2012 Gamma Prototype Playtest!

Discussion in 'Strings' started by TW Staff, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. TW Staff

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    Attention Talk Tennis Members.

    We have finished taking requests for the Gamma prototype playtest. We will not be sending confirmation emails.

    For those of you who receive the string, please post a full review by Tuesday September 25th.

    If you do not post a review, or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.

    ** No Hybrids **

    Include the following in your review:

    Tension used for playtest
    Regular string set up
    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Power of test string
    Feel
    Spin
    Comfort
    Durability
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Compare to the string you use most often
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes.

    Happy hitting!
     
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  2. Lefty78

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  3. wrxinsc

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    Email Sent. Curious about the type of string.

    And as always I will post a full review in this thread.
     
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  4. cluckcluck

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  5. mikeler

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    Darn, I wanted to try it in a "Hybird". :)
     
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  6. TheLambsheadrep

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  7. Thunderman15

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    Gamma playtest

    Email sent~~ hope i get to playtest i enjoy doing these =D
     
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  8. Laney Tennis

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  9. PBODY99

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    No hybirds allowed.......

    E-mail sent. I wonder if it is a non-poly ?
     
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  10. aced_Tezuka

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    It's a poly.
     
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  11. jason n

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    email sent. thanks
     
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  12. tistrapukcipeht

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    Damn, almost nobody wants to test Gamma strings, I wonder why.

    I'll pass it as well!
     
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  13. Brocolt

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  14. vndesu

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    cant wait i just got a 320 vo2 from tt. and will prolly test the strings on it.
     
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  15. Bhagi Katbamna

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    request sent.
     
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  16. D-money

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    Sent my request Friday forgot to mention that I can absolutely post a full review here.
     
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  17. swfh

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    email sent. cant wait!!
     
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  18. mikeler

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    Haha, nice reason for editing the post TW! Good luck with the playtest.
     
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  19. db10s

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    Not too many sets.... Err, I swear this never showed up on Tapatalk. Can't catch all of them.
     
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  20. Getting_Closer

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    Would it make your chance of being selected better by posting "email sent" ?
     
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  21. Nuke

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    ^ No. I enter these playtests and never post an "email sent" message, and I have always gotten the string if I replied quickly enough. Not sure how these messages got started, but they are certainly not necessary.
     
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  22. LanEvo

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    You think they would send everyone a Playtest pack of Nat. Gut to everyone?
     
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  23. db10s

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    Haha, that'd be cool, but they would never do that.
     
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  24. jonnyjack

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    I just got the playtest string, thanks TW!

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  25. pvaudio

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    Yep got it today to. Polyester, feels exactly like Pro Hurricane 18.
     
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  26. Rock Strongo

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    Funky color... I can't recall ever seeing a string that has the same visual appeal of a prosthetic limb that's been left out in the sun for 3 years.

    Or actually, it looks kind of like half-clear silicone.
     
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  27. nadalex

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    yea i tried this string straight from gamma in a playtest. Its not that bad but it moves soooooo much and its awfully annoying to string because the string gets eaten by the tension gripper and the clamps
     
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  28. bdinpgh

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    I got a package of Fettuccine in the mail today . . . . . . . . . . . I strung it up, so I'll get a chance to see what it feels like tomorrow.:)
     
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  29. LanEvo

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    I just got mine today as well,will string it up either tomorrow or Monday and take it out.
     
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  30. LanEvo

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    What tension did you have it at? I was thinking somewhere along 50lbs. on the PDR.
     
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  31. KoolTennisKid

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    Anybody else noticed how it's kinda waxy
     
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  32. TheLambsheadrep

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    Got it yesterday. Can anyone guess the gauge, it looks a little thinner than 1.30 . Anyone from TW know?
     
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  33. db10s

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    Maybe 1.25
     
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  34. kwantam

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    Received my test string in the mail today. Looked so much like syngut that I had to do the hydrochloric acid test to make sure it was poly. (Definitely *feels* like poly, but it never hurts to be sure :) ).

    Strung it up at 50/48; I'll be hitting with it in the morning.

    Thanks, TW, for including me again!
     
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  35. lynnbart

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    I hope this is the correct place to put the string review.

    Tension used for playtest: 48lbs constant pull

    Regular string set up: Black Iontec

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Youtek Radical MP

    Power of test string: Fairly low powered overall. Forehand was good but 1hbh needed help and serves didn't have the normal pop.

