Wilson Ripspin Playtest

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  1. TW Staff

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    ***Attention, the string playtest sign-up is now closed. We have all the playtesters we need. We will not be sending an email so please keep an eye out for the strings in your mail. We shipped out the string this past Saturday (August 3). Please note that we have limited space and not all that signed up were chosen. Thank you.***

    Attention Talk Tennis Members:

    The Wilson Ripspin strings have been shipped for a playtest.

    If you receive a sample, please post your findings in this thread by Friday August 30th.

    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:

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    Tension used for playtest
    Regular string set up
    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Power of test string
    Feel
    Spin
    Comfort
    Durability
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Control (predictable trajectory? 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?)

    Please also do not post "email sent". This will make the thread more readable. Feel free to ask questions or engage in discussion relevant to the string.

    Thanks, TW Staff

    ***Attention, the string playtest sign-up is now closed. We have all the playtesters we need. We will not be sending an email so please keep an eye out for the strings in your mail. We shipped out the string this past Saturday (August 3). Please note that we have limited space and not all that signed up were chosen. Thank you.***
     
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  2. tvizz

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    Gauge: 16
    Tension used for playtest: 53.5
    Regular string set up: Lux Alu Rough at 53.5
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson Steam 99s
    Power of test string: Average for a poly
    Feel: Good, but not great.
    Spin: Good, better than I was expecting.
    Comfort: Alright, not harsh for a poly
    Durability: Seems about right for a poly

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time):
    Seems to have held tension for the most part, but I will update this later.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    Control is good, It has good spin which helps control.

    Compare to the string you use most often.
    It is good compared to Lux Alu Rough, better than dead Alu. Overall I still prefer the Lux though.

    Tension recommendations.
    I might string this up a pound or two looser next time, I have another set so we will see. Possibly at 51.
     
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  3. Andyroo10567

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    Where did you pick up two sets?
     
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  4. tvizz

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    A Wilson rep.
     
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  5. LiCharles1985

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    I want to be a playtester. How do I apply?
     
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  6. Andyroo10567

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    You were supposed to send an email with your name, city and stuff. Looks like they are closing the sign ups.
     
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  7. mlocke1322

    mlocke1322 Rookie

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    Got mine yesterday and just strung it up this morning. Going to hit the court later this morning.
     
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  8. TW Staff

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    Attention TW Playtesters,

    We have chosen the lucky participants for this playtest. While we did not have enough samples for all that applied, we thank everyone for their willingness to participate. We will not be sending out an email so please keep an eye out for your string in the mail. The string was shipped this past Saturday, August 3.

    TW Staff
     
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  9. pvaudio

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    I received mine yesterday. Will string up later this week and report.
     
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  10. Titan_X

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    Does that mean we cannot sign up for future play test either?
     
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  11. diredesire

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    d'oh! I'm a failure, missed this thread completely. Looks like it's a poly anyways, no big loss ;)
     
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  12. djNEiGht

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    Wait for the next one. Keep your eyes peeled!
     
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  13. Andyroo10567

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    First couple hours played with the string. Going to keep adding to this post in a couple days or tomorrow.
    Gauge : 17G.
    Tension used for playtest : 52/54 LB.
    Regular string set up : Isospeed Baseline Spin 17L 52/54
    Racquet brand and model used for test : Head YTPP**
    Power of test string : I had more power than i usually get from Isospeed. More depth onto the shot i guess. But this wasn't a big issue. 7/10
    Feel : Feel of this string was pretty good! Nice solid crisp shots. On serves they were alright. But the sound pops on the backhand and forehand. 8/10
    Spin : Spin on these were incredible. Partners definitely noticed a huge change. Good depth with outstanding spin on the ball. Wilson definitely nailed this one. 10/10
    Comfort : As usual for poly, off center shots aren't the best feeling around. I hadn't had much problems with playing with this string though. No arm/wrist problems occurring yet. Only played for 3 hours. 8/10
    Durability : I don't snap strings often so i can't really give feedback for this part. But 3 hours in, still good and fresh feeling. 10/10?
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) : Playability maintained for quite a while. Noticeable tension drop after a couple hours. ( I played then left and came back to play again ) No notching yet. Overall, playability is good to go also. 8/10
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) Control was fine. Nothing different with this string when it comes to control. Nothing that really pops to me. 8/10
    Compare to the string you use most often Isospeed baseline had the pop on all variety's of shots. I like more of a flat shot so I'm not really looking for more spin. Spin is nice, but its just something that i usually involve only in my serve. This had great spin on serve, but no pop. Isospeed had it all for me and just stuck with me. Wouldn't switch my string to this. But definitely could be the one thing that some players are looking for.
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would probably experiment with a lower cross tension but since head racquets usually deform with a lower cross tension, i couldn't do so. 50/48 is what i would have liked to have done.

    After a couple days. : Still great spin. Feel isnt the best though. Pretty sure it dropped tension but cant really tell. This was a brief 20 minute play time. This playtest was pretty nice to be a part of! Thanks for the opportunity TW!
     
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  14. pvaudio

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    17g hmm. I got the 15g, 1.35mm version. Looks like 40 feet of pasta :D
     
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  15. TW Staff

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    Titan_X,

    You are more than welcome to sign up for future playtests. Just keep an eye out for stickies at the top of the string, shoe, and racquet threads.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  16. Andyroo10567

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    15G? O.O Not a 15L? You should upload a picture of what yours looks like on a stringbed haha.
     
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  17. racertempo

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    I am sure that Wilson has added the thicker version of 1.35 to help with the Steam S frames that do better with thicker string. I currently like the Spin Cycle the best in my 105s frame, so cannot wait to hear how the Ripspin does in there.
     
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  18. Rabbit

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    Gauge - 1.35
    Tension used for playtest - 50 lb CP
    Regular string set up - Volkl V Rex 1.29 @ 50 lb CP
    Racquet brand and model used for test - Wilson 99S

    Update #1 - Saturday August 24
    Update #2 - Monday September 3
    Update #3 - Friday September 6

    Power of test string - 4/5
    First hit, plenty of power, more so than regular string.
    Update #2 - power remains same
    Update #3 - no change

    Feel - 4/5
    First hit, better than average feel. The string performs better around the net than regular string. Volleys and net play were better with this string than V-Rex
    Update #1 - string continues to play well after almost two weeks of play. Touch around the net is at least as good as regular string.
    Update #2 - no change, string still has good feel
    Update #3 - no change, player is very happy with the string and its feel

    Spin - 4.5/5
    First hit, spin was much better than expected with a string this thick. Balls seem to have the bottom fall out way more than with V-Rex.

    Comfort - 5/5
    First hit impression, extremely comfortable.
    Update #1 - No change, string remains comfortable
    Update #2 - No change, string retains comfort
    Updaet #3 - No change

    Durability -
    First hit, TBD
    Update #1 - Player now has 13 sets of tennis on the string with no signs of breaking. For this player, this is a record with the frame!
    Update #2 - Player has stopped counting sets. He remarks "this string cannot be broken!".
    Update #3 - Player is now in complete awe. No matter how much he plays, the string holds up and retains its playability characteristics.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) -
    First hit, TBD
    Update #1 - After two weeks of play, the string remains very playable. There has been some tension loss, but not enough to affect overall performance of string.
    Update #2 - Over 26 sets on the set of string and it shows no signs of breaking, remarkable durability in the 99S for player
    Update #3 - Quote "Still awesome"

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) - 5/5
    First hit, control was very, very good.
    Update #1 - String remains very much a control based string.
    Update #2 - No change
    Update #3 - No change

    Compare to the string you use most often -
    First hit, very impressed. This string seems to offer more spin and comfort than regular string.
    Update #2 - Player remains very impressed with this string. Says it, despite being .06 mm thicker than his normal string is as playable.
    Update #3 - Player loves this string and will be changing to it

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) - TBD
    Update #1 - Player remains happy with tension & sees no reason to change it.
    Update #2 - Player wouldn't change anything about set up
    Update #3 - No change, player wouldn't change anything
     
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  19. lawrencejin

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    Wilson Ripspin 17 playtest

    Gauge: 17
    Tension used for playtest: 50lb CP
    Regular string set up: Signum Pro Tornado 17 at 50lb CP
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85

    Power of test string: 4/5. The power level of Ripspin 17 is comparable to Tornado 17. It's relatively powerful for a poly. I was previously testing out a hybrid with Weiss Cannon Silverstring 17 in the mains, and after switching to Ripspin, my first few shots sailed long. It was easy to adjust my ground strokes, though, by either adding more topspin or being more careful with flat shots. I could get significant depth with my one-handed backhand.

