Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 Review

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

  1. TenFanLA

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    Anyway, getting back to the subject of YPTP...

    I just received YPTP and strung it up. Pretty easy to string. It has a matte finish instead of the typical shiny poly coating. Almost like a syn gut, but doesn't stretch nearly as much. Weighs about the same as a standard poly. YPTP seems like it's a little thicker than 1.25, maybe 1.27? Bouncing the ball off the stringbed at 45lbs feels soft yet crisp, similar to 55lb PSGD stringbed.

    Caveat: When stringing YPTP, make sure you wear sunglasses or better yet, welding helmet. Even then make sure you don't stare directly into the stringbed. YPTP is THAT bright. Hopefully I can hit with this within the next 2 or 3 days. My guess is that YPTP is on the very soft, arm friendly range for a poly. Hopefully it has the spin and control of a poly. Good tension maintenance would be an added bonus.
     
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    Can't remember what racquet you have and whether that's on a crank, but I suspect that that is going to way too low......
     
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    Microgel Radical Pro 16x19, Klippermate dropweight CP at 45lbs full bed YPTP. LTec and Iontec Black at 44-45lbs were perfect for me. If I find it to be too low, I'll go to 50 and adjust accordingly.
     
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    At 53/50lbs, it feels soft enough for me. Hopefully it works out well for you at 45lbs.

    Tension maintenance is above average. I have been monitoring with the racquetune app, so I would say SPPP and MSV are better in that department.

    YPTP will never be the best poly string ever known to man. But just the color alone, it is good enough a reason to stock up on them. If they came in shinny silicone coated fluorescent yellow, that would be a bloody ripper.
     
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    which is more powerful ? this string or poly tour spin ?
     
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  6. syke

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    I would say YPTP based on feel. I have them strung on 2 different racquets so take it with a pinch of salt.

    Tistra, would probably answer your question better. Seems like he has play tested the entire Yonex range. :)
     
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    Fedace, don't start that nonsense again. At least with a new username and new picture, do try and turn over a new leaf.
     
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  8. TenFanLA

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    Well, at least it's better than, "How does YPTP compare to RPM?" :mad: :)
     
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    He was doing that earlier with this current screen name, which just shows the level of intellect we are dealing with.
     
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    1st hit with YPTP

    Played 3 hours of doubles tonight; 1 hour each with YPTP, 0s/4s and vs team og/4s. YPTP feels comfortable for a poly but you can still feel that it's a full bed poly. The spin, control and power were good. The feel is WEIRD. It feels like the whole stringbed makes a pinging sound as if there is no sweetspot. I have a hard enough time hitting the ball on the sweetspot as it is. I need the forgiving feel of gut/poly to compensate for my lack of hand/eye coordination, not make me feel I'm mishitting the ball more than I actually am.

    For $9 YPTP is a good poly but not a special poly like ALU, Ltec and RPM. I would still take Iontec Black over YPTP at this price range. I think I'm done with full poly for a while. My arm gets too fatigued and sore after an hour or 2. I almost wince when I have to serve after 2 hours. I'm going to try Tonic BF BT7/4s at 50/50 (like the movie.) Tonic BT7 is SO STIFF at 55, I don't know if 52 or 53 is going to soften it up much. So I'm going straight to 50. Hope I don't waste a 1/2 set of gut.
     
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  11. syke

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    Similar sentiments. What's great about this string is the color. And for 9 dollars a set, why not?
     
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  12. javierjavier

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    after 1 week...

    i've had a chance to try the string for about a week now, and thought i'd share some thoughts;

    racquet: yonex 97 tour
    tension: 50 lbs, full bed
    playing time: approx 6 hrs

    the string has a lot of pop and plays crisp. it doesn't pocket the ball as well as other "soft" polys i've used, and as a result i can see where xfactor felt it was muted and tenfan said he had a hard time finding the sweetspot.

    that said, i actually really liked the setup. it really helped add some crispness to the 97 tour and made the racket more forgiving than it already is. given it's such a lively and crisp feeling string compared to my previous setups i did struggle a bit to find my range on touch shots, volleys, and spin serves. nothing more time with the setup can't fix though.

    it's probably best for a player using a player's type racquet and is looking for a little more pop and a more forgiving setup. definitely leans towards the baseline player who relies more on power and spin vs. one who likes to paint the lines. those who play a crafty game and rely on touch will probably not get enough feel from the strings. it might be a string to consider for those poly users who like really low tensions.