    Feel: I would describe the string as definately boardy feeling. There wasn't that initial pocketing that you feel with fresh poly.

    Spin: Spin access was easy on groundstrokes.

    Comfort: For a string with a boardy type feel, it wasn't uncomfortable at all. I've never had full tennis elbow or shoulder problems, but I can feel the twinges sometimes. This string never produced that even on my famous "forehand frames"...

    Durability: No problems with durability at all. There was some slight notching, but nothing significant from any other poly I've played with.

    Playability Duration: I put around 5 hours on the string and it held its playability well. I never go much more than that on any poly's and this string seems to hold it's tension maintenance fine. I think 8-10 hours could be reasonably expected.

    Control: I had the most trouble with serves. I prefer some bite on the ball hitting a kick serve and wasn't able to get in the groove. I could hit out on most groundstrokes and be okay. No problems with the ball sailing.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Black Iontec is a much softer, more elastic string. When stringing the test string, there was no wait for the string to stretch, it just tensioned and stopped.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I think that if I played with it again, I would try a lower tension to see if I could pick up some of the missing bite and pocketing. The string is a little thicker than I normally use and a smaller guage might help some as well.

    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes.: One thing I noticed quickly is that I had to adjust my clamps. The string slid through the clamp on the first couple of pulls. I expected the string to play slick, but they actually moved around some during play. It may be the first poly that I had to re-adjust strings between some points, especially right after stringing. There was quite abit of coil memory and the strings tried to kink up when stringing the crosses. There was nothing that I really just did not like about the string. I do think I would like to try it again with a thinner guage...

    Thanks TennisWarehouse for the opportunity to test play !
     
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  36. ewberner

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    I have just recently playtested this string directly from Gamma. I just strung it up today to give it one last go to see if I would change anything from my initial review.

    Will post later this evening on what I think about it.

    Update:I played for 4 hours today. I got the same results as my recent playtest directly from Gamma. Here is the review.

    Tension used for playtest: 52# on a lockout machine. 2-piece

    Regular string set up: Dunlop Black Widow 52#

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Dunlop Biomimetic 200 w/leather grip

    Power of test string:I felt that it had decent pop for a poly, but I have played with some that have more. The power of this string did not blow me away by any means. I though there was a good amount of power to make the shots I needed to hit, especially on serve.

    Feel: This string was pretty soft as far as poly strings go. It had a nice crispness to it, however. I got pretty good feel from all areas of the court with this setup. I enjoyed the feel I got with volleys and touch shots.

    Spin:There was moderate spin produced with this string. Not even close to my normal setup, though. It still offered a little more spin than some other polys.

    Comfort: This string was very comfortable. I had no issues with arm pain at all.

    Durability: Durability seems ok. There was a significant amount of notching after the 4 hours. I could see it lasting another 4, at best, before breaking.

    Playability Duration: This string, for me, became unplayable at the 4 hour mark. It felt like it had become really springy and I could not keep the ball in the court. The strings also moved around more than any other poly I have played with at this point. I am sure that is due to a loss in tension and the string texture that became gummy.

    Control: Within those first 4 hours the control was good. Not great, but good. I could make the shots I normally do, but did not have the same amount of confidence that I do with my normal string.

    Compare to the string you use most often: This string offers a little better feel than black widow, especially with touch shots and volleys. My normal setup gives me more spin, power, control, and better tension maintenance than this test string.

    Tension recommendations: After playing with this string, again at 52#, I would recommend stringing this in the mid to high 50s, unless using in a hybrid. This would give the string, IMO, a little more time to maintain the playability.

    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes: I really enjoyed stringing this string. It was one of the easiest polys to string. The feel was the best playing characteristic of this string, but still does not compare to other polys I have played with. Overall, besides stringing it, there weren't any likes for this string. I have had better playability from several other polys. The string movement is horrendous, even in an 18x20 pattern.

    Thank you TW and Gamma for this playtesting opportunity. Hope this helps!
     
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  37. vndesu

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    just got mines in today cant wait to try it.
     
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  38. djNEiGht

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    So it's a poly...feels pretty soft in hand and the gauge is thin. I will most likely put it in an nCode nTour 95 with a small chance of going into a London. Probably 48#s.
     
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  39. Andyroo10567

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    Um, is it normal if i got 2 sets. :O Oh well.
     