    Feel: 4/5. The string felt generally good in all areas of the court. Groundstrokes felt solid with a good 'thud' at impact. Serves felt average. Flat serves were OK but slice and kick serves left me wanting a bit more feel. Perhaps I expected the string to grab/bite the ball a bit longer? Volleys and overheads were great, as I could carry out all the shots in my book without the string feeling mushy or too lively.

    Spin: 4/5. Spin was great. Again, it's comparable to Tornado 17, but one step behind natural gut / poly hybrids that I have tried before. It shows that a spin-friendly string does not necessarily have to be shaped or twisted. Ripspin is very smooth and slick, and so depending on its retail price, it could become an attractive cross string in a hybrid set-up.

    Comfort: 3/5. Ripspin's comfort is middle of the road for a poly. I've seen poly's that are softer and some that are harsher. Like most poly's, a mishit can put some strain on your arm. I didn't have any pain though, so the string should be fine for those who regularly play with poly's.

    Durability: 4/5. Physical durability means very little for a poly. Please see below instead.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): 4/5. I'm happy with the way Ripspin aged with time. I've played about 6 hours of casual tennis, and either there were no noticeable changes, or there were but I have subconsciously adjusted to them. That's a good sign. The main strings still snap back from the cross strings, thanks to smooth and slick nature. Unless something dramatic happens next week (in which case I will edit this part later), I expect this string to retain similar / adjustable playability for a while.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): 3/5. Control is about average for a poly. Its spin-friendliness helped control depth and keep the balls in, but directional control was neither lacking nor outstanding. Controlling my serves was good too, but I could hit the corners better with e.g. Tornado and Weiss Cannon Silverstring.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Ripspin 17 has a very different feel than Tornado 17, but the two strings are similar in that both are very well-rounded without any dominant quality. It's a good string to play with. I am curious to see how Ripspin works in a hybrid. I suspect that it will work well both as a main and as a cross.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): Stick with your normal poly tension. The lower bound of the racket's recommended tension range should work well.

    Thanks to TW for the playtest!
     
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  20. colan5934

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    Gauge: 16
    Tension used for playtest: 50 pounds
    Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 17 @ 50 pounds
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Storm

    Power of test string: 3/5. A little bit less than Tour Bite. There's some pop there, but I had to stay on the gas a bit more than usual to get good depth.

    Feel: 2/5. It felt really dead to me. I did not get much feel from the strings, and was not confident in hitting my touch shots and volleys. If it were crisper or in a more open pattern like wilson's "S" racquets, I feel that I would have enjoyed it more.

    Spin: 4/5. Good spin. Not Tour Bite, but pretty good for a round poly. Combined with the low power level, I would leave some balls short if I didn't have enough net clearance or power on the ball. Once I acclimated to it, though, I could hit plenty of spin to my spots.

    Comfort: 3/5. Not much of a difference from Tour Bite here. A little bit of pain the morning after 3 matches, but otherwise good. Not a multi, but good enough for a poly.

    Durability: 3/5. Broke it in 12 hours. Not great for a 16 gauge for me, but better than the thinner gauges I typically use.

    Playability Duration: 5/5. I didn't notice much tension loss throughout the test. Playing characteristics were consistent from the first play until breakage.

    Control: 4/5. At first, the ball dropped short due to the low power and good grab, but once adjusted, keeping the ball in was fairly simple. However, the ball did have a tendency to sail long on flatter shots as opposed to spinny ones. Directional control, was actually quite good. When on the run, I could easily go either direction and hit angles well.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Tour Bite 17, my usual string, has more spin, power, and control. It's my string of choice, so I may be biased a bit, but I find it better in every aspect. That is not to say, though, that RipSpin is a bad string. I enjoyed this test of a good string.

    Tension recommendations: I would have gone a couple pounds lower just to get better, easier depth. Otherwise, it was good.

    Thanks to Wilson and TW for the opportunity!
     
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  21. BabolatTennis9

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    Gauge : 1.35
    Tension used for playtest : 25kg
    Regular string set up : Pros Pro Strategem 1.35 @ 25kg
    Racquet brand and model used for test : 2013 Babolat AeroPro Drive
    Power of test string : Very Low Powered
    Feel : Very Stiff and was very harsh on off center hits
    Spin : Low spin compared to the Strategem but average for a round poly
    Comfort : Not very comfortable unless you hit very cleanly
    Durability : Pretty durable even for a poly. It didn't really notch at all
    Playability Duration : The Playablility didn't change much over time.
    Control : The control was fenomenal for flat and slice shots but lacked when I tryed to put a little more topspin on the ball
    Compare to the string you use most often
    Tension recommendations : I would recommend this string to be strung at 23kg all around or on the mains of a hybrid or 25kg in the cross of a hybrid with a multifilament or natural gut string
     
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  22. BabolatTennis9

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    Compare to the string you use most often: Wasn't a bad string but i wouldn't switch to it

    (Sorry forgot to fill this part out)
     
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  23. JDMasFCK

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    Gauge : 17

    Tension used for playtest: 50LBS

    Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite Soft

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head Prestige IG MP

    Power of test string: The power level was mediocre. It wasn't that powerful nor was it to underpowered. I thought I would get more power since I strung it fairly low (50LBS), but to my surprise the power lower level was decent.

    Feel: The feel of this string is AMAZING! It's similar to Kirshbaum Pro Line Evolution. Although Evolution is much softer and offers more pop. It is nice and comfortable to use. The only downside is that I'm so used to Solinco Tour Bite Soft, that I love using textured polys. So using this non shaped poly, I could barely "feel" the ball as much compared to Solinco Tour Bite Soft, but the feel of this string is nice and muted

    Spin: The spin on this string was again mediocre. I felt that Tour Bite Soft had WAY more spin then Ripspin. It might be due to the fact that I like shaped polys more then nontextured ones. I have yet to find a non shaped poly that produces more spin then textured ones and I have tried out a lot of non shaped poly. But since Wilson is setting the MSRP of Ripspin at $10 a pack, I'm not complaining. Again the spin was decent, not that much spin as I initially thought it would have. My balls weren't spinning as as much as they left the racquet compared to when I used Tour Bite Soft. They would have a combination of power and spin, instead of heavy topspin

    Comfort: The comfort was great. It had that nice soft plushy feeling when you hit the sweet spot of the racquet. It felt a little jarring once in awhile if you shank or hit the ball off center but it wasn't to bad. The comfortability of these strings is probably the thing that stands out the most about it. It didn't hurt my elbows when I used these strings, which is good.

    Durability: These strings are pretty durable. They are still holding up pretty good.

    Playability Duration: I noticed that the tension maintenance was decent. It didn't drop to much, and is still playable even after the tension drops.

