Tourna Big Hitter Black 7

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  1. SteveI

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    Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 is a German engineered soft co-poly heat treated and shaped with 7 sharp edges for incredible spin production. Black 7 is designed for string players looking for mid-range power response with pin-point accuracy and massive spin. It allows you to hit out on the ball and still keep it in the lines. 3rd Generation Co-Poly

    Color(s):Black
    Composition:Co-Poly
    Gauge:16g, 17g
    Length:40'
    Type:Monofilament
    Misc.:7-Sided

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    Price: Appox $90.00/reel $9.00/set
     
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  2. Torres

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    Looks good. I'm going to have to try this out. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  3. Orion3

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    Be very interested in your opinion.

    Still playing BHBR as crosses in my gut hybrid and looking to try MSV co-focus as a comparison...but I do like Big Hitter!
     
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  4. SteveI

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    Based on the fine offerings from Tourna on the market, I expect this to be another great price/performer. They don't offer that many strings, but their product line is solid and provide great value and performace. Love the color. Will go great with my Dunlop frames..;-)
     
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  5. dancraig

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    Thanks Steve.
     
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  6. Chyeaah

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    Their gonna jump on the Bab bandwagon and once their popular prices are gonna skyrocket up. Better stock up on them if their good.
     
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  7. swfh

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    When will this hit the market?
     
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  8. rodrigoamaral

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    i read somewhere that it will be available in January..
     
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  9. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    I googled it and got a result from like mansion sports or something like that and it said its about $105 a reel? That's a bit higher than their other polys... Bummer :p
     
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  10. Rjb49

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    Yeah I just got a test reel as well!!! It looks really nice and feels quite plyable and will be hopefully a nice poly! Tourna has yet to dissapoint!
     
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  11. goeblack

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    So how do you guys think this will compare to BHBR?
     
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  12. Torres

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    I think it will be blacker.
     
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  13. off_the_bounce

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    This man may be on to something here.
     
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  14. Maroon_Tenniskid

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    So is this new string the same price as bhbr?
     
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  15. SteveI

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    it is more.... A reel of the BHB & is about $90.00 ... approx.
     
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  16. CDestroyer

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    So from the ad I guess its not twisted and it has more sides than the BHBR so it will probably have less spin potential than the BHBR.
     
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  17. g4driver

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    Sorry to hear that. I just started getting it again too, after being TE free for nearly two years, and I only hybrid poly. :( Just started a few weeks ago, so back to NRG2 or X-One exclusively until it goes away.

    Best Wishes mikeler
     
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  18. mikeler

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    I only use poly hybrids too and was also pain free from GE for two years. First time I ever had TE was a few weeks ago.
     
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  19. fortun8son

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    Uh oh! Not the Thunderblast, I hope! Maybe not Mikeler's Choice after all?
     
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  20. Kurte954

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    I thought I posted in this thread but it's not here?
     
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    If at first you don't succeed...
     
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  22. frunk

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    Buddies over at Unique sports sent me a reel to play with as a play test. Will share with my teammates and coaches and see what they have to say.
     
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  23. SteveI

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    Please post your insights and comments. I did a short hit with it this morning and planning to hit later today again. Looks liker another fine price/performer from Tourna. I am hearing a set will be appox 11 and a reel about $110 retail. The spin was magic..:) Very soft.. great bite. Color of course is perfect for my Dunlops. I tested the 17G.
     
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  24. frunk

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    True that, I'll post back asap ~ week tops.
     
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  25. Nefarious_Ly

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    will be waiting for playtesting results. if someone can tell me how these compare to BHBR 17. just got it awhile back, and love it.
     
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  26. frunk

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    Just strung this baby up. K Blade Tour. BHB7 16g on mains @ 54 lbs, OGSM 16 on crosses @ 52 lbs. String was coily and felt like RPM in my hand. String description says its more stiff and less powerful than BHBR.

    Will hit tomorrow and post results.
     
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  27. TheOneHander

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    Just got my set in the mail, so I figured I'd post up my impressions and use this as a placeholder post for my review.

