Gauge of playtest string: 16g
Tension used for playtest: 54
Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 16 at 53#
Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Storm 2007
Power: I had a lot more power on my shots than I usually do. Shots flew
way long off of my racket. It was very difficult to adjust to the power
that came of the strings. I tried to make various adjustments at various
times and finally succeeded after a long time.
Feel: I loved the feel of these strings. It really felt like I could feel
the ball very well every time I hit it. I had a lot more touch than I
usually did on dropshots and volleys. Would be a great string for a
Spin: Generated a decent amount of spin on my shots. It was enough to
still play the same style that I usually do, but there are other strings
out there that will produce more spin and suit my game better.
Comfort: Definitely the most comfortable string I've ever played with. I
had no trouble on any of my shots. Serve, groundstrokes, volleys had no
problems. Seems like this would be a good string for someone with tennis
Durability: Lasted through the entirety of the playtest in terms of its
life span. I'm not a string breaker so there were no major issues here.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed
over time): The string started off well, maintaining its tension for the
beginning of the playtest. As time went on, however, the performance of
the string dropped off significantly. It was difficult to play with a
string that lost so much of its tension in a short amount of time.
Control (predictable trajectory? performance on different strokes and
swing speeds?): All of my shots were flying all over the place. I had to
make major adjustments to my game in order to get the ball to go where I
wanted it. It improved a little bit when I tried to add more spin on my
shots, but I've played better with other strings on my racket.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a
different tension? Why?): I recommend that this string be strung at a
high tension for a few reasons. First of all, this string doesn't retain
tension very well so starting it at a higher tension will result in more
time to play with the string at a reasonable tension. Secondly, this
string has tons of power, so it would be wise to string it at a higher
tension to maintain control of your shots.
Compare to the string you use most often: A lot softer and more powerful
than the Solinco Tour Bite 16, which is a little more stiff and offers
better spin on my shots. Not saying that the Volkl Cyclone Tour is a
worse string, but each players has their own playing style, and different
strings are better for certain types of play.
Microgel Prestige MP
Mains- Solinco Tour Bite 16 54# Crosses- Solinco Vanquish 16 56#