Yonex Poly Tour Pro Mini Review

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  1. Jamesm182

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    Im aware this has probably been done before , but just wanted to give a quick mini review on these strings.
    As you can see from my sig i play with IG prestige S. Have got these strings in 2 of them at 50lbs in one and 52lbs in the other.

    These strings really seem to have brought the racket to life! In a full bed of poly I have previously tried the following :
    TF Razor Code
    PF Black Venom
    Volkl Cyclone Tour
    Weisscanon Scorpion
    Signum Poly Pro Tornado
    *Previously had a black venom Hybrid for around 6 months*

    Comapred to the above i would say the strings in the following way

    G/Strokes:
    The strings seem to have provided with a lot more zip off the racket , theyre very comfortable to hit with. Spin is really good, have had a lot of shots dip in when look like they are going long. I've never experienced this even with geared shaped "spin" polys. Flat shots also rocket off the stringbed , control and directional control are also good 9/10

    Serves:
    Big flat serves are easy to produce with these strings, easy to place around the box, varying the pace where required. I cant seem to produce as much kick with these , best for this was probably the cyclone tour which really jumped up, but that wasnt as good in other areas. 8/10

    Net:
    The stringbed provides quite a unique muted feel, which with previous shoulder problems is good as i was looking for something to produce less shock. Touch shots are easy to produce and the spin is great. Volleys really bite into the ground and stay low. 9/10

    Durability:
    Ive had these strings in around 6-7 hours and theres still plenty of life left in them both. Tension maintenance seems good also. n/a

    Overall these strings are a winner for me , it's bonus that they come in both the grey or the flash yellow ( i have flash yellow currently).
    I did love the cyclone tour but the tension maintenance was v poor and also seemed to lose a lot of spin after a short while.
    Yonex seems to have produced a string which is good in all areas. Whilst im sure there are probably strings which will produce even more spin (something i can happily produce myself) these can put a really good amount on and pull shots back into the court.
    I look forward to playin around with these at different tensions and also in a gut hybrid 9/10

    Next on the list may well be Yonex Poly Tour Spin :)
     
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  2. The Big Kahuna

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    Try the Yonex PTP 120.

    Like the top rated 125 but more pop, more feel, more spin, and more comfort! Fantastic string!
     
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  3. Ross K

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    Totally agree with OP and his observations. One of my fav polys and one I go to a lot.
     
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  4. dknotty

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    How's the life of the string by comparison to the 125?
     
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  5. The Big Kahuna

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    I am not a real string breaker - especially with Poly - however, the tension stability on all these Yonex polys is very good and the 120 seems very comparable to the 125 in terms of string life.
     
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  6. dknotty

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    Cool, thanks.

    How many hours do you get?
     
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  7. Dimcorner

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    does the 120 come in reels?
     
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  8. dknotty

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    Has the string only just been released? Doesn't seem to be available anywhere in Europe at the moment.
     
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  9. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Yes, they introduced the YPTP 120 recently. I contacted Yonex to ask when the YPTP 120 will be released in Europe. I am still waiting for their answer and I will post it ASAP in this thread.

    I'm also very curious to its durability. Anyone who can comment on this?
     
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  10. dknotty

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    Thanks, look forward to hearing the answer. I really like YPTP 125and for the money, if you get a reel its truly excellent value.

    120 sounds better!
     
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  11. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Yes I agree. Can someone do a mini review of the YPTS 120? That would be awesome.
     
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  12. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Yonex Japan told me that there are already distributors in Europe for their YPTP 120. So now I contacted Yonex Europe to ask for info regarding this distributors in Europe, because I can't find them.

    To be continued......
     
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  13. Sundan

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    I found them on some sites,not to Point you at any direction but some of them have a picture of the 125 but inside you can choose 1.20.
     
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  14. dknotty

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    Can you say where?
     
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  15. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Thanks, found one as well!!! Thanks for pointing it out ;-)



    dknotty, I have send you an email.
     
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  16. dknotty

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    Thanks for that dude!
     
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  17. Jamesm182

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    Just a quick update that the tension on these strings seem to be disappearing quite quickly now.
    Some shots i would really be expecting to go in are rocketing out of the string bed and flying long. I had this strung up in two rackets one @ 50 lbs and another @ 52lbs. Played indoor last week and the 50lbs one was nearly unplayable.

