Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 Review

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  1. Power Player

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    That is the thing, it is a total steal for the price. I wish I could buy reels like our friends overseas. I really like the softness and have no issues with overhitting even at 40#s... but I am a heavy spin hitter. What I love is that I can flatten out the ball when needed as well.
     
  2. syke

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    I refused to believe Yonex could make such good strings. And that resulted in numerous playtests with other offerings on the market.

    I am glad I am done with the experimenting. These YY strings might not be the best in everything, but they definitely are on the top of my list for overall playability.

    It's a pity much TW folks like my old self have a stigma against YY strings.

    At a price like this, it's just unbelievable. I just wish TW would start offering them in reels.
     
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  3. Shaochieh

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    Where have you seen reel of yonex strings???
     
  4. syke

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    On some German websites...
    If I remember you are residing in Europe right?
     
  5. smirker

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    They are available in the UK if you know where to look.
     
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  7. Power Player

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    ^^

    You could get in trouble for that posting that link on this site Garry..may want to delete it.
     
  8. GarryClarke

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    will do PP and didnt no it was against the rules!!!!

    cheers garry
     
  9. blackfrido

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    Reading your comments I can't wait to play with my just strung racquet with the black version of the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125. I will post comments!
     
  10. syke

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    Haven't tried the black version of the YPTP. I assume they would play a little stiffer?

    My fav is still the YPTS. You should try that one if you have the chance to. To me it's like a cheaper version of the BC.
     
  11. Power Player

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    Syke, did you ever do an a/b comparison of ptp and pts? If not, Id love to read it...is it as soft, durable, predictable? etc.

    I plan to go to my shop and buy another pack of ptp before ordering a reel from Gary's source. But if they have pts i will definitely try that as well.
     
  12. syke

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    PP, knowing you have a sensitive arm, I am a little hesitant on recommending you anything stiff...

    It is stiffer than the YPTP but it softens out after a couple of hours, durability is about the same. It does get more powerful/trampoline like once the stringbed has soften up, so that's a minus point for predictability.

    Freshly strung, the control and spin is just awesome with the right amount of power. However, I know others here prefer the string better after it has broken in, with more pocketing and power.

    But what I really like about this string is the crisp cheap plasticky feel, lol.. The feel of the ball leaving the stringbed almost immediately upon impact, accompanied with a loud distintive twat. To be honest, it's quite the opposite to the YPTP in terms of feel.

    FYI, I do like the SPPP as well, SPPP has a really nice pop but just a little too powerful for my taste. That's why I ended up with the YPTS. If you like the SPPP, there is a good possibility the YPTS might work out for you.

    Try it if you are game, just remember to cut it out if it's too stiff for you. :)
     
  13. syke

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    Oh yes... Despite it being a stiffer string, it did not hurt my arm like how the CoFocus Hex did. The CoFocus Hex was muted and boardy, the YPTS is much livelier.
     
  14. Power Player

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    yes..true..i ended up souring a little on sppp. in a full job the feel is not my thing. I love the ptp..i may just stick with it.
     
  15. blackfrido

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    I would definitely with that one a try. thanks!
     
  16. smirker

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    PP, FYI.They (the shop me & Gary get ours from in the UK) do have the YTS (acronym for Youth Training Scheme here!) but only in set form. TW Europe also carry the YTP in reels at a similar cost to UK prices but do discounts on multiple reels.
     
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    Syke, I ended up hybriding my YTPS in my PD and it softens it up just enough for my taste. Firm but not stiff with plenty of controlable power and spin. Next up is the YTP but thinking I may go full bed in this one due to the softness. I am also sorely tempted to try YTS/YTP and would have done so by now if I had a 2nd PD.
     
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    Still holding out for Garry to do just that...

    If it works out well for him, I will go grab a set of YPTP for the hybrid.
     
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    I think he was in the process of doing it when I last spoke to him. Loathe to cut out the YTPS hybrid when I am enjoying it so much.
     
  20. syke

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    I hear you.
    I'll just patiently wait for his reviews.... You hear that Garry?:)
     
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    Lol, I'll text him later and see if he's done it yet. He will post photos for sure.
     
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    Right guys and sorry for the delay but I've finally strung the YPTS/YPTP @ 42/40
    Tried to take some photos and it's hard to get a good one as the YPTP just blots out the YPTS lol
    Will try again in the morning with better light but I promise I will post some pics up.

