Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro & ZX Playtest!

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  1. wrxinsc

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    tension recommendation please:

    i got the red colored thinner gauge string. seems to me this string will be very lively...

    i'm thinking 54 or 55 in a full bed for my volkl c10. open pattern, flexible old school plush players racquet, but it is very powerful.

    i play the c10's with very stiff poly mains and stiff/crisp syn gut crosses usually 50/53, and that can be too powerful for my swing speed and long strokes, but my elbow doesn't like higher tensioned polys. gut, syn gut, etc. - while i love the playability and comfort they just don't last more than a match or two for me.

    fingers crossed this will work for me to replace polys but be durable enough to work for my game.

    edit.... discussed with my stringer and we decided, because red, to go ahead and lower the tension the 10% recommended. Torres had noted in his reviews of the string he did not like at too high a tension, albeit in the thicker gauge, so that figured into our thinking. Went with 53 one piece. gotta say this is a very interesting string. i dig it. trained about 2 hours of singles last night. i can say that it is a very responsive string. could be that i went a smidgen too low for this thinner gauge string in my open pattern...

    oh and with a good rip with fresh balls you can smell the burn. :)

    durability is a key issue for me with this string so full review will be forthcoming next week.
     
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  2. gtshark1

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    Same here. Perfect description of the color.

    I'll be stringing it in a POG mid. I like a high tension full bed poly or poly/multi hybrid. Recommended tension on the POG mid is 53-63. I'd like to hear some suggestions on where to string this one keeping in mind part of the play-test is to compare to normal setup. I just don't know anything about the play/feel/composition of this test string (Which should make for a pretty fair test and report)
     
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  3. Bhagi Katbamna

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    String, gauge, & color received: The red version. ZX-Pro. 17g

    Tension used for playtest: Mains: 53 lb, Crosses: 55lb

    Regular string set up: Usually use Kirschbaum Pro Line II but recently have been using a hybrid of Proline II mains and Gamma Asterix crosses

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson BLX Pro Tour 2012 version(16 mains, 20 crosses).

    Power of test string: Good power. On serves, I had no problems booming them in there. More than poly. A little less than hybrid. I don't use pure multifilament so can't comment on that.

    Feel: Excellent feel. Better than just poly. About the same as hybrid. I have a sensitive elbow and some poly cause problems. This string was great in that regard. Great ball pocketing.

    Spin: Comparable to pure poly. No string movement. I usually don't have huge spin but I had no problems with balls flying.

    Comfort: Excellent. No arm pain. No shoulder pain. No jarring shock. Great pocketing of the ball as well. Felt like it was a synth gut until you see the spin on the ball.

    Durability: I've played 2 hours of doubles and 1.5 hours of singles. Update: Played more, 1.5 hours of doubles, 1.5 hours of singles. Total of 3.5 hours of doubles and 3 hours of singles. No problems but i am not a string breaker

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): No change over 2 hours of doubles. Update: played one and a half hour of singles today. Feels like new. They don't move for me. Update: Played another 2 hours of doubles so for a total of 5 1/2 hours without any real change. Played more singles. No problems.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) No problems. Very predictable.

    Compare to the string you use most often: More comfortable than ProLine II no loss of control, better feel, better comfort.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) low to mid 50's seems right in a 16 x 20 95 sq. in racket.

    List any final thoughts: This is a great string. It feels soft but works like a poly with spin and control. It took a bit of time to string due to the recommendation to count to ten for the string to elongate while stringing. But, it was worth is given how good the string is. If the playability lasts as much as a poly, it is a great value.

    Thanks for the tips on stringing.
    Thank you for allowing me to participate in the test.
     
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  4. SteveI

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    Hi Torres,

    I see you have played the Big Hitter Silver... you nailed how it plays.. and understand how the Head PPS really makes the set-up play soft. I am planning to go 55/53. I have a constant pull machine and I always wait until the tension settles before I clamp off. Thanks for the great insights. Be stringing today!!

    Regards...
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  5. Torres

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    ^ Just a coincidence really. I had a reel of BHSR17 lying around with a Donnay P1 so strung it up with some Gosen 17 a couple of weeks ago at 56/60 LO (poly/synth gut). Played great off the stringer but started getting a bit soft on the 3rd outing.
     
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  6. SJSA

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    I just got mine today. Thanks TW!
     
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  7. jonnyjack

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    I just strung them up on my Yonex RDiS 200 at 55 lbs. Wow, it stretches so much! I had to do multiple pulls on my Klippermate to remove all the slack just to get the dropweight level since it kept going to the table. I ended up only needing 17 feet for the mains and 16 feet for the crosses. Normally 19.5 feet for the mains and 18 feet for the crosses when I use all poly.

    Thanks TW, I'll have my review up right around the deadline so I can get as much playtest time in as I can. I was planning to cut my old strings out this weekend but they broke in my match last night so I strung it up today.

    I was super careful with the string and the knots so it wouldn't snap but it didn't seem like I had to baby them as much as I was led to believe.
     
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  8. PigPen

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    TW sent me a set of brown ZX Pro. It does look like whole wheat pasta. Waiting for my stringer to string up the full bed. Will pick up the racket this weekend a report on the differences between a full bed and a gut/zx hybrid.
     
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  9. pvaudio

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    Broke my B5E today (sad :( ), but I will be testing this stuff out asap! (happy :) ).
     
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  10. Molk

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    Playtest: Ashaway mono Gut ZX Pro

    Gauge & color received 17 gauge, red color
    Tension used for playtest 50 lbs.
    Regular string set up Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange
    Racquet brand and model used for test Wilson Steam 99S
    Power of test string Excellent
    Feel Excellent
    Spin Average
    Comfort Excellent
    Durability Very good so far. Played with 3 times and let others try too. No notching or fraying, like previous zyex products.
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) Tension is the same after 5 hours.
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) trajectory is definitely higher. It is predictable and you can get used to it.
    Compare to the string you use most often Everything is better except the spin and the spin is very important.
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) Maybe a few pounds tighter because of the higher trajection.
    List any final thoughts. Best for a dense string pattern. Would work great as a hybrid. Wished the spin was better. Thanks for letting me playtest. I have always liked Ashaway strings. Would be interested in feedback from Kevlar mains and MonoGut ZX Pro crosses.
     