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  40. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Got it yesterday, will string it today and go from there.
     
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  41. Laney Tennis

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    Strung it up last night, interesting stuff. Shape of it is flat with some twists from coil memory? Anybody got a close up picture of this? Last time with the 4g test someone posted a pic that revealed it was actually a shaped poly which was difficult to see.
     
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  42. Andyroo10567

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    Got the strings yesterday. Will string it up next week. Just got my racquet freshly strung thinking i didn't get accepted :p
     
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  43. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Racket: Head Microgel Extreme

    Tension used for playtest 55 lb

    Regular string set up Kirschbaum Pro-Line II at 55 lb



    Power of test string: Good Power. More than PII at the same tension.

    Feel: Good feel for a poly. It isn't gut, but I have used Luxilon m2pro and BHBR. This is better than the m2 pro and equivalent to BHBR

    Spin: Better than PII and m2pro, equivalent to BHBR

    Comfort: Excellent. I don't have elbow or shoulder issues anymore and this string didn't cause any problems for me. I didn't feel any jarring on contact.

    Durability: Doesn't really apply to me as I am not a string breaker.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): Playability duration is about 7 hours for me. I am not a string breaker and most synthetic gut full beds last me about 6-8 hours.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Excellent control.

    Compare to the string you use most often: I use proline II and I like this string better. It has the same power, more spin potential, and better feel and comfort.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I think 54 on the head mg extreme was a good tension.

    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes.
    Likes
    : Spin, power, and comfort

    Dislikes: nothing really.

    One note, the string was fairly easy to string. It is shaped as others have noticed but it didn't slip in my clamps.

    This string would be my go to string depending on the price. If it was equivalent to Kirschbaum PII in price it would be a good deal(for me).
     
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  44. PBODY99

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    GAMMA test


    Tension used for play test 24 Kg / 23 Kg electronic constant pull 10% machine pre-stretch. Normal coil memory, coating did not feel as slick as most polys. Normal installation.
    Regular string set up 1.25m poly m 1.25 solid core cross
    Racquet PRINCE SPEEDPORT GOLD 110
    Power of test string : LOW
    Feel: NORMAL FOR A POLY
    Spin: BELOW AVERAGE
    Comfort : ABOVE AVERAGE
    Durability
    Playability Duration : shorter than normal 6 hours I cut it out . Strings just started moving and it just played dead. not stiff, just uniquely mushy for a poly
    Control : Less bite than my normal set up. Since I find this very low powered
    Compare to the strings I normally use, this will not get another try, I really cannot think of a string I could not use this quickly
    Tension recommendations : AT LEAST 2 Kg LOWER
    Summary: Strings started to move after one hour of hitting. which I had never have happened with other polys in full or hybrid set ups. Worse than some 1st gen polys I have used
     
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  45. dParis

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    Alright, I have about 3 hours with the Gamma test string. I normally don't play/don't care for polys, but I'll do my best to be informative.

    My stringer (who ran the tennis pro room for Wilson BITD) said there was nothing remarkable about stringing the Gamma test product and that it reminded him of Head Sonic Pro. There appears to be a few indentations on the string from what I assume are clamps. No apparent effect on durability of playability, though.

    Tension used for playtest: 52m 50c Constant pull.

    Regular string set up: Various multis, full beds. 58m 56c

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Volkl Organix 10 295g

    Power of test string: Initially, I thought this was very low powered as a result of the ball bounce test and the first few minutes of real hitting, but I soon realized the power is sufficient as long as I worked for it with a long, powerful stroke. It wasn't the most powerful string on serve, but sufficient pace was there without having to try too hard to bring the heat.

    Feel: Nothing to write home about, but not horrible either. Being a regular user of multi-filaments, my initial description would be that this felt like some run of the mill, cheap string - differing little from my limited experience with other polys. I wasn't expecting great pocketing and I can say this string met my expectations. I did get used to it the more I played, though and stingbed feel was generally solid, without harsh vibration.

    Spin: Above average. There are multi filaments that I get as much, or more spin out of, such as Gamma Professional, Prince Premiere Attack or Isospeed Pro Classic. I thought this sting lacked bite, but I was often able to produce noticeable, effective spin on a variety of shots and serves nonetheless. I would think that baseliners who use topspin more effectively than I, would find this string playable in that regard.

