Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 Review

Discussion in 'Strings' started by XFactorer, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125

    Sometimes I try new strings and I just cut them out because they’re not my cup of tea. Other times I just play with them because they don’t bother me. With the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 (PTGP125), I had a slightly above-average mild-interest.

    One the little graph where the axes determined soft/hard and durability/response, Yonex placed the the string in the hard/durability quadrant. With that being predetermined, I opted to string the PTGP125 at 55 pounds, down from my normal 60 pounds that I use for everything else in my Yonex RDiS 200 (not the lite one). Before we go anything further, I am obligated to disclose that I am under a contract with Yonex -- I buy everything they put out and giggle about it while my wallet quickly empties.

    The stringing process for me usual starts with a quick flex of the tangled 40 feet. My sophisticated manual tests indicated that the string was not as firm as I had originally thought, but I still stuck with the 55 pounds. Other strings that seem stiffer include, but are not limited to, 361 Nation, Kirschbaum SuperSmash, Gosen Polylon Ice. Designated “soft polys” on my list are Topspin Concept Pure and Cyber Blue, PolyStar Energy.

    Stringing the racquet really was the standard laborious 16 mains, 19 dreadful crosses, which is true for any poly that I have to string. Coil memory was about the same as a Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power. Tying off knots did seem to be a little less easy only because the string would kink on itself. I use the “double loop, pull through technique,” if any of you also refer to it as that.

    In one word, performance of the string was “amusing.”

    Groundstrokes felt muted with a pop. I can’t tell if the pop came from the lower tension of the string itself. I’m used to the energetic pop from a PolyStar Energy or the controlled pop from a Topspin Concept Pure. The Poly Tour Pro 125 had the power, but lacked a touchy sort of feeling. It had more of the hitting-with-a-board feeling which some people enjoy. I didn’t particularly enjoy nor hate the sensation of the ball flying off the string bed. To each his own.

    Volleying is my Achille’s heel. Well, one of my many Achille’s heels. The pop from the string bed did not help my game any. I remember floating a lot of balls long, but, on the positive side, I actually did get a racquet on the ball and got the ball over the net. So no complaining from me. But I can’t add much more to this area.

    Serving with the strings seemed pretty bland. Nothing stood out, nothing irked me except my bum shoulder. But that isn’t a string issue.

    Having played a week with the string, the tension remains just fine. Nothing feels to be loosening up nor do I have the “dead” feeling as I do around the one-week mark with PolyStar Energy. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the string is the color which Yonex rightfully calls Optic Yellow. Indoors the string is bright and noticeable. But in outdoor lighting, the color pops vibrantly. Stencil on a Yonex logo and I feel like it’s cosmetically delightful.

    At $9 a pop, I really can't complain about this string. The performance is nothing to scoff at but also nothing special. Yes, the dullness of the power is something I have not encountered. And, yes, I’m intrigued. I do plan on trying some more out in the future with different hybrid set ups (plan on trying PTGP125 mains with Cyber Blue crosses, Concept Pure Crosses, maybe 361 Nation crosses. Also Cyber Blue, PolyStart Energy mains with PTGP125 crosses).

    As TW says after every racquet review, “we recommend you demo this one.”
     
    #1
  2. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    This one's for you, Buckethead (and TW Community).

    Supplementary info:

    I'm a 4.0 player at heart but USTA bumped me to 4.5.
    Playing style - Baseliner trying to learn to volley.
    Semi-western grip, stronger on BH side.
     
    #2
  3. Buckethead

    Buckethead Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Messages:
    4,039
    Thanks Xfactorer.
    What about the spin production?
     
    #3
  4. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    I don't believe strings have much of an affect on spin, thus I don't say "Oh, I can spin things in with this string!" because I can "spin" things in with any string. My view is that spin comes from the user and not the string.
     
    #4
  5. 1st Seed

    1st Seed Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Messages:
    759
    Location:
    Toronto
    I have a few packs in storage im gonna use as a cross with Tonic mains in my Redondo Mid.Like X said 8 bones a pack for sure worth a try Yonex really pumps out quality IMO.On the packing X did you notice they mentioned it was still surpressing to the joints?.How soft did it play?You also mentioned a muted feel did it play like a dampned string bed, ala Rip control?I hoping its plays like a softer Alu P 125.WHat are you stringing on?How stretchy was it during stringing?
    Eh thanks for that review now im itchin to test.There must be no mistaken this string when you see it.Really glows.All my Maria lovers will know instantly at my club.AH Maria!
    Take Care.
     