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  11. corners

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    The poster trvlerajm has been playing kevlar/zx and has been giving very positive feedback in the zyex monogut thread. Kevlar mains seem ideal for the Spin Effect racquets.
     
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  12. travlerajm

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    I've hit a couple of times this week with the pre-stretched (or more accurately, "pre-creeped") kevlar/ZX combo. And it is even more impressive.

    This kevlar/ZX combo has a special quality that I have never experienced with any other type of stringbed: It seems to be high-powered at high impact speeds, and low-powered at low impact speeds. This is a nice feature, as it means that I still have the crisp precision when trying to volley against spinny shots, but I don't lose power on the serve. It's also spinnier at high impact speeds, and not so spinny on low impact speeds. This accentuates the control on volleys while giving me nice spin on the situations I need it most.

    I received the Zx Pro for the play-test. I will follow the rules and test it as full bed (even though I doubt I will like it as a full bed)... but they didn't say anything about not pre-stretching :)
     
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  13. mikeler

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    In post #3, TW states:

    * For poly players, use light pre-stretch for more muted response.
     
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  14. gahaha

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    String, gauge, & color received : 1.22, brownish wheat color
    Tension used for playtest: 56lbs mains, 54lbs crosses
    Regular string set up: MSV Focus Hex 1.18 mains 48lbs, Gosen OGSM 17 50lbs
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson K.6.1 95 16x18
    Power of test string: Good
    Feel: Excellent
    Spin: Slightly above average
    Comfort: Much more comfortable than polyester, or polyester hybrid
    Durability: Lasts much longer than a full bed of PSG or Gosen OGSM, but less than full bed polyester, I broke mine after ten days of playing approximately 2-3hrs a day.
    Playability Duration: Overall it plays fairly consistent until halfway through lifespan, then shots became harder to control.
    Control: Fairly predictable at first, but mid-way through shots started becoming uncontrollable.
    Compare to the string you use most often: I don't know if comparing this string's spin to polyester is accurate, as it is noticeably less. But the spin is a bit more than regular synthetic, or at least more than Gosen OGSM. Compared with MSV FH and OGSM hybrid though, these strings are lacking severely in spin and control.
    Tension recommendations: You should string it at the same tension you do for every synthetic, maybe 1-2lbs higher, as the strings do provide a bit more power, plus the spin potential is not bad.

    Comments: I don't agree that these strings play like natural gut, but they do provide more spin than synthetics and multis. It pockets the ball really well too, much better than poly/synthetics/multis. A problem I had with them is that it is harder to be consistent AND aggressive against harder hitting players because it doesn't provide as much spin as polyester does for those tight corner shots.

    Although I suspect that these strings would play amazing as a cross (for pocketing), with polyester in the mains (for control/spin). But their price tag is much too high to warrant every day use, anyway in my opinion, my old set up is much better in terms of playability and price.

    Oh, and these strings are great for slicing, as the power they provide will be more than enough to skip your slice, so that you can focus more on the spin, I actually aim below the net and the spin will float my slice over plus with the additional power from the strings my slice ends up skipping much faster.
     
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  15. Doubles

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    Well, it turns out I received the Pro, 1.22 mm set. I strung it last night at 56, with a prestretch as recommended. Stringing it up, it felt eerily similar to a round poly string. Stiff, with enough give to do crosses. I've yet to actually hit with it though, that will probably be tomorrow. I'll play with it for 3-4 hitting sessions or until I break it before I write my review.
     
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  16. tyu1314

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    The string looks like a poly,but it stretch more than any string i have ever strung, exception to gut.I follow the instruction on the package to tension it for at least 10 seconds.
    String, gauge, & color received: Mono Gut ZX Pro, 1.22mm(17gauge), color red.
    Tension used for playtest:55
    Regular string set up:Tourna big hitter blue rough
    Racquet brand and model used for test: 2010 wilson blx six one 95 16x18
    Power of test string: 4.5/5 The power level of this string is really high, above all other types of string i've tried except natural gut.
    Feel:2.5/5 It has a really plastic feel, a feel i dont really like.Sometime it feels like i mishit even though i hit the sweet spot.Even with dampener it feels like a poly without dampener.The feel of this string is not comparable to any other string i've tried, its not as stiff as poly and not as soft a multi or gut.
    Spin:3/5The spin is nice comparing to syngut or multi,its not as much as my regular set up.
    Comfort:4.5/5It is really comfortable string, i use it until it breaks, and i dont have any discomfort while using this string.
    Durability:4/5The string is durable than multi and syngut, a bit less than poly.
    Playability Duration :4.5/5The tension does not drop much as poly,it hold tension like multi. There are not much drop of playability throughout the playtest.
    Control :3.5/5 Not a poly, but offer enough control.It bites the ball better than any other type string except poly.
    Compare to the string you use most often:Compare to my usual set up, tourna big hitter blue rought 16g @55, its has more poly,less spin.The feel of
    Tension recommendations : 55, this is the tension i used, and i think it has enought control and power.
    If i have arm problems with my usual full poly set up, this would be my string of choice.
     
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  17. pvaudio

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    A very interesting material. Feels like poly in the hand, stretches like a multi when stringing.
     
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  18. pvaudio

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    Very odd playing string. Definitely nothing like gut, regardless of the packaging. Feels like a hybrid poly and synthetic gut. In fact, it feels almost exactly like a 50/50 blend of Isospeed Baseline and Gosen OGSM. Extremely crisp and the feeling that the strings are really gripping the ball. Had started to notch after 30 minutes, however. I guess that's the downside of its softness.
     
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  19. gtshark1

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    Strung it up tonight in my POG mid. I don't pick racquets or string based on color or appearance but I must say: this set up looks sweet! The wheat brown color of the string goes perfect with the brownish/gold writing and accents of the POG. Beautiful classic look all around.

    The important play factors to be tested starting Monday...
     
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  20. aced_Tezuka

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    My stringer just contacted.