    Control: The strings have decent control. I noticed that I had to apply more topspin then usual because I noticed my shots would tend to go flatter and barely sail across the net. Also noticed that my shots would land around the service line area, and I would have trouble getting it to land in no man's land or the baseline. The control on cross court shorts were decent.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to Solinco Tour Bite Soft, I would say that Ripspin is a HUGE downgrade (In my opinion). Ripspin is not shaped and doesn't offer that feeling of shaving the tennis ball like Tour Bite Soft does. Ripspin "brushes" the ball but doesn't shred it like Tour Bite does. Ripspin's feel isn't all that great either, it's pleasant when you hit the sweetspot but the feedback isn't as lively as Tour Bite Soft. The power level was also lacking in Ripspin when compared to Tour Bite Soft. I felt like I had to work harder to produce the same amount of power and pace using Ripspin compared to Tour Bite Soft.

    Tension recommendations: I would try a lower tension if I got a chance to use this string again because maybe that'll solve some of the spin/power/control issues I was experiencing.


    In conclusion, Ripspin is just another poly that doesn't stand out much. The upsides are that it's going to cost $10 a pack and that it's sort of comfortable. Other then that, it's just a poly, with mediocre spin/power/control.
     
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  24. seekay

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    Gauge: 17

    Tension used for playtest: 48lb

    Regular string set up: Pacific Prime Gut 16 @48lb/Genesis Black Magic 16 @ 45lb

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson BLX2 Six.One 95 16x18

    Power of test string: Ripspin has more power than the average poly, but not so much that it feels out of control.

    Feel: Exceptional for a poly. I had a very good idea where the ball was on the stringbed and how it was going to come off.

    Spin: Exceptional. It's probably the best spin generation I've seen from a round string. I haven't done a side-by-side comparison, but I feel like it's in the same ballpark as Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 and Solinco Tour Bite.

    Comfort: Better than average. I haven't felt any shock in my elbow that's characteristic of early-generation polys.

    Durability: I don't tend to break poly before it goes dead. The Ripspin is holding up just as well as any other string so far.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): There was a normal initial tension drop, which served to soften up the stringbed a little more and give me more dwell time, which makes it feel like I can hit with more spin. Since then, performance has been consistent.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I wasn't always sure of the trajectory, but I tended to get enough spin to pull the ball down in time, so it worked out. Volleys and flat shots were easy to direct.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Ripspin compares surprisingly well. It's lacking some of the feel I get from the natural gut mains, but in terms of hitting the ball and making it do what I want, Ripspin makes a very strong showing. I find it about as easy to hit my favorite shots: heavy, deep groundstrokes that kick back at my opponents.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I'd be tempted to drop another few pounds off the tension, but I really liked it at 48. I feel like this string isn't as sensitive to tension as a lot of others, and I'd probably like it anywhere between 40 and 55lb.

    Thanks Wilson and TW. This was a particularly fun playtest; for me, at least, Ripspin lives up to its name.
     
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  25. mlocke1322

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    Gauge: 15

    Tension used for playtest: 53

    Regular string set up: Tour Bite Soft / Isospeed Baseline Spin

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd

    Power of test string: Ripspin felt like it had about average power for a poly. Definitely had more pop than a string like Lux 4G but not as much as my usual setup. I never felt like I was leaving anything short in the court, it just felt like there was a bit of a difference in pop. I noticed it the most when serving. I felt the Ripspin didn't have quite as much power behind flat serves as my usual setup does. I wonder what the power level would be like in a thinner gauge as opposed to the 15 gauge that I got.

    Feel: Ripspin has a really nice feel to it. It has a "soft" feel to it even in a 15 gauge. I had no issues using touch around the net and creating angles from different areas of the court. This was definitely one of the better feeling polys for volleying that I have used recently.

    Spin: For a smooth poly, I thought the Ripspin had above average spin potential. While it doesn't seem to generate as much spin as my usual Tour Bite Soft/Baseline Spin combo, it still produced a good amount. The outer coating on the string is pretty slick so the mains seem like they get a good level of snap back when hitting with topspin. This is another area where I'd like to use it again in a different gauge to see how it stacks up to my usual setup. I had no issues generating a good amount of spin on topspin groundstrokes. My kick serve did not get as much movement as it does with my usual setup.

    Comfort: Much like any poly, it is a bit jarring on hits off the center of the string bed. I also had as bit of arm fatigue over time but I think that was more of an issue with the fact I was using 15g. The 15g is clearly aimed to maximize the duration of use when put in the Wilson "S" series racquets but it is a pretty rough gauge to use in a racquet like the Tecnifibre. I found it comfortable for the most part during play, it was only after play that it would catch up to me. I think a thinner gauge would be more comfortable for use in my frame.

    Durability: I am about 11 hours in and have some notching but nothing really bad. I tend to hit a bit flatter ball so it usually takes me awhile to notch strings anyway. Plus having a 15 gauge in also makes it tougher to notch. I would say that mains do eat through the outer coating on the crosses fairly quick. But the string itself holds together pretty well and I could easily continue playing it without fear of breakage at this point.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): At about the 8 hr mark, I started seeing a few more groundstrokes flying just a bit long. While there wasn't an immediate nosedive in performance like some other strings, I did notice that there were a few less balls dipping in at the back of the court. Net play and serving is still fine with only a slight loss in directional control on my serves. I would probably continue playing with it but the thickness of the gauge is starting to catch up to my arm at this point.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I found Ripspin to have exceptional control. It has a consistent trajectory and does a good job putting a few more RPM's behind the ball to help it dip in. My favorite stroke with Ripspin was my backhand slice. I found that I could really attack with it and slice the ball low and hard. This string did a great job of keeping the ball low and making it really skid away from my opponents. Serving had good directional control for a bit the first 8 hrs with only a slight loss going forward from there.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Ripspin gives away a bit of power and spin to my usual mix of Tour Bite Soft & Baseline Spin. It doesn't have quite as much pop on flatter strokes and doesn't generate quite as much spin, especially on kick serves. My test string was a 15g which made it a bit less comfortable to play. I think a 17g would be fairly close in comfort to my usual setup if just a bit stiffer.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I think a 17g would be fine at the tension I used. If I played the 15 again, I would probably drop another few pounds to try and help the comfort level. Control is good and Ripspin is firm enough that I don't think it would get as mushy at low tension like Tour Bite Soft can if strung too low.

    Overall, Ripspin is one of the best performing smooth polys that I have played with. I am used to shaped poly and I didn't find anything that would make me definitely switch over, as it doesn't have quite the same power and spin. Ripspin is timed to release with the new Blade 98S and it is very clearly designed for a racquet of that string pattern. The thicker gauge will help with durability and the slick coating will help with spin generation while maybe not notching as fast as a shaped string. Priced competitively, Ripspin is a much more accessible string for use in Wilson's open pattern racquets than another string marketed for them (4G). I'd be interested to play with it again in a 17g so that it more closely compares to my usual setup.
     
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  26. fibonacci888

    fibonacci888 Rookie

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    damm holidays, missed the test. Would have loved to test it in my 99s.

    When will it hit the stores?
     
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  27. TW Staff

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    It should be in stock around mid September (more specifically 9/16).


