|06-27-2014, 01:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2004
Tennis Warehouse: Wilson Multifilament String Playtest (Optimus)
Attention Talk Tennis Members:
The sign-up period for this playtest has ended.
We will be shipping the Solinco and Wilson multifilament strings over the next few days. Each playtester will only receive one of these strings.
This thread is for those of you who receive the Wilson Multifilament (Optimus)
You must post your review by July 23.
If you do not post a review, or if your review is clearly lacking effort, you will be excluded from future playtests.
Include the following in your review:
Tension(s) used for playtest
Regular string set up
Racquet brand and model used for test
Power of test string
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?)
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time)
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?)
Compare to the string you use most often
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?)
List any additional thoughts (optional)
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Last edited by TW Staff : 06-27-2014 at 02:17 PM.
|07-02-2014, 07:55 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2010
Just got mine in the mail earlier today. Package looked like it had been dragged here behind a truck all the way from SLO, but the strings were a-okay. Hope to have a hit with them this weekend.
|07-04-2014, 01:22 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Aug 2005
Tension(s) used for play-test 27 kg, one piece on an electronic constant pull machine
Regular string set up ~1.20mm Poly/1.27mm ZX mono @ 20 kg..hard courts... 1.27mmZX mono @ 25mm for clay
Racquet used for test Prince Speedport Gold 110< a variant of the Blue with slots in the shaft
Power of test string
Compare to the string you use most often
List any additional thoughts Very little coil memory, strung up easily. The multicolored fibers give the sting bed a distinctiveness look.
More to come
GAMMA 4000 + WISE | PRINCE SPEEDPORT GOLD
|07-05-2014, 10:23 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2014
Part One, 8 hours of court time
Tension(s) used for playtest: 50 Mains / 52 Crosses
Regular string set up: Poly Hybrid - TourBite 17/TourBite SOFT 17
Frame used for testing: Dunlop M3.0 16x19
Power of test string It is a lower powered multi
Feel Soft and pockets the ball nicely, but not too much dwell. Actually feels crisp for a multi at this tension.
Spin The first hour it has nice spin, I believe the strings snapped back more. After a couple hours the spin has dramatically decreased and the strings began binding.
Comfort Very, very, very comfortable.
Durability No premature ghosting, notching or out of the ordinary wear.
Playability Duration The first hour played very well, minus the topspin to get the ball down earlier in the court. Hour over hour it is taking a downward trend. The mains are all over the place.
Control The control is one of the best playing characteristics for this string, second only to comfort.
Compare to the string you use most often The TB/TBS poly hybrid I play has a nice balance of spin, comfort, power and durability. This string is so different, it is almost unfair to compare.
Tension recommendations I would recommend a higher tension with a thinner diameter version of this string. I feel this tension(50/52) is good for the amount of power and spin the string offers.
List any additional thoughts Almost nonexistent coil memory or kinking. I string a fair amount of poly, so this is fast and easy on the fingers. The string tip was too soft to feed without the help of an awl on a semi-blocked hole. Knots are easy!
If you hit hard with heavy topspin, this string would not work well. I think slow to medium swing speed and flatter groundies would enjoy this string.
The string movement after 8 hours of play is almost unbearable! They move considerably during heavy exchanges and then heavily bind out of place, making the straightening often and difficult due to the heavy friction of the soft outer wrap.
More to come in part TWO...
|07-08-2014, 07:45 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Tension(s) used for playtest: 62 pounds
Regular string set up: Solinco Tour Bite 16L at 56 pounds
Racquet brand and model used for test: Babolat Pure Storm Tour Plus GT
Power of test string: I found good pop out of this string. Definitely a bit more than the poly I typically use. Even at a high tension, I had a little bit of difficulty keeping the ball in the court. The extra juice was welcome on serves, though.
Feel (Stiff? Mushy? Muted? Crisp?): Definitely a crisp string. I feel like it could have gotten a little mushy if it stayed in my racquet longer, but while it lasted it was crisp.
Spin: The biggest downfall of the string for me. The thicker gauge didn't lend to any extra spin. It wasn't like I couldn't get spin, but I definitely didn't find any extra help. I really had to focus on keeping my swing fast and generating topspin.
Comfort: I experienced no discomfort with this string after two 3-hour days of practice and drilling.
Durability: I broke it in approximately 5 hours. Pretty good for a multi. I break most polys in about 10 hours. The coating was fairly thick, almost like a synthetic gut, and I experienced no fraying throughout the playtest. They just sawed into each other and snapped.
Playability Duration (share thoughts on if/how the playability changed over time): In the 5 hours I had with this string, I noticed no change in playability apart from a short ~20 minute break-in period.
Control (predictable trajectory? Easy to control depth? performance on different strokes and swing speeds?): I had no trouble controlling the direction of the ball. The feel was great, especially around the net. The lack of spin did make keeping the ball in the court on aggressive shots a bit difficult, but when I went only for placement, I had no troubles. Dropshots were much nicer than my usual full poly setup too.
Compare to the string you use most often: It's difficult comparing a multi to a poly. I'd say the typical differences were present: softer stringbed, more feel, less spin, more power, more comfort, less durability.
Tension recommendations (after hitting it, would you recommend a different tension? Why?): I liked it at the high tension. Somebody who wants a little more comfort and control could string lower, especially if you're a flatter hitter who doesn't pound the living daylights out of the ball every shot. A counterpuncher looking for comfort and a little extra pop could find a good option with this one.