    #5
  6. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    Not that stretchy. Strung on a Game X-6 or something like that (not my stringer) with crank.

    Played soft enough for my tastes, probably just slightly more stiff than a nice fresh bed of ALU Power, but not significantly more. I've actually never played ALU Power in my 200, but it was my go-to string in my RQiS 1 Tour. I'd done M2 Pro in the 200 but I don't remember really how that played compared to the PTGP125.

    It's by no means a soft poly. But it didn't really feel like a board like some polys can (Kirschbaum, Gosen strings that I mentioned in my review). I don't have tennis elbow right now because of it.
     
    #6
  7. Preston

    Preston Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Messages:
    178
    Thanks for the review. You make the string sound just okay, so I probably won't try it.

    You strung it on the Gamma X-ST. :)
     
    #7
  8. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    The string is what is it. It's just "OK." But it's OK-enough that I want to try more.
     
    #8
  9. coolblue123

    coolblue123 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Messages:
    1,778
    Location:
    Rockville, MD
    I hope Poly 125 is not the same as Tough Brid (TB). Playing with TB was like hitting with a washboard! The only feel in them strings were the pain in my elbow.
     
    #9
  10. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    Most likely not. It's on the softer side of hard... if that means anything to you.
     
    #10
  11. Tennis_Crazed

    Tennis_Crazed Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    609
    Location:
    Grind City
    Hows the durability on the string? I've had lots of issues with Yonex strings breaking very quickly. If you could compare durability against something more well known. Thanks
     
    #11
  12. XFactorer

    XFactorer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,208
    Location:
    West Coast
    I didn't break it in my 1 week with the string. It wasn't even close to breaking, either. Notched, yes, but not significantly.
     
    #12
  13. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    #13
  14. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,692
    Location:
    Central Florida

    A friend of mine just had his Exo Tour strung up with it this morning. I bounced a few balls off it and thought it was a multi. He said it was full poly strung at 45. I know the Exo Tour is the holy grail of arm friendly rackets so maybe that had something to do with it.
     
    #14
  15. finalfantasy7

    finalfantasy7 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2010
    Messages:
    508
    good read, wated to know about this string, on stringforum its got very good all rounds stats

    what other string would you compare this to?
     
    #15
  16. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    RSI say that the 16 gauge has a stiffness rating of 216 at their standard 60lbs testing tension. That stiffness is 10% less than 17 gauge BHBR which I consider to be a pretty comfortable, springy poly, particularly in 17 gauge. At your friend's 45lbs for the Yonex, stiffness is going to be even lower, so it all sounds good from an arm point of view.

    I've just ordered a reel (love the crazy color), along with a reel of Genesis Black Magic. Have ordered completely 'blind' without playing with either of them, but in reel form, they seem too good value to pass up.
     
    #16
  17. TenFanLA

    TenFanLA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    2,405
    Have you hit with this yet? It has shot up to the top of the overall chart on stringforum.net which is hit and miss. Also how do you get a reel in US?
     
    #17
  18. chaddles

    chaddles Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    524
    Location:
    Down Under
    The Pro & the HS are 2 of the best strings released in the last couple of years. The feel for a poly is brilliant, and just does everything really well. Gave it a good run today in a BLX Blade 98 and forgot the great comfort & nice power it gives, especially when you really rip into a top spin down the line shot.

    The main difference I found between the HS & Pro was the HS was a slightly firmer feeling string but played pretty similar.
     
    #18
  19. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    Yes the Pro is soft and great for the arm. Tension maintenance is pretty good as well. The highlight of this string is the bright yellow color, simply awesome.

    My favourite string in this price range is still the Yonex PolyTour Spin. Beats all the different MSV CoF strings I have tried, with the exception of the smooth coating and possibly tension maintenance.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
    #19
  20. YesTennis

    YesTennis Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2011
    Messages:
    639
    Do you think it's soft enough to use full bed or would it be best to hybrid? I'm looking to use a soft poly/co-poly for the first time, but don't want to develop elbow problems.
     
    #20
  21. TenFanLA

    TenFanLA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    2,405
    If YPTP is so good, how come all the rage now and not 2 years ago when it came out? The stringforum.net and TW customers' reviews are very favorable overall. Yet I (and I assume most of the tennis community) didn't really know about this supposedly great string until Torres came back from exile and talked about it. I've ordered 2 sets from TW to see for myself. I'm just looking for an ALU, Ltec replacement that is easy on the arm. I'm hoping YPTP is the one.
     
