Discussion in 'Strings' started by EastAngels2014, Jan 27, 2013.
What is the best poly reel for under a $100. tourna? Pro line x? Something else?
There are several popular reels for under a $100. The bigger question is whether or not they're suited for your game, whether you'll like them or not. My suggestion would be to pick one of the highly touted, popular strings and buy a set to try for yourself. Buying a reel based soley off of someone's recommendation is not a wise habit to get into.
I took a chance on a reel of this stuff. For $33.95, figure I cant go wrong. Worst case is I will have ended up wasting the equivalent of a single racquets worth of Luxilon! But, I have a feeling this stuff is going work just fine.
TW actually just reviewed it in 17g, and it was surprisingly a quite favorable review.
Hope it does. It was one of the first reels I bought several years ago (they didn't have it black back then, but same string). If I could get it to fit in my weed eater I would lol.
Having said that, there are those who love it; I'm just not one of them. Again, pick up a set of what seems interesting/appealing and give it a go before taking the plunge on a reel.
Ha! You know what.....Ill bet this stuff is cheaper than real weed eater strings!
For about the past year, Ive been using Babolat Duralast in a 1980's Wilson frame.......so my expectations/requirements are obviously not quite as high as many others!
Tourna got some really nice poly, the reel are all under 100,(69.99-89.99).
Blade 98 is a pretty stiff racquet so i'd recommend a softer poly string.
Discho Iontec 17g Black or Salmon $70
Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange 17 $89
Solinco Outlast 16 $109
all 3 offer fantastic control w/ pretty good comfort and are ~$100/reel, but it depends what you're looking for.
Yep. Big Hitter Silver Rough is nice.
Gosen Polylon is a good one, very durable, and if you hit big with spin, this is a very dead string and absorbs a good bit of power from your shot, but tennis elbow is a certainty if you have a bad swing or serve motion
Hard to believe anything could beat BHBR for the money.
Would not suggest playing this in a full bed, dies quickly and doesn't really play all that great. Would suggest this as a cross in a cheap hybrid.
Tourna BHB7 or Genesis Black Magic
+1. I have both. Great deals.
Very below average string. For almost the same price get a reel of IsoSpeed Baseline. Much better in all areas.
Any of the Toura Poly offerings are solid and are well priced.
It's funny you mention Isospeed Baseline as the TW play test mentioned this as a similar string. Chris mentioned he got 2 weeks out of a string bed of Polylon, which I thought was rather impressive.
Don't forget Pro's Pro.
You can get a reel each of Blackout and Vendetta for >$100!
The price might be the same.. they play nothing alike. Polylon is really bottom of the market. Really only works for a small group of players and is hard on the arm.. where as the IsoSpeed is much softer and has nice touch and feel. I have played both strings a ton. Depends on what you like.. but as other have said.. matching Polylon with a stiff frame is not a great option.
Polylon also losses tension like no other poly I have used. It is of course, very much 1st gen stuff.
The tournas are good. I have reels of Blue Rough 17, Silver Rough 16, and Black 7 16 and love them all.
In the winter months, when the heat at my indoor facility in kept at 60 degees though, I go multi mains and poly crosses. All the polys I have ever tried stiffen up too much when it is cold and lose power.
Converesely, when it is in the 80s and I am outside on the har-tru, I can string a full bed of Black 7 at 50 lbs and it is amazing. Price is under $100 too.
I have some Isospeed Pulse that TW ranked very high for a poly in the softness/arm friendly category. I'm looking forward to stringing it in my 99S's when they come in.
He was talking about Baseline, the $40 reel. It's a very good poly, dies very quickly in a full bed.
signum pro poly plasma
I have it in my pure drive and it's pretty soft for a poly
MSV Co-Focus 1.18 Poly
@OP. I think it's pretty clear that there is no 'best', otherwise we'd all be recommending the same string.
There are quite a few good ones and they're all a bit different from each other.
Try some sets before committing to a reel.
Except for Isospeed Baseline. I've never seen sets of that.
I have reels of Pro's Pro Vendetta(PLII clone), Blackout(BlackCode clone), Ichiban Spin, and Plus Power(SPPP clone) as well as Iontec Black and BHBR17.
They each have their strengths and weaknesses, as do high priced strings.
Recently I was playing with some Mamba black gear at 17g and am really liking it. For around $60 you can get a shaped poly that has good tension maintenance, spin, and a stringbed that will move and snap back for quite a while until it starts notching. Though it is on the stiffer side, if your racquet has a pretty low stiffness rating I would suggest it.
Good luck with the Pulse. I just tried Pulse in my 99s at 58lb and they stretched into a low tension rocket launcher within the hour.
OP some strings to try:
Genesis Typhoon and Twister Razor
Topspin Cyber Flash
Tourna Poly Big Hitter Blue
Signum Pro Poly Megaforce
Discho Black Mamba Penta (1.25mm)
Polystar Energy (1.20mm)
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