Tennis Warehouse: Babolat Origin Playtest

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  1. TW Staff

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    Attention Talk Tennis Members:

    We are no longer taking requests for this playtest.

    We will be sending out a very limited number of Babolat's Origin 16 string for a playtest. This playtest is only for U.S.A Talk Tennis members.

    Given the very limited quantity of strings for this playtest we will not be able to satisfy the majority of requests. However, we have many string playtests on the "runway," so keep trying if you don't get selected for this one. We select playtesters based on a number of factors.

    In order to participate you must post your findings in this thread by the deadline.

    ** Reviews are due 2/14 **

    If you do not post a review, or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.

    ** No Hybrids **

    Include the following in your review:

    Tennis experience/background:
    Describe your playing style (i.e. serve & volley):
    Current racquet/string:
    Tension used for playtest
    Regular string set up
    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Power of test string
    Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
    Spin
    Comfort
    Durability
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Compare to the string you use most often
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    List any additional thoughts (optional)

    TW Staff

    PS: We request you not post "Email Sent" posts to this thread. All of those posts will be deleted. Feel free to post questions or comments.
     
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  2. neil1b

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    Another great playtest for us string junkies

    Thx TW
     
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  3. TW Staff

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    Attention,

    We have sent out emails to all participants selected to participate in this playtest. Congratulations to those who are selected. For those who were not selected, fear not. We will have plenty more playtest opportunities coming up in the next couple months.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  4. BLX_Andy

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    I'm very eager for these upcoming 2014 playtests!
     
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  5. aced_Tezuka

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    Yeah definitely!
    I just came back from vacation and saw this and kinda disappointed I missed out. But whatever!
     
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  6. mikeler

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    I missed out on this one. Must have been hiding amongst 10 threads about who the GOAT is.
     
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  7. McLovin

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    Yeah, I was wondering how I missed it as well. I thought I had been checking the top of the categories recently. Was it posted here?
     
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  8. cartel

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    same here i NEVER see them until they are "closed" :shock:
     
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  9. mikeler

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    I did not see it until the 2nd post bumped it.
     
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  10. SteveI

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    Hello All,

    It was posted for a few hours before I sent off my e-mail. At that time there was maybe 125 views. The post that they had enough play testers came about 24 hours after that. I guess it filled up fast.

    There will be many more to come. TW is great about letting us help in this process. It is great fun and you get a free set of strings.. in this case a pretty expensive set.
     
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  11. McLovin

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    But...its a 'Sticky''. Those are always supposed to be at the top, aren't they?
    I guess my question is...I have been checking the racquet & string sections daily ever since I missed out on the Babolat playtest. I'm not blaming anyone but myself, but I was thinking this morning when I saw the thread "Jan 3rd? How the hell did I miss it?". Then I saw mikeler's post and realized I wasn't the only one who missed it.
     
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  12. mikeler

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    Stickys are always at the top. We must have both been liquored up last Friday.
     
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  13. Out?

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    Whats suppose to be the cost of the string when its available?
     
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  14. SteveI

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    I think about $15.00 or more.. In another thread they thought it be as much or more as xcel.. which is $20.00
     
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  15. TW Staff

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    Out?,

    The price of this string will be $21.95 when it is released.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  16. Out?

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    Thanks!
    10char
     
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  17. Out?

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    looks like its more at 22
     
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  18. Sanchez75706

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    Excited to hear reviews about this new string, but at 21.95 not sure if even an amazing review will convince me to buy.
     
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  19. jim e

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    To TW: The Babolat rep on the racquet section commented on this string and called it a monofilament. Would you recommend stringing this approx. 10% lower in tension like a poly string, or string it at tension of normal synthetic gut?
     
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  20. TW Staff

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    Hi Jim!

    We tested this in the lab and the stiffness value puts it closer to a solid core nylon or medium-firm multi. We have to run more tests to confirm this, but I'd say you are safe using your nylon reference.

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
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  21. djNEiGht

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    Got my batch today. I'm am flattered! Thank you TW for setting up a place for us geeks and enthusiasts have a voice to such companies as Babolat.

    Will consider stringing this up similar to a firm multi/synthetic string. Mid tension.
     
