A string you had such high hopes for but was a complete bust...???

SteveI

Legend
Hello All Talk Tennis String Experts..

Been stringing.. and playing for years. I have also been doing Talk Tennis play testing for years.

My most recent "A string you had such high hopes for but was a complete bust" section was:

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Tourna_Big_Hitter_Deuce_16_String/descpageACUNIQUE-TBHD16S.html

This was part of a Talk Tennis play test along with a great new string from Tourna.

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Tourna_Big_Hitter_Silver_7_Tour_17_String/descpageACUNIQUE-TS7TR17S.html Everyone loved this string.. and it is another great offering from Tourna.

In general, I love the Tourna offerings... But Big Hitter Deuce and I did not hit it off. I did the entire play test cycle and I kept picking up the frame with the BH Deuce 16... but just kept putting it down again. It was great to string... wonderful two tone color.. easy on the arm.. Great snap back and tension holding. Just did not work for me and my game. I am sure there is a market for it.. Just not in my house..

If you have one or two.. or more to share.. please feel free to add to this thread!! I am sure there will be strings we are going to disagree about.

Jolly... this is for you. "This String Blows Chunks".... :)
 

LOBALOT

Professional
For me it was Polyfibre TCS.

I am older and have had arm issues so wanted a soft poly.

I bought a set and tried it and liked it. I bought 2 full reels of the stuff......and.... I still have 2 reels of the stuff 3 years later.

It just didn't produce from either a comfort, spin, or tension maintenance standpoint.

On the plus side, I did get a lot of practice restringing my racquet ;)

I think part of it was I also tried Volkl Cyclone Tour. It is flat out a better string than TCS.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I think lots of Talk Tennis members love this string...
Yeah I was excited to try it but I just couldn't hit with it due to the terrible feel. I'm used to dead polys but this stuff was the worst I've ever felt. Maybe someday I'll give it another shot at a different tension and with another cross string but I'm in no hurry.

Been hitting with Cyclone Tour mains/Isospeed baseline crosses lately and really enjoying that setup.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Yeah I was excited to try it but I just couldn't hit with it due to the terrible feel. I'm used to dead polys but this stuff was the worst I've ever felt. Maybe someday I'll give it another shot at a different tension and with another cross string but I'm in no hurry.

Been hitting with Cyclone Tour mains/Isospeed baseline crosses lately and really enjoying that setup.
VCT is the bomb. Curious why the hybrid other than perhaps the cheaper cross.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
VCT is the bomb. Curious why the hybrid other than perhaps the cheaper cross.
I like to hybrid an edged poly main with smooth thin poly cross. Been doing this for about 60 years. I feel like it gives a great combination of spin and feel. My traditional setup is regular Cyclone mains with Black zone crosses and I love that but trying some new stuff now too. Isospeed baseline works great as a cross imo plus you cant beat the price.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
I like to hybrid an edged poly main with smooth thin poly cross. Been doing this for about 60 years. I feel like it gives a great combination of spin and feel. My traditional setup is regular Cyclone mains with Black zone crosses and I love that but trying some new stuff now too. Isospeed baseline works great as a cross imo plus you cant beat the price.
Thanks, I take it you talking the 16L baseline speed correct?

I will have to give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

SteveI

Legend
Yeah I was excited to try it but I just couldn't hit with it due to the terrible feel. I'm used to dead polys but this stuff was the worst I've ever felt. Maybe someday I'll give it another shot at a different tension and with another cross string but I'm in no hurry.

Been hitting with Cyclone Tour mains/Isospeed baseline crosses lately and really enjoying that setup.
So much love on Talk Tennis. I have two sets of the Tourna BHB Silver Tour 7 17G.. that @Injured Again set me. I would love to try that one.
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Weiss Cannon Rock N Power was the worst I ever had in my racquet
Tourna Big Hitter Blue was not good either
Diadem Solistice Power 1.20 was a disappointment too

Well, I think I just have no luck with blue strings :)
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
RPM Power was also that string for me that just was nowhere near what I expected. But I think it is kind of along the lines of other recently released strings that are more suited for pro players and others capable of high racquet head speeds who don't need the most highly shaped strings to generate high spin rates, unlike recreational players. Another such string that comes to mind is the Head Experimental, which became Lynx Tour.
 

slugs

New User
Oh man! I was hoping the Lynx tour would score higher. I'm surprised TW hasn't officially reviewed it yet...but it did just come out. I know with my lightweight racket and the 16g at 53# it definitely doesn't check all the boxes. I'm going to string up the 17g next with my klipper stringer.
 

SteveI

Legend
I did better with the Head Experimental or Lynx Tour. I used more of a flatter swing path and it shined then. If you are trying to create shape to the ball.. you lose drive and ball just seems to sit there... like a baseball pitcher throwing a slider that does not break. I agree.. this string is really for Pro Tour players or at least DIV 1 players..
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Volkl V-Square, the new red one.

Just dead, harsh, the ball felt like it was slipping off the racquet face, with only slight "free" spin.
I thought it was going to be an improvement on hyperG, and was quite disappointed as it was nowhere near it.
 

Crazy Finn

Semi-Pro
Volkl V-Square, the new red one.

Just dead, harsh, the ball felt like it was slipping off the racquet face, with only slight "free" spin.
I thought it was going to be an improvement on hyperG, and was quite disappointed as it was nowhere near it.
Yeah. My buddy had this in his racquet. I kept trying it, thinking it would be good. Volkl - I like Volkl string. Lots of spin, as far as numbers. Good numbers as far as stiffness. But, when I played with it, it was just... eh.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
There was also a string called Luxilon Big Banger 5 Star I'd like to mention. It was awful. Worst control ever.

Discontinued for good reason.
 

Doubles

Legend
Diadem strings across the board were disappointing to me. I even had a discount on their products and never found a string that worked for me, although Flash was probably my favorite offering.

More and more now, I am finding myself disappointed when I string my racquets with Solinco Tour Bite or Hyper G despite being a huge fan a few years ago. Maybe that has to do with my frame, though.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Diadem strings across the board were disappointing to me. I even had a discount on their products and never found a string that worked for me, although Flash was probably my favorite offering.

More and more now, I am finding myself disappointed when I string my racquets with Solinco Tour Bite or Hyper G despite being a huge fan a few years ago. Maybe that has to do with my frame, though.
My son plays with the Blade CV 16x19 with Lux 4G. He loves the control and insists on using 4G. I don't like the string/setup as I worry about arm health. We thought maybe Hyper G would be an alternative so convinced him to try it. We were really surprised how quickly the string lost it's sharp edges and tension and with that control was out the window. I could see the string going away just watