Tourna Poly Big Hitter Blue Rough 17g / PerforMAXX WhisperTouch
As stated in the TurboTwist portion, this was more difficult. I've strung many textured poly strings: geared ones, shaped ones, extruded ones and twisted ones. BHBR is of the twisted type. This string has just stupid coil memory and is very prone to kinking. I honestly cannot imagine untangling it from a single packet since it put up such a fight coming off of a reel. By far the most difficult poly I've used in this thread. Doesn't hold a candle to any of the ALU strings, but compared to BHB, it's ridiculous. Strung 53/55, 10% machine prestretch on gut.
Ah, finally time to review the forum's hype string of the moment, so I'll spend quite a bit of time on this one. If it were any other color, you wouldn't be able to tell it apart from Tornado or Cyber Twirl visually. However, when hitting, you can. Let me get this out of the way immediately: I do not tend to buy into hyper profiled strings offering great spin. This string, however, does not fall into that category after all. It's profiled, yes, but not nearly as much as some of the others.
Now, onto the review. Those of you who have played with BHB will be disappointed as this does not play anything like it. As I stated briefly earlier, this string gives you great spin potential, BUT, it is NOT anything spectacular. This is no holy grail string, in my opinion. Power is not an issue; I would put it at average for polys. Spin is indeed above average, but I wholeheartedly disagree with the RSI's claim of it being the be all end all of spin strings. Not even close. It is relatively comfortable from the baseline though, and has a very unique crispness to it that reminds me of Silverstring, but with more spin albeit less control.
On the FH side, shotmaking is a breeze. You won't be pulling off any impossible feats, but the string has good feel and lets you have confidence in swinging out. On the BH side....
Without question, this was my favorite string to date for hitting my backhand with. The sound that this thing makes rivals that of Tour Bite. If you make solid contact, you will swear a gun went off. The ball comes in incredibly heavy which is very academic because I hit with more spin on my forehand, but more power on my 1HBH. I guess something this string lends itself to my 1HBH perfectly. Slices are very easy to control, and if you Steffi Graf it and step really hard into the ball, you'll hit a great shot pretty much every time. Overall:
Mediocre at best. My serve is my favorite stroke since I've worked the hardest on it, and there is absolutely nothing about this string that blew me away. Hitting flat serves is really only its strong point because it sounds a lot bigger than it is. Second serves don't kick up as much as you might expect and slices aren't deadly like some people seem to think. Now, I've been told that I've got a fairly mean slice serve, and this string did nothing to make it furious, so to speak. Still, it's controllable, but doesn't take anything to the next level. Overall:
Now, this is interesting to talk about because BHBR doesn't really have much feel at the net, but it does feel very lively. As I said in the groundstrokes section, it has this strange ability to take an incoming ball and let you do what you want with it as far as power
is concerned. As far as control, not so much. You don't get that much directional control compared to some of the other strings I've played with, and touch shots are simply average. It's not an overpowered string, so you won't be blasting things long or wide like with Turbotwist, but you won't be Sampras or Rafter up there. Overall:
Being textured, this didn't really rip the gut apart like I was expecting it to. Honestly, throughout the past 30+ pages of playtesting, I've found that the smooth polys do more damage, and hence are displacing more than anything textured. Tourna strings tend to be very durable, but hold tension just averagely. Time would have to tell, so I'll keep this one in my bag to see how it progresses. Overall:
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's that. I didn't find Jesus descending from the rafters and guiding my shots around two courts like some people think that they experience with this stuff. Would I use it again? No, but that's just because I've found better offerings for me. Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely, since it's good stuff and everyone deserves to see if it's the holy grail for them. For me? Nothing extraordinary. It is, honestly, just a very good string, but nothing that makes you want to jump and shout about. At least, I don't want to. Then again, I'd look like a complete prat if I did that and wasn't a pro player.
Surprise number 1! Now, I cannot say that I am too keen on this attribute, but let me say this: this setup is NOT linear. When I first played with it, I had let the tension settle for a day or so, so it wasn't like I hit with it freshly strung. Nonetheless, it just didn't wow me at all. Now, however, MY GOD. Same racquet, same me, same balls, same court, just a few hours later, and this has completely transformed. Now, I get it. Now I understand why the RSI raved about this stuff. Now I understand why people on here are hyped over it. This blue string is PHENOMENAL.
I hit with my coach today, and started the day using Cyclone (more on that in the next post, so I won't reveal my findings here). The night before, I had served with the BHBR setup and found it somehow better than I had the first time. When hitting though, oh my goodness. This string is so good because it does NOT stand out in any area. It's like Scorpion and B5E, IMO: it's just great at everything. It's not stiff (albeit this is a gut hybrid and the full bed has since been cut out....STUPIDLY), has just the right amount of power, has great spin, has great feel and just superb comfort. When I started hitting with this racquet, my coach even remarked that I was hitting the heaviest shots he'd ever seen me hit. I could even see my topspin shots NOT looping, but just penetrating into the court a few feet over the net and sticking into the court and kicking away without sitting up. Slices were coming in with the same trajectory, but just skidding at impact.
The star shot, however, was the serve. I don't hit a flat serve hardly ever anymore since I don't find it as effective as one with good action. I was serving normally and even I could see the ball dancing in the air after it hit the ground. I don't hit kick serves due to my shoulder, so I can't comment on that, but when I flattened it out, the pace was just there. No fuss, just a great string all around. I will definitely string this bad boy up in a full bed and see how it plays after awhile.
Why the playability has changed, I don't know, b ut I do need to find out. I will string lower next time around and see if it wants a lower tension than what I originally gave it. Rarely am I ever surprised at the shots that I hit, but with this, I honestly have to say that I was smiling. This blue goodness made me look better than I am.
Updated Overall: 9.5/10