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  22. mikeler

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    Sounds like Babolat is trying to sell the world's most expensive synthetic gut. Still curious though… :)
     
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  23. neil1b

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    Did everyone else get three sets???? Babolat rocks!!!!
     
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  24. mikeler

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    Ugh, can't believe I missed the last 2 Babolat play tests. :(
     
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  25. McLovin

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    I believe that was a clerical error and you received my & mikeler's sets. Please contact us for mailing addresses...
     
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  26. parasailing

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    Stop rubbing it in :). I also didn't get to playtest this string but would love to hear feedback on how it compares to say X1 Biphase or Natural Gut hybrid with copoly.
     
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  27. texastornado

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    I didn't receive an email from TW but I got 3 sets.

    Strung it up tonight while watching the Pats vs. Colts game. Initial thoughts - seemed thinner than a typical 16g, had to tighten my clamps alot, even after i cleaned them with alcohol. Interesting finish, very smooth. The outer layer feels like it is powder coated or something.

    Gamma floating clamps + X-2 stringer.
     
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  28. djNEiGht

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    I thought the quantity was a mistake.

    What did you string it at and on what racquet?
     
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  29. SteveI

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    I got the e-mail.. but not the strings yet.
     
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  30. SteveI

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    If I get 3 sets like the others I will try to do more than one frame.. and do some hybrids. The instructions from TW are no hybrids.. but I think it would be safe to do one with the other sets once the main results are in.
     
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  31. Out?

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    was there anyproblems with stringing?
     
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  32. texastornado

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    I had some problems stringing but I attributed it to replacing the grommets on my racket. Once I tightened my clamps, this string was as easy or easier to string than others.

    Played 4 sets of doubles today. Spoiler alert! this string is pretty good.
     
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  33. mikeler

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    Worth $22 good? :)
     
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  34. parasailing

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    At $22 a set, it better play better than X1 Biphase!
     
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  35. djNEiGht

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    What set up do you normally use (racquet/strings/tension) and how did you set up the origin?

    cheers
     
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  36. Brocolt

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    Mikeler: If you would like I would be happy to send you a set to try. they sent me three sets and I appreciate your threads.
     
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  37. mikeler

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    Thanks for the offer, I may take you up on it. I'm curious as to why they sent out 3 sets versus offering a single set to a larger test group.
     
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  38. Brocolt

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    just let me know if you want me to send it and where. I just sent you an email
     
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  39. mikeler

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    And I just replied! Sorry McLovin, but I'm in now. :)
     
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  40. TW Staff

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    texastornado,

    You should have received an email as you were on the list. I have emailed it to you again. Please confirm that you have received this email so I know we have your correct email address on hand.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  41. TW Staff

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    Attention playtesters,

    Yes, you will receive three sets to string up at different tensions or in different racquets during your playtest.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  42. texastornado

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    I received it, thanks again for a chance to playtest this string.
     
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  43. Out?

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    i received my sets will string up soon thanks TW and Babolat!
     
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  44. djNEiGht

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    Brocolt - good on you!

    that's a great "payitforward"

    I was thinking about the usefulness of mikeler's threads.
     
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  45. djNEiGht

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    Do x3 test results need to be submitted?
     
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  46. McLovin

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    Hopefully I am as well. djNEiGht was kind enough to offer up one of his sets if allowed (meaning unless TW requires three reviews to satisfy the requirement).

    And thanks again for the offer, djNEiGht.
     
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  47. mikeler

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    Unless we have to return the sets due to TW's guidelines.
     
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  48. lynnbart

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    I hate that I missed this play test ! I'll try to watch closer.

    With some recent elbow pain and the season cranking up I will be following this string. 3 sets is a deal!
     
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  49. Nostradamus

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtZXtjbZxaE

    this is world wide review notes from babolat. wonder if TW testers will feel the same. we will see.
    Mainly people say More Power for sure(even old ladies say this), More comfort, and some say more feel......
     
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  50. TW Staff

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    djNEiGht,

    No, you only need one review. However, we would like you to try it a couple different ways whether it be tension or in different racquets.

    Brittany, TW
     
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