    regarding string life... after 6 hrs of some pretty hard hitting it's really hard for me to gauge tension loss given how much pop the string had when originally strung. obviously there's been some tension loss, but i feel i'm getting about the same output when freshly strung. it still has a lot of pop and feels crisp, but i have noticed some of the crispness is gone. not sure if that's me getting used to the string or the string starting to go dead... probably a little bit of both.

    hope that helps anyone thinking about giving it a go... i'd love to hear how the poly tour spin compares. not so much concerned about spin, rather does it have the same playability with the only diff being shape?
     
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  13. Torres

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    Watching the Kirilenko v Radwanska match, I have to say that these strings do look amazing in Kirilenko's racquet. You can see the Yonex logo set against the fluorescent yellow strings all the way from the moon. The other string manufacturers seem to have a missed a trick here in terms of promoting their logo.
     
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  14. XFactorer

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    Now try some PolyTour Spin... I like that string much more.
     
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    this is a nice string. not pingy to me! i guess you strung it too low @ 45. this is a soft string @ 186lbs per sq. inch.
     
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    Well, I finally managed to string up a racquet with this string. On first impressions (2 hours of hitting), I like it. Sends like a nice string.

    It initially starts off a little bit stiff and very slightly tinny but it settles down after about 15-30 mins of hitting.

    The main characteristic that comes across is that it is a very consistent and predictable in the way that it performs. It's not over powered nor underpowerded, its not super stiff nor super elastic. It doesn't add any one particular characteristic to the way that you hit the ball, but sometimes that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's control orientated and predictable. You get out exactly what you put in. I can see why pros play with this sting.

    It's not the most feel orientated string - I never particularly wanted to play a drop shot with it for example because there's not a huge amount of 'give' to it and there's not as much feedback compared to something like Dunlop Black Widow (a great feeling poly) so I can understand why some may describe it as muted, but in terms of feel/feedback its passable. Very slight hint of tinniness to it but it feels better the harder you hit the ball. Absolute bargain in reel form - I could get 3 reels of this for the price of 1 reel of Lux Alu for example.

    Overall, based on first impressions, I quite like it. Predictable, consistent, control orietntated, a 'you get out what you put in' type of poly. The ball comes off the stringbed very consistently.

    Need to get some more hours on it and string in my normal racquet (Wilson BLX Juice Pro) but it seems promising.

    (17 gauge / Strung at 53lbs CP in a Wilson BLX 6.1 95 Team 18x20 with lead)
     
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  17. Power Player

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    How are you guys liking this string? I have been playing well and pain free with full poly at 40#s and just need to find the right one. I may already have with the softer and plush feel of SPPP, but I am looking for similar options. I want pocketing, control and would like to get 8-10 of play out of the setup.
     
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    I prefer the Poly tour spin to this string. this one just doesn't have the spin production i am looking for.
     
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  19. edwincen

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    Tried YPTP as cross and OGSM at main, really love it, it just nice especially for the price. I think its much better than adrenaline.
     
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    ive logged on about 4 hours so far and the string @ 52/50 has got better and better!!!!
    after coming from yonex poly tour spin which is low powered but loads of spin i was hitting it long long long,but after a 2 hour hitting session just using this string i was hitting my FH flat/spin harder than ive ever hit before,coincidence maybe but my 1st outing with this string i found it too poweful and not much control but remember i came from using a full bed of YPTS

    as already said "above" it had a tinny sound to it and i lost my vibration dampner which just made it sound even worse,no vibration through my arm but just tinny sounding from ball on strings.

    my B/H volleys were hard low and deep and consistantly hit a foot inside the baseline from any angle of the court and my hitting partner had trouble getting them back as they stayed so low,he also said he has never seen me hit such hard low B/H volleys!!!!!!

    dropshots were very hit and miss and most of them just went up in the air and were sitting ducks to be put away,i put that down to me as YPTS kept them so so low and it always killed the point.

    comfort wise-well its far the best string ive tried to date and is alot softer than a full bed of YPTS and even that isnt what i call harsh.
     
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  21. ben123

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    really? how does it compare to rpm blast strings??? does it have more spin than rpm and how about the power????????????? :confused:
     
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  22. Torres

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    Gratuitous string shot.
     
