Head Intelli Tour 17

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  1. Rob1

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    Has anyone tried this string?
    A site rates this the best hybrid.
     
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  2. fortun8son

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    It is a nice low-powered multi because of the Rip Control mains.
    If you are not a stringbreaker and want more control, without the poly problems, this may be for you.
     
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    Phenomenal string. It was my go-to setup for about 8 years.

    Best durability and spin in a 17g multi, hands down.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    Not enough feel for this player in 16g.
     
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  5. Uvijek Argen

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    Best string ever...better feel than gut, with the spin of poly. No worries of string going dead, and last loooong time.
     
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  6. RyKnocks

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    I have a friend who uses this on a LM Radical OS at 62lbs tension. It's probably one of the most controllable and spin friendly setups I've used. On top of that, you can swing through the ball without worrying about hitting it out.
     
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  7. Up&comer

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    It plays really well, but it doesn't have much feel or touch to it. Strangely enough, I think the yellow one looks kind of cool on an apdgt.
     
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  8. ben123

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    ahh stop with this thread :( it makes me wanna try this string out

    on a sidenote: its not a poly and and you say its "long lasting"... so does that mean it holds its playabilities till it breaks but its kinda durable (breakwise) stuff?
     
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  9. rjw

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    Sounds too good to be true?
     
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  10. fortun8son

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    The main component is Rip Control which is a braided polypropoline sheath over a multi core made for Head by Isospeed. All discussions about Rip Control hybrids apply to Intellistring as well
     
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  11. Uvijek Argen

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    That's what I thought too:wink:

    But I most said, its semi-low power. So the player need to have already a well develop stroke to create their own power. Its an amazing string to control rallies and construct points.

    Never broke a main string myself. Always break the crosses in the middle when it fuzz up. And even when it fuzz up its when plays even better.
    A week ago I hit with D1 college player and took the racquet that was about to break first. To tell you the truth the cross broke and I was hitting for 2 minutes and didn't know about it after I did a forehand and notice something weird from my eyesight.
    It take me a good 3 weeks+ (hitting 4 days a week or more) to get to brake intellitour 16.

    Regards
     
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  12. rjw

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    I am questioning the part where 'it feels better than gut' ??? I suppose it's all subjective
     
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  13. Uvijek Argen

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    ..........................
     
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  14. ben123

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    so does this string keep its playabilities till it breaks yes or no?
     
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  15. fortun8son

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    Pretty much. Not like poly.
     
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  16. ben123

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    uhm this thread rly describes this string as the ideal string choice for the advanced club player 3.5-5.5 :eek:. not expensive durable holds its playabilities till it breaks low powered spin string. sounds rly too good to be true

    holy grail anyone?
     
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  17. fortun8son

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    For some, it is. Others hate it. Try it and see.
    You can modify the performance by making your own hybrid using Rip Control17 and other crosses.
     
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  18. RyKnocks

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    It isn't THAT durable. My friend said he would have to change out the strings every two weeks because they'd snap on him. Yet, this was back when he played everyday and was hitting a lot more top spin than he is now.
     
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  19. rjw

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    Still sounds like it's worth a shot
     
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  20. Ronaldo

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    You will wish it would break, low-powered mush. Used this on a Ti-Radical.
     
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  21. rjw

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    one man's junk is another's gold?
     
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  22. JT_2eighty

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    Agreed.

    It is a great hybrid multi, with comfort and also amazing control.

    While most multis are very powerful yet comfortable, this one is a perfect blend: controlled, soft, with decent durability (and compared to multis--excellent durability).

    If you want high control without the discomfort of poly, this is it.

    Also happens to be the string of Gilles Simon (up til 2010 at least); so it can stand the rigors of professional use.
     
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  23. maxply

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    I love RIP 17 with Quasi= gut 16
     
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  24. Ronaldo

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    Would say Fool's Gold but I use IsoSpeed Professional as a cross.
     
