Solinco Tour Bite Soft

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  1. Power Player

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    I think with a full job, this is a 6-7 hour string. In my hybrid, I got 9-10 hours out of the setup.

    Good string..when it dies, it gets a little twangy, but in the hybrid you can finish off a session or match before it breaks.
     
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  2. Francis27

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    Thanks im most-likely to hybrid it
     
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  3. SteveI

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    You should... you wrote it.. :)
     
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  4. parasailing

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    Finally strung up my Graphene Speed Pro at 52lbs full setup wit hthis string. I am going to see how this puppy hits tomorrow.
     
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  5. Sander001

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    Kevlar done in approx 10hrs? Is it snapping or something else?
     
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  6. parasailing

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    Got to hit with it for about an hour and so far, I am quite impressed with Tour Bite Soft. It has great ball pocketing more than any other poly I have tried probably because it is softer and it does feel a lot softer than regular Tour Bite.

    When I strung it up, I also noticed how elastic the string is more like a multi or natural gut. Black Widow offers slightly more spin but less power than TBS.
     
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  7. tennisnut09

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    This string has too much power and less control than the original TB. Also, it is very springy in the first 2-3 hours.
     
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  8. lostinamerica

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    I am using the 18 gauge Crossfire. The 105S is a string eating machine. If you play with it, you will understand. Also,I have also always been a chronic string breaker. It is breaking in the middle. Sadly, about an hour before the Kevlar breaks, it actually hits its absolute best.
     
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  9. NE1for10is?

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    I'm just trying TBS out for the first time with gut mains at 55/50 and so far I really like the spin, control and pop I'm getting.

    I've recovered recently from golfer's elbow and so far it doesn't seem to affect it, but I am concerned with that most polys go dead after 10-12 hours and I have to clip the crosses out and restring them or my arm will pay the price.

    So, what have you guys who have use it for a while found in terms of hours of playability and how many hours to safely play with TBS before they go dead?
     
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  10. mikeler

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    I gave my other half set of TBS to a friend of mine. I've been meaning to get it to him for months to try out. So I pulled it out of my bag, handed it to him and he asks "Which multi is this?". When I told him it was a poly he had trouble believing it.
     
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  11. parasailing

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    Definitely one of the softest feeling polys I have strung up and my fingers love it when it comes to weaving the crosses. Due to the sharp edge, this won't work well in a gut poly hybrid so I am trying it in a full string bed to see how long it lasts.
     
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  12. mikeler

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    That is why I gave my other half set away. I could see using this poly when my arm is a little sore or maybe in the cooler winter months. The B5E just gives me more spin which is why I'm back to using it again.
     
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  13. Egoista

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    which string has more Top Spin BHBR 17 g or TB 17 soft?
     
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  14. NE1for10is?

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    I've used them both and IMHO TBS has more spin.
     
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  15. lostinamerica

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    In my opinion, TB wins this contest by a mile. TB is thee spinniest string I have used. I notice the balls get extremely 'fluffed up' when I use it. A friend and I went out to hit both using the same string and the balls looked much bigger after about 15 minutes. The string really bit into the ball and fluffed up the felt. We were just hitting rather than playing and both of us were really trying to spin the ball but nevertheless, it was noticeable.
     
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  16. Francis27

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    Would this be better if i hybrid it on the mains with a multi like Prince Premier attack?
     
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  17. mikeler

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    That might not be a bad combo but it is so soft, a full bed might still be comfortable enough but I have not tried it full bed.
     
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  18. NE1for10is?

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    Anyone have any experience with how many hours of play before TBS goes dead? And characteristically happens when it does?
     
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  19. Francis27

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    Cause im trying to get a little bit more life in the strings cause polys go dead pretty fast im thinking due to TBS softness im going to string TBS mains 57lbs PPA 60lbs
     
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  20. mikeler

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    I broke my hybrid on a shank after 5 sets so I can't help there.
     
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  21. scotus

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    I've only played with 1 set of it, but I didn't get any 'dead' feel from it.

    The first two outings the TBS was outclassed in the spin department by Volkl V-Torque, so it didn't get much court time (Maybe just 5 minutes each).

    The third outing (after V-Torque was rendered useless), I took out the TBS and had a fabulous hit with it (Maybe TBS needs a bit of a break-in period?)

    The next hitting session it got too loose, too powerful, spraying shots, so I had to cut it out. But the feel I got wasn't "dead".
     
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  22. SteveI

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    This pretty much the same results I experienced with the V-Torque and TBS. As the tension changed the TBS got hot...the V-Torque went dead on me.
     
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  23. lostinamerica

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    Since I am using it in the Steam 105S, it breaks before death. It has not gne dead on me before it breaks.
     
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  24. Francis27

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    Since this is a shaped string wouldnt it shred the multi/syn/nat gut in a hybrid?
     
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  25. mikeler

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    It is not overly sharp. The Babolat NVY crosses still looked like it was in good shape after 5 sets of singles.
     
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  26. tennisnut09

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    Agreed....TBS does have a break in period. It takes about 2-3 hours of playing time for it to cool down. It is too springy at fresh strung.
     