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  23. Torres

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    Well, I strung this up in a different racquet this time (Wilson Juice Pro 96/16x20) at 52lbs CP.

    My views remain the same as before. It's a (quite) good string.

    Control orientated, consistent, predictable. It 'just works'. You get out exactly what you put in, with the string lending precision and control.

    + Comfortable
    + Neither overpowered or underpowered
    + Control orientated
    + Consistent, reliable response off the stringbed
    + Good price
    +/- Not really a 'pockety' sort of string (well, not at the 52lbs I tried) but there is a nice, instant, 'repulsion' of the ball off the stringbed
    - Not a super 'grabby' spin string but there's enough spin to be getting by
    - Feel is slightly muted but you get used to it as you learn to trust the string's control

    A word about 'feel'. A couple of people have suggested it has no feel. It's true that there's not a huge amount of feedback. The string feels better the harder you hit through the strings. The string is actually very comfortable but doesnt have much 'give' to it. It's an odd sensation. If you're prepared to crank the ball, it does seem to lack feel. The issue here I think is that the string feels like it has a harder outer shell (which it doesn't - just occasionally feels like it does) so for delicate touch shots you don't get the 'give' and softness that you might get with a softer poly. But the thing is, you just have to sort of trust the string to do what you want it to do when playing anything delicate. Its such a surprisingly control orientated string that if you play a delicate drop shot, with the right technique, that's the shot that you will execute. It obeys on command, even though it doesn't provide a huge amount of feedback when doing so. I can understand by its limited feel might be a bit disconcerting, but it does feel slightly better the harder you hit the ball and rather oddly, if you won't string it at too low a tension.

    A very different type of string to say BHBR, but I quite like it so far. Anyone liking strings like Scorpion, SPPP or even elements of TourBite may well like this string. Only caveat at this stage is that I need to see how long it remains playable for before going dead.
     
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    Oh man you just sold me because I love sppp a lot. I have to try this out. I am digging on low tension setups right now. I have the pros pro copy of sppp to be strung up CP at 42/40, and currently gosen polyon polybreak at the same tension. The polybreak plays very well, but the feel is not super comfy even though the pocketing and sweetspot is awesome..I just really like that rubbery feel of scorpion and sppp..it is a little crisp and more plush feel.

    Have you tried any pros pro strings? I want to a/b the yy string to the pros pro and see what feels better and lasts longest. I just need around 10 hours per string job at that low tension and I'm happy.

    I have always really believed in trying the racquet manufactures strings in their sticks, because it can yield fantastic results.
     
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  25. Torres

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    I'll cut you a set to try if you want. Just PM me your address details.
     
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    So, if a person were to be a big fan of fresh Alu at 53#, what tension would said person be best off trying the yy string at? Just asking for a friend. ;)
     
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    And why is there a clone of SPPP?
     
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    What has you confused?

    I like the Pros Pro Plus Power string. It is cheap, has great feel and plays rather well.
     
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    what is a/b, yy?
     
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  30. roc17355

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    Is this a different string than the YPTP HS 1.25 and a differnt color than the green as well?
     
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    a/b . I just mean to test them out next to each other and see what I prefer.

    yy - Yonex. That is their logo. :)


    forgot another string I freaking love and it will come down to this vs the yonex :

    Black Magic..the pocketing is so good..I absolutely love how it feels and plays. One of my favorite of all time. I know a lot of people do not like BM, but I could easily string it up in a full job and be quite content.
     
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    I put a set of the Poly Tour Pro black in my IG Prestige MP, and used it for two sets tonight - pulled it out for a set against a big hitting 4.5 (almost 5.0) younger guy, and then a set against a former 5.0, now 4.5 crafty teaching pro. The frame was strung yesterday on a lockout machine at 54#.

    From a price/performance ratio, I'm very impressed. The feel, as was mentioned, is certainly muted, but not overly so. It doesn't give an amazing amount of feedback, and I think that's what makes the string feel much softer than some similar poly strings. In terms of power, I would actually say that this has an ample amount of power to be used in a player's frame. I was having no trouble generating pace on either the serve or groundstrokes, even as I started to get tired in the match. Spin was ample, as is to be expected for a poly string, and I was getting good hop on my kick serve. My favorite shot tonight when I was using this string was the loopy inside-out FH attempting to set up the inside-in FH. The ball had good dive and good pace, and I felt confident in hitting 3-4 balls before attacking.