    Unfortunately... he said he broke the strings during stringing.

    What do I do now? I was really looking forward to playing this string.

    TW, does this make me ineligible for future playtests since I won't be able to post a review?
     
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  21. tyu1314

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  22. mikeler

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    Don't feel bad. My set got lost in the mail.
     
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  23. pvaudio

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    Hmm, played some more doubles with this stuff. I think one more hit should be enough.
     
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    I got this email a couple days ago...guess my local post office had a tennis player :neutral:

    Hello Playtesters,

    Your sets of MonoGut ZX 1.27 & 1.22 were shipped out late last week. If your sample hasn't arrived yet, keep on the look out as it should arrive soon. Unfortunately, we will not be able to send a replacement set if the first one is lost in the mail or "returned to sender"....
     
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  25. Doubles

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    Well, I broke this on a shank after 3 hours of hitting. It's too bad. While I wasn't a big fan of this string, I was certainly grooving with it when it broke. Anyway, here's my brief review of the string:
    String, gauge, & color received: Mono Gut ZX Pro, 1.22mm, tan color.

    Tension used for playtest: 56lbs

    Regular string set up: Poly around 50 lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: YouTek IG Prestige Pro

    Power of test string: It felt faily high powered to me. Significantly more so than Pro Red Code which I've been hitting with recently. Furthermore, the lack of what I precieved to be a predictable responce made the spring bed feel even more 'jumpy'.

    Feel: Since I pre-stretched it, it seemed to feel a bit boardy and muted. Not as much as a poly, but in comparison to multis, syn guts, and Natural gut there was almost no feel in the strings.

    Spin: Since I primarily play with Poly spin felt less than average. While I have the technique to generate my own spin, this isn't a string that I believe will give you that extra bit of spin to keep one more ball in play. However, if you like slices and like to approach the net, this is a nice opiton.

    Comfort: It was definitly comfortable. I didn't have any arm problems while using this.

    Durability: I broke it in 3 hours on a shank, but the strings seemed to be holding up. They probably would've lasted a few more hours.

    Playability Duration: It seemed to play the same during the time I hit with it. There was an initial break in period of about 30 minutes, but after that the strings played the same.

    Control: There were a few hot spots on the bed where, when I connected the ball had a nice, controlled response. Conversely, there were other spots where the ball would just fly off the racket with no control, but that's more than likely a technique issue.

    Compare to the string you use most often: It really doesn't play anything like Red Code, Black Magic, or Tour Bite, the three polys I've played most recently.

    Tension recommendations: Mid 50's seemed to work well. I would probably stick with 56.

    List any final thoughts: Well, I snapped it early, but during my time with it, it wasn't a bad string. Certainly not one I would use again, especially not for it's high price tag; but, I could see syn gut and multi players liking this as a crossover into the poly world.
     
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  26. mikeler

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    I've had USPS packages from states far away from me take 2-3 weeks before. Perhaps it will arrive one day.
     
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  27. aced_Tezuka

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    I just might go out and buy a set or something.

    Sucks for us unlucky souls.
     
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  28. colan5934

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    String, gauge, & color received: MonoGut ZX Pro 1.22, Tan.

    Tension used for playtest: 52lbs

    Regular string set up: Poly at 48 lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT

    Power: Higher power than a my usual full Solinco Tour Bite 16L or Luxilon ALU. Probably the a little more than the TB/SynGut hybrid I've been using at 48 lately due to my arm trouble too. It was there to be had, if you wanted it.

    Feel: I did not prestretch, and it felt quite boardy. Very poly-esque. The touch was quite good though. It was really quite nice on volleys.

    Spin: I generate a lot of spin from my technique, so unless the difference in spin production is major, I don't notice much difference. I had to be mindful to brush the back of the ball just a bit more with this one, however. It did not lack spin, but unlike the poly I am used to, it did not really lend itself to spin either.

    Comfort: It was definitly comfortable. My recent shoulder problems have left me achy and still for a couple days after even a 30 minute hit. I hit for 2 hours per day for 3 days straight, and I had very minimal stiffness in my shoulder. A+ for the comfort.

    Durability: I broke it in 6 hours right in the middle. 2 hours less than I usually get from my hybrids. Not bad, but for the retail price of $15, I wouldn't be exactly thrilled had I paid for it.

    Playability Duration: It took a bit to break in, like most every string, and after that, it played the same way until it broke.

    Control: Not bad. Good directional control. I feel like I got a bit more pocketing, and that lent me more control on my volleys and when going for a shorter angle. In terms of keeping the ball in the court, if I swung out and committed to my shot, it was usually going to go in (barring poor shot selection). When I didn't commit as much (read: bad footwork/stupid shots) the ball could fly.

    Compare to the string you use most often: It's hard to compare this to a polyester or a polyester hybrid. It's pretty unique. It feels like poly, volleys like multi, has the feel of a synthetic main and poly cross hybrid, and strings like a stiff multi. With all of this though, I can't really say it combines the best of all of those things. It's muted but soft on impact, and there's not really extra spin like Tour Bite or ALU. Power was a nice boost, more than TB, about the same pop as fresh ALU, but without the drop-in control. Comfort was much better, though.

    Tension recommendations: If you play your poly low, play this string low. Depending upon whether or not you like a muted stringbed, prestretch it. I think I would have liked it better 2-4 pounds lower.

    List any final thoughts: Not a bad string, just not a great one.
    Cons (from a poly user standpoint):
    Poor durability
    Nothing special in terms of playability except a bit more power than poly

    Pros:
    Great comfort
    Better touch and feel around the net than poly
     
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  29. travlerajm

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    Skip the full bed. This string is amazing when used in the right way!

    String, gauge, & color received: MonoGut ZX Pro 1.22, Red.

