PRINCE BEAST XP 17 g

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  1. JackB1

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    definitely softer and more powerful than most polys.
     
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    That is a bargain, I wish I could find it at $100/reel.

    Am surprised by the differences in comments from the RSI playtesters: http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/articles/2011/03/playtest_prince_beast_xp.html

    It is definitely not your run of the mill poly. Someone else on the boards described it as playing almost like a stiffer multi. That is pretty accurate IMO. I like Black Magic and a couple of guys I string for use it. But, at tension (52), you can feel it in your arm when you finish with Black Magic. As I noted elsewhere, Beast is super arm friendly. I'm actually going to up my tension about 4 pounds.

    There is also a Beast Attack multi which has been seriously touted as a great combination. I've got a couple of sets of it as well.

    From my perspective, compared against Black Magic:

    Power Beast >>> Black Magic
    Comfort Beast >>>>>> Black Magic
    Control Black Magic > Beast
    Touch Beast >>>> Black Magic
    Spin Beast = Black Magic
    Durability Black Magic >>> Beast

    The greater signs are meant to indicate varying degree of difference for you. The Beast is probably going to be my go to.
     
  3. Torres

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    ^ Thanks for that.

    From what you suggest it sounds like Beast is a pretty powerful, comfortable, feel based poly? Does it play 'elasticky' or firm ie little 'give' to the strings? And how long would you say it lasts before going dead?
     
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    No problem!

    From what you suggest it sounds like Beast is a pretty powerful, comfortable, feel based poly?

    Yes, IME, it is completely suitable to serve/volley tennis. It does play really closely from a touch perspective to a multi.

    Does it play 'elasticky' or firm ie little 'give' to the strings?

    The best descriptor I've seen, and I agree with, is "plush". It plays very solid, you can feel the stringbed give, and you get the benefits of poly without the downside of fatigue in your arm and that brick-like feeling you always get using 1st gen polys.

    And how long would you say it lasts before going dead?

    That I cannot answer at present. I've played about 7 times with a set, and regrettably tore a calf muscle last Sunday. Then I got a hematoma. My doctor says I'll be sidelined 2 - 6 weeks which is OK, cause it is November. :)

    From what I've seen though, it won't have the same durability as Luxilon, but I'm really really OK with that given the other attributes; i.e. comfort, playability and arm friendliness.
     
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    very plush feeling for a poly. Not firm.
     
  6. red rook

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    I tried and liked it. Did everyhig pretty good. Good for December in a red racquet lol
     
  7. Automatix

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    Anyone care to share some info on a gut/Beast XP hybrid.

    Found some posts but the info was a bit obscure.
     
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    It was my favorite hybrid in most of the racquets that I've used over the last year or so: (TF 325VO2, 400T, BC20, P1).

    My criteria were:
    consistent performance over string life (I hate many polys on this point)
    durability
    touch
    I can adjust for spin and power.

    It is neither very stiff non spongy, somewhere in the middle.
    Power is also somewhere in the middle.
    It's not stiff, but you know its a poly, and the feedback is good.
    In several situations the Beast wore through before the gut.

    However due to another thread I tried out gut/4G in my current P1 and it beats Beast in the touch department, and equals Beast. It's my new "go-to".
     
  9. Automatix

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    Thank you very much for this post.

    Neverstopplaying if I may... I'd like to ask:
    1. How many hours did you get out of that hybrid?
    2. What tension did you use?
    3. Which gut did you use (and what gauge)?

    I want to use either Tonic+Ballfeel (<1.35mm) or VS Touch 1.35mm... I'm willing to pay extra since VS has a more consistent gauge.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I get about 20 hours of reasonably hard hitting (4.5).
    When I play on outdoor clay, gut mains @55, XP crosses @51. I bring up the tension on indoor courts in the winter months to 59/54.
    I use mostly VS Team (1.25).
     
  11. Automatix

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    Thank you very much.

    Really appreciate the details you provided.

    Cheers!
     
  12. JackB1

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    I have several sets of Beast 17 if anyone's interested in buying or teaching drop me a line.
     
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    I am down, email is logan432@comcast.net, hit me up see if we can work something out
     
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    Does anyone know or could anyone recommend a poly string which resembles the feel, power & tension maintenance of Beast XP but which is (even?) more comfortable?
     
  15. scotus

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    Just string the Beast (or the current Tour XP) at a lower tension. You can also pre-stretch it if you'd like.

    BTW, if you haven't tried Beast in a gut-poly hybrid, it's a must try. I personally prefer the 16g to the 17g, but a lot of people seem drawn to the 17g for some reason.
     
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    I must agree. I love gut/Beast and depending upon the racquet: gut/4g.
     

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