Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 Review

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  1. smirker

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    Will do mate, I really wanted to love it but the simple fact was I didn't play very well with it. It might have been that I had tinkered with the PD (again!) so it wasn't a fair comparison. Will play again later and post another update. I think maybe the PTPS needs a softer string to go with it.

    An update: Played again last night with the hybir of the two Yonex polys. It was like night and day compared to the previous evening. I don't know if the strings had lost a bit of tension or the fact that I had altered the lead placement on the PD but this time around power was there, spin was there and more importantly comfort was there. Ground strokes, serves and volleys were all solid. No matchplay as yet but I was hitting some nice angles and dipping return in the serve&volley drills I was doing last night. @ Gary, sorry mate, should have had a little more faith.
     
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  2. Torres

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    They also have it in reels now.
     
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    #update#

    Poly Tour Pro 1.25 - had another hit with this string this past month.

    I'm not entirely convinced by it. It has such muted feel on contact with the ball. You really don't get much feedback regarding what the ball's doing on the stringbed. Apart from the lack of feel, there's nothing wrong with it in terms of the way the string performs, but there's nothing to blow you away either unless you consider consistency and neutrality strong points.

    It's smooth hitting, controlled, reasonably powerful but never overpowered, has spin but not massively spin orientated. Smooth, neutral, considered, controlled. It's makes for a consistent, predictable ball off the stringbed.

    Would probably suit a bigger hitter who absolutely cracks the ball because its lends control to the equation. Playability of the string lasts absolutely ages. Even when its dead / semi-dead its still very playable and control orientated, though its gets slightly harder on the arm the deader it is.

    I don't dislike PTP, but I am loving Genesis Black Magic 17 much more at the moment, not least because of the greater bite and feel on contact. If they could improve the feel of PTP and add some more spin, it would be right up there as a really, really good string.

    Cat amongst the pigeons, but I'd go so far as to say that PTP is a comfortable version of Luxilon 4G, albeit more muted in terms of feel.
     
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    I would agree. When I hit real hard and big with it, it was a vicious string, but on rally balls I lost a lot of feel and could not tell what was going to happen with the ball.

    In this aspect, I much prefer a crisper string. But even Black Magic, which I have in another stick gives me more ball feel.

    It is a tough call..I consider PTP an excellent string, but Gosen Polybreak plays so much better in my racquet that it makes everything else feel second rate in this price range.
     
  5. bad_call

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    ^ PP - next time out (hitting with me) see how the BM performs in match play...it might just take a dump...lol

    couldn't resist the "BM". :)
     
  6. finalfantasy7

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    OK been playing with this tring for 5hrs now, fill bed 51lbs, in a prestige mid. So far this is what i think.

    It has good control and power, spin, thats about it, honestly for me it has no feeling (not stiff), just carnt feel the ball on stringbed - this is what annoys me. Comfort - like i said not stiff nor soft

    It doesnt have any special qualities about it, considering its price £8.00 a set, not worth buying - scorpion is way better and many other strings.
    Best description - DULL
     
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  7. finalfantasy7

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    It's neither soft string nor stiff string, its in the middle. The string is best described as muted- no feeling.
    I've used it as a full bed in my prestige mid at 51lbs full bed - I used it for 24hrs cut it out, I know I stated I didn't like the string earlier here, but now I do like it- I still state that is has no great characteristics and a bit dull feeling but I got used to it and it helps me to hit deep consistently

    I just dislike fresh poly- just put in scorpion 48/52 I played my worst tennis ever, couldn't hit 3 shots together
     
  8. parasailing

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    This came as a cross in my Wilson Blade with VS mains and I found it to be a very soft poly. I like that you can flat out hit the ball really had and still maintain control. It isn't a spin monster but I find the price and tension maintenance to be good.

    I am going to test this out again freshly strung to see how well it plays. On the Blade 98, I didn't like my favorite setup, VS mains and Ltec crosses as much maybe due to lower temperatures in the 50s, it doesn't feel plush and solid.
     
  9. canny

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    Already tried the spin version of this as a cross with klip 18g gut mains at 60/58. After 2 hours or sooo it played real nice. I prefer focus hex though for a more predictable ball. But I just strung up the other half in the mains at 58 and prince lighting xx spin in the crosses at 58 too just for fun. I'll be playing everyday this week so ill get back to you guys.
     
  10. parasailing

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    I have tried the 16L graphite version of the string but haven't tried the yellow one. Has anyone tried both colors and is there any difference between them?
     
  11. The Big Kahuna

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    Have you read the reviews on this string at STRINGFORUM.NET?

    It has one of the highest ratings from play testers of ANY Poly made today.

    Solinco Tour Bite successfully defended its last year's Poly of the Year title after a close head-to-head race against the newcomer Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125. Surprisingly, being a 3rd generation co-poly classic, Signum Pro Poly Plasma achieved a solid 3rd place.

    Luxilon 4G was clearly voted Newcomer of the Year, while Yonex Poly Tour Spin and Babolat RPM Team were ranked 2nd and 3rd in that category.
     
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    Does not surprise me at all, one of my favorite poly strings ever.
     
  13. The Big Kahuna

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    What tensions are you using with the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125?

    The trend these days is to string in the 40s with a good poly. Our friends at G&G feel no poly should every be strung over 48 lbs.

    I know that tension is relative to the racquet and the stule of play, but anyone have any thoughts on the Yonex Poly Tour Pro 125 and an optimum range for tension to ecact the best from the string?
     
  14. The Big Kahuna

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    If you check the Ratings Database there from the playtests done by StringForum of all co-polys on the market with a minimum of 30 teats report, BOTH the Yonex polys are # and #2 at this time. They are also #1 and #2 in PRICE TO PERFORMANCE raiting (best for the money).

    These are impressive results.
     
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    Yes, I liked this string a lot as a full job in the Juice 100 last year. I may well look at it again soon in my Blade.
     
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    YONEX says backordered until the end of March.

    Keep checking...
     
  19. mad dog1

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    does the black play just like the yellow? i've tried the yellow and loved it but would switch if black feels the same.
     
  20. The Big Kahuna

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    Yonex says yes. The only difference is the color.
     
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    Pretty close IMO. I think the black may be slightly less lively which I like but the difference is negligible.
     
  22. Ross K

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    May have to get the black as I find that bright yellow a bit too dazzling.:) Hmm, wonder how full job PTP would work in my blade?...
     
  23. GarryClarke

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    come on Ross the yellow is awsome looking (in the 2012 PD):)

    not tried it in the blade yet so keep me posted if you do as ive still got a couple of sets left.....
     
  24. Ross K

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    Will update you soon, G. I'm noodling around with an old Blade as well as my 16x19 and have just sent the former to the stringers for full PTP string job.
     
  25. mad dog1

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    thx, TBK and M_F1, for the feedback. much appreciated. i'll just get a reel then.

    i LOVE the yellow. dazzling? i like to stand out on the court! :mrgreen: if yonex would offer the yellow in a reel, i'd get it for sure!
     
  26. GarryClarke

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    nice one ROSS:)

    what tension have you gone for in the 16x19 blade????,i went 52/50 in my pd,s and it worked well,perils of having your own stringing machine as you want to try out different strings,defo going to go back to YPTP at some point.

    am liking the prince beast xp i got off skippy in the blade98 18x20,had to string it quite high as its on the powerful side but so far so good :)
     
  27. The Big Kahuna

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    According to the email I got from Yonex Support:

    "In terms of playability and performance, two colors are the same. Material is polyester and 16L gauge (1.25mm). Advantage of this string is comfortable feel and reduces player fatigue."
     
  28. Ross K

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    Garry, just to clarify, I'll be looking at PTP in K blade @ 48 lbs; in my 16x19 I've gone TB/Ion Hexa @ 48/50; and in my gold/black Blade I'm checking out VS/MSV CoFocus @ 54/50s. As you can see, I've gone a bit Blade crazy of late.:)
     
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    Bloody marketing BS!


    I've got something that really reduces player fatigue... a rest.


    Can they not produce this in a boring colour like white or silver?
     
  30. syke

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    No boring colours please... Bring on the funky colours..
     
  31. datsveryinterestin

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    I just tried Yonex Pro 1.25 in black and cut it out after 7 days. It played ok but dropped in tension more than ANY poly string I've ever used. It "pinged" lower than a racquet I had strung YEARS ago with sonic pro and never cut out.
    I guess most people like this string, but I need 2 weeks of playability.
    I will say that I've had wrist pain from poly strings but did not have it with Yonex Poly Pro 1.25 though.
    I was hoping to find a cheaper & softer black poly that played as well as Black Code 17, but so far nothing has come close. Darn
     
  32. mad dog1

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    i found the bright yellow to hold tension well. sounds like black is worse. although yonex claims that black performs just like yellow, it doesn't sound it really does. :cry:
     
  33. Torres

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    It's not BS. A stiffer string does produce more fatigue on the body. I played with PTS recently. Great string but my body felt like it had been through a boxing match the day. The softer more muted PTP didn't result in the same body fatigue. There's just less hashness going through the arm, shoulder, back etc.
     
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  34. The Big Kahuna

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    What tension did you string it at?

    There are some that claim if you string Poly anything over 50 lbs that you can over-stretch it and it loses much of the characteristics people expect from poly. A number of threads on the this. John Youngblood of G&G is a staunch advocate of keeping poly tensions down for max playability. As an example- in a recent email we exchanged with regard to gut/poly hybrids- he says, "When it comes to polys the low end of the range on the frames can be ignored. Those ranges are intended for synthetics and gut...not polys. The maximum range a poly should be strung at is 52 pounds. The Babolat machine will overshoot on tension which is probably why you lost control at the higher tension. The poly may have been overstretched and killed as a result of being tensioned too high. With your Prince frame and either the MSV or WeissCANNON with the gut keep the polys at 48 and the gut at 52 or 53."
     
  35. Sander001

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    Yeah I feared this as well; according to TW string data, it is one of the worst strings at holding tension.
     
  36. The Big Kahuna

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    You may want to compare what TW string data has posted as opposed to Stringforum in their actual playtests. I think you'll find that it's rated very high in terms of holding tension. It is, in fact, their number one rated screen for a polyester overall of anything out there right now.
     
  37. tistrapukcipeht

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    I have not had tried that string yet based on feedback as being powerful, maybe I should try it, I see it as being very powerful and comfortable as far as customers feedback on string forum, which counts more to me than TW data, which is always having mistakes on their published tests.

    I think play test is more important than lab data.

    That string forum has so many different strings feedback it's amazing, there is always a new company i have never heard of, tier one strings, vip strings, dyreex strings, ardor strings...
     
  38. GarryClarke

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    tistrapukcipeht

    i had a brief spell with the ezone 100 and i had YPYP (yellow) in it @ 52/50,it played very well and was lower powered than the same string in my pd at the same poundage,yes a stiffer more powerful frame but yptp played very well in the ezone 100 so it might be worth a try????

    i just couldnt get on with the head shape and shanked so many balls it was frustrating to say the least....

    control/touch shots were great with the ezone/yptp but again i shanked more than i hit cleanly

    cheers garry
     
  39. tistrapukcipeht

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    Garry,

    I hope all is well!

    Every player will have different power level, to me the racquet is a grenade ready to explode- in the right hands.

    Shanking is about timing - which involves footwork. Did you see how much Federer and Nadal shanked yesterday- incredible, again it isn't the racquet, I shank a little bit too, but with any frame.

    I use Yonex poly tour spin, otherwise my limited skills can't control depth of my shots, I will be evaluating the Yonex VCore 97 tour in the spring and see if I switch or not from Ezones; to me the best 100 sq in racquet available, I still have them in case I decide to go back.

    Take care and good luck with your new guns :)
     
  40. finalfantasy7

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    Ive tried this string and enjoyed it - very good, just i prefer softer strings as they provide better feeling like scorpion.

    has anyone tried the poly tour spin and compared it with poly tour pro? (i know the spin is low powered), but i would like to know which do people prefer?

    i still can't figure out how to fully describe the ptp, its has great chracteristics but it doesnt have 1 amazing characteristic.
     