    Summary: This string is the biggest breakthrough in string technology since the advent of slippery poly. It is slippery like poly, stretches more than nylon, and holds tension quite well once it’s been either thoroughly pre-stretched or broken in. However, it should never be used in a full bed IMO – it has subpar performance in a full bed. I reviewed the full bed (per the requirements of the playtest), but I have more experience playing it in a Kevlar/ZX hybrid, which deserves a few words:

    This string is the perfect cross string when used with Kevlar mains. I am a long-time Kevlar/poly user. The pros of Kevlar/poly are superb spin and unmatched control. The negatives of Kevlar/poly are short playable lifespan (because poly loses tension fast), and low power (which is a negative for serves). It also may be uncomfortable for those who use lighter frames. The Kevlar/Monogut ZX retains the great bite and excellent control of fresh Kevlar/poly, but it has none of the downsides of Kevlar/poly. Once it’s been either pre-stretched well or broken in, it retains great performance for many hours. It also has a unique quality that it gets more powerful and more spin-friendly (relative to other strings) at high impact speeds (so it works well for serves). In my opinion, Kevlar/ZX hybrid (both the kevlar and ZX thoroughly pre-stretched) is a must-try for any advanced player who doesn’t like re-stringing all the time.

    Now on the review of the full bed:

    Tension used for playtest: 55 lbs, pre-stretched until relaxed length was 104% of original length.

    Regular string set up: Ashaway Kevlar 18 / Monogut ZX 1.27, both pre-stretched, 55 lbs in Blade 98, or Ashaway Kevlar 18 / Prince Tournament Poly 16, both pre-stretched, 51 lbs in the Diablo mid used for playtest.

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Diablo Tour mid, shortened to 26-3/4”, 13.7 oz., 370 SW

    Ability Level: 5.0

    Power: Slightly higher powered than Kevlar/Poly, about the same power as Kevlar/ZX.

    Feel: Feels fine on low-speed dinks. Pockets well on high-speed impacts with big cuts. Feels like the ball slides across stringbed a bit before biting sometimes on flatter shots, which I did not like.

    Spin: Spin level was less than my regular setups. Bites ok (like full poly) with heavy rips at high impact speeds, but stringbed too slippery at lower impact speeds, making it difficult to rely on spin when executing touch shots. Spin level predictable at high impact speeds, but sometimes unpredictable response on medium pace shots.

    Comfort: Decent comfort. No issues here. I prefer a stiff stringbed.

    Durability: Very fragile when stringing, but I have not broken it yet from playing. I have 6 hours of play on the full bed.

    Playability Duration: Even though I pre-stretched, it still lost some tension in the break-in period. I preferred it in the first couple of hours.

    Control: Control was decent when taking big cuts on forehand. My 2hb is flatter, and I found the rebound angle a bit unpredictable on 2hbs due to sliding of the ball across the stringbed on some shots but not others. It just felt like the mains were too slippery to grab the ball on medium pace shots. Volleys were ok, but worse than my usual setup. Slices were harder to control due to unpredictable nature of the bite. As the tension dropped, the control got worse, and the “hot” shots with unintended rebound angle got hotter.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Since the Kevlar/ZX hybrid is now my go-to setup, I will compare to that. The Kevlar/ZX has more spin, more secure bite, crisper control, similar comfort, similar power.
    The full bed ZX is like running on a surface like wet grass or clay where your footing is not always secure, while Kevlar/ZX hybrid is like running on clean gritty hardcourt with secure traction.

    Tension recommendations: If I were to string the Diablo with the full bed again (which I wouldn’t), I would up the tension to 57 lbs if pre-stretched, or >60 lbs if not pre-stretched. Having tried the 1.27mm version also (at 60 lbs in an NXG OS), I would say that this string performs even worse if the tension is too low. I’d say it needs to be strung at similar tension to syn guts, and may require a break-in period.


    List any final thoughts: Ashaway is sitting on a goldmine, but this string has thus far been marketed incorrectly IMO. If this was marketed to be a cross with Kevlar mains that gives all of the benefits of a poly cross with none of the downsides, it might have a chance to take the tennis world by storm.

    I would also say that anyone using this as a hybrid with poly mains is missing out on the best property of this string: it slides like poly but holds tension. Using a poly along with it defeats the advantage of having a string that can remain playable for many hours. I suspect, as other have, that it would also work well as a cross with natural gut mains (instead of Kevlar mains), but it would probably need to be strung at quite high tension to get the most of it in that type of hybrid, since both the mains and crosses would be so springy.
     
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  30. PigPen

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    String, gauge, & color received: MonoGut ZX Pro 1.22, Brown.

    Tension used for playtest: 52 lbs. The string was pre-stretched. This is higher than my normal setup of 50/47.

    Regular string set up: Wilson Natural Gut / Co-Focus 1.18. Also tried ZX Pro as a cross with gut.

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Vantage 95, 11.9oz, 7pts H/L, 320 S/W.

    Ability Level: 4.5

    Power: Slightly lower powered than the NG/Cofocus or NG/ZX Pro setups. Sometimes power was unpredictable off the string bed.

    Feel: Feels stiff. Average on droppers. OK for ball pocketing. Felt a high pitched ping when hitting high in the sweet spot. There was also more string movement than what I am accustomed to.

    Spin: Spin was less than the other setups mentioned above.

    Comfort: Having a sensitive arm, I had no issues here despite the stiff feeling.

    Durability: Will follow up on durability as I have just hit with the string for about 4 hours. I feel some tension loss but not nearly as much as poly strings.

    Playability Duration: Lost some tension but playability is still about the same after 4 hours.

    Control: Control was average on groundstrokes and volleys. Did not have the pinpoint control I have experienced with other setups possibly due to the fact that this is a higher powered string than most polys.

    Compare to the string you use most often: The NG/ZX Pro and NG/CoFocus setups are comparable in power, control, feel, etc. Both are superior to a full bed of ZX in every way.

    Tension recommendations: This depends on swing speed of the player. I do not have an extremely high swing speed, so I think the tension used was appropriate. Higher swing speeds should string several pounds higher.

    List any final thoughts: Despite not being a fan of the full bed, I am considering switching my main setup to NG/ZX Pro. However, there are two reservations that I must overcome before I do that: string movement and the ping sound when hitting high in the sweet spot. This is a comfortable string that feels stiff for players who enjoy a stiff feeling string bed but with none of the sore arm consequences.
     