    Comfort: I'm not prone to arm pain, but I definitely feel like I hit a lot of tennis balls tonight. There is no pain, mind you, but I would rate this string Average to Below Average for comfort.

    Durability: I'm not a string breaker, so I think this string will lose playability before I ever break it. I notice no wear at all after 3 hours of play.

    Playability Duration: I will play with it again next week and report back if I notice any drastic difference in playability.

    Control: This is where I thought the string stood out for my game. My return of serve was particularly outstanding. I was playing a hard, flat server and I was zoning tonight. In part, I believe, due to the control gained with this stringbed. I never felt like my returns were getting away from me. I found it easy to find the court and my "shot dispersion" was rather tight.:) As I adjusted, I was able to hit my returns deeper and/or go for more angles. This translated to my groundstrokes as well. I was confident in changing directions and going down the line. Cross-court, sharp angle forehands were easier to execute.

    On serve, my percentages were up and my double faults were way down. I was able to find the right side of the ad court repeatedly and my slice to the deuce court was effectively pulling my opponent off the court. I was able to move the ball around the box more effectively than any time this year.

    Compare to the string you use most often: I have been using Iso Control Classic lately, but the control part is a complete misnomer, particularly when compared to this Gamma playtest string. I may have played my last game with the Iso Control, but the other multis I mentioned earlier (Iso Pro Classic, PPA and Gamma Pro) offer more comfort, power, feel, bite and almost as much control as the Gamma teststring.

    Tension recommendations: Considering the control I found with the Gamma teststring a 52/50, I would go down two pounds, at least, without any worries.

    Summary: I didn't really care for the feel or comfort of this string and volleys and certain approaches could use a little more punch. On the plus side, I really enjoyed the return game with this string and though feel was lacking, I was still able to hit repeatable shots which suggests a consistent stringbed. Control was good.

    Though I probably wouldn't game this string, it has opened my mind to considering a poly string - if it could provide improved comfort, bite and feel with similar power and control.

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    Thanks Tennis Warehouse for including me in this playtest. I did enjoy. :)
     
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  46. kwantam

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    I strung the Gamma test string last Sunday and played it alongside my regular string setup this week. In total I'd say I've put 4 or 5 hours on it since Monday.

    Generally when I playtest a string I'll have my regular setup freshly strung in an identical racquet for comparison's sake; this time I had my regular setup with about 5 hours on it already in one racquet, plus a third setup I'm also testing at the moment. This represents halfway or more to string death for me, so I can't compare against a perfectly fresh setup. However, I'm familiar enough with my normal setup to have some confidence in the perceptions I'll share below.

    Stringing: nothing too bad here. Average coil memory, grippers didn't have any trouble holding it and didn't seem to wear on the string excessively. Nothing of note. Strung on a Gamma 5800 ELs (electronic constant pull). Tension was 50m/48x.

    Racquet/regular setup: My go-to setup is a Volkl OrganiX 8 315g strung with MSV Focus Hex 1.18. Recently I've upped my tension to 52m/50x with this string to keep from getting too much rocket launching effect at the end of the string's life. However, since the test string is a heavier gauge (looked like 16L to me), I dropped the tension to 50/48 since that's about what I've liked with other polys of this diameter. The other setup I have in my bag right now is Babolat VS Touch 16 natgut (black) crossed with Signum Pro Poly-Plasma 17L, strung at 58/54. I'll compare to both.

    Power: Initially I felt like the test string was a bit of a rocket launcher, and wished I'd strung it a couple pounds tighter. After hitting with it for a bit, I was able to adjust to the launch angle. Given that this is a 16L-ish string, this probably indicates the perceived power is a bit above average; most 16L strings I've used have been stiffer at this tension and have had a lower launch angle. Once I got used to it, I found that I could control the depth reasonably well in rally points but I felt a little out of control aggressively driving mid-court sitters.

    Feel: I found that I got decent pocketing of the ball on groundstrokes and good solid pop on volleys without any boardy harshness. In a lot of ways, this string feels like the middle ground between poly and a crisp syngut like OGSM. That said, I didn't find it to pocket as well as MSVFH, though I did find that my touch shots---especially short angle volleys---gave me very nice feedback from the racquet.