    We will see how it holds up, but for a $10 poly, the performance is above what I would consider status quo. Very impressive softer poly string overall.
     
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  34. syke

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    Why did you pay $10 for a set? You could find them for $8.95 right here on TW, and they going for $7.95 not too long ago.
     
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    I was rounding up - for some reason, I thought I remembered them being $9.50. I bought them from TW...
     
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    Yes, it's a different string.
     
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    Think I'm moving on past the pros pro polys. Next up will be the yy (email sent to Torres) vs black magic. From how everyone describes the yonex, it could be the one.

    I am still tempted by the elixir of tour bite as well..I have had some amazing moments on court with that string.
     
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    Huge thanks to Torres as I received some ptp from him and strung it up at 43/41 cp.

    Was very tired but went out and tried the string for an hour. I obviously love the look of it. The funny thing is it reminded me a lot of another rather impressive Japanese poly in gosen polybreak. The difference is that the ptp is a little plusher and gives more spin. Comfort level seems about the same, they are both rather nice.

    I love the huge thoccckk sound the stringbed gives you when you swing properly and middle the ball. If you are swinging poorly the stringbed sounds more tinny. That feedback is great..really rewards a relaxed swing that catches the ball put in front.

    Pocketing is ok so far, nothing great but I am going to give that a little more time. I took a few huge rips at the ball and was real impressed with the spin and control. Hit a cc forehand that I absolutely pasted. The ball kicked so high that I thought I may clear the fence. Never seen action like that, so I'll just say it hit a crack in the court so I don't try and recreate it, but regardless you can go real big.

    This string just does what you tell it to. I need more time with it but I really like it a lot so far. I plan to buy more and do a few more shoot outs before picking and going with something.
     
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  39. syke

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    It's good that you went against UA's advice. :)
     
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    has anyone tried this at different tensions?, im looking to try this in a 18x20,
    is it reconmended not to go over 50, like people say about co focus
     
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    The YTPP looks sweet in the RDIS 200 but the blue YTPPS would look even better . Glad you liked it PP, digging the profiled version of this string currently in my PD.
     
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    Has anyone tried doing a hybrid with the YPTP on the crosses and YPTS on the mains?
     
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    syke

    thats what im going to do next YPTS/YPTP,currently using YPTP in a full bed which i like alot and also got YPTS/syngut in my other PD which i like as well but is low powered but loads of spin and control so the thought of both strings together could be a little gem!!!!!


    cheers garry
     
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    It seems Dadozen has from another thread running on poly hybrids. Awaiting confirmation and his experiences as I am keen on trying this combo too.
     
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    Morning Gary. I see the avatar is back!

    Definitely going to try the Yonex hybrid in the PD. I have a feeling it could be special and harness the positive qualities of each string. As you know now have my PD as I want it. This hybrid hopefully will be the last piece of the jigsaw and I can stop endlessly trying different strings!
     
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    morning jim

    and yes the jugs are back and dont tell julie lol

    am going to string YPTS/YPTP @ 42/40 tonight as u no ive not been on the courts for a bit and im bored to hell!!!!!!
    will txt you some pics when ive strung it:)

    dont no when i will get to play with YPTS/YPTP but will let you no how i get on with it.

    cheers garry
     
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    Sweet!

    Show us a picture of the hybrid once you have strung them up. :)
     
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    Hit for another few hours and was really loving the string this time. Should be able to get some match play in with it this week. It felt extremely comfortable in my racquet this time and the spin, power and control was all excellent.
     
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    glad your liking the string and long may it continue:)

    YPTP/YPTS ive found it does take an hour or so to break in or soften up!!!!!
    and then it just plays better and better,ive only put a couple of hours on YPTP due to my lack of tennis at the momen:(

    also can i suggest you try YPTS,a bit of an opposite to YPTP as in low powered great control and spin.

    im going to "soon" do a hybrid of YPTS/YPTP in low 40,s and will keep this thread posted as i do think i could be onto something!!!!!


    cheers garry
     
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    I strung this string in my XI98 at 57/55 and it felt great but the string was way too soft and the balls were going long about 7-10 inches. I will increase it to 58/58 to see I can get it to dial in to my racket. The string plays beautifully in my racket and feel is great for a poly. For 9 dollars is a steal.
     

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