    Brittany, TW
     
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  28. tyu1314

    tyu1314 Semi-Pro

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    rip spin playtest

    Gauge:15gauge
    Tension used for playtest: 53lb
    Regular string set up: tourna big hitter blue rought 16g
    Racquet brand and model used for test: wilson blx blade 98 gold/black
    Power of test string: 9/10 The power of this string is really nice, much higher than i expected.I was really suprise of how much power i can get from this 15gauge in my dense string pattern. Power is higher than average poly.
    Feel: 8/10 The string feels really nice,not too soft,and not too firm. The feel is above average poly, its has pretty common soft poly feel.
    Spin: 8/10 Really nice spin, cant believe how much spin i am able hit. This 15 gauge string can generate as much or more spin than most 16gauge poly.I will love to try out the 17gauge.:)
    Comfort: 8.5/10 Play with this string for over 15hrs, zero arm discomfort.
    Durability: 9/10 It is pretty difficult to break it on my 18x20, it can last me about twice the time comparing to other 17gauge poly i normally use.
    Playability Duration: 9/10 The playability does not drop as much as other poly, after 2 weeks it still play pretty well.
    Control : 9.5/10 This is the best characteristic of this 15g string, it gave me the best control ever.
    Compare to the string you use most often:It offer more control, longer playability and durability. It does not have as much spin, but good enough.The power of both strings are really nice.The control of two string are quite obvious.
    Tension recommendations :I am happy with the string i am using right now, 53lb.

    This is a really nice string, too bad the price is going to be pretty high.:cry:
     
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  29. jason n

    jason n New User

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    Gauge 15

    Tension used for playtest 53lbs

    Regular string set up Dont have one, been trying different polys

    Racquet brand and model used for test Dunlop 4D 300 tour

    Power of test string The first hour or so the string had good pop but after that the power seem to have a rapid drop but didnt feel dead.

    Feel The string felt fairly soft and had a nice trampoline affect to it.

    Spin Given the name of the string i was hoping for more. It did have a decent amount of spin but wasnt any better than your typical spin oriented poly.

    Comfort This string was fairly comfortable, lately i have had a slight twinge in my wrist due to trying other polys but after playing with this string the twinge was not present.

    Durability I didnt see any signs of notching but did notice the strings move more than other polys that i have played with.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) This string started off with a good amount off pop and after about an hour it lost some pop but it actually worked out better for me cause my balls were going long. After 5 hours the string still feels like it still has a few more hours of play left in it.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) I found that i didnt get that good of control unless i really concentrated and added a lot of racquet head speed to put more topspin on the ball.

    Compare to the string you use most often This string is slightly lacking in all departments.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I might go up a pound or two just so i have a little less initial power and have a little more control. With that being said I have never played with a 15 gauge string so maybe this string in another gauge would probably score better with me.

    Thanks TW and Wilson
     
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  30. MadisonTennis

    MadisonTennis New User

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    Gauge: 15
    Tension Used: 52 pounds
    Regular String Set Up: 18 Cyclone Mains (52#)/17 Gosen Micro (55#)
    Racquest Used: Volkl Organix V1 MP
    Power of Test String: (8/10) Thought the power was very similar to my normal set up and was able to swing fast with control still there
    Feel: (9/10) Normally, I use a thinner gauge string but I thougth this was a nice poly string. Actually, I felt like this one had more feel on volleys and the ball landed closer to the baseline when hitting groundstrokes. I was very impressed with the string even at a thicker gauge.
    Spin: (9/10) Again, nice spin for 15 gauge. When the string becomes availalble, I would like to try a thinner gauge to compare.
    Comfort: (9/10) Felt great for 15 gauge. There are certain poly strings that hurt my arm/shoulder but had no issues with this one.
    Durability (8/10): Used this string for about 2 weeks while playing 5-6 times a week and it has held up nicely. Feel like it is starting to lose some tension.
    Playablilty Duration: (9/10) I really liked it. It's probably more round than Cyclone but I felt the spin was about the same. Again, I would say my shots were landing deeper in the court from the baseline.
    Control: (9/10) A lot of control. Next time, I would probably go up a pound or 2 just to compare. Topspin and angles were easy to hit.
    Compare to Cylcone/Gosen: Very close. I think my normal set up produced more spin but this one felt solid. The comfort level were very close.
    Tension Recommendations: Felt 52# was really nice and the same as where I string Cyclone. Again, I would like to try 53# or 54# next time. I doubt I would string lower than 52.

    In summary, I thought this is a really nice poly and I will try out a thinner gauge when it ships. The control and comfort level were impressive considering it was 15 gauge and I normally use 18/17.

    Thanks TW for the opportunity to try it out. I really enjoyed it.
     
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  31. jim e

    jim e Hall of Fame

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    Gauge:15gauge

    Tension used for playtest:47lbs.

    Regular string set up: Wilson nat. gut 16g. 61lbs.

    Racquet brand and model used for test:Head Radical Tour TT MP

    Power of test string: 4/5 Good amonut of power for a poly string, and was surprised for a 15g.

    Feel:4/5 Good feel, especially for volleys.

    Spin: 4.5/5 I hit a relatively flat ball, but spin was there when needed.
    I am sure that Wilson was going after spin production here as the string feels real slick, so low friction, more snap back of string and more spin.
    Strings stayed relatively straight, with very little movement.

    Comfort: 4/5 A comfortable string especially for a poly, and I typically hit with a comfortable nat. gut, but I can easily get use to this string.

    Durability:3.5/5 String broke on 11th hour of single hitting. Snapped on serve.
    I am typically not a string breaker, and nat. gut lasts a long time usually. Could have just been from a shanked shot.

    Playability Duration:4/5 Played very well up until it broke at the 11th hour of singles hitting. Really cannot say more than this since it did snap.The playability was very good during the 11 hours it held up.

    Control :4/5 This string is great for hard hitting and control. Nice poly string works for all around court hitting.

    Compare to the string you use most often:
    Hard to compare a poly string like this to nat. gut as they are 2 different far apart strings, so here is my take on it.
    It is very comfortable espec. for a 15g. string, but compared to nat. gut, my normal set up has more power, feel and comfort. This string did allow more spin, but I do hit a relatively flat ball.

    Tension recommendations :I feel the 47lbs was right for my game

    Comments: Wilson has a good string with Ripspin. I may have to pick up a set of a thinner gauge to compare.
    Since the surface was rather slick, I'm sure Wilson was attempting to have a good spin string as the strings did not need adjusting to straighten them out, (even after 11 hours of hitting they still stayed straight) , as friction is real low so it has great resistance to movement, which helps with spin. For a slick string it was easy for me to string it up. It is a comfortable string, and a spin string. Should be a great seller for them.
     
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  32. BIGJ98

    BIGJ98 Rookie

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    Gauge: 17
    Tension used for playtest:55
    Regular string set up: Tourna big hitter blue rough
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head mg radical mp
    Power of test string: 8/10 The power was middle of the road for a poly. It wasn't low powered but the ball didn't lauch either.
    Feel: 9/10 The feel was very good. Slices and drop shots were really good.
    Spin: 7/10 The spin was very good for a round poly but it wasn't as much spin as my regular setup.
    Comfort: 9/10 The comfort was spot on. I had no arm pain at all. This string was great in this category.
    Durability: 9/10 The durability was very good. After 12 hours there was liittle notching.
    Playability Duration 9/10 I think this string was one of the best tension holding polys out there. I only noticed a very little drop in playability.
    Control 8/10 The control was there for flatter shots but it didn't quite have the spin where everything just drops in.
    Compare to the string you use most often This string has less spin, less power, more control and is more durable than tourna bhbr.
    Tension recommendation I think I would keep the tension the same.
    Final Thoughts: I think this string will play great in those spin effect rackets but for me I need a little more power and spin. But in a high powered racket with a 16 by 19 pattern this string will shine. thank you TW for the playtest. I really enjoyed it.
     
