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JackB1
03-30-2010, 10:14 AM
Any opinions on this string? Wilson calls it a "polyvalent", whatever that means? Is it s syn gut or a multi? I know a lot of people didn't like the original Hollow Core, but they must have improved it with the Pro model?

For those that have tried it, how is comfort? power? spin?

BobFL
03-30-2010, 10:45 AM
I just love HCP17! It is HUGE upgrade over HCO. I recommend it for 18x20 patterns tho. Great feedback, control, power and sound (very important for me). Durability is not so good for open patterns but there is always a trade-off :)

JackB1
03-30-2010, 11:15 AM
I just love HCP17! It is HUGE upgrade over HCO. I recommend it for 18x20 patterns tho. Great feedback, control, power and sound (very important for me). Durability is not so good for open patterns but there is always a trade-off :)

Just curious.....why is "sound so important" and how does thr HCP sound different?

How is the softness? Do u think this string feels crisp or soft?

BobFL
03-30-2010, 11:34 AM
It feels crisp (definitely more crispy than HCO). The sound is important for me. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy but it is true. I simply cannot play with mushy strings with dampened feel and muted sound but that is just me :)
HCO felt softer and muted...

JackB1
03-30-2010, 12:07 PM
It feels crisp (definitely more crispy than HCO). The sound is important for me. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy but it is true. I simply cannot play with mushy strings with dampened feel and muted sound but that is just me :)
HCO felt softer and muted...

Do you think these would be OK for someone with slight tennis elbow issues?

JackB1
04-02-2010, 05:49 AM
Just tried some Hollow Core Pro on my BLX95 18x20......

really liked it.....nice soft , pocketing feel.....lots of powers! I mean lots.
Next time I will need to go up from 53lbs, which I strung this time. Other thing is that the strings moved around a lot right away. Probably more than any other I have seen before. That could also be due to the lower tension I tried it at. But all in all I really liked the feel and sound of the string and it's pretty economically priced. One other thing I forgot to mention, was that this string starts fraying like gut. It doesn't wear like a typical multi. Don't lnow if that is a good or bad thing.

flashfire276
04-02-2010, 08:02 AM
Just tried some Hollow Core Pro on my BLX95 18x20......

really liked it.....nice soft , pocketing feel.....lots of powers! I mean lots.
Next time I will need to go up from 53lbs, which I strung this time. Other thing is that the strings moved around a lot right away. Probably more than any other I have seen before. That could also be due to the lower tension I tried it at. But all in all I really liked the feel and sound of the string and it's pretty economically priced. One other thing I forgot to mention, was that this string starts fraying like gut. It doesn't wear like a typical multi. Don't lnow if that is a good or bad thing.

So it really is an update from the past Hollow Core?

Interesting. I wonder if this thing will pop as fast as the previous HC.

JoelDali
04-02-2010, 08:09 AM
This was part of the playtest string...I put it in a PT90 and it was all right but nothing too special for me, but glad you like it.

ryangoring
04-02-2010, 08:29 AM
Just tried some Hollow Core Pro on my BLX95 18x20......

really liked it.....nice soft , pocketing feel.....lots of powers! I mean lots.
Next time I will need to go up from 53lbs, which I strung this time. Other thing is that the strings moved around a lot right away. Probably more than any other I have seen before. That could also be due to the lower tension I tried it at. But all in all I really liked the feel and sound of the string and it's pretty economically priced. One other thing I forgot to mention, was that this string starts fraying like gut. It doesn't wear like a typical multi. Don't lnow if that is a good or bad thing.
You strung it at 53?!?!?! Man that's low! I have some now, I was going to string at 60!! at max!
I'll let you all in when I'm finished.

JackB1
04-02-2010, 08:57 AM
You strung it at 53?!?!?! Man that's low! I have some now, I was going to string at 60!! at max!
I'll let you all in when I'm finished.

I string most multi's on the low end of the racquet's range. The Wilson BLX95 is range 50-60, so 53 isn't THAT low. But the Hollow Core Pro either loses a ton of tension right away or just needs to be string higher than normal. I would recommend going 2-3 lbs higher than usual on this string.

Pros: soft, powerful, feel's nice, great sound
Cons: durabilty, frays like gut, tension loss

This seems like a love it or hate it string. The big question marks for me are durability and tension loss. Other than that, I really like it. Next time I will try it at 55,56 lbs.

Power Player
04-02-2010, 09:12 AM
I hit with this stuff, I did the same playtest Joel Dali did. I thought it was very very average personally. It did not really do much for me. I believe I had it at 58#s.

Orion
04-02-2010, 07:50 PM
It makes a really crisp "pop". I strung it up in a Agassi LE OS. They moved like crazy the first 45 min but once the settled down a little they didn't move as much. I only hit with it for abut 3 hours but I would try it in a bybrid as the cross string with gut or multi mains.

BobFL
04-02-2010, 07:52 PM
Do you think these would be OK for someone with slight tennis elbow issues?

Sorry Jack I just saw your question. Well, I guess you already know the answer :) Just in case my answer is - yes I do! :)

Btw, like my friend says: you either use polys or you don't. People who like/use polys will never like string like HCP. Just my $0.02

Bob

finchy
04-02-2010, 08:46 PM
I was also part of the playtest. I busted these in 2 weeks, playing a total of maybe 18-20 hours. Strung it at 58'ish I think in a K90 and thought they were very low powered, probably as a result of the higher tension. I felt good control, okay spin, very crisp though. They will move around on you though.

Visene77
04-02-2010, 08:51 PM
Average string. Its a move in the same direction Wilson is taking their racquets..............the wrong one.

JackB1
04-05-2010, 09:59 AM
I was also part of the playtest. I busted these in 2 weeks, playing a total of maybe 18-20 hours. Strung it at 58'ish I think in a K90 and thought they were very low powered, probably as a result of the higher tension. I felt good control, okay spin, very crisp though. They will move around on you though.

Even at that high tension they moved a lot? I strung my BLX95 at 53 and for the first hour, every time I hit a ball, the strings would moove all over the place. Was pretty annoying and unfortunate because I loved the feel and power and comfort of the string.

JackB1
04-05-2010, 10:02 AM
Sorry Jack I just saw your question. Well, I guess you already know the answer :) Just in case my answer is - yes I do! :)

Btw, like my friend says: you either use polys or you don't. People who like/use polys will never like string like HCP. Just my $0.02

Bob

Bob...we seem like the only one's that like it :)

What tension did u string your at and what racquet?
Did you have a lot of string movement the first day? Does it settle down after that?

JT Corona
07-14-2010, 07:18 PM
I like this string, but not sure if I like it enough to use it regularly. I'm usually content using a 17g syn gut. However the HCP does have a nice crisp feel and strong sound as well. Control and power is evident on shots. Imo its sorta like a syn gut but with a more rewarding feel and sound. I cant believe its stiffness is only rated 180. Anyways will find out how this string holds up over time in the BLX90.

Valjean
07-15-2010, 06:00 AM
The cool reception (so far) in here corresponds closely this time with the USRSA's playtest, not cited so far:

http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/articles/2010/05/17_playtest_wilson_hollow_core.html