Soft poly, with good spin potential and all around performance.

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  1. Bobo96

    Bobo96 Semi-Pro

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    I recently switched to the 2013 Blade 18X20. Amazing racquet, but it's much stiffer than my last frame, and it's a little harder to produce topspin. I have been using volkl v-pro for the last year. It's a pretty solid all around smooth poly, but there is nothing that really stands out about it. It lacks bite on the ball, and I don't think it is a very good combo with the blade.

    Thinking I needed a string I could get better bite and spin with I ordered a set of solinco tour bite. I strung it at 50 lbs. Despite hearing that the spin was insane, it really didnt impress me much. It felt really stiff, and the spin did not seem that great. Much worse spin potential than BHB7 IMHO. I felt no connection to the ball. I'm starting to think that the stifness of TB and the Blade combined made for a very boardy feel, and a dissapointing experience..... but what do I know.

    So now I'm searching for the best overall soft poly with decent spin potential.

    I'm playing some of my best tennis with the Blade even with my reg setup, but I still think there is a much better option.

    Playing style and level: all around style, I like to take the ball early and just rip my groundies. First serve average around 90 MPH, I usually slice second serves. I'M around 5.5.

    All opinions appreciated!
     
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  2. luishcorreia

    luishcorreia Professional

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    I am using tour bite for the last six months. The sin is excellent, IMO. The 18x20 pattern on your blade is not the best for spin. But the tour bite is stiff, I'll give you that.

    Tourna big Hitter Black, Pro Hurricane 18, Dunlop Black Widow, Kirschbaum Pro Line II, MSV focus hex.. Are all good spon strings and somewhat softer than tour bite.
     
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  3. Bobo96

    Bobo96 Semi-Pro

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    Yeah, maybe I'm just crazy.
     
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  4. Korso

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    That stinks. I just strung VPro in my blade at 52lbs last night for the first time :(.
    I am thinking black widow 17g at 55lbs would be really nice in this racket for a soft poly.
     
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  5. Bobo96

    Bobo96 Semi-Pro

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    Thanks! I woulden't give up on V-pro yet. Maybe ou will really like it, the Blade plays really well with it it just lacks in spin.
     
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  6. danotje

    danotje Rookie

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    I've tried a few textured strings, to include Tour Bite and BHB7, and the one I keep coming back to is Big Hitter Blue Rough. I don't know what makes it work so well for my game, but the spin is awesome. I feel like I can do anything with the ball. It isn't really sharp, doesn't have serious edges and really doesn't present itself as much when you string it. It just works. It does feel a little like fencing wire when you first take it out, but once strung, it isn't near as sharp as BHB7. I found the sweet spot in tension for me is 17g at 54lbs.
     
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  7. The Big Kahuna

    The Big Kahuna Semi-Pro

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    If you check the Ratings Database there from the playtests done by StringForum of all co-polys on the market with a minimum of 30 teats report, BOTH the Yonex polys are # and #2 at this time. They are also #1 and #2 in PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIO raiting (best for the money).

    The Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 is a very good choice.

    These are impressive results.
     
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  8. Bobo96

    Bobo96 Semi-Pro

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    Has anyone tried Discho Iontec Hexa?
     
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  9. Sander001

    Sander001 Hall of Fame

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    Yeah I agree that a thin gauge is definitely the way to go for an 18x20. Volkl Cyclone 18 has excellent spin, is pretty soft and an all around great performer.
    One of my racquets was strung with it in October and I played with it last night actually and it was still very good[can't remember how many total hours it's got on it, I'll guess around 8].
     
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  10. ericsson

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    Yes and it's excellent, for that price you have a whole lot of string IMO!
     
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