    Jim I sent you a picture from my woman's phone and did you get it???

    Also I won't be on court till Sunday morning and will be playing doubles,I will solely play with the YPTS/YPTP and will do my best to give a fair and accurate review,remember I'm a newbie so bear with me


    Cheers Garry
     
  23. GarryClarke

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    Hi Syke

    All strung up now and just got to hit with it and as in my previous post I Wont be on court till Sunday morning!!

    Again I will get my view on this setup up asap:)

    Cheers garry
     
  24. smirker

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    Just come through mate. Looks good, did you take any photos from above?
     
  25. GarryClarke

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    hi jim,just uploaded some to photo bucket but as u will see i need more light

    here goes

    http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/juliegarry/20120912_213812.jpg

    http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/juliegarry/20120912_213849.jpg

    http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/juliegarry/20120912_214029.jpg

    http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd48/juliegarry/20120912_214316.jpg


    as you can see some of the crosses aint straight but after a fiddle there all ok now

    cheers garry
     
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    cheers jim

    i hope it plays as well as it looks and now ive done the stencil in black and added the babolat dampner it looks even better lol

    cant wait to hit with it now:)
     
  28. mykoh

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    wow that is a really bright stringbed. excited to hear your thoughts Garry!
     
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    Hi mykoh

    Trust me it's very bright and ive got my other pd strung with a full bed of the yellow YPTP,
    It does look better in the flesh though and it so suits both my pd,s

    Looking forward to hitting with it myself and I'm expecting a lot from this setup as ive now played full beds in both the YPTP/YPTS

    Cheers Garry
     
  30. mykoh

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    played a full bed of YPTP (neon yellow) and i love the colour. more so than the string itself actually. ever considered a hybrid with a multi or a syngut?
     
  31. GarryClarke

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    what didnt you like about YPTP??????

    i really liked the power/spin but it did lack that touch control but then again ive only been playing a year and still learning.

    i found YPTP better for baseline bashing!!!!!!

    ive also played YPTS in a full bed and also in a hybrid with syngut in the crosses
    in a full bed YPTS was too low powered for me but spin/control was awsome and a great string for doubles.

    ive also played YPTS in the mains crossed with syngut,again low powered not as much spin and the crosses moved all over the place which annoyed me big time so that got cut out.

    ive just done YPTP/YPTS @ 44/42

    i did 2 hrs with it last nite and will post my findings later:)
     
  32. mykoh

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    i found YPTP had a very full feel, almost black code like. but i personally prefer crisper string setups, and in my 95d, the YPTP was a bit too muted for my liking. that and i think i may be kidding myself with full poly. i think for me it needs natgut or multi in there. come to think of it, natgut/PTP sounds awesome. hmmmmm

    strange though, after about 6 hours of play it started to stiffen up and i was actually beginning to like it. i still have a set of PTP in black, and when it comes time to restring the 89t it'll be the first string i go to.

    oh and only just noticed syke wrote this.

    loud and distinctive indeed.
     
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  33. GarryClarke

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    im only 4hrs down the road with the full bed of YPTP @ 52/50 and it plays better and better each time.

    ive not tried the black version as you can only get it in that awsome "neon yellow" here but im more than happy blinding my opponent with the yellow lol

    and your suggestion of trying the YPTP with natgut was also suggested by my mate jim (smirker) as ive just got a set of natgut to see what all the hype is about,my only concern is that natgut is powerful and so is the YPTP so i did think of putting the natgut in the mains and the YPTS in the crosses.

    im trying not to get caught up in the string testing lark!!!!!
    ive got quite a few sets (different strings) now but my love for the yonex strings is well and truely here and hope it lasts:shock:

    and i no what your saying about poly as ive had a case of te/ge shoulder/hand problems and that was using a multi!!!!!!
    since i switched to the yonex poly ive had zero problems and i just love the softness of it if you can call it that!!!!!

    and yes that twat sound off the stringbed sounds awsome:)


    cheers garry
     
  34. mykoh

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    awesome awesome. always nice to see a fellow tennis addict settle down with a frame or a setup. i think that's what we all strive to attain. i'm down to a lot less knobs to turn and adjust now, hopefully i can find a frame and setup i can stick with. gotta admit, i'm loving all the playtesting though.
     
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    cheers mykoh

    i really do like to try different strings out but but as youve said ive found the racket now the strings so im not changing anytime soon:)

    im going to experiment with tenisions just as you say to fine tune things,

    ive started fairly low on YPTS/YPTP 44/42 as YPTS is so low powered and knew the YPTP would give it that extra punch!!!
    im going to string my other pd with the same setup but im going to go with my goto tension 52/50 and work from there.


    cheers garry
     
  36. syke

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    Nice pictures! :)

    What gauge are those YPTP? 130?

    Hopefully you get to play them soon!
     
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    hi syke

    no there both 125 gauge:)

    i did manage 2hrs on court with a mate and his boy,i only took the newly strung YPTS/YPTP @ 44/42 so not to switch back and forth with my other pd.

    im not that good at explaining things so will do my absolute best so bear with me!!!

    power-very very good and it felt like a full bed of YPTP 125 like i have in my other PD but with bags more control.

    serve-i couldnt really get dialed in as we were only having a knock about but i did manage a few flat/kick serves and on 1st impressions its again very very good and has plenty of spin on my kick serve.

    F/H topspin was excellent and just as i hoped with the YPTS in the mains,alot more spin than just YPTP in a full bed.

    B/H topspin was again excellent and dipped and kept low over the net giving my mate no chance of getting it back.

    B/H slice had bags of spin and depth and kept low over the net again alot better than just a full bed of YPTP.

    VOLLEYS-not my best weapon but control/direction was very very good,again bags of spin to keep the ball very low.

    CONTROL-all i can say again its very good a bit better than YPTP in a fullbed and its defo gonna be great for doubles.

    COMFORT-for a poly it plays really soft,out of the strings ive played YPTS fullbed and YPTS/SYNGUT felt the stiffest,YPTP AND YPTS/YPTP are the softest.

    so far ive played with a fullbed of YPTS @ 52/50,YPTS/SYNGUT @ 46/50 a fullbed of YPTP @ 52/50 and now a hybrid of YTPS/YPTP @ 44/42.

    out of all these playtest,s im now settling on YPTS/YPTP,i will mess around with tensions just to fine tune

    cheers garry
     
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    Good review mate.Straight to the point but and you cover all the important aspects as well as showing your progression with the Yonex strings. You have more experience than most of them so your opinions are very helpful

    I will get round to doing this set up soon, just couldn't muster up the enthusiasm tonight!

    Will hit with the PD again tomorrow and possibly remove the lead. If the elbow is sore the next day I might have to consider my options. I love the performance of the pd but it's weird that I feel no ill effects when playing but have a sore elbow the next day.
     
  39. GarryClarke

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    cheer for the kind words jim

    if i can get just one other person to try out the Yonex strings then my job is done:)
    i think the Yonex strings are great and now ive tried them in either a fullbed or in a hybrid to see how each of them play.

    come on jim get that blue/yellow hybrid done you dont no what your missing lol.

    shame your having elbow problems with the PD and i no you luv that stick:(
    do what you have to do mate but keep trying different things to see if you can make it work for you!!!!!
    i no what options your looking into but again stick with the PD for now.

    have you thought of wearing a T/E strap just to ease things????
    i wore one for weeks untill mine healed and its an option????


    cheers garry
     
  40. syke

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    Sounds like a winner! Thanks for the great effort Garry...

    A YPTP hybrid with more control and spin. Awesome..

    This is definitely my next string setup... :)
     
  41. ckcgary

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    Very nice test report. Thanks a lot.:p

    May I know that why you drop the new YTPS/YPTP from 52/50 to 44/42? You may got apple to apple result if comparing with same tension as fullbed of YPTS & YPTP at 52/50.:)
     
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    cheers syke

    and yes loads of spin but with the added power of the YPTP

    had another 2 hours on court playing doubles and i was playing so well with it,
    was the 1st time actually had a proper game and to say im impressed is an understatement:)
    ive got one big smile on my face i can tell you,still cant believe hybriding the 2 would work so bloody well.

    would like someone else to try this setup and add there thoughts (come on jim pull your finger out lol).