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  27. Applesauceman

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    I'm currently using TBS 16 @ 53 lbs in my Prince Tour Diablo Midpluses. I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting my serve to the lower tension as the balls tend to go just long. I used to use Luxilon Alu Power 16L @ 58 lbs a couple of years ago, but it killed my elbow, even in a hybrid and/or at lower tensions, so I gave up on using polys. I recently tried Technifibre Pro Red Code 16 on whim and liked it, but it still felt a bit stiff. Then I tried TBS 16 and loved it. So far no elbow issues. I'm considering increasing the tension a couple of pounds...maybe 55-56? Thoughts?
     
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  28. parasailing

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    This string definitely feels springy when strung up and takes probably on average 2 good hours before it settles in.

    I am at the 4 hour mark and it feels pretty good, will post when the string starts feeling dead.
     
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  29. NE1for10is?

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    Is this really a 'breaking in' period or maybe this string goes dead in 2-3 hours? I'm currently at 5 hours. I notice after the 3 hour mark it doesn't feel quite as soft, but it still seems to have the same spin more or less.
     
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  30. Egoista

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    I have used TB and yes it was spinny

    but TB soft is more spinny as well? than BHBR 17

    Which is softer?
     
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  31. coyote

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    In my experience yes. It is just a softer version of TB. I may need to try Volkl V-Torque to see if it is really more so.
     
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  32. lostinamerica

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    Yes and I think TBS is softer. Try each for your self and let us know what you think.
     
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  33. parasailing

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    After 5 hours with TBS, it's still holding up and offers that nice pocketing feel for volleys.
     
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  34. tennisnut09

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    TBS should last more than 12 hours for sure. I've played 2 set of this TBS and both last me more than 15 hrs but I am not a hard hitter.
     
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  35. Applesauceman

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    I decided to try TBS 16 @ 58 lbs, which was a bit too stiff, especially outdoors. TBS 16 @ 53 lbs felt better.
     
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  36. Applesauceman

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    Any nice hybrid options for TBS?
     
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  37. NE1for10is?

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    Gut mains with TBS crosses. I really like this setup so far.
     
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  38. JGads

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    Continued love for the 16g version of this string. Love it in everything except for my Tec 315s where I prefer standard TB. I have a TGK 238.1 Prestige that was stiff and unpredictable for me with Vs/ALU, and full Tour Bite Soft has turned it into a plush feeling beast.

    Superb string for most frames out there. Can't say enough.
     
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  39. parasailing

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    After 8 hours of hitting, TBS is officially dead for me. It no longer has that nice feel and starts to ping which usually means it's pretty much dead. If you don't mind restringing every 8 hours, this string is pretty good.
     
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  40. tennisnut09

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    I an testing this TBS right now. I have it twice on my 2013 APD at 56 full bed. It is too springy in the first 2-3 hrs then it plays very nicely. Around 14-15 hrs, it starts loosing control then I cut it out.
    When it is too springy, would you increase or lower the tension? Please help me out. I only have one set of TBS left. Thanks!
     
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  41. Egoista

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    On a side note would lower tensions reduce the spinny potential of a spin string such as TBS or BHBR ?

    Maybe I am imagining it but when I play with a tighter strung racquet and a spin string I feel I can generate more spin......than a looser strung racquet
     
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  42. Power Player

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    I am thinking about trying Forten sweet as my cross next time with TBS in my 315. On paper you would think it would be way too soft in the Tec, but you never know, it could end up being super plush.

    Tough call, as OGSM is a fantastic cross as well. I have reels of both so may as well try a tweak I figure.

    I would strongly suggest hybriding TBS in a softer stick. If you use syn gut, you will get a lot more feel back in your racquet
     
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  43. Applesauceman

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    I tried TBS 16 @ 53 lbs in mains and OGSM 16 @ 55 lbs in cross tonight and it just didn't have the same pop/spin as full TBS 16 @ 53 lbs. Full TBS 16 @ 58 lbs was too stiff, perhaps 55 lbs?
     
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  44. tennisnut09

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    My experience about this TBS 1.20 after 2 sets at 56 full bed. 1. too springy at fresh strung. 2. play very nice after 2 hrs up to around 12 hrs. 3. back to too springy. When it is too springy, it is hard to control the serve-return and it is hard to control w/o the full follow-thru.
     
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  45. DavidNERODease

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    I have a bunch of matches in now with this string and I'm really impressed with it's lack of wear - very resistant to notching compared to my other favourite polys - hence it has remained playable for longer than expected. As long it maintains consistant spin I don't mind some change in springyness - a flexy dense pattern racquet obviously helps with this though.
     
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  46. Power Player

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    Yeah, I think it is a personal thing. I generate a ton of spin, even with synthetic gut, so when I go full poly I lose feel and touch. You may have strung it too tight, I think 50-55 is ideal for this poly.

    In general, A good test of your spin technique is to string it lower and make sure you can keep it in the court. You may have to go a little more western than you prefer, but the key is that you need to be able to keep the ball in the court, even with lower tension poly. If you are a higher level player, you probably know this, but I figured I'd throw it out there.
     
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