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  33. ten11

    ten11 Rookie

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    Gauge: 15g
    Tension used for playtest: 42lbs/40lbs on lockout machine. I normally string poly in upper 40lbs, but decide to string in low 40lbs because he thick string gauge.
    Regular string set up: MSV CoFocus 17g 50/48
    Racquet brand and model used for test: aero pro drive original
    Power of test string: very good power. Because the lower tension of the string bed, I am enjoying very good power from this string. The power is very controllable and make the hitting very easy.
    Feel: Very nice feel. Hit some good volley with it. On the net, it is very responsive. I also can feel the ball on ground strokes on both wing.
    Spin: Very good. I am very happy with the spin potential this string provides. When I brush the ball up, I can feel the spin on the ball and see it jump up on the other side of the court. I will rank it above the strings I normally hit with.
    Comfort: also due to the low tension, it is very comfortable string bed for me.
    Durability: I am not a string break and never break poly. I don't think this is a problem for me.
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) : So far, I have put in about 10 hours and this string still play decently well.
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): This is part I like this string the most. I really have a good control with this string setup. I can put the ball in place where I wanted. Hit some good DTL passing shot and really put the ball in place I wanted.
    Compare to the string you use most often: Overall, I am very happy with the this string. Compare the cofocus, this string provides better control, spin and power. It is also comfortable enough for me even though it is a 15g string. If the price is in comparable to co focus, I'll make the switch.
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) 42/40 is the tension I put on. After the test, I feel very happy with the tension and will not change if I play with this string on this racket. Like I have stated before, it provide good power, spin, control and also very comfortable to hit with.

    Thanks to TW for the play testing opportunity.
     
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  34. martyr444

    martyr444 New User

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    Gauge-17

    Tension used for playtest-50lbs

    Regular string set up-Ashway Kevlar Mains/Black Magic Crosses

    Racquet brand and model used for test-Tecnifibre TFight 315 Ltd. 18 Main

    Power of test string-Plenty of free power and lots of zip when I flattened out my shots.

    Feel-Soft feel compared to what I'm used to which provided good touch shots when I came to the net.

    Spin-Plenty of spin but a little less than my normal setup.

    Comfort-For me it felt quite soft and comfort comes with that.

    Durability-Started to notch during my second set, felt by the fourth set it was getting too close to snapping so I switched Rackets.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    -It played the same for me up until I felt it was getting too close to snapping.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    -It had good control and trajectory stayed in line with which stroke I used. It looped with a higher trajectory as expected on my normal topspin strokes but flattened shots stayed on line and closer to the net, so no surprises here.

    Compare to the string you use most often-Much softer than my usual setup which gave a little better feel. Power was higher and bite was somewhat less.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    -I would probably take it up to 55lbs for a little less power.

    I would probably like this string as a cross because of it's softness and how smooth it is. It strung up real easy as it was quite slick. It was kind of a unique string in that I have not used anything like it before. Thanks for the Test, TW Rules.
     
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  35. djNEiGht

    djNEiGht Professional

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    Wilson SLICK(rip)Spin

    Gauge

    ***16g

    Tension used for playtest

    ***45 lbs x1 piece on CP

    Regular string set up

    ***Cyclone 17g for the last couple months

    Racquet brand and model used for test

    ***Boris Becker DC London

    Power of test string

    ***better than avg power for a poly. Maybe similar to a low powered multi

    Feel

    ***feel was fairly good. It was a bit muted but not in a bad way. Felt like the string bed took a short time to settle and break in.

    Spin
    ***The name "ripspin" made me left wanting. There was no rip of the fuzz on the ball. However for a smooth/slick poly it was very nice. The snap back was good and there was good ball pocketing. Would have been more fitting to call it SLICKspin.


    Comfort

    ***There was a solid yet muted connection with the ball. I didn't feel any discomfort during the duration of the play test. Granted this was strung below 50#s in a comfortable racquet. I play with poly full beds till the strings start to stick and lack of snap back goes down.

    Durability

    ***This is where I was a bit confused with some of the other posters take on durability. I played this side by side with a set of Cyclone that was 1 week older. After about 2.5 weeks of playing, probably about 6 hrs on each racquet during this duration there was more notching on the Ripsin than Cyclone. I didn't play it till breakage but up to the point where the strings started to stick/not snap back.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    ***After a quick break in, the playability was fairly good through out test. Even when the strings started to stick a little, there was good performance. The sweet spot felt ample in the beginning of the test but seemed to shrink or feel smaller when hitting close to the frame when the strings didn't snap back. CP stringer was set to 45#s and read 49#s immediately after on Racquet Tune. About 24 hrs after stringing and 1st hitting session RT read 45#s. Tension at the end of testing was 42#s.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    ***I liked this string when swinging out. The ball liked fast strokes more so than med strokes. Those tended to sail long. That could be said about most strings but with this being smooth, the lack of added bite didn't give the ball enough RPM to drop back down before the baseline.

    Compare to the string you use most often

    ***Having pretty much healed from TE/GE, I've been having a great time playing full beds of poly in the forms of Cyclone at 48#s. Late winter I was hitting with a hybrid of Tier One Triumph and Prince Beast XP in the low 50s. This string performed like a smooth poly where it encouraged faster swings to get the RPMs. The volleys felt a bit more solid than Cyclone as well as first serves and flatter strokes. There wasn't as much action on the ball on 2nd serves though.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)

    ***I wouldn't mind the same tension with a thinner gauge. If it was the same as the test I would go a little lower to see if the spin would improve. The added power would also help because swinging out to maximize spin wore me out.

    [​IMG]

    Thank you Talk Tennis and Wilson!!! Will be interested to try this in a thinner gauge or in a hybrid.
     
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  36. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

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    Gauge 15 1.35mm

    Tension used for playtest47/47

    Regular string set up WeissCANNON B5E / Babolat Nvy 16g

    Racquet brand and model used for test Head Youtek IG Prestige Pro

    Power of test string Compared to B5E, this definitely has more power. At the risk of sounding vague, this is above average for poly. Since I'm about spin keeping my shots under control, I do like pop, but preferably from lower tensions. Strung at my normal poly tension, this didn't quite give me confidence in flattening out shots. Perhaps a higher tension was in order.

    Feel Not too bad actually. A pretty soft feeling string, in fact, has sort of a Kirschbaum feel to it. It's got that "give"-y feel like Spiky Shark, but not the true soft feel like Bab Pro Hurricane. This means that actual feel is not its strong point, but it does damp impact well.

    Spin Decent spin, but not as high as B5E. Has a good amount of it when fresh, but after about 8 hours the spin is just generic.

    Comfort As mentioned in feel, this has good give to it. As I do not have TE, I can't say it's better than anything else that might cause problems. I can say that the give does help my shoulder when I'm serving.

    Durability Decent. Notching started at 5hrs which I suspect is related to its "softness", but since this string is the thickness of a Dixon Ticonderoga #2, I can't imagine it matters too much.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    Definite decline. Around 4 hours, the spin dropped, and the bed felt stiffer. This would be fine, but it resulted in less predictability on touch shots.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    I admit to being a tad spoiled by my WeissCANNON brand loyalty, but this isn't a control string by any measure. I'd imagine that it wasn't meant to be, but rather was intended to be a straight forward, spin friendly, good poly. It does that perfectly (or perhaps I just made up that description as it's what I've experienced :) ).

    Compare to the string you use most often Eh, not much comparison truthfully. I won't bother because the two strings are not for similar sorts of players. I have what I feel is an all-court setup, and this poly is a definite baseliner's string.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    I would up the tension by about 3lbs. My normal 47lbs seemed too lively. That said, I wouldn't likely try the string again since it just wasn't for me. However, I WILL say that I can see this being a great string for junior boys in particular who want to just rip the snot off the ball when strung at 55lbs. Since I'm neither a junior player or a 55lb tension player, I can only recommend it to others. In short: not for me, but I can definitely tell it would work for someone. Reminds me of Kirschbaum PL2 in that regard.
     
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  37. BounceHitBounceHit

    BounceHitBounceHit Legend

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    Gauge: 16 or perhaps 16L?