    Have ordered some volkl cyclone to try compare, which is also very cheap in both sets and reels
     
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  18. dknotty

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    How many hours in are you?
     
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  19. Jamesm182

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    In terms of playing time I would estimate about 4-5 hours
     
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  20. dknotty

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    Very excited. I've just ordered a set of 1.2 Yonex Poly Tour Pro and another set of BHB7 to try out.
     
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    Keep me posted on the yonex please!
     
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  22. dknotty

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    Just seen that delivery will be up to 6 weeks. Boo.

    Had a sensational hit with the yellow 1.25, probably 6-8 hours in and it's still got loads of play left in it.
     
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  23. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    Yes I also loved the YPTGP 125.

    Wow, 6 weeks is a long time, but still I would like to hear from you!!
     
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  24. dknotty

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    Thanks dude. It sure is. Anyways have to say I really had an awesome session yesterday on the 125. Just love how much spin you can get on the ball.
     
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  25. dknotty

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    Newsflash Newsflash: I've just ordered 2 reels of YPTP - one 1.25 and the other 1.20.

    Can't wait for them to come!
     
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  26. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    nice, have fun and pls let me know which one u preferred.
     
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  27. dekko1

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    Has anyone here tried both versions of PTP? The yellow and the black version?
    I wonder if they play exactly the same. Sometimes different collour might have an affect in how the strings feel.
    Thanks!
     
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  28. Stasko

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    I'm playing with the new PTP 120. It's even better than the 125 version.

    The reel is a deficit product.:D you can find it here http://goo.gl/6O2ZAv
     
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  29. Casco

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    Have others noticed the slight spiral shape that runs the length of the string?
     
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  30. duffman

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    Black felt a little softer and more muted to me. I prefer the yellow. Felt a little more crisp.
     
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  31. Sander001

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    I have been waiting years+years for Yonex to make a poly that is 1.20mm. FINALLY.
     
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  32. dknotty

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    I suspect I'll be restringing 2 rackets at the end of next week, 1 with 1.20 and the other with 1.25.
     
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  33. Sander001

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    I hope you will share your findings because I would like to hear more about it.
     
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  34. dknotty

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    Definitely will do. I'll have 3 rackets with 1.25 graphite as well and I'll be able to give some back to back comparisons.
     
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  35. Tennis Fanatic 070

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    I still haven't ordered the yptp 120, still very curious how its durability and playability will be compared to the 125. I'll patiently wait for your findings.
     
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  36. dekko1

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    Thx!
    I just got another reel of yellow.
     
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  37. Backhanded Compliment

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    I'm very curious about the string... does it have a very linear response like Silverstring or is it like Cyclone which can surprise you a little with what it does power/elasticity wise? I like predictability and the linear response is important to my backhand.
     
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  38. dknotty

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    How do you mean linear response?

    I had a 3 hour hit with a the 1.20 strings on Monday. Its absolutely lovely. Very nicely powered. Felt very control oriented, able to get loads of spin and decent power (even though courts and consequently the balls were damp and heavy).

    I'm considering getting another reel of 1.20 as this string is just luscious!

    BTW after reading comments on this forum I'm stringing the 1.20 at 55lbs and then 1.25 at 50lbs which seems to work well.
     
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  39. PhrygianDominant

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    I think he means that the strings do more or less the same thing every time you hit the ball, or at least what you expect them to do depending on how you hit the ball.
     
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  40. dknotty

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    I find that the YPTP feels quite similar each time you play but you can tell as it nears the end of it's life. That sounds like an oxymoron but it does seem to be the case.
     
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  41. Backhanded Compliment

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    One way to put it is consistency in response to different levels of stress while hitting in the same game.... ie if the string responds similar to an 80% pace shot as a 98% pace shot then it has a linear resonse. Cyclone has this elasticity to it that is non linear in that when you crush the ball it feels inherently different (very elastic for a poly) than on a rally shot.

    Strings like silverstring are said to have a very linear response (ie predictable power curve). Which is something Ive found I like.

    Think of a power response curve in response to an incoming shot.
     
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  42. dknotty

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    Not sure I'm sensitive enough to say if the response is linear but it is definitely consistent.
     
