Polyfibre Panthera

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  1. alexwawrinka

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    Anyone has tried the new Polyfibre string " Panthera" ?

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  2. Boricua

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    No, but cool case.
     
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  3. Torres

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    Amazing color. Though it remains the case that Polyfibre seem to be intent on giving their strings meaningless names that don't give any indication of the string characteristics eg. Viper, Cobra, Panthera.
     
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  4. mikeler

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    Very nice packaging.
     
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  5. pvaudio

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    I seriously just shook my head when I saw the name and said "are you kidding me, another one?". There is no way they are making loads of money with like 10 different polys, each in 4 gauges.
     
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  6. pvaudio

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    Good lord, I was exaggerating, but they do make 10:

    1.Panthera
    2. Viper
    3. Black Venom
    4. Black Venom Rough
    5. Cobra
    6. TCS
    7. TCS Rapid
    8. Hexablade
    9. Poly Hitec
    10. Hitec Premium

    Overall, the gauges they provide poly in is:

    1.10
    1.15
    1.18
    1.20
    1.25
    1.30

    Poly Hitec is available in all of the above except 1.18. That's just too many strings, how are they making money?
     
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  7. pvaudio

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    Panthera

    It is time to play with the ferocity of a panther and the cunning of this big cat. Polyfibre Panthera incorporates the characteristics you need for this aggressive style of play. Its crisp, precise feel imparts the needed control and touch that compliments drop shots that drop hard and corner shots that your opponent has no chance of returning. It is a hard hitting string when you need to rely on forceful forehands, backhands and volley put aways. The combination of two different polyester materials has resulted in a technological advancement that gives Panthera a tacky characteristic: The string actually grips the ball for optimal spin control. Panthera is easy on the arm and hard on the competition. Our unique Standardized Molecular Distribution (SMD) technology insures you will get the tension maintenance, durability and dampening qualities that are the hallmark of our high performance strings.

    http://www.polyfibre.com/tennis_panthera.html

    At random, I have chosen the following:

    Viper

    Players will immediately notice the high shock-absorbing qualities of this string. Polyfibre Viper provides amazing touch, control and precision coupled with maximum power. Polyfibre engineers have applied the newly developed SMD (Standardized Molecular Distribution) technology together with a corona coating to further enhance the quality of this string. Each molecule is reformed and realigned into a highly bonded, selectively cross-linked molecular structure; molecules are well arranged and distributed throughout the entire string body which is specifically designed to outperform competitors in elasticity, repulsive power and durability. The string's surface structure provides fantastic spin potential as well as preventing string slippage and the added comfort factor will sustain players through long matches as it is easy on the arm and highly durable. This is a great string for advanced and professional players who like to be in control of their game at all times and still want that extra power when they need it.
    http://www.polyfibre.com/tennis_viper.html

    As Torres said, their names are of no help to let you decide when their own descriptions describe the same strings.
     
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  8. Doubles

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    Panthera sounds like something out of thundercats...
     
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  9. Automatix

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    I'm currently testing the 1,20mm gauge.
    The color is actually a translucent red.
     
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  10. Torres

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    If those descriptions are anything to go by, Polyfibre need a new marketing department. Nice packaging but what does playing like a panther mean?
     
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  11. Automatix

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    Many strings have names that mean absolutely zilch.

    Tecnifibre... Red Code, Black Code, X.Code. The only one different from them is Ruff Code which refers to the surface, but the others?

    Now as for the "Panthera" string. It is different, it's not another Viper or Black Venom.
     
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  12. Torres

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    Well....

    Black Code - its black
    Red Code - its red
    X Code - has an unusual construction, a certain 'X' factor in its manufacturing.
    Ruff Code - has a rough surface.
     
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  13. mmk

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    My first thought was Brian Fantana's cologne in Anchorman
     
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  14. Automatix

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    And as stated previously, it doesn't give you any useful info.

    Red, Black? Please! ...

    Other examples Signum Pro Poly Plasma, MSV Co-Focus, Babolat Revenge, Gosen Super Tec AK Pro. Just to name a few.

    Names of numerous strings regardless of manufacturer don't give info. They're a name which in the marketing view needs to attract attention.
    The name should be catchy etc.

    The sad part is that this thread is getting derailed by nonsense... rate the string, not its name.
     
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  15. fgs

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    torres,

    with this string you will play like mecir, also known as "the cat". your agility will be breathtaking - of course that has nothing to do with your strokes, but with this string you will finally set up your feet properly to top atp levels, although passed. nevertheless, it would be a huge benefit once you get into proper striking position. when you feel like a panther on the prowl your opponent, read prey, will never know what struck it, so you don't really need any shots anymore - you sure make victims. when you play with panther like a panther not many will dare to challenge you.:)
     
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  16. scotus

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    How about a review when you're finished testing?
     
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  17. Automatix

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    Yeah, no problem. Still this string is not my cup of tee.
    As I stated previously it's not a Viper or Black Venom clone, which I like the most out of the whole offer.

