Attacking the competition, Prince produces a winner
OK, here is my review in the TW format of the Prince Premier Attack White 16.
Strung up Prince Premiere Attack 16 in what seems like ages ago due to gout. It was very easy to string up with the exception of the coil memory. A light prestretch would have taken care of that easily but I don't want to prestretch any multis I test so that there are less variables changed between playtests. Really nice feel bouncing the ball off the strings so I was expecting this one to have real potential. It most certainly did.
Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
Your regular string set up: Weiss Cannon Black 5 Edge 17 Mains(52#)/Genesis Thunder Blast 16 Crosses(56#)
Racket: Pro Kennex 7G (this is different than the others tested in the Babolat PST+)
String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
Power (or lack there of): Medium powered multi
Tension maintenance: Final tension loss was 12.9% according to RacquetTune.
Price: $9.50/set, $150.00/reel. Not a great reel price.
Overall comments and feedback: See below
General: I could tell on the first few hits that I was going to like this on serves but was concerned it might have too much pop on groundies. The string is rough like Premier LT and both provide very good spin for a multi. I loved this string for everything but drop shots where it was just average.
Serve/Return of Serve: First serve has some nice pop. I was definitely able to generate aces when my shoulder was not sore from the previous day at the gym. Kick serves were really jumping off the court. I don't go for returns like some of my opponents but I felt very comfortable hitting any type of shot off my returns.
Strokes: Lots of spin on both wings. Depth control was good. This string felt like MultiFeel/LT for spin which is just below RIP/Hexy Fiber for spin potential. When I wanted to blast forehands, I felt like I could without having to worry about the trampoline effect. I mention this a lot, but when I can pull opponents off the court with short cross court forehands, they are usually in trouble. I did this often. My inside out forehand was great too. My slice backhand is lethal with this string. The topspin 1 hander was pretty good with it too. Everything just feels great with it.
Volleys: It's very good for volleys almost like RIP. Volleys felt very solid when I tried to punch them. Touch volleys were OK but not stellar.
Touch shots: It's not bad for touch shots, but not great either. This is the one minor weakness with this string.
Softness: The string feels quite soft. Probably a top 10 multi for arm comfort. Yet another string that does not correlate with the RSI stiffness rating. I think elbow sufferers will be able to tolerate this string well. The string did seem to stiffen up at the end. I had this same thing happen with LT, kind of strange.
Tension: Perfect for my game.
Durability: Because the strings don't move that much, I thought notching in the same place could be a problem. Logged 15 sets of singles on PPA and 2 sets of doubles. I cut it out because the last 2 matches my shoulder has been a little bit sore.
Movement: String movement was very little especially for a multi. KCraig would approve.
Conclusion: I said this about the more expensive Premiere LT in that review: "Too bad it is so expensive because I'm sure more people would buy it if the price were right. I would also prefer it to be just a tad softer." It seriously is like Prince developed this string based on those comments. This one just about does it all folks, go out and test if for yourself. Because of the excellent durability and terrific all around performance, I can easily say this is the best mid-priced multi on the market and certainly a contender for best overall.
Last edited by mikeler : 11-27-2013 at 06:16 AM.