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  31. tkoziol

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    About me
    5.0-5.5 ntrp player and full-time tennis instructor/pro shop owner. Semi-western forehand grip (wwfh), two handed flatter backhand (Safin form). Aggressive heavy spin baseliner.

    Gauge and color of playtest string
    17g with a wheat color

    Tension used for playtest
    51 pounds

    Regular string set up
    Volkl Cyclone or RPM Blast

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Aero Pro Drive 2013 weighted to 12 oz or so (weight in handle and tape added to 6 and 9)

    Ease of stringing
    I found this string to be easy to string, but a bit time consuming. To have this string performing properly you might need to pre-stretch. You will also want to take your time with knots (pull slow). Lastly, its best to allow the strings to elongate, so you need to wait about 10-15 after pulling to tension. In other words, this would not be the string you would want to use to break your stringing speed record. However, it is not a something that you dread having to string either.

    Power of test string
    It had pretty good pop to it. I do believe that it played closer to a stiff synthetic gut or a soft poly in regards to power.

    Feel
    A bit stiff compared to the natural gut (even some synthetic guts). I felt that this string was not crisp at all. I was unable to get the feel needed on touch volleys and on any shot with spin. It did feel good on flat shots (similar to Luxilon 4 g but stiffer). Overall I would say the feel reminded me of a tournament nylon.

    Spin
    I did not get great spin from this string on a consistent basis. The strings did not bite into the ball like I'm used to. However, I'm used to shaped poly strings, so I thought maybe this was the problem. I was wrong. After the playtest, I strung up my racquet with a full bed of cheap tournament nylon. The tournament nylon gave me noticeably more spin, though the strings moved all over the place. The problem is that these strings just did not give me a consistent bite or ball pocketing feel. I would not recommend this string for spin players.

    Comfort
    I would say that the comfort is similar to a very soft poly or a stiffer synthetic gut. Its not to jarring on the arm, but its not very mushy either.

    Durability
    Judging by how slippery the string is, I assume that its durability would last quite a long time. I did not notice any unusual notching or fraying issues.

    Playability Duration
    Played for several hitting sessions and multiple lessons. I did not notice a drop in playability, however I did not like this string from the start.

    Control
    Given that the majority of my control is based on the angles I can produce with topspin, I was not pleased with the control. Slice shots and touch shots at the net suffered as well. However, I was unusually dialed into my flatten out shots (especially two handed backhand). My flat serve also had good control giving me a few heaters up the T.

    Tension recommendations
    I decided to stick with my normal 51 pounds so I could really feel the differences. Given that I don't hit flat and powerful very often, I was ok. Most of my shots that launched were due to lack of spin. For a more experienced flat hitter, I would go up to 55 pounds or so...

    Compare to the string you use most often
    This string is just not for my game at all. I need a heavy spin string such as RPM Blast, PHT, BHB7, Cyclone, etc. This string did not have enough spin, ball pocketing, bite, feel, or comfort.

    Final thoughs
    If you hit with spin then this probably isn't the string for you. For flat hitters, or those with very little spin in their game, this string is a must try. This string might also be nice in a hybrid set up. Players who have never tried a poly before might benefit from this string as well.

    Thank you for this opportunity TW and Ashaway! Looking forward to the next playtest!
     
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  32. jim e

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    String, gauge, & color received: MonoGut ZX Pro, 17g., Red
    Tension used for playtest; 57 lbs.
    Regular string set up: Wilson Nat. gut 16g. 64 lbs.
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Radical OS
    Power of test string: decent amount of power when needed. 3.5/ 5
    Feel: Does not feel like any other type string used.Naturally I get more feel from my normal string nat. gut.
    Spin: I am old school flat ball hitter, but was able to produce spin as needed.3.0/ 5
    Comfort:Very comfortable for a synthetic string. I do have TE and this string did not aggrivate it at all.3.2/ 5
    Durability;Good durability. Hit for approx. 12 hours of singles and held up with good playability. 3.8/ 5
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time);Played better after a couple hours of hitting.possibly would have feeled this way if I strung it a couple lbs lower to start, but after the break in time, this was a comfortable string with good control. 4/ 5
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):good control string for my flatter style of hitting.Baseline shots had the control needed, and the string allowed added kick to serves.3.8/ 5
    Compare to the string you use most often: Nat gut is my preference string, and the gut has more power, comfort and feel, but for a synthetic string it seemed comfortable, with the power when needed, and decent control for baseline shots.
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) Seemed about right after the 1st couple hours of breaking in.This may have also been the time it took me to get use to the characteristics of this string. If I had to string it up again, I would string it the same at 57 lbs.
    List any final thoughts.A very playable string with feel unlike any other.I may try this one out later as a hybrid with nat. gut.
     
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  33. Brocolt

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    I was so excited to try out this string, for the fact I am a string Junkie and love to try diffrent strings . This string had me very curious for the fact it felt like a poly but stretched like a Multi during stringing. Unfortunaletly, this string broke during stringing. I was about 3/4 of the way done with my crosses when the 6thB main snapped at the grommet. I was extremly careful stringing this string for the fact I really wanted to try it. I cannot find any sign of wear on the grommet and I have been stringing for a number of years. I am curious how often this string breaks during stringing

    Gauge & color received Red 17g

    Tension used for playtest 53lbs

    Regular string set up : Discho Multifibre

    Racquet brand and model used for test : Prince EXO 3 Tour

    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?)
    List any final thoughts.
     
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  34. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Just got my set today.
     
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  35. aced_Tezuka

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    Yeah same here. Except I wasn't stringing it. It's a shame! I know! (btw mine was being strung at 60, but wow for it to pop at a lower tension!)

    Here's what my review looked like before I received the message. Perhaps I'll get a new set by the end of the month and try it just to finish what I started!

    Gauge & color received Dark tan~ish color 16g (ZX Pro)

    Tension used for playtest 60lbs

    Regular string set up : Lux Big Banger Alu 16

    Racquet brand and model used for test : PK Copper Ace

    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?)
    List any final thoughts.
     