    Current racquet: EXO3 Tour 16x18
    Reference string: BHBR 17 @40lbs
    Playing style: I like to think of myself as a 4.5 Radwanska. I don't have big shots or any huge weapons, so I play a trickier game. However, while it isn't my main weapon, my serve is pretty solid as well. I hit with heavy spin most of the time, but I do enjoy mixing paces and spins up every now and then.

    So I received the string today, and it felt almost like Focus Hex to the touch. It's almost plasticy, but not quite, and it feels light (weird, right?) to the touch. The edges are well defined, and it was a little stiffer than BHBR but not as much as BHSR, IMO. We'll see how it strings up at the end of the week-so until then!

    Also, thanks for the string, Steve.
     
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  28. frunk

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    Played today with BHB7 16 gauge. See two posts up for my set up.

    Serves: Powerful, but not as big as with BHBR. I felt like I could grab the ball more, however.

    Forehands: Had some issues finding the feel at first, due to the stiffer nature of the string. After I got used to it, I started pocketing the ball better, and I saw slight dips in the ball's parabola due to spin. Good for the spin fiends.

    Backhand Slice: I'm restricted to slices due to injury, but slices were like a hot knife through butter. I liked it!
     
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  29. Murray_fan1

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    Would you describe this string as crisp like Tour Bite or Alu ?
     
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  30. frunk

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    Never played with Tour Bite or Alu...
     
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  31. Torres

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    Thanks to SteveI for sending me a couple of sets of this string.

    On it initial examination, and comparing to 3 other black shaped polys, I'd comment as follows:

    - in terms of shape, the string looks virtually identical to Dunlop Black Widow (another 7 sided poly). It's pretty thin with very prounounced edges which you can easily feel when rolling it through your fingers. Under a halogen lamp the surface texture and markings during the extrusion process also look very similar though the Black Widow looks slightly more marked. The strings also seem as bendy as each other. Is it made at the same factory or using the same tooling? If they are, I don't think they're the same chemical composition of string - under a halogen lamp, the BHB7 looks like a yellowy black, whereas the black widow is more of a bluey black, so it doesn't appear to simply be a rebranded string.

    - definitely a different string to Pro's Pro's Blackout, which is much rounder.

    - definitely a different string to Weiscannon B5E which agains is much rounder and also noticeably stiffer.

    It's a surprisingly thin string almost Mosquito Bite thin. I'd be tempted to go for a 16 gauge next time even in my closed pattern stick.

    Will string it up at the weekend and see how it plays.
     
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  32. scotus

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    Just wanted to thank SteveI for great service!
     
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  33. Nefarious_Ly

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    How does Black Widow play btw? i've been thinking bout buying me a set. my cousin's coach uses it i beleive. my cousin said that it was nice strings to use.
     
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  34. SteveI

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    Thanks to everyone that is testing...
     
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  35. pvaudio

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    I got mine while I was on break, but I opened it and immediately it has the plastic feeling of MSV Hex to the touch, and is very thin. Appears to be 1.20mm.
     
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  36. J_aces

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    Anyone have a set they would trade/sell me?
     
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  37. frunk

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    I hit with BHB7 and BHBR today...honestly I'm still smitten by the BHBR. BHBR is the GStOAT.
     
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  38. SteveI

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    Click on my username and send me an e-mail.
     
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  39. Orion3

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    Stevel - any idea when this will be available in the UK?
     
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  40. SteveI

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    Sorry don't have anything to share on that one.
     
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  41. SteveI

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    Sorry no info to share on that one.
     
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  42. Torres

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    Each of Tourna's appointed European wholesaler distributors will have it from 25 January 2012 (there's a different wholesaler for each county / region), so its likely that retailers will have it from late January / early February 2012 if they've placed orders for it.
     
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  43. TheOneHander

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    Just finished stringing this in a full bed at 40lbs. Rotational gripper, CP, six-point mount. Full piece.

    It was, for the most part, pretty easy. The coil memory initially was manageable, and it didn't kink too terribly. Weaving was pretty smooth, but tie offs were kinda painful to do. It didn't cinch down as nicely as I would have liked it to, but it wasn't that big of a deal.

    About the weaving, YMMV. I normally use BHBR, which chews up my fingers, so this was really easy in comparison.
     
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  44. kiteboard

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    I got two sets of each 16/17g today. Will hybrid with hexablade or revolution. The bhbr/revolution hybrid was superb.
     