    #21
  22. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    Nobody's suggested that its a 'great string' or that its 'all the rage'.

    It's a fluorescent yellow poly.
     
    #22
  23. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    It could be that Yonex aren't known for their strings.
    Besides our benchmarks for comparison could be different.

    String A might be the softest and most arm arm friendly amongst the selected few I have played, but for you it could only be average.

    Our preference and how we perceive the playability of each string varies as well.
    A muted string might be viewed as soft, while a lively string as harsh.

    The YPTP compared to the ALU is definitely more friendly to the arm. But is that difference sufficient in your situation? $8.95 is just a little more than a Big Mac meal, only you will know best. Buy one, try it out. Don't like it, cut it out. I do that all the time.
     
    #23
  24. TenFanLA

    TenFanLA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    2,405
    Well, I'm dramatizing it a bit. But I'm surprised YPTP wasn't talked about more on TT, seeing the favorable experiences its users had. Perhaps it's because Yonex is not that well known as far as strings go. I've seen and heard that Yonex makes high quality rackets and shoes, but nothing about strings. I'm hoping their strings are high quality also.
     
    #24
  25. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    I had arm problems playing with both MSV CoF & Hex in full bed, if you didn't get any on those, it's highly unlikely you get any with the YPTP.
     
    #25
  26. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    Yes, the fluorescent yellow is all the reason I need to buy this string.

    It's blinding my opponents! The ball camouflages with stringbed, they can't tell where it's heading.
     
    #26
  27. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Messages:
    12,606
    Some people like to point out in others the faults they themselves possess.



     
    #27
  28. heartattack

    heartattack Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2011
    Messages:
    408
    Location:
    Worlds coldest place!
    Good point. how does it compare to silverstring (full bed)?
     
    #28
  29. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    Exactly! If it wasn't for the fact that the shop was out of 16g, I would have gone for that because the thickness would have blocked out more of the background for my opponents and offered even more disguise of the ball against the strings. That fluorescent yellow has alot of hidden advantages. I'm going to email Yonex to see if they do a 15g for even more disguise. That coupled with the cheap reel price and the fact that I needed something to contrast Bartelby's black and blue RF outfit, headband, shoes and socks and it was a no brainer!

    Wasn't bad but only seemed to work with silver balls.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
    #29
  30. TenFanLA

    TenFanLA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    2,405
    That's exactly what I was thinking. Now I just need to find neon yellow shirt (worn by Berdych), shorts, socks, shoes, headband, wristband, etc. My opponents will see 6 balls coming from different directions and will have to pick the right one.
     
    #30
  31. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    I was playing with a buddy of mine just yesterday, loan him my racquet strung with the YPTP. Got a real taste of my own medicine.

    Eveytime he hits the ball, there's a spilt second I couldn't tell where the ball is.
    These strings are like cheating..

    Just this advantage alone, outweighs all the negativity this string might have. And it's such an affordable string.
     
    #31
  32. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,994
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    I may give this string a run if it stands out to you guys as anything special. My 3rd stick is kind of my string experiment racquet. I currently have a kevlar hybrid in there that plays prety well.

    Just a different launch off the bed compared to my gut poly setup, so it is a little tough to adjust to.
     
    #32
  33. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Messages:
    566
    I will tell you PP to not waste your money on it. It just an "alright" poly string. Bought it to test it with the Yonex Xi 98 (strung at 47) and while it was soft, I didnt found good control like BHBR, Typhoon or Mosquito Bite to mention a few.
    I did bought the new Black version and not the yellow the guys have mention.
    The blue "spin version" gave me shoulder pain in one hour session(i never have shoulder pain) and that was in the crosses with one set of Mamba gut (i have left) in the mains. Once again this was in the Xi 98.

    PS. I almost couldn't string the mamba gut in the mains...too thick, almost break the grommets.
     
    #33
  34. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,994
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Ok cool I will pass then. I don't like Mamba gut at all, shredded when I strung one piece and you can't string it over 56#s..I like my gut at 62#s, so I stick with Pacific.
     
    #34
  35. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    Many other people seem to like it. Also I'm sure that Kirilenko and Berankis aren't using it just they don't have to pay for it.

