’re not a strong player (or not yet) you may want to watch out. Polyester string is often used for the mains if you’re stringing a hybrid racquet.

When it comes to synthetic string you can either get it with a solid core or with a multifilament construction. Synthetic string with a solid core is a great choice. It’s cheaper than other strings so if you tend to go through string quickly, consider this option. It offers a tremendous range of power, control and playability. Then, there is synthetic string with multifilament construction, when it comes to the greatest performance for the cost this string is a true champion. This type of synthetic string is meant to replicate natural gut—it’s just cheaper. It has a natural vibration dampening. This can prevent injury and minimize both wrist and arm fatigue.

Now, here are some of my personal favorite tennis strings.
Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power string. It’s a polyester string which is widely used by Pro’s. It’s the official tennis racquet string of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. It offers a fantastic combo of power and control.
Gamma Live Wire XP. This is a multifilament synthetic string which offers the playability of a natural gut string. It has a firm feel, is durable and reduces tension loss. Gamma strings use the Gamma Irradiation process. This process increases resiliency and elasticity.
Babolat RPM Blast. Another polyester string. This bestselling Babolat string is used by Rafael Nadal. It’s perfect for big hitters and offers a knockout punch as well as unbeatable spin. It’s a fast string.

Let me stress that tennis string comes down to preference. It’s about the type of player you are and what you need from a string. However, it is important to play with a good string. The string on a tennis racquet is the only thing that comes in contact with the tennis ball. If you’re already serious—or just getting serious—about your tennis game then don’t overlook this vital component.

For only the third time in 24 meetings, Andy Roddick beat Roger Federer yesterday in the third round of Miami.
He did so wearing his signature shoe, the Babolat Propulse 3.

The Propulse 3, also available for juniors, is an innovative all-court shoe featuring new colors: black and lime green for men and black and hot pink for women.
Since its launch in 2007, the shoe has been endorsed and worn by Andy Roddick.

Technology highlights for the Propulse 3 include:

Kompressor System — Heel system with Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR) filled tubes in the rubber to absorb energy when the heel hits the ground, uniformly distributing it for optimum comfort.

Cell Shield — Provides durability to the upper to stand up to even more abrasion while providing excellent comfort.

Exact PRO Technology — Propulsion system under the forefoot generates a dynamic impulse in lateral movements for faster footwork.

Michelin OCS (Optimized Cell System) — Developed in collaboration with Michelin’s R&D team, the Propulse 3 outsole offers optimized traction and is more resistant to wear and tear.

Foot Belt — Innovative system defined by three points: heel, ankle and instep support offering a tailor made fit for perfect foot-shoe synergy.

Grand Slam Tennis 2, the latest installment of the tennis franchise was released last month by EA Sports, and for few fortunates, there is this VIP Pack. Comes with everything you will need on an actual tennis court, from Babolat tennis racquet to specially branded Lacoste polo shirt, Wilson tennis balls for U.S. Open, and a pair of Grand Slam Tennis 2 Rod Laver tennis shoes from adidas Originals. In case the confines of the great outdoor isn’t your thing, the VIP Pack also includes the game itself, the PlayStation 3 console, and the PS3 Move accessories. Each conveniently packaged in a customized duffle bag, there is all but one draw back – only 20 of these will be available worldwide.

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