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  45. TheOneHander

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    Oh my goodness me.

    Loved it.

    Stats: 2 hours of hitting against my regular hitting partner. Just rallies, no match play. 40lbs, constant pull.

    This string played just like BHBR in the regard that spin was off the charts. However, at equal tensions, it felt even softer. I'm not exactly sure why, but it also let me hit flat shots much easier. I could go from heavy spin to more penetrating groundies easily, which is something I normally can't do with the BHBR. Power was abundant to the point that I'd string it 4lbs higher next time, but it wasn't uncontrollable. My only complaint was that the movement was horrendous. Thankfully, it was easily fixable and not a dealbreaker.

    I know this is short, I'll update more as I playtest it. I excite!
     
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  46. pvaudio

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    Testing this evening.
     
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  47. pvaudio

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    Tourna Big Hitter Black 7

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    Stringing: Not bad. As far as textured polys go, this doesn't have that kinking memory. It is, however, rather sharp. In that regard, it reminds me very much of Polyfibre Hexablade. It's got that feeling that if you're not careful, you may cut your fingertips. Luckily, that didn't happen. Strung in full as shown, tension of 47/47.
     
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  48. Chyeaah

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    Offtopic - If people complain so much about how it hurts to string poly why dont they just wear thin gloves.

    Hope this string is available in Aus =D
     
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  49. TheOneHander

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    For the same reason most people don't wear gloves when they play tennis-stringing, IME, requires a lot of feel for your machine, your tools, and of course, your string.

    I had the opportunity to play this string again for another two hours and I was very pleasantly surprised. There was little to no drop off in tension, and the string movement problem wasn't much of an issue as it was the first time around. It still felt soft and comfortable, and the edges haven't seemed to have worn down yet. I'm enjoying my newfound ability to actually hit a flat, penetrating ball as much as I am enjoying the spin potential. The only downside so far is that the stringbed feels a bit springy on volleys, for whatever reason, but I mentioned in my original post that I would string it at 44lbs as opposed to 40lbs the next time around. For more of a breakdown...

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    Groundies: 9.5/10

    I hesitate to make this a 10/10 (for fanboyism's sake), but I really love hitting groundstrokes with this racquet. Every shot I have in the book is accessible at any given time, which truly is an awesome ability that I don't have with my normal BHBR rig. As a heavy spin player, this string allows me to hit rolling loopers while also using topspin to feather angles whenever I want to. It's like magic. Control-wise, there is more free power than there is with BHBR, IME, but it is by no means un-tameable. Directional control is not sacrificed, and is indeed very easy to come by. There simply happens to be some extra free pop on tap. On slices, this string really bites the ball. My one complaint is that I float slices a little bit more than I do with the BHBR, but they generally stay low(er than normal) and bounce how I want them to.

    Serves: 8/10

    While I haven't had much service practice with this string, it seems to perform just fine so far. There may be a little too much power at the time being, but spin and directional control are definitely there. There's a very nice pocketing feel at contact, and the ball really sinks into the strings. Flat serves are also easier with this string for me (because of the lack of a twisted shape? Hmm...), but it's too early to tell at this point. My serve has also improved in the past few months, so time will tell how this string really plays. It gets an 8/10 for now because I really don't know it that well and the power can be a little bit overwhelming sometimes.

    Volleys: 7/10

    This is where the power can get out of hand. Blocking back passes can get a little bit out of control sometimes, which isn't an issue I had previously. However, touch volleys and shots that generally wouldn't cause me much trouble at the net are just fine. Like on serve, there's a very soft pocketing feel, and control is not sacrificed when I have time to set up. Awkward balls, however, are much more awkward.

    Comfort: 9/10

    As a victim of the evils of tennis elbow, I choose my polys carefully. This one has so far not caused me any issues, after or during play. As previously mentioned, it almost cradles the ball and has a very grippy but soft feel. No pain for me is a nine in my book...we'll see if it can keep that ranking as time goes on.

    Durability: TBD

    So far, no real tension loss after 4 hours. We'll see...if it lasts longer than 8 hours I'll be as happy as a clam.
     
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  50. pvaudio

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    Need another go around with it, but it's really really good.
     
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