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  36. wrxinsc

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    String, gauge, & color received
    Pro version, 17, RED

    Tension used for playtest
    53 one piece slow pulls, 10 second wait between pulls. Slow careful stringing on electronic constant pull.

    Regular string set up
    Lux ALU Power 52, Gosen 17 white 55

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Volkl C10 Pro Stiffness: 63 But this stick is very flexy at the tip.

    Power of test string
    Power for this string is best described as unpredictable. On center closed face is perfect. Nice pocketing with linear power under control. Hit off center it is a little erratic, also with a bit of an open face, and watch that sucker fly.

    Feel
    Nothing special. Nothing particularly negative. Kind of like you would imagine a very elastic poly (should such a thing exist) would feel. A bit muted but I think because of the thin gauge not totally disconnected.

    Spin
    As a full bed in my open string pattern racquet the spin was very serviceable. In fact slice was as biting and rewarding on the backhand side as any ‘spin’ friendly string I have tried. IF you strike well. I really liked this string for its powerful spin. Not a bit worse off than my regular set up for this racquet.

    Comfort
    Excellent and lasting comfort. No elbow twinges, no pain after hard play. Poly even in a hybrid is very different. Even a stiff syn gut like gosen white can hammer my 47 year old abused elbow.

    Durability
    This is where I am very disappointed. It lasted one training session, two doubles matches, and blew up four across mains after an hour of training today. I was really hoping for this to be an option for my poor elbow. I play poly mostly because I shred multi and syn gut in a match or two max. But I do enjoy them for their feel and playability. I am just not going to pay for natty gut because I can’t get more than two or three matches from it. I play almost exclusively on clay in the southeast.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    One area where this string shines. It changed a bit for the better once I broke it in. Possibly about 30 minutes of heavy hitting. From that point on it played its madding rewarding manner with clean strokes and strange carnival ride of mishits without any change as it aged. This provided a sense of comfort and discipline that I just don’t get as poly ages and changes its characteristics over time. Poly has a penchant for slowly creating different more muted responses as it looses elasticity. The playtest string held on to its unique characteristics like a bull dog.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Careful clean shots offer perfect control at any racquet speed...And the string modulates pace if hit on center perfectly as well. But it also provided some of the wildest mishits I have ever launched off my racquet face. Spectacular off center stuff sometimes creating angles and pace the like of which I have never seen. Many apologize to my playing partners. Or sometimes flying into the next county - FORE!. Poly just doesn’t seem to care as much if I am being pushed out of sorts. This string punishes if you are not careful in those conditions. Not a bad thing necessarily. Almost like it is talking to me – teaching me. “Calm down buddy. Play a sensible shot here. You are no position to hit an 80 mph cross on the run shot you dumbass.” Indeed.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    Another area where I was really stoked about this string at first. It has a very interesting poly vibe to it. It is just so elastic and the dwell time is so substantial, the spin so heavy that it really is a great alternative to my poly / syn guts hybrids. It just freaking broke four across way too quickly for my purposes.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    At first I felt like the string bed was too lively, maybe because of the thinner gauge. I really don’t like 17 gauge mains in this racquet because it is pretty powerful for a player’s racquet.

    List any final thoughts
    I will give this a shot as a cross with a very dead poly like 4G which I haven’t tried in this frame yet. That might be a really great combo. As a full bed just too damn unpredictable and did not last as I need a string to last. Might be easier to string as a cross than as a full bed as well.
     
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  37. pvaudio

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    Ashaway Monogut ZX Pro 1.22

    For the first time, I will actually use the TW prescribed format instead of my usual playtest format :D

    String, gauge, & color received
    I received the ZX Pro 1.22mm in tan color.


    Tension used for playtest
    50.5/50.5lbs, CP, no prestretch

    Regular string set up
    WeissCANNON Black5Edge / Babolat Nvy 16g, 47/50.5lbs CP

    Racquet brand and model used for test

    Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro

    Power of test string

    This string had a moderate amount of power. It is very difficult for me to not call this a poly since that is what it feels like to me. The level of power was on par with thinner gauge polys. In particular, this reminded me almost exactly of Head Sonic Pro 17 black or Isospeed Baseline Spin. It has that same "crunchy" feeling to it when the ball hits the strings, and then gets launched away. It's not a sprayer either, but I would not say that it lacks for power for sure. I'll put it like this: I see no reason to hybrid it in order to get more juice.

    Feel

    Very disappointed in this here. The packaging states gut-like playability, and I found very little. It is a responsive string in that it gives good feedback about what sort of ball you just hit, but there is little feel. It's rather hard to explain, but it's better than the majority of poly strings, but still less than even a synthetic gut. Perhaps this was the purpose of the string, but WC Mosquito Bite and Silverstring, and Discho Iontec all are leagues better in terms of feel.


    Spin
    Definitely not the hallmark. It has a full-poly sort of spin to it, and that's about it. I would say below average for the reasons I will get to in Durability. In short, this is not intended for the guy or girl who takes enormous cuts at the ball hoping that spin will save the day. You're just going to save your opponent effort by making an error.

    Comfort
    Tricky one, this. I don't have elbow problems, so poly has never affected me in any way. My definition of comfort is more along the lines of how soft vs. how stiff a stringbed feels. Note that this does not always correlate to TE users data. For example, WC Silverstring to me is not a plush string. It has a very firm feeling to it, but is no way a huge problem for TE sufferers. Solinco Tour Bite, however, does not feel as stiff. It feels like there is more give, but TE sufferers almost unanimously agree that it's awful for your elbow. Swings and roundabouts I guess. What I can say is that it doesn't strike me as being particularly comfortable, but it's not harsh like high tension Lux ALU or any tension Pro Supex Blue Gear.

    Durability & Playability Duration

    This is where I feel that the unique material shows itself. After just an hour, the strings were notching. Not just that, but they were creaking as though the tension across the stringbed shot up (obviously impossible, so let me explain). When hitting with synthetics, after about an hour or so, you start to pick the strings back into place because they're moving around. That sound is one that almost all tennis players know. I found myself doing that with this monofilament after an hour. Couple that with the notching, and you get strings that feel as though they're absolutely stuck in place, but are out of place regularly. When you go to pick them back into their strung position, the string fights you and almost squeals like you're rubbing two smooth surfaces against one another but under high force. The notching for sure lowered the spin the more that I hit with it. I would imagine that I would break these (unless they have something up their sleeve) around 5 hours, and I hardly ever break poly.