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  43. Backhanded Compliment

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    Well it was with a prestige MP which has such a consistent string bed with most setups that I realized it had to be the full bed of cyclone. Others have noticed it too.

    Overall YPTP Sounds very promising... is the spin as good as Cyclone 17 or 18? I hear it is a little dead and doesnt have the crispness of Cyclone or silverstring... but some still like the touch on it. I developed a like for crisp syngut in the 80's and these days I still S&V about 20-30% of the time... even on second serves.

    The syngut like "sink in" pocketing makes YPTP appealing to me. In HS Id string my own Prince syngut twice a week.
     
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  44. dknotty

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    It is a dead feel, probably not quite as much spin as Cyclone but still masses. Its definitely more comfortable. Its quite punchy so I think you'd find volleys crisp on it.
     
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  45. Rjtennis

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    How would you compare the power level of YPTP 1.25 to Pro-Line II in a full bed. I tried it as a cross with gut and the two seemed to have similar power to me but it was hard to tell with gut in the mains.
     
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  46. Backhanded Compliment

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    Playing a full bed of Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 (black) at 45lbs in a Pacific Xfeel pro 95

    so far really liking it and

    Power: is a little lower than Pro line II but higher than cyclone, silverstring, BHSR, Super smash orange or B5E. I'd say it is comparable to Scorpion but deader feeling and nicer on the arm than all of the ones listed.

    comfy on the arm... way better than a hybrid in the 50's

    It is dead, almost like dead syn gut... which is a feeling I really like.

    Spin is pretty good. It isnt say Volkl cyclone 1.2 but it is close enough and has more power.

    Forehands: it does spin and flattens out very well too. Directional control is good and response is consistent. Control is strong as well.

    Serves: Excellent for flat and kick serves, directional control and placement is nice. The slightly higher power is welcome and controlable. I hit aces off of firsts and seconds with this. I found confidence with my placement with this string and the lack of shock was nice for my shoulder.

    Returns: very good, not as good as Volkl cyclone which is my favorite string for returning. Far better than silverstring, Kisrchbaum super smash orange, B5E or BHSR in a full bed. Good for taking big cuts or just blocking it back. you can feel the vball sink in a bit... ie dwell time.

    Backhands: This is an important one for me. It is very consistent and great for low slices with pinpoint accuracy. Topspin it is very consistent and comfy but Im still adjusting to it but already comfortable enough to play important matches with it. Directional control is great and it stays predictable when taking a big rip or hitting deep topspin rally shots at 85% pace. The dead syn gut feel will take a little getting used to. Good dwell time.

    Volleys: good but dead feeling. Nice punch here and not as dead as most polys. Dwell time is good but the deadness will take a little getting used to... Im used to silverstring which is crisper.

    Touch shots: decent, it is very dead feeling and doesnt ave the crispness of say Silverstring. Far better than Cyclone in this regard though.

    Comfort: Here is the big revelation. My arms love this stuff, no pain and the dead syngut feel with modern spin potential makes this a winner if it can last.

    Durability: Ill report later, so far only 2 hours of play. No noticable change in the first 2 hours so no break in necessary.
     
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  47. dknotty

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    Nice review.

    Have to say I love this string. Its SO very comfortable!
     
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  48. Backhanded Compliment

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    Thanks you know sometimes you read about this stuff and it seems to be too good to be true... well the lack of pain is so very real at this lower tension and it does everything pretty well.

    It makes me wonder what Weiscannon and other firms will do to compete because I can just tell this is a classic.

    It isnt magic and I have to adjust to it but right now this is the all round string to beat. If you like it dead (and I do) this is great... the frame provides all the feel I need.
     
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  49. The Big Kahuna

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    Just bought a reel of Yonex PTP 120 from Tennis Warehouse for $145. (about $8. a full bed)! Obviously, it is now available.

    I am playing this poly strung LOW and loving it. It is no wonder that Stringforum.net has the Yonex polys rated in FOUR of the TOP TEN for overall performance (at any price).
     
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  50. TenFanLA

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    Anybody use Gut/PTP 1.20 hybrid? Looking for something great like Gut/Ltec 4s but without the sharp wrist pain. Tried Rip Control 16 full bed but not that arm friendly (shoulder fatigue and tender elbow) in the cold weather. These were both in Exo Tour 16x18. May have to go full gut but would miss the spin I get with Gut/poly.
     
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