    Spin: I'd say spin production with this string is slightly below average for a poly of this gauge. Since the launch angle seemed a bit high to me, I wasn't generally in a position to really swing hyper-aggressively at the ball and really rip the spin unless I was way behind the baseline. That said, if I'd strung it a little tighter, I might have been able to really rip on it without fear of launching the ball too deep. (One of the problems with playtesting just one set of strings is that you have to guess what tension will work with your game, and it seems like I guessed slightly too low in this case.)

    Comfort: Here's where this string stands above other polys. I'd be inclined to think that Gamma will market this as a comfort poly, because (at least, to me) this is what it felt like. As I said when discussing feel, something about this string reminded me of a crisp syngut. I didn't get any of the borderline-harsh stiffness one generally gets from an RPM Blast or a Lux ALU.

    Durability: Seems on par with other polyester strings. Some notching in the crosses after a couple hours hitting with it, but nothing that is immediately threatening the integrity of the main strings. I'm not much of a string breaker, so this string would almost certainly last me the 10-ish hours I tend to put on a poly stringbed before cutting it out.

    Playability duration: Once the bed settled in post-stringing, it seemed to maintain its tension pretty well. In fact, the feel has not changed substantially over the first 5 hours of hitting, which is actually a bit better than average. Strings like ALU Fluoro go from amazing at 1-2 hours to OK at 3-5 to terrible at 8+; this one is just holding steadily, at least through the first 4-5 hours.

    Control: Control was quite good. I'd say that the best control setup I've ever used is the gut/poly setup that's presently strung in my third racquet. This is a couple notches below that, right about on par with the MSVFH1.18. The exception is on volleys, where I found this string to be better than the MSV setup and almost on par with the gut/poly. Directional control on serves is similar to the MSV. I don't like the way my kick serve plays off this racquet: it's too loopy and generally too deep, forcing me to adjust my toss a bit more than I'd like. Flat serves and those with only small amounts of slice/topslice were generally fine. The one caveat with regard to control is this: this string moves all over the place! I found that I had to constantly readjust the string so that I had a nice even stringbed; otherwise, my mains were all wacky. It's entirely possible that it's purely psychological, but it always feels to me like if my strings aren't straight I lose a bit of directional control on the ball. Maybe I'm just crazy.

    Comparison to other setups: Compared to the MSVFH, the test string has: more power, similar feel at net but worse at baseline, less spin, more comfort, similar durability, so far similar playability duration, similar control at baseline but better at net. Compared to the gut/poly setup, the test string has: similar power, worse feel except at net where the gut/poly only has a slight edge, less spin, less comfort, better durability, worse playability duration (as long as the gut doesn't break, anyhow), worse control at baseline but similar at net.

    Tension recommendation: I'd go up 2 pounds to 52m/50x if I were to string this again.

    Primary likes: Good comfort and feel, especially at the net. Good directional control, especially at the net. Flat serves were good.

    Primary dislikes: The movement, oh god the movement. The mains would just not stay in place. One of the things I like about poly is that I don't have to constantly fix the strings, and this stringbed just absolutely failed in that regard. So frustrating. The other main complaint is that I actually like a bit stiffer feel from my stringbed, so this string really isn't for me in that respect; reasonable people can differ on this point, of course.

    Thanks a lot for letting me test this string, TW. As always, it's great to get out there and hit with new and interesting stuff.
     
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  47. wrxinsc

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    Let me preface this more detailed review by saying this is not the string for me. This is a flat shaped string. And presents a very thick face - like 13 or 14 ga thick. Super strange visual. It is incredibly boardy with no spin characteristics. The mains move around and stick like crazy. I think because of all the contact face surface area because it is flat.

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    Tension used for playtest 50/48 lower than what I usually use, and thank goodness. If I had strung any higher it would have been unusable.

    Regular string set up gut/poly hybrid. lately been hitting with 4g 16l mains and N.vy 16 crosses

    Racquet brand and model used for test Volkl X8 300

    Power of test string very dead and boardy, underpowered as a full bed

    Feel none, absolutely none. dead poly feel.

    Spin this is not a spin friendly string. that flat face just felt really strange to me.

    Comfort even in a full bed the string was not unduly harsh. even as stiff as it is.

    Durability i have about three hours on it and it seems to holding up well.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)i haven't noticed any break in period either. still plays just as stiff, boardy, and dull as it started out

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) there is control here for a flat hitter. not my game to take big flat swinging cuts at the ball, so this is not the string for me.