  41. GarryClarke

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    hi tistrapukcipeht

    im very well thank you and hope you are too???

    sorry for the delayed reply but i tend to agree 100% it was my timing/footwork that caused my shanking on the ezone 100 and come to think of it it happened on all the sticks i played with lol plus it was quite a while when i tested the ezone 100 and have come a long long way since then:)

    i was so hooked on the YPTP in my PD,s as it looks so cool and it played very very well but with owning my own stringer ive got lost in the world of strings and still am lol

    all the best my friend

    GarryClarke:cool:
     
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    I tried both Poly Tour Pro and the Poly Tour Spin. The Spin is firmer than the Pro and has a more direct feel and provides more spin because it is a firmer string. Despite the muted feel, I like the Pro better because it had better power and more comfort.
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Due to the positive report on stringforum.net about this string, I gave it a try. Strung the grayblack YPTP 1.25mm full bed 53/52 lbs in my Head YT IG MP.

    Played about 10 hours with it now and I don't know what people are fuzzing about tension loss?! That thing is still firm in my racket...

    About the string&mystyle: I play an allround game, but the outdoor clay season is getting to start here in Holland, so then I switch more to a baseline game, big hitting forehand and service, slice/spin backhand, and on occasion I'll end up at the net to finish points.
    From a string I want clear feedback, power comfort, spin, bite, access to touch, just the whole package. Off course, this is an utopia, but with respect to the YPTP 1.25mm, it just performs average/good in all sections, and that is what I love about this string!! It is so mediocre in all sections, you can do everything with it, if you want to make average turn excellent, it is all about your own technique, so there is no way to blame this string. It is just like the Alu Power but then 100$ cheaper, I ordered 2 reels.

    Thank you Yonex
     
  44. Nostradamus

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    Did you guys try the polytour spin ? if so, do you prefer this string over that one ?
     
  45. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    I play with the Yonex Polytour Pro for a year now, and I noticed that when you string it higher than 53 lbs, it loses tension way faster than when you string it <53 lbs (in my Babolat Pure Drive GT 2010 strung on a drop weight machine).
    So I think Kahunas' post is dead on.
     
  46. GarryClarke

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    well lucky for me ive just strung my Ncode 6.1 95 18x20 @ 53/51 on a drop weight machine :)

    ive used YPTP alot in my 2012 PD,s and i found 52/50 to be spot on for my game...
     
  47. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    In my opinion you should never go higher than 52 lbs with the PTP, especially if you string a racket with a 18 x 20 pattern.

    I think the highlight of the Yonex PTP (besides the flash yellow colour) is the way it performs on ultra low tensions. Also, the durability is insane!! Can't beat the price/performance ratio of this string!!
     
  48. GarryClarke

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    ive got a few sets so im just experimenting with tensions with the wilson ncode 6.1 95 18x20 and if you look at suggested tensions for this stick with poly-gut-multi-syngut it will blow your mind lol

    as already posted my PD,s played great @ 52/50 and i did go down to 44/42 and it was a rocket launcher:shock:

    as for the flash yellow colour i luv it
     
  49. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    yeah I would never string it as low as 44 lbs, although for me the string is still very playable on this tension. I normally cut it out when the tension dropped below 35 lbs. My goal is to break the string before it reaches this tension, but that's easier said than done :)

    Because I am a string breaker I use the 16 gauge version. I am considering switching to the 16L version though, because I think it might be durable enough.

    Gary, I'm curious how many hours are you able to play with this string on a 18 x 20 pattern and what gauge do u use? And are you a string breaker or not?
     
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    Hi TF

    ive just recently (4-5 months) moved over to a 18x20 (gold/black Wilson blade 98) string pattern as due to patella tendon problems i just play mixed/mens club doubles now...

    ive not used YPTP in the blade 98 so i cant help you on the durability and ive only just strung the 6.1 95 18x20 with the 1.25 version...

    im not a string breaker but hit fairly hard either flat or with spin from both sides,i loved this string in the PD,s and should have stuck with it but thats the perils of owning your own stringing machine lol

    im on court sunday morning for mens doubles and will have the 6.1 95 18x20 for it 1st proper outing with the YPTP 125,im hoping to get 8hrs+ from this string but thats just a guess at the moment but if you want me to update this thread then just let me no..
     

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