    Tension used for playtest: 63#

    Regular string set up: Luxilon BB Ace 18 @ 63#

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson (US) BLX 90

    Power of test string: LOW (which is a good thing, under the right circumstances-see below for more detail!!) :)

    Feel: This string is what I would call a 'resilient poly' meaning it is neither as 'soft' as say Babolat Hurricane nor as stiff as Kevlar. I use full poly (albeit 18g) in a 90 si frame strung at 63# and prefer that "feel" (which many would find offensively stiff!) so when I say I liked it (and I did!) you need to know I prefer a VERY stiff string bed. :twisted:

    Spin: I gravitated to BB Ace 18 in part for the incredible spin it imparts. I like to hit heavy topspin groundstrokes with 3-4 feet of net clearance, and also love the NASTY slice my set up creates on 1HBH approaches, not to mention the 'bend' or 'break' I can muster on serves using Ace 18. So when I tell you this string did all those things equally well with better control, what would you think? That's right! This string delivers as promised in the spin department.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): To me the primary virtue of this string is the additional control it affords one off the ground. I've recently been tinkering with a heavier, more HL set up on my PS 90s and the slightly thicker, slightly less powerful string was a nice compliment to that approach. That is it 'harnessed' some of the power innate to the higher static wt frame and allowed me to 'hit out' without fear of the ball sailing. The upshot was an even heavier, more offensive ball than I customarily produce. This was especially true on my inside out forehand and mid-court FH approaches.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to Luxilon BB Ace 18 this string is less lively, and somewhat more 'muted' in feel. It is NOT 'soft', but it is 'softer' than Ace 18. There seemed to be very little difference in terms of spin, which is a compliment given I was going from an 18g to a 16g thickness! :)

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and VERY much pleased with this string. It performed better (for me) than I thought it might. In the end I would say I 'lucked out' in terms of just sticking with my 'standard tension' of 63#, which in tandem with my 'new' set-up (utilizing a higher static weight, more HL balance, and same SW) seemed a perfect match!

    Summary: If you have the swing speed necessary to take advantage of the many virtues of poly, here is a great new option for you to investigate!! This string is resilient, remarkably comfortable for a poly, and produces tremendous spin, even when strung at 63# in a small headed frame. It is a LOW powered string, which will likely help big hitters control their aggressive shots. If and when I finally move to a larger headed frame I will definitely keep this one in mind.

    I hope this review will be useful to my fellow TTW'ers. And as always thanks to TW for the chance to participate in these reviews.

    Now, please send me the new Fed stick ASAP. I promise to produce a detailed review in 24 hours or less!!! ;)

    Best,

    BHBH
     
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  38. bspitch1

    bspitch1 New User

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    Gauge: 17

    Tension used for playtest: 46lb

    Regular string set up: Dunlop black widow @ 45lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT

    Power of test string: Compared to back widow, this string has more power. It has a little too much power for my liking.

    Feel: The feel was good. Not the softest string but also not the stiffest. I prefer the feel of this string to many others that I have tried.

    Spin: For a round string, the spin was very good. I was surprised by the ball pocketing and ability to produce a large amount of spin. Even as a player using black widow, I am very impressed with the ability to generate spin with this string.

    Comfort: Seemed good to me. I only played with it for 8ish hours before I broke it but for its duration, comfort was on par with my expectations.

    Durability: 8 hours of hitting with D1 college players and top level recruits. About average for me.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): Playability stayed pretty consistent over time. There was the initial drop in tension but it was minimal. I liked the string for its duration in my racket.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I was able to get decent control from the string. This string is much more powerful than I am accustom to but once I got used to it I did not have any issues. I would say that the control of this string is above average.

    Compare to the string you use most often: This string has more power, slightly less spin, and better tension maintenance than my current setup.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I would raise the tension of this string because I feel that it has a little too much power for my liking. Aside from that, everything was good.


    Thanks Wilson and TW for another great play test!
     
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  39. niketennispro

    niketennispro Rookie

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    Gauge: The string gauge was 16g

    Tension used for playtest: 56lbs which is my normal tension

    Regular string set up: I usually Solinco Outlast 16g at 56lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Drive Plus 2012
    Power of test string: This string had a decent amount of power throughput the course of the playtest. I would say it was lacking though if I did not strike it cleanly, but other then that I would say it had a good enough amount of power for a poly. 6/10

    Feel: The feel was just the same when it came to power. I thought it was good enough for a poly, but only if you hit the shot cleanly, if you did not, then it would not come off the strings well at all. I would say not a great string if you're an all courter due to this characteristic. 5/10

    Spin: Although the name implies that the string gives a lot of spin, I would say it really does not add a whole lot more. Granted though, I was able to still get nice kick on my shots, and especially my groundies, but it was anything amazing. It was very unpredictable at times as well which made it unreliable. This characteristic did not change much over the course of the test. 7/10

    Comfort: I would say the string is very average when it comes to comfort for a poly. Not too harsh, not that great either. My wrist was aching a little near the end of the playtest which made it very unpleasant, again, especially on off center shots. 5/10

    Durability: Durability in terms of notching and snapping were very good, I did not end of breaking the string, but rather the poor tension maintenance had me cut it out. It was getting very hard on the joints after a while and the vibrations were really bothering me. Again, I would say average for a poly though. 5/10

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): It was pretty consistent throughout for the most part, but I think that it also had an average playability to begin with. It was nice at first, and the magic went away very quickly, but not the worst string I've ever used in these terms. 6/10

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I would say it gave my shots more of a moonball effect and the trajectory was kind of difficult at times, but once I got a groove on it it was not bad at all. The groundstrokes would randomly fly at times with an absurd trajectory. Again, average poly characteristics to me, especially near the end of it's life. 6/10

    Compare to the string you use most often: My go to string Outlast is a much better string to me in all categories other then enhancing spin, which I already do myself so it is not a big deal. If someone wanted to try a good "average" poly, this would be it. I think though that it is better then the cheaper polys like Prince Tournament Poly, but it still would not be considered a great one to me. I would not switch to this string personally, but I see why someone would.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would not, simply because I think this type of string needs to be strung around that tension to get the most out of it. Too loose and everything will fly, and too tight and nothing will work. I think though that this string does have a targeted group, and I'm just not in that targeted range. It was a nice experience hitting with something new in the end though.
     
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  40. njsigman

    njsigman Rookie

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    njsigman's review of Wilson Ripspin

    Gauge: 16g, White

    Tension used for playtest: 50

    Regular string set up: Head Sonic Pro 17g, 50 lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Donnay Pro One 18x20
    Power of test string: Power was about average for a polyester. Had nice pop, comparable to my usual setup of Head Sonic Pro. Good depth when swinging all out. Serves had good access to power. I imagine that there would be more power on a thinner gauge.

    Feel: Ripspin has a very nice feel to it. It has a very soft feel even at a 16 gauge. Provided nice touch and angles regardless of where I was on the court. This was one of the best feeling polys I have every used.

    Spin: Ripspin has excellent access to spin. I believe that it generated more spin than my normal Sonic Pro setup. Ground strokes with topspin produced excellent spin. Shots were deep and penetrating and the spin helped create awesome angles. My serves also experienced a greater amount of spin, particularly on second serves. I found that my second serves were able to kick out much wider in both the deuce and ad courts.

    Comfort: Ripspin is extremely comfortable for a polyester. Similar to most other polys it can be jarring on off center hits, but that is to be expected. In general, I swung all out and did not experience any arm or shoulder issues as a result. I would expect a thinner gauge to play even more comfortably, especially at a looser tension.

