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Old 05-21-2012, 05:09 AM   #3679
mikeler
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Default TW Wilson Prototype Playtest

So here is my review of the Wilson Prototype string. It was fairly easy to string because of the smoothness. I'm assuming this is a 16g string. I'm a 4.5 NTRP level player that utilizes heavy spin and play almost exclusively on Har-Tru.

Tension it is strung: 60 pounds on a lockout machine full bed
Your regular string set up: Discho Microfibre 16
String pattern of your racquet: 16 x 20
Racket: Pro Kennex 7G (this is different than the others tested in the Babolat PST+)
Power (or lack there of): High powered multi
Feel: Average feel for a multi
Tension maintenance: This is the big weakness of this string. The tension off the stringer was 50.4 pounds according to RacquetTune. The final tension reading I got was 43.9 pounds. It's possible the smoothness of the string allowed some clamp slippage but who knows. Bottom line is that tension is just too low for a multi to play well at.
Overall comments and feedback: See below

General: This string looks like a high quality string. I had high hopes for it but in the end, the power is just too much for my long loopy strokes.

Serve/Return of Serve: My serves were constantly under attack with this string. Return of serves was just plain bad. I missed way too many long.

Strokes: The spin of the string was around average for a multi. Depth control was horrible. The ball was constantly going past the baseline.

Volleys: It's OK for volleys, nothing outstanding.

Touch shots: Drop shots and touch volleys were about average for a multi.

Softness: This was a stiffer multi. I would not recommend it to arm sufferers but for those coming from polys, they may like the feel better.

Tension: I wish I would have strung this up a few pounds higher.

Durability: I got 7 sets of singles and 1 set of doubles before it broke at a cross.

Movement: String movement is minimal at first but after a few hours, both the crosses and mains slide around a little bit.

Conclusion: I just felt like it was too powerful for my liking. This is a better string for those with compact strokes desiring some pop or perhaps those with a very flexible racket. The stringbed was too unpredicable for me. I would not buy this product but I'm sure there are others who would like it. Thanks TW for the opportunity to playtest the string.
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