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  25. DonDiego

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    I'm late to the party, but yes, this string is amazing. If you like low-powered, control-oriented strings, that feel very muted.

    Best price-quality ratio too!

    Only downside I've found is that the cross loses tension faster than the mains (after 5-6 hours). But overall the tension maintenance of this setup is still better than many multi or poly strings.

    If any of you had experience in stringing the cross higher than the main to compensate for the lower tension maintenance, I'd be interested in your results. Thanks.
     
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  26. Swan Song

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    Another way to make a DIY version is Head RIP Control mains and Iso Speed Classic crosses.
     
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  27. DonDiego

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    True, but I prefer the 1.23mm size of the main (Rip Tour), compared to the 1.30 or 1.20 (only sizes available) of Rip Control. It lasts a little bit longer.
     
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    +1 for intellitour, plays great in pt57a.
     
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    I can pretty much play with a variety of strings, but hated this one that I did wish it break and eventually when I got tired of giving it all those second chances, cut it out before 2 weeks.
    It would send the ball out on any full swing, and when I changed my swing to a medium one, the ball had no juice on it and the opponent could easily come in and finish the point.


    I was using it because the pro shop sold it to me by saying it is exactly the same string as Head Rip Control (which was my go to string at the time). It was NOT. And probably one of the reasons which I hate this string is the fact I had HRC expectations from it whereas it was quite different.
     
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  30. Payam

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    I can pretty much play with a variety of strings, but hated this one so much that I did wish it break and eventually when I got tired of giving it all those second chances, cut it out before 2 weeks.
    It would send the ball out on any full swing, and when I changed my swing to a medium one, the ball had no juice on it and the opponent could easily come in and finish the point.


    I was using it because the pro shop sold it to me by saying it is exactly the same string as Head Rip Control (which was my go to string at the time). It was NOT. And probably one of the reasons which I hate this string is the fact I had HRC expectations from it whereas it was quite different.
     
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  31. DonDiego

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    Just curious: did you experience this from the beginning (freshly strung), or only after a couple of hours?
     
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  32. hrstrat57

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    I can't find Intellitour 17 anymore, TW doesn't sell it. 16 is good but produces a lot less spin....

    Loved Intellitour 17 on 18x20 frames....
     
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    ^Use Google. I found plenty websites who have it.
     
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  34. Payam

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    This was my experience from the get-go. I had been played for several weeks and months actually with RIP Control and when I started playing with this string I said wow it is too powerful.
     
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  35. DonDiego

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    How would you compare Rip Control 17 to Intellitour then, tension maintenance, and control-wise? I only tried once a full bed of RC 17 (it's actually a 1.20mm string) and thought it was more powerful that Intellitour, and less precise. The downside of Intellitour is that the cross loses tension after 3-4 hours, and it becomes springy.

    How would you rate the control and precision of full bed Rip 17? I'm looking for less power and more control in a string.
     
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  36. DonDiego

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    I'm also thinking about using a full bed of Rip Tour (the main string in Intellitour) It is similar to Rip Control, but in 1.23 mm gauge. And I suspect it's a tad softer due to the extra layers of polyolefin.
     
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  37. DonDiego

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    Find the Intellitour (at 60) very good in a stiff, powerful frame like the 6.1 95 16x18 though.
     
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  38. DonDiego

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    I'm curious about the difference in playability between the 16 gauge and the 17, anyone tried both?
     
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    I found similar feel, much easier access to spin with the 17 strung at 57 # on 18x20 Head frames
     
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  40. DonDiego

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    Makes you wonder why Gilles Simon uses the 16G. In a prestige mp 18x20, even at this level durability shouldn't be that much of an issue.
     
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  41. Ronaldo

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    Could be the extra pop from the thinner string.
     
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  42. DonDiego

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    And that would be a bad thing? You mean a loss of control? I personnaly love the pop of this string when you really slap the ball for a winner. But youmight be right. I don't see many pros using 17 or 18 gauge, and this might be the reason.
     
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