    Compare to the string you use most often 4g/N.vy is amazingly consistent in it positive feedback heavy and light. this string is the exact opposite. if 4g/N.vy is a scalpel this string is a chain saw.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) if i were to give this string another chance i would go very very low with tension and twist the string during stringing.

    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes. i really didn't like or understand this string at all.

    Thanks for the playtest opportunity, I hope my review comments are helpful. They are meant to be taken in the context of my play style and relative to my expectations in a string. I hit heavy topspin with fast racquet head speed from both sides. Touch and feel is very important to my game. My control and offense comes from hitting heavy balls with patience and directional control until I get something to drive. These strings were just too brutal for my game.
     
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  48. jim e

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    Racquets were strung on electronic CP machine.
    Very easy string to string, more so than my normal set up.

    Racket: Head Radical OS

    Tension used for playtest 48 lb

    Regular string set up Wilson nat. gut 16g. 64lbs.

    Power of test string: Middle of the road for a poly. Serves had good pop, 4/5

    Feel: Good feel for a poly. Not the same feel as my nat. gut but for a poly at this tension feel for volleys was good, as well as base line shots.4/5

    Spin: I hit a ralatively flat ball, but was able to generate enough spin with this when needed. 4/5

    Comfort: For a poly, it had nice comfort at 48lbs.Was able to swing hard, and was very comfortable for base line shots and volleys 5/5

    Durability: I am usually not a string breaker, but this string broke at approx. the 4 hour mark.I wished it lasted longer to give this a more thorough review 2.5/5

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): For the 4 hours I hit with it, it did hold up well. Unsure how long it would have lasted as it broke at the 4 hour mark.3.5/5

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I had very good control with baseline shots and serves, and the feel made the volleys comfortable with control 4/5

    Compare to the string you use most often: Well, since I use nat. gut, I feel it really is not proper to compare this string to nat. gut, but you asked, so...
    The Wilson nat. gut has more power, feel, and control than this string, but then again this is comparing this string to a nat. gut and not comparing it to other poly type strings.3/5

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) The 48 lbs. felt good, but if I had another chance I would probably go a little lower approx. 45 lbs. to get even more feel out of this string.

    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes.
    Likes
    : comfort and control was the best characteristics of this string for me.
    I also liked that it is a very easy string to string up.Had to set the clamps a little tighter, but was no slipping like others commented, but it did flatten the string out where it clamped, but still no big deal.

    Dislikes:
    #1. I would say durability as it broke at the 4 hour time as I wished it lasted longer to give this a more thorough review, and I am usually not a string breaker.
    #2. I would say is power, as I would like a little more, but this is compared to my normal string.


    Thank you for the playtest.
     
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  49. pvaudio

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    One of my stringbeds is about to pop, so once it does (I give it half an hr), I'll string up my Gamma and post a review.
     
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  50. Andyroo10567

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    Tension used for playtest : 50lb Constant pull

    Regular string set up : Technifbre Pro Red code 18g 60lb

    Racquet brand and model used for test : Wilson NBlade 98

    Power of test string : High. Maybe because of the difference in tension. Wanted to try something new. Very uncontrollable for me.

    Feel : Nothing much. Didn't amaze me, didn't bore me to death either. But definitely I will NOT use this. I would rather stick with Pro Red Code or Revenge.

    Spin : The spin on these strings were something i had a hard time testing out. I was still adjusting to the power but i decided just to move on and stop whining. Topspin was very easy, though slices, not so much.

    Comfort : Pretty comfortable to hit with. A lot better than RPM's comfort. Still didn't like the overall perfomance of this. . . .

    Durability : Average. Similar durability to every other poly string. Nothing special.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) : tension maintained the same, didn't notice any tension drop.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) : Definitely a hard one for me to judge. I would say i needed to use a lot slower swing speed. I tried playing my normal game with a lower tension and it didn't work out so well.

    Compare to the string you use most often : I would put this compared to Pro Red Code as JUNK. May be because i got so frustrated but for some odd reason i got 2 sets instead of 1 so ill put the next one to 59lb instead.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) : High tensions. I hated the low tension on this. Cut these strings out immediately before posting this. i would recommend 55 - 62 lb.

    Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes.
    My only like about this string is the comfort.
    Dislike is all i basically got for this string. I hate the low tension on this.
    Also, the pop on the ball is fine and all but i was expecting some surprising performance from this. Sadly, this string I would put as junk. ( PS, this playtest may have been judged over frustration so results vary )
     
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