|07-22-2014, 05:09 AM||#22|
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Join Date: Nov 2012
I receive the 16g Wilson string in a plastic bag. Stringing is easy.
"Tension(s) used for playtest" 57 / 57 lbs
"Regular string set up" ZX 16g main 55/ syn gut crosses 55 (previously I used full bed syngut, full bed poly and poly/SG hybrid)
"Racquet brand and model used for test" Head YT Extreme pro 2.0
"Power of test string" the string bed had decent power at 57lbs. After 3 sessions the power is more than my usual ZX hybrid but balls aren't flying.
"Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)" Soft, good ball pocketing. Easy to control the depth and height of dropshots.
"Spin" the new string bed has decent spin but not as good as my usual ZX hybrid setup when fresh or after applying lubricant.
"Comfort" Very good, more comfortable than ZX. I am playing this string with a rubber band but the ZX needs a dampener.
"Durability" from the wear in the mains I can see the durability is better than Syn Gut.
"Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)" the center mains are moving after 5 hours. But playability is still good. I suspect I can play it till it breaks.
"Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)" The power is indeed more now than when I started. It helps with the put away shots at mid court but the baseline rallies are a little harder. As mentioned earlier chips and dropshots are easier. So altogether this string is probably not better than the ZX hybrid, but for games against the dreaded pusher types it is actually good.
"Compare to the string you use most often
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)". I will keep it at 57 in the summer.
"List any additional thoughts (optional)" the good things about this string is the control from the mid court in chips, dropshots and putaways. Thanks for the opportunity to try this string.
Head extreme pro 2.0, Ashaway monogut ZX/syngut 55/55
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|07-22-2014, 05:19 AM||#23|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Tension(s) used for playtest:
Regular string set up:
30-35# Full bed of thin poly
Racquet brand and model used for test:
Head Pro Tour 280 MP
Power of test string:
Compared to my low tension poly this multi had a little less power than my usual setup.
It was very consistent in power whenever swing speeds changed. Very linear the more
swing speed you put in the more power it gives.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?):
Felt very muted for a multi almost Head RIP Control muted.
Spin was ok with this one. But I prefer a thinner string than this 16g
Very comfortable string. No elbow twinges after games and matches.
So far so good. I've played with this string for about 10 hours now and it is notched but still going strong.
Movement is much worse after the 1st 2 hours of this string but it is a multi and I was expecting this.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time):
Nice the 1st hit and after the break-in. Very consistent with no drop off the cliff type of tension loss.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?):
Very good control for a multi almost the same control as Head RIP control string.
Compare to the string you use most often:
Comparing multis to polys is like apples to oranges. But the Optimus is more comfortable and muted with much better
tension maintenance then my low tension poly. It might even last longer than the thin poly that I use most often.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?):
I would string this looser next time if I get a chance to play with it and hybrid it with a poly cross to get some more spin.
List any additional thoughts (optional):
Thanks TW for the opportunity to playtest this string. Very unique color and feel.
(5)Head PT57A (different PJs & string combos) & (1)ProKennex Redondo MP (when I get tired)
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|07-22-2014, 09:17 PM||#24|
Join Date: Sep 2013
Tension(s) used for play test: 57
Regular string set up: RPM Blast at 57
Racquet brand and model used for test: Aeropro Drive
Power of test string: The power of this string is high compared to most multifilament synthetic guts. Still it is less than my regular strings which forced me to swing harder.
Feel: In my opinion the feel of this string is stiff for multifilament. However, this is compared to excel the string I used to use. I was not expecting it to be as soft as excel, but not as stiff as it was. All in all, the stiffer feel allowed me to get more spin on the ball.
Spin: The spin here is great for a multifilament but only ok when I compare it to my usual setup. A player looking for a multifilament with good spin potential would love this string.
Comfort: Like most multis this was a very easy on my arm. It was very comfortable at 57lbs and is probably very comfortable at higher tensions also.
Durability: This string was not durable at all it lasted 2.5 hours. For me this is less than normal for a multi.
Playability Duration: The playability was good throughout the whole test I actually liked it more when it was about to pop.
Control: The control is greate as i expected. The low power characteristic of the string enhance the control.
Compare to the string you use most often: Compared to RPM at the same tension, it had less power and spin, but was more comfortable. As with all ploys RPM was more durable.
Tension recommendations: I would try two pounds higher.
Additional thoughts: Thanks TW for this fantastic playtest.
|07-23-2014, 10:03 AM||#25|
Join Date: Mar 2004
TENSION USED FOR PLAYEST - 60 lbs mains and crosses strung on a lockout machine. Stringing was easy and fast. Being a multi, there was very little coil memory to address.
REGULAR STRING SETUP - The regular setup of Dunlop Black Widow 17 gauge, 50 lbs x 50 lbs strung on a lockout machine.
RACQUET BRAND AND MODEL USED FOR TEST - Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200 Tour 95.
POWER OF STRING TESTED - Coming from playing with poly, like so many other multis, I found these strings on the side of powerful. However compared to other multis, the power was easily in the above average range. It was the type of power that seemed to trampoline straight off the stringed on my fastball serves. I had to adjust that stroke to get some downward, topspin flight of first serves.