    Durability: After about 10 hours of play, the string remains quite durable. This could have something to do with the 16 gauge, as I normally use 17 gauge. There has been no noticeable damage to any of the strings from use. I anticipate that I will be able to use it for several more hours before it breaks.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): As with any poly string, there is some tension drop over time. At about the 7 hour mark, I noticed some groundstrokes beginning to sail long. There was not a very noticeable drop in performance as I have experienced with other polys, only marginal. At the net and serving, things still feel really good.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Ripspin has excellent control. It has a consistent trajectory. Regardless of which strokes I used, the trajectory was reliable. Sailing it long was rare until about the 7+ hour mark. Even then it was not too bad. Spin was still very good on both fast and slow swing speeds.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Ripspin seems to be superior to my usual Sonic Pro setup. It provides me better access to spin without sacrificing power. It doesn't have quite as much pop on flatter strokes and serves, but it does generate more spin which is something I have been looking for. My test string was a 16g and I normally use a 17g. Would love to try out the 17g version of this string!

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I think I might drop it down 1 or 2 pounds to 48 or 49 pounds to provide a bit more comfort. Ripspin is a good control oriented string and I don’t think the control would suffer if the tension was slightly dropped.

    I consider Ripspin one of the best polys that I have played with. It provides me a nice rounded package of power, control, spin and moderate comfort. I think this string will be a top seller for Wilson and TW. I'd be interested to play with it again in a 17g so that I can compare it more closely to my usual setup.
    Thanks TW and Wilson for the opportunity! I think this is a great product! Much appreciated!
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
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  41. ChadW

    ChadW Rookie

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    Just got my string 8/28.

    Will post the review when I get a chance to hit with it...but won't be by 8/30.
     
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  42. Nuke

    Nuke Hall of Fame

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    Gauge
    17

    Tension used for playtest
    55 pounds for both mains and crosses. There were no noticeable problems during stringing.

    Regular string set up
    Cyber Flash 17 mains with OGSM crosses, both at 55 pounds.

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Prince Warrior OS

    Power of test string
    About average for a poly. This string isn’t completely dead, but doesn’t offer as much pop as some of the newer polys. Actually, that’s more to my liking than some of the more powerful strings as I can take faster swings without putting the ball onto orbit.

    Feel
    Better than most polys. It’s somewhat softer and muted than most polys, but lacking some of the crispness I prefer.

    Spin
    Pretty good. I’m not a big fan of shaped-profile strings for spin, and usually find I do just as well with simple round polys like Cyber Flash and Big Hitter Silver. This string was pretty similar to those in spin potential.

    Comfort
    Not too harsh on off-center hits, and I felt no pain at all from hard serving.

    Durability
    I only got to play this one about 8 hours, due to weather and other commitments, and the string is holding up just fine. I’ll keep playing it for awhile longer, but the review is due by tomorrow, so it’s still to be seen how long this string will last for me.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    I didn’t really notice much change over the period of time I played with this string, so the tension maintenance seems pretty good (so far).

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    I wasn’t too impressed with the side-to-side control with this string. As it turns out, my second racquet is currently strung with Lux 4G, which is very good for control, so when I switched back and forth for some A-B comparisons, the Ripspin was less reliable for hitting my spots. But I could say the same thing about my regular set-up (Cyber Flash) – the 4G makes everything look less controlled, although the 4G has some other faults. But the Ripspin was better for spin, so after getting comfortable with it, I was able to use the spin nicely for controlling depth. I’m not a heavy net-player, but I did feel OK on volleys with this string when I made it to the net.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    Ripspin 17 isn’t too much different from Cyber Flash 17. Both are all around good strings. Maybe a little nod to Ripspin in the spin department, but it’s not a game changer. Ripspin was perhaps a touch softer and more comfortable for feel. Both strings are similar in control and durability. Depending on price, this could be a good choice for me, but Cyber Flash is usually pretty cheap by the reel.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    I would probably stay around 55 pounds. That’s my usual tension for my regular set-up, and this string was not too different from my go-to string. I know lots of player here have been experimenting with lower tensions for poly strings, but I like the firm, crisp feel from most strings in the mid-50s range, and I’d be afraid this string might be a bit mushy or lose control at lower tensions.
     
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  43. The Meat

    The Meat Hall of Fame

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    Gauge: 15g
    Tension used for playtest: 60lbs

    Regular string set up: Pro's pro blackout

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Prokennex Ceramic ace

    Feel: Pretty good feeling when hitting it after a few minutes of breaking it in. Not too harsh as a 15g poly.

    Spin:Spin was good on groundstrokes and serve, not spectalular in my opinon.
    Like the control with the slice for some reason.

    Comfort: Again, not too stiff at 15g's. volleying didn't kill my wrist like other stiffer polys did.

    Durability: Got notching after about the second day of playing, broke it on the 7th day of playing. Not too bad durability wise, but it's 15g.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): Playability duration was a little bad imo, because the poly started to die when it was about to break. About 5 days, which is 10-15 hours of play i started to feel that it was lacking power and started to get less responsive.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Control was good for a 15g string. Spin helped get my shots in the spots I wanted ti to go. Serving was a little dificult imo, slices weren't landing quite deep enough.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Ripspin doesn't match blackout's soft poly spin friendly nature unfortunately.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): Could have been better at maybe 58lbs or 57lbs, 60lbs wasn't all that great.

    Overall the string offers spin, comfort, and overall good feel. Would try this in a hybrid with a different poly mains. Offered good responsive feel when it was fresh.
     
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  44. AC Tennis

    AC Tennis Rookie

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    My Review

    Hey folks, I'm a 4.5 all court player who mostly plays doubles.

    Gauge: 15g, white.

    Tension used for playtest: 50 lbs on a drop weight maching.

    Regular string set up: Prince Beast XP 17g at 50lbs

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head IG YT Radical Pro

    Power of test string: This string had good power, especially for a 15g. I was pleasantly surprised by the pop I got out of this. Was on par with my 17g Beast XP. 9/10

    Feel: The feel was very good for a poly. The string is fairly soft yet resillient so it gives, then snaps back nicely. For a poly, I'd give this string a 9/10.

    Spin: Spin was good. I noticed that my backhand slice stayed very low and had good bite. Again, for a 15g the spin was impressive. 8/10

    Comfort: This string was very comfortable. I have no arm pain after player for 3-4 hours. As mentioned above, the string is soft and gives upon contact which gives it a nice comfy feeling especially for a 15g poly!

    Durability: So far so good. I've put about 8-10 hours on it and don't see any notching.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): I have not noticed any substantial tension change over time. So it is good for at least 8-10 hours. We'll see how it last.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): This was one area that was a little subpar to me. The strings function well on hard hit shots and shots with lots of racket head speed and also with underspin, such as backhand slice and volleys. But sometimes with a slower swinging ground stroke the ball would fly on me. It was the strangest thing. Just a change of pace rally ball and the ball would launch. Didn't have that problem if I swung out on the ball with lots of racket head speed. 7/10

    Compare to the string you use most often: This string compares very favorably to Prince Beast XP 1g. It is a little less powerful with a little less spin. The feel is great, maybe a little better and it is more comfortable. Remember, I'm comparing a 15g test string to a 17g soft poly, so in my humble opinion, the Ripskin hit it out of the park!

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I would string it a couple lbs tighter, say at 52 or 53 lbs. As the comfort is so good, a little more control without fear of elbow pain would be welcome.

    Overall a very good offering from Wilson. I noticed it is priced around $10 on TW, so also pretty good. I would very much like to try the 16g or 17g version of this string for a true comparison with my Beast XP 17g.

    Thanks TW for the chance to try this string!
     
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  45. 133bp004

    133bp004 New User

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    Gauge: 16 gauge

    Tension used for playtest: 52/49lb

    Regular string set up: MSV Focus Hex 17

    Racquet brand and model used for test: Volkl PB10 Mid

    Power of test string: I felt the string had average power for a poly, I had it strung a little lower which helped with the power.

