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Old 08-13-2012, 11:17 PM   #89
psmo290
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Got the string today. Thanks TW for considering me for the playtest. I didn't really expect it till it came in the mail. I strung it right away in my spare BLXPS 6.1 Tour 90.

Played a quick 1 set match today. The AZ heat is still getting to me, but the feel of the freshly strung racquet is always going to be nice.

Full set or hybrid: Full Set
Tension used for playtest: 54
Regular string set up: Full Set BH7 17G @ 54 lb or Full Set of Kirshbaum Super Spiky @ 52 lb
Racquet brand and model used for test: BLXPS 6.1 Tour 90


Power of test string:
At 54 lb, the string still felt a bit under-powered. I don't mind it since I can take bigger cuts at the ball.
9/10


Feel:
A bit stiff at the net, but not bad. Hit a few really good drop shots that landed exactly where I wanted it. +1 in the control category.
7/10

Spin:
The tourna BH7 remains my favorite in the spin category. The spin was good, but not great. The backspin and sidespin are still a joy to hit with this string. Topspin is average.
8/10


Comfort:
No arm/elbow problems after the match. Didn't experience any discomfort during play.
9.5/10


Durability:
Too soon to tell, but after 3 hours it still haven't snapped on me.
9/10


Tension maintenance (how long before it became too loose or unplayable)
After the 2 hour mark, I felt the string become a bit more springy. It was still very playable though. I say 6 hours max for big hitters. Which is pretty good for a poly.
7.5/10

Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
Control is good when I have enough time to prep for the ball. Full swing is important for this string to do it's magic. Average for a poly string. Serves on this string was accurate, but I couldn't generate my usual pace. I'm not complaining though since I hit my spots consistently.
8/10


Compare to the string you use most often
BH7 17G:
I like the BH7 better for spin. Control for both strings are about the same. Just by looking at the gauge of the string, the 4G looks to be a more durable string. Stringing the 4G was a pain in the rear end for me. Maybe I'm still a beginner in the stringing world, but I hate stringing Luxilons. It's fine up to the last 3 or 4 crosses.


Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
About 54lb is perfect for my style. +2 if you want to hit it harder. -2 is you want more power.

Summary: List 1 or 2 primary likes and dislikes.
Likes:
Control
Serve Placement
Slices (especially on drop shot return of serve)
Groundstrokes

Dislike:
Feel (most poly lack this. Just hybrid it if you want more)
Stringing the string


Thank you again for including me in this playtest, TW.
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