FEEL - For a multi, they had a very nice crisp feel. They do not feel stiff and crisp like a poly, but for a multifilament, they had quite a solid feel. At this tension, the feel was along the lines of the "thud" that comes from this Dunlop frame.
SPIN - Pretty decent here. For a multi, there was ample opportunity to to address and put good spin on the ball. Again, this is in comparisons to other multis. There is a huge difference in spin potential between these strings and spin specific strings or polyesters.
COMFORT - These are very comfortable strings. There was no shock or twinge coming through the racquet from string bed to my arm, on any stroke. This is what is expected of multifilament strings and Wilson Optimus did not disappoint. Very smooth, comfortable ride.
DURABILITY - The test period was three singles matches per week for two consecutive weeks. The strings did not break during the test but showed a significant amount of visible wear during the play period.
PLAYABILITY DURATION- There was a noticeable drop off in playability, however. After about five sets, the strings began to feel very different. The drop off in playability continued for the duration of the test. I would probably restrung after about eight hours. For tournaments, I would restring for each match.
CONTROL - Good for a multi. Even without having a huge amount of spin available, I would definitely classify this as a good control string given the amount of power that they do provide.
COMPARE TO 17 G DUNLOP BLACK WIDOW - Black Widow was the clear winner in spin creation. The feel and comfort winner would edge toward Wilson Optimus. I call it a tie in the playability duration category. Optimus would be the big winner in the power category.
Optimus was very comfortable to string with so very little coil memory.
TENSION RECOMMENDATION - The 60 lb. test tension seemed pretty good for the test in a low powered racquet. The initial playability of the strings seems to leave room to either increase or decrease tension to an individual player's taste and playing style, and begin somewhat playable. For me, I would increase tension a bit to attempt get more spin given the limited time of playability. Up to a few pound increase in tension for players with more powerful frames or for players that use strings and/or powerful frames to provide their power.
LIST ANY ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS - The Wilson Optimus is a good quality multifilament string. It has very useable balance of string aspects. Different types of players will be able to make these strings work in their frames. They will work well for players of any level and style. A very nice combination of each of the components of a string. These strings will work for some in a full bed for non string-breaking players wanting additional power from their strings. It will work for others as a very soft, powerful cross behind a poly.
|07-23-2014, 04:54 PM||#26|
Join Date: Aug 2013
Tension(s) used for playtest - 58 lbs
Regular string set up - Prince Tour XC 15g at 53 lbs
Racquet brand and model used for test - Prince Original Graphite Mid
Power of test string - I liked the power of this string, since I was able to make a full swing at the ball and keep it in. I believe this string is low to average powered for a multi. With extra higher tension, it produced same power as my usual setup.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?) - It offered crisp feel for me. Definitely not soft nor mushy.
Spin - It has average spin for a multi, but it's not a spin friendly string. It generated very low spin compared with my usual setup. Heavy topspin players would not like this one.
Comfort - Very comfortable string like any other multis out there.
Durability - Not very durable. The string snapped after about 4 hours, probably because I'm a string breaker and the racquet has an open string pattern.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time) - The tension felt very stable throughout the whole 3 sets. After an hour, the strings started moving. It was annoying to fix strings after every rally. Fraying started after about 2 hours.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?) -
Excellent control. The string had balanced power to control depth easily with fast full swing on the ball. It was also not difficult to get the ball to the corners consistently.
Compare to the string you use most often - Compared to Prince Tour XC, Wilson Optimus had great feel, control, and tension playability duration.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?) - No, I liked the tension I used on this playtest. If I went lower tension, I believe it wouldn't have felt crisp and produced balanced power.
|07-23-2014, 07:46 PM||#27|
Join Date: Mar 2014
Tension used for playtest: 60 mains/57 crosses
Regular string set up: I use various polys but right now I am sticking with red devil 16l at 48 with jet stringing.
Racquet brand and model used for test: Wilson Pro Staff 90
Power of test string: The string was about average power for a multi. I enjoyed this extra power (then my full bed of poly) which helped me put away sitters and on my serve.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): The feel was definently crisp and a little bit stiff. Although it wasn't as crisp as some of the polys that I have used, it is more crisp than most multis. I liked this since I hate mushy and muted strings.
Spin: The spin was a bit low for me since I usually use poly, but it was about average for a multi.
Comfort: The comfort for this string was above average for a multi, which is surprising considering that I strung it in the high 50's / low 60.
Durability: I broke the string after 9 hours which is about average for how long a multi lasts for me.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): After the initial tension loss the string played consistently until it broke, although it did gain a little bit of power towards the end, which I enjoyed.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): Once I got warmed up with this string and got used to the power, I was easily able to control depth. The control is above average for a multi, but it isn't quite as control friendly as a poly.
Compare to the string you use most often: It isn't really fair to compare this string to a poly, but this string had more power and comfort, but the poly had more spin, control, and durability.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I would keep the tension the same, since I enjoyed the power I got from this string and I don't really need more control.
List any additional thoughts: I liked the shiny color of the string and I also liked how easy it was to string it compared to poly. Thank you TW for letting me do this playtest.
Yonex Ai 98 - Strung with various polys and jet stringing
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