    It also comes with a free levitation voucher.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012
    #35
  36. TenFanLA

    TenFanLA Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    2,405
    Torres, when you going to put up your review of YPTP, even a short, 1st hit impression?
     
    #36
  37. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Messages:
    566
    Arent you the kook banned that praise BHBR and Scorpion?, yet no pro use it. But now Kirilenko use Yonex pro tour and now means something? Get lost!!

    I swear mate, I have my doubt that you are even a decent player. Usually the quiet ones are. Got to learn to be more humble.

    If you want to keep it simple, just dont quote me and neither get in my conversation, tired of your posts.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012
    #37
  38. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    Unfortunately, the only thing 'kooky' are your views and your irrational hypersensitivity. You repeatedly describe BHBR as a control string and Alu as a power string. Most people will say that you've got that back to front and completely wrong.
    So in terms of credibility of opinion, your credibility is pretty low. You don't have any oil paintings at home do you?
     
    #38
  39. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    You proved my earlier point. You have try it to know it.
    The blue "spin version" never gave me any arm, elbow or shoulder problems.
    But the MSV strings did, despite being touted as soft.

    Strings are a personal thing. At this price range, those blue "spin version" are the best I have tried.
     
    #39
  40. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    Or blue straws.. :)
     
    #40
  41. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Messages:
    566
    Took you long to reply for a person that is 24-7 in this forum...your come back shoulds be " the jerk store called...they run out of you"....that will make it more laughable.:)
    "Hypersensitive" hahahahaha!! Please mate im not the one going at it to anybody that have a different point of view. Grow up.

    BHBR IS a control oriented string. Still think that you have to be so mediocre on court and come here to elevate your ego.

    Shhhhhh Milosh!!
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012
    #41
  42. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    BHBR is a lively, elastic, spin orientated type of poly with a good amount of power. Control isn't its #1 characteristic.

    Lux Alu is a control orientated poly. It's stiff, its crisp, its directionally very precise. Control is its forte. Certainly, for the 2 hitting sessions or so that it lasts before going dead.

    Do you really think that ATP pros with the power that they can generate, and with SWs in the 350s and 360s, need a super powerful, elastic poly, and choose Alu because they need extra power?
     
    #42
  43. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Messages:
    566
    Yes string are a personal thing, I do agree on that. What you dont know is that Im in central florida, I know PP. Know his style of game, and can chime in what might work for him or not.

    I dont know how you play or whats your playing style, you could be a 4.0(nothing wrong with that) and have semi developed strokes that wont do any harm doesnt matter what string or tension you do. Right?
     
    #43
  44. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Messages:
    566

    I said SSSHHHH MILOSH...go and play with you balls....tennis balls that is...:)
    [​IMG]
     
    #44
  45. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,766
    All your retorts do is just show just how little credibility and knowledge you have about strings, and how hyper sensitive you get when you get things wrong.
     
    #45
  46. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,994
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    UA at some point this weather will finally end and we can hit. I am pretty much locked and loaded with the gut/poly. I have been using it for months and nothing really beats it. I like to check out other offerings, but full poly and I may be done for good. gut/poly has so much more versatility to it.
     
    #46
  47. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,692
    Location:
    Central Florida

    UA, did you try the trigger point stuff for your elbow?
     
    #47
  48. syke

    syke Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1,356
    True, you would definitely make a better judgement since you know PP in person.

    We use a different rating over here so I am not entirely sure how that works out. Loosely basing on some my hitting partners who have a NTRP of 4.0. So I guess somewhere around that figure.

    Funny, I have always thought people with semi developed strokes are more prone to injuries.
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012
    #48
  49. tistrapukcipeht

    tistrapukcipeht Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    Messages:
    1,324
    1- So you think what you have to say is more important than Kirilenko using??

    2- You may know anybody, but players are different, different racquets, different way to hit the ball, different technique etc...

    3- You are wrong here. If anything the guys with worse technique will suffer more, no wonder why poly strings are only recommended for high level players with fast racquet head speed. What is your level anyway? 6.0?
     
    #49
  50. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Messages:
    566
    Sure PP, we keep the head up to see when we can hit.:)
    Since I have the IG Rad Pro is so soft and flex I dont need to do full gut jobs and I being stringing with Wilson gut/Genesis Typhoon myself.


    Hey Mike, I read it but I never put it to practice since I wasn't playing anyhow. Im pretty much 90% heal, playing twice a week pain free, but I thank so much for sending it and your good words.
     
    #50

Share This Page