    Feel: I really liked the feel of this string, softer than I originally expected. Ball had a nice solid feel on impact.

    Spin: Being called “Ripspin”, I was expecting more spin. I felt the spin was somewhat inconsistent. On an average stroke I really didn’t notice any increased spin, however, when hitting with an exaggerated stroke I noticed more than expected. Just wanted it to be more consistent. I would like to try this string in a 17 gauge.

    Comfort: I found the string to be very comfortable, I had no discomfort after playing with it.

    Durability: So far it seems pretty durable, not much notching yet.

    Playability Duration: Along with durability, I didn’t find a huge drop off in playability either. It’s still playing well.

    Control: I was happy with the control of the string, wished I had strung just a little higher.

    Compare to the string you use most often: Overall I liked the feel of Ripspin better than my usual MSV Focus Hex. I think the playability and durability will also be better. However, as I previously stated I was disappointed in the consistent spin I got from the string. Possibly, trying the 17 gauge would remedy that.

    Tension recommendations: Next time I would go a couple pounds higher in tension.
     
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  46. bigserving

    bigserving Semi-Pro

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    String gauge and color - 15 Gauge /1.35mm White

    Tension used for playtest - 50 Lbs.

    Regular string setup - Usually a full set Dunlop Black Widow 17 gauge 50 lbs x 50 lbs strung on a lockout machine.

    Racquet brand and model used - Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour.

    Power of string tested - Not unexpected, another overall low-powered polyester string. Compared to other ploys, it felt about average. It has slightly more pop than Black Widow at this tension.

    Feel - Very nice feel for a polyester. There felt to be some ball pocketing, probably due to the low tension and the relatively thick gauge of the string.

    Spin - Good spin effect as expected from a polyester string. Not this string's best feature.

    Comfort - Found this to be, perhaps, the best characteristic of this string. The thicker 15 gauge, probably helped to absorb some of the polyester shock. There was no discomfort on any stroke.

    Durability - No premature string breakage. The strings did not break during six sets of singles played over three consective days.

    Duration of optimal playability - Very nice duration. Felt like a slight tension drop after the first couple of hours. Even with the tension dropped, the control dropped slightly but the strings remained very playable.

    Control on different strokes and different swing speeds - This string will work best with lower swing speeds and shots with lower speeds. I did not have my usual pop on my serve with this setup.

    Compare to Dunlop Black Widow 17 gauge - Widow has much more spin potential. Comfort, optimum durability, and feel would favor Ripspin.

    Tension Recommendation - Depending on the power level of the frame, and desired power level, 49 - 53 lbs. range should be quite playable.

    Final thoughts - I strung one frame with Black Widow, another with Ripspin Speed. I then switched back and forth to compare the two for a trial/warmup comparison period of about half an hour. Then, I used the Ripspin frame exclusively for the bulk of the test.
    A lot of players will like this string. In the right frame, with the right player, at the right tension, and at the right price, could make this a string of choice for some players. A thinner gauge string or hybrid could be used to affect playability.
     
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  47. Chace

    Chace Semi-Pro

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    Gauge- 17g

    Tension used for playtest- 51 pounds

    Regular string set up- black magic 17g 51 pounds

    Racquet brand and model used for test- head youtek IG prestige pro

    Power of test string- It was lower in power compared to black magic. I would say for a poly it was about average in power.

    Feel- The feel was decent for a poly. It was on the softer side and felt muted. Black magic feels a little more lively/crisp, which I prefer.

    Spin- The spin was above average for a poly. Better than black magic but nothing like tour bite. I felt the spin definitely dropped off around the 4-5 hour mark.

    Comfort- For a poly it was comfortable. Comparable to black magic.

    Durability- To me durability was average. I broke it around the 8 hour mark. Most polys I break in the 7-9 hour mark.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)- The playability dropped around the 4-5 hour mark. I notice a drop in spin. It wasn't unplayable just a slight drop off. It was pretty consistent from there until breakage.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)- I had no issues with control or predictability. Pretty solid as far as control on all shots and swing speeds. The string bed played "honest".

    Compare to the string you use most often- I prefer the black magic. Slightly more power. A little too muted for my taste. I will say I felt like I got more spin with the Wilson string but the shots didn't seem quite as "heavy" compared to my normal setup.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I would probably string it a few pounds lower to try and get a little more pop.

    Thanks to TW and Wilson for the Playtest.
     
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  48. PKfan1

    PKfan1 Semi-Pro

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    Location:
    Atlanta
    Gauge: 16
    Tension used for playtest: 58lbs
    Regular string set up: Tourna BHB7 16 @ 62lbs
    Racquet brand and model used for test: Head IG Prestige MP
    Power of test string: average for a poly
    Feel good for a poly, got good feedback and could tell when I hit it right
    Spin excellent for a round poly, probably the best I can think of. Not crazy spinny like some shaped strings but more than enough spin to hit all the shots. Topspin shots and kick serves jumped off the court as usual.
    Comfort very comfortable, feels soft, but with a good amount of firmness
    Durability very good, broke after 6 hours which is longer than average for me
    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) Didn't notice any major drop or change in playability, but I'm not very sensitive to tension.
    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) Excellent, I was never surprised by how the ball came off the strings, I was able to hit all my shots with complete confidence. I could take huge rips on the ball and still hit my spots, blocking back serves with precision and I could consistently hit deep low slice backhands.
    Compare to the string you use most often compared to bhb7 I would say it is not as soft, and you don't get that feeling of just ripping the felt off the ball on topspin shots. With that being said I never felt I was lacking spin. I would also say the control of RipSpin is better than bhb7, the durability as well.
    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) I know most people today are against stringing poly as high as I do, but I think 58 was perfect for me.


    For me this string is excellent and may consider switching to it once I finish my current reel.

    Thanks TW for the opportunity!
     
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  49. pfchang

    pfchang Professional

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    Location:
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    Gauge
    16 White

    Tension used for playtest
    50 Lbs

    Regular string set up
    Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 16 @ 55

    Racquet brand and model used for test
    Babolat Pure Drive Roddick 2012

    Power of test string
    Pop was about average, not at the level of BHB7 of course, but sufficient. Really nothing noteworthy.

    Feel
    I was surprised to see that the string ended up being relatively soft. It was comfortable for most of the playtest, until it started going out towards the end.

    Spin
    I felt like there was no big difference in spin production from my usual setup, I hit relatively flatter, but the string was slick, which could definitely be used for a good cross setup. For the most part I did not notice any amazing spin.

    Comfort
    The comfort was what surprised me. The string felt pretty stiff in hand, but it played relatively soft, on par of strings like KB evolution and Yonex PTP. I really enjoyed this aspect of the string, but it only lasted for about ~6 hours, standard for a poly before playability and comfort began suffering.

    Durability
    The string did not break on me, I had to cut it out since the playability was dead for me. Not too much notching.

    Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
    The playability was good for the first 5 hours for me, but after that it really started to go down for me. It didn't feel as comfortable, and since that was the only redeeming aspect for me, it was cut out soon after.

    Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
    I'd say the control was about average, better than my usual setup. I'd say it felt more reliable and controlled than BHB7, just with the lack ok bite however.

    Compare to the string you use most often
    I usually use BHB7 16, and I prefer the string due to its comfort and power. Ripspin offered more control, and the comfort was there, however the playability was not great. I could see the string being a good cross.

    Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
    I would suggest keeping it below 54-55, to keep the poly comfortable and maximize playability.
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  50. zapvor

    zapvor Legend

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    i kinda wanna know how TW picks the playtesters...hmmm
     
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