    I'm testing a full Panthera 1,20mm setup, Panthera 1,20 in the mains with Omni in the crosses... and will probably test a setup of Panthera 1,25mm in the mains and Black Venom 1,15mm in the crosses, even though I'm not a fan of mixing polys.
     
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  18. scotus

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    Let me know what aspect of the string you don't like.

    I'd appreciate a review of Black Venom as well. It is supposed to be a very soft poly, which intrigues me.

    Thanks!
     
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  19. Automatix

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    I don't like polys with crisp feel. I prefer a really soft, cushy almost mushy feel from strings. And Panthera is a crisp feeling poly, although not uncomfortable it's just not up my alley.

    Although Panthera is a control oriented string it still offers ample power.
    A full Panthera setup is for bigger hitters who want to retain control but have a bit of a boost in the power department.


    As for Black Venom, it is one of my favourite polys.
    Dynamic, comfortable, soft, nice spin but I hit flat so not the best to judge.
    My go to poly, so to speak.
     
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  20. bad_call

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    ^ agreed. don't rate the name...unless u feel the need.
     
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  21. pvaudio

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    You're misunderstanding the point. With the exception of Hexablade, all Polyfibre strings are round +- some orange-peel coating. Other companies who are not even prominent on the radar market strings with pointless names because they're completely different. Solinco makes Tour Bite, Barb Wire and Revolution. One is a square, one is twisted, one is round. Incredibly easy to tell apart and they are given completely different descriptions. Signum Pro makes a huge amount of poly strings, but again, they're different. SPPP is their best known, made for control and is bright orange. SPPPure is the uncolored version of that. Tornado is twisted to hell and back for spin. Hyperion is marketed as the smooth variant of Tornado (both in the "Blackline" series). SPPHex is a hexagonal version of SPPP. They make some other ones, but I honestly can't remember what they are because they just market them generically. Polyfibre does that with all of their strings. I want to try PF poly strings, but since they make too many all with the exact same bumf, I have no idea where to even begin so I don't bother.
     
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  22. fgs

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    pvaudio,

    regarding solinco products may i inform you that in spite of being marketed as square, the tour bite practically sports five edges which in my take would make it pentagonal. the revolution is not round but hexagonal, the round one is called outlast.
    don't ask me why they call the tour bite square, but i can tell you for sure it has five edges. i had a minor dispute about this with a friend and i was claiming it is square, so we took out some thinner markers and did mark all the surfaces and surprise, surprise, there were five marks to make to complete a revolution.
     
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  23. pvaudio

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    Thank you for the info! Regardless, they are all different which was the sole point of what I was trying to say :)
     
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  24. fgs

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    pvaudio,

    yes of course, but then two round poly strings from the same producer don't have to be the same, they can be quite very different. of course this marketing thing with weird names is more than questionable because you are not even in most of the cases try to associate some characteristics of the name (panther, viper, venom, firestorm etc.) with the string.

    but on the other hand i was thinking about what data suppliers should be supplying on the package regarding the strings capabilities and i basically stopped pretty soon as i realized that most of the data supplied would vary to a certain, and sometimes considerable, extend depending on the tension, the framesize, the stringpattern etc. you can devise some figures but they would not really be telling much i guess to the regular consumer.

    i am pretty sure that you or i, which have dedicated quite some time to not only this sport but obviously also to the hobby of stringtesting, could issue some recommendations to a player we know (i mean playstyle and level, stick he uses etc.) based on some general data published, be it for instance as tw-university does it, but for the regular consumer, i think such information would only confuse him even more. it would be difficult to explain why a soft string does not neccessarily have to be more powerful or even armfriendly, or that a stiff string can eventually be less fatiguing by having a higher energy return. all these aspects change with batspeed and more often than not they do not change in a linear way.
    stroking technique does really have a huge impact on the behaviour of the string - when i play competitively i do apply huge amounts of spin. when i just fool around a little bit i play flat like johnny mac and all strokes with the continental grip - the ball feels completely different, there is not only a different batspeed but also a different angle of impact.
    the more i know the less i know.
     
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  25. scotus

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    Many thanks for the review.

    So I take it that Black Venom is soft and mushy, not crisp at all, right?

    I like the type of strings that are soft as in comfortable but crisp. So Panthera would more likely be my cup of tea?
     
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    I tried 6 of those listed and my favorite of the bunch is TCS due to ample amounts of power and spin versus Venom which is has more spin but tension maintenance is poor on these strings. I think I will pass on Polyfibre brand from now on.

    Thundercats ROAR !!!
     
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  27. tistrapukcipeht

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    Cool package, probably the best out there.
     
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    Alot of the Aussiekids in the national academy program are using panthera. Especially the girls.
     
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  29. Automatix

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    IMHO yes.

    I think so, yes. There's no better way than just play with it really.

    Different technique, different racquets etc.
    All of these things make a difference.
     
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  30. davidtennis11

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    What do you think of Pantheras tension maintenance?
     
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  32. davidtennis11

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    Yeah, thanks. Good girl.
     
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