    ive now put 4 hours on this setup and the tension is fine so its all good and even if it only last another couple of hours im more than happy to re-string,its cheap and im loving it:)

    cheers garry
     
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    hi ckcgary

    thanks alot for the response and im going to string my other PD with YPTS/YPTP @ 52/50 as this is my go to tension

    my reason for such a tension drop is that the YPTS is so low powered and when i first strung it in a full bed @ 52/50 it was hard work hitting with it plus the depth of my shots were very very short so it was easy to get them picked off and after about 4 hours it started to stiffen up on me so i cut it out pronto.

    i then used YPTS/SYNGUT @ 46/50 and that was alot better with more depth to my shots and more power but the syngut crosses kept moving about all over the show and i couldnt stand that so cut that out,dont get me wrong as its a very good setup and well worth a try.

    hope you can see where im going with this and im playing with tension,s to see what works for me what doesnt.


    cheers garry
     
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  44. finalfantasy7

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    got 2 set of Y-PTP, string it probably 2 months time due to my gut hybrid set up feels brilliant.
    i asked this question before but wasnt answered, has anyone experimented with this string in tension?, is it like how people say about co focus shold be strung at mid 50's or higher?
     
  45. smirker

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    I'm hearing you mate, will get the YTPS/YTPP hybrid pronto sir! The YTPS/Syn gut is getting a bit tired so needs refreshing. Played well today but had a few balls fly on me which I attribute to the tension dropping below what is optimal. I hit some sweet stop volleys today which is not supposed to happen with the PD. Surprisingly this shot has come into my repetoire since changing from the DUNLOPS, not sure why but its a positive for me.

    Back on topic think I will go 46/44 on the hybrid, that should be about right for the combination of power/control/spin I am looking for. Checking out Pro Kennex frames for the arm benefits. Ki 5 and the new Q5 look interesting. Demos a challenge as always!
     
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    Created a thread to ask about the graphite version of PTGP, but totally forgot about this one.

    Has anyone tried the graphite version of PTGP? Does it differ in any way from the yellow version, performance-wise? If there's no difference in how they play, I'll definitely make the switch since the yellow doesn't go well with my Prestiges...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Gave this string a try over the weekend in the 1.25 diameter. 58 pounds in my PDR. It's a good string. I still have to adjust to it a bit just because it's a bit different from my regular Tour Bite 1.25. It's dead-feeling but soft. Much more spin than expected too. Control is decent. It's hard to reign in the power of the PDR, and I would string it a couple of pounds higher or switch to the 1.30 diameter. There was not necessarily a lack of control, but an excess of power...it's difficult to explain. Oh, and the tennis ball yellow color is nice too. Basically, it was a nice test, and I hope it plays well until it breaks, which looks like it will be another 3 hours or so for a total of 7 or 8 hours (average for me).

    Compared to Tour Bite in the same gauge:
    Spin: Tour Bite
    Control: Tour Bite
    Feel: Poly Tour Pro
    Power: Poly Tour Pro
    Durability: Even
    Tension Maintenance: Even--I strung a set of each on the same day and played them fairly equally this weekend, and the tension for the Tour Bite is reading 47 on rackettune while the Yonex is 48.
     
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    From my experience with both string, your review is dead-on. Both are great strings, but I went with the PTP because I love the color and that little bit better feel.
     
  49. smirker

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    So I finally got round to stringing up the YPTPS/YPTP hybrid (thanks for the encouragement Gary!) and hit with it last night. I don't know if I just had an off night but I didn't enjoy this as much as the YPTPS/syn gut set up I had in the PD previously. I was struggling with depth control and either the balls were falling short or sailing on me. Spin was good but no more so than the previous set up. Serves had noticeably lower power which was not a positive. Surprisingly I did enjoy volleying with it.

    I won't right it off just yet, have to play with it some more first. It could be a good baseline set up but I need more feel and precision for my game. Gut/poly is the way forward for me.
     
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    hi jim
    not sure what to say about your hit with blue/yellow!!!!
    all of the things you describe are the opposite to how that setup plays for me!!!!!
    but as i said earlier someone elses setup might not always suit you,i no it was your 1st hit with it last nite but give it another outing before you right if off
    its a shame as i think ive stumbled on a great setup that suits my game but again it might not work for everyone

    jim keep us all psosted on how your next outing goes with this setup:)


    cheers garry
     

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