    Control
    Typically low powered strings are put int he category of control strings. I think this is a bit wrong since low powered strings can simply be so devoid of feel that you have no idea where the ball is going to go. These are, again, smack in the middle. My go-to control string, Scorpion 1.22, is in a different league. For FHs with this Ashaway, if you hit something cross court, you end up hoping it will dive in at the last second because it happened to go a bit wider than you expected. By you I mean myself, obviously, but either way, it doesn't improve much on the BH. My BH is flatter which means I like to have a very good sense of what the ball is going to do. This control level was about that of a synthetic gut. Won't get you into trouble by spraying balls, but it's not going to help you either.


    Compare to the string you use most often

    Compared to my WC/Bab hybrid, this falls short in every aspect. For me, full poly gives me confidence over hybrids when rallying from the baseline. However, I prefer to play an all-court game, so they're not as useful at the net or when serving. This string was a slice from the middle in all categories, whereas I feel as though my go-to is above average in all categories.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)

    Wouldn't change it. I think I guessed right the first time, as I typically use 47 for poly. 3.5lbs up seemed to give me a similar type of feel. I would not go less for fear of losing control, and would not go higher for fear of losing yet more power.

    Overall: 8.5/10
     
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  38. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    I'd like to make a request for anyone who has not written a review yet. Could you please include RDC stiffness after listing your racket? I've got a theory...

    Had my first hit with it today. Two sets of singles and two sets of doubles. The first set of singles I was just on fire. After that, my game came back to normal. Day 1 left me quite impressed but I don't want to jump the gun yet and say anymore.
     
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  39. wrxinsc

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    got me curious. added stiffness to my stick in my review. is that going to be edited out? :|
     
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  40. gtshark1

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    I have not written my review yet but I don't know what RDC is that you are referring to.
     
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  41. NoobWannabe

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    A few questions: Why is the ashaway zyex monogut 360' reels are more expensive than buying individual sets? 360' / 40' = 9 sets of string, costs $140, while buying 9 individual sets of the string costs only $135. Is there something wrong with Ashaway pricing policy??
     
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  42. travlerajm

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    The stuff stretches a lot. You could probably string a typical frame with only 30 feet of string.
     
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  43. Getting_Closer

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    Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro Playtest

    String, gauge, & color received
    ZX Pro 1.22mm in dark red color.

    Tension used for playtest
    53/51lbs, Locked up, no prestretch: It really stretched a lot while pulled. Every time I pulled, I was a bit concerned as it felt like slipping.

    Regular string set up
    WeissCANNON Scopion 1.22 /Multifilament , 49/53lbs;

    Skill level: solid 4.0, most double, all court, prefer at net.

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Modified 11.9 Oz Ozone Tour 16*18; Stiffness 62

    Power of test string
    The very first impression of this string is its power; the sound of hitting or the feel of it is just like a typical poly. There is pocketing effect and it feels quite comfortable, but its power is a bit too much for me. When I hit with most of the poly strings, whether it is shaped or round, I will see that dipping effect at last second due to top spin, and I have always accounted on that effect not to hit out. During practice or casual hitting, the top spin is there. Nonetheless, when playing under pressure or when you make a full swing for a penetrating shot, the ball just launches out. I hesitated to make a full cut of ball and always concerned whether it would be out if I did. The only time I feel good about its power is when I serve, it is a great string for either flat or kick. My flat is not perfect flat, but with a bit of side spin. You will see the ball bounced with curve traveling over 100 mph. I won quite a lot of free points.

    Feel
    I don’t have TE, and it is quite comfortable, but it is not a string I would take for my double matches. I can’t fully control the volley at net. Placement is crucial to play double, but I just don’t have the confidence when playing with this string at net. When playing with my normal set up, I have a pretty good control of how far and where the ball will bounce back at net.

    Spin
    You can definitely see the top spin, but it is between Multi and poly. If you try too hard, the ball will launch. My backhand under spin was quite good with this string, the ball just floats deep.

    Comfort
    It is quite comfortable, as I have no issues with it at all after playing. It felt a bit more comfortable than 4G. The pocketing effect is there when you hit at the sweet spot. The off center hits are felt OK too, no much of vibration.

    Durability & Playability Duration
    It seems to be quite durable after 5 hrs of playing. It notched slightly, and did not move much. There is no sign of being dead or becoming boardy. Still plenty life left.

    Control
    There is a control in the sense that the direction of the ball return is predictable, no spraying effect like BHBR. It is just a bit too powerful when you make a full cut.

    Compare to the string you use most often:
    I guess that I am just used to Scopion: I know its power well, great at net, decent spin enough to cause trouble when needed. This string does come handy when I just try to block heavy shots and get pass by with this string. If I could learn to control the power, it is a decent string.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    Maybe increase another 2 lb. Just a bit too powerful for me. I can see why it is said to be comparable with natural guts. As I first tried guts, I had a trouble with its power for quite sometimes. It was only after a month of playing that I began to appreciate the power of NG and learn to control it. Well, I would still hesitate to say it resembles the natural guts at net.

    List any final thoughts: It is truly a unique string since it combines certain characteristics of natural guts, poly, and multis. After testing it, I would say it leans toward soft co poly much more…

    Thank you very much, TW, for allowing me to participate this playtest.
     
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  44. gtshark1

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    String, gauge, & color received
    ZX Pro, 17, Wheat color (Brown)
    Looked great in my POG Mid

    Tension used for playtest
    58 2 piece
    Regular string set up
    Beast XP or Beast XP/Attack Hybrid

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    POG Mid

    Power of test string
    Like others have said, this string is pretty powerful. More than I am used to and care for. I enjoyed the extra pace on serves as I was able to see the benefits but I just couldn't harness the power on ground strokes. I maybe could have changed my game/swing, but I don't think that would have given a fair assessment. I always try to do the same for all tests.

    Feel
    The feel was fine. I hit some nice drop shots and a few nice touch shots to certain parts of the court. It was just too inconsistent though. Sometimes the ball felt like it was a perfect shot and other times the ball just felt like it had a mind of its own.

    Spin
    Average spin on this string. The level of spin would have been adequaute standing alone, but when compared to how much I would need to wrangle the power and springy feel- it wasn't enough for me. Slice was better than the top spin for me. I was able to hit a few nice kick serves, but again not enough consistency to be happy with.

    Comfort
    This was the major negative area for me. I was never comfortable hitting the ball. I'll make it clear- I'm not talking physical pain but mental pain here. I have no arm issues and this string didn't contribute any. However, mentally I couldn't get over the uncomfortable feeling hitting this string. It felt like plastic and made an odd ping/ticking sound on 90% of contact. There was zero plush comfort. I know its a different made string so that contributed but it wasn't something I could enjoy.

    Durability
    I don't feel like the strings are going to break anytime soon but I'm not a major string breaker. I have used them everyday for about 2 weeks now. Some days more some days less. Rallying and at least 1 set per day.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Probably a positive to the string. No issues with playability going down. I will compliment the string and say its played the same from the start.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    My trajectory was a bit low which is odd considering I'm using a open pattern racquet and usually aim high to bring the ball down. Serve trajectory was perfect though. Control on groundies was a major issue for me. I try not to let up on swings because I want the full swing for control. However, I felt like a full swing with this string was going to guarantee an errant shot.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    I guess this string is softer than full Beast XP but plasticy feel just made it unplayable for me. As far as power its way more powerful than Beast but again, that's not a good thing for me. Spin was about on par with Beast.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    I strung it at 58 because I string high. I honestly don't know if stringing it lower would help the feel/comfort for me. I do know that it would scare me as far a dropping the tension because I'd fear the spring/power.

    List any final thoughts.
    Just not a string for me. I wanted to like it as I was super excited to try out something different. I couldn't get over the plastic feel and sound. The strings moved all over for me which contributed to my negative view. I feel terrible writing so many negatives but I guess it's valuable to know it just doesn't work for everybody and we are all different. Thanks TW and Ashaway for giving me the opportunity to try this out. Good luck with the string.
     
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  45. SteveI

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    SteveI- Ashaway MonoGut ZX Pro Playtest (1.22 mm) Red

    Stringing: Very easy to string but had to re-set tension bar multiple times to obtain the correct tension. Coil memory was not an issue and the string was very easy to work with and did not harm my fingers. String was on the softer side and there was lots of stretching observed while the string was being tensioned. String was softer and less stiff than the Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17G. All knots snugged up nice and tight.

    Tension used for playtest: 55 mains / 53 crosses (Strung on CP 6-point Alpha) - Two Piece

    Regular string set up: Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17G - 52#s mains / Head PPS 16G - Black 50#s crosses

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head YOUTEK IG Instinct MP - 100 sq. in. 16x19 Pattern.

    I tested this string for 12 plus hours - outdoors. Serving, drilling and match play both singles and doubles.

    Power of test string: I found this string to have medium power over all strokes and conditions played in. It is a bit harder to compare the power output of this string to my normal setup since my normal setup is a hybrid and is more lively by my design. The power output was not the most consistent throughout the testing. I was not happy with this issue.

    Feel: In general, the string had nice feel and touch and was better than my normal set-up or the other test frame used that was strung in a full bed with Wilson Syn Gut Extreme 16G. Feel is a strong point of this string. Sort of like a somewhat dead natty gut.

    Spin: Spin is very average with this string over all strokes and in all conditions. Spin production was about 20 % less than my regular setup and consistent with the Wilson Syn Gut Extreme 16G test frame. Spin players would not be in love with this offering, but great for a flat hitter.

    Comfort: Comfort was very good. While the string seemed to play soft and pocket well, it also felt a bit on the firm side. No negative impact to my arm or shoulder in any way shape or form.

    Durability: After 12 plus hours of play testing, the string is moving all over the place and the power has increased in my case. I would rate the durability as average at best. I need to cut this string out as I am having problems controlling the ball.

    Playability Duration: The playability over time was average and the change was NOT linear and slight. The string did become a somewhat of rocket launcher at the 12 hour mark. Power output (too high) is not acceptable at this point.

    Control: Overall not happy with control over all strokes. Not really sure where the ball was going at times. I am used to a poly hybrid. The string did not produce a high level of confidence in my play.

    Compare to the string you use most often (Tourna Big Hitter Silver 17G - 52#s mains / Head PPS 16G - Black 50#s crosses): My hybrid setup produces more consistent power output, better overall feel and comfort. Not moving to this string to be sure.

    Tension recommendations: Don't think I can go tighter or less tension. I think I had the tension correct. The string, my frame and game just did not connect.

    Final thoughts: Not sure where Ashaway is going with this string.. just did not work for me. Maybe a different type of player would enjoy this string. Just not my cup of tea. I wish I could be more precise about overall experience. I could not get excited about any aspect of this offering. Not as good as a poly..or natty gut.. or even a good syn gut like Gosen OG 17. It just missed the boat. Can't be everything to everyone.. this one was really not a winner over any string and the cost is not low.

    Thanks TW and Ashaway..
     
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  46. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Hmm, all the reviews so far are of the 1.22 mm version. I got the 1.27 mm version.
     
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    Maybe the 1.27 mm will be better. :)
     
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    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    My first hit with it was really good. Might just be the low power level of the Exo Tour though that blends well with the higher powered strings. Darn, I let the cat out of the bag. :)
     
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    My experience was it hit great for the 1st few hours, then the string began moving all over the place and I was having trouble controlling the ball. An odd string to be sure. Not sure what to make of it.. Anyway, it is all in my write up.
     
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    Hmm, think I'm going through the same thing. Played a guy who hit a little bit harder than my first opponent last night. In the 2nd set, I was spraying balls all over the place and lost a set to a guy who almost never wins sets againt me. Picked up my regular setup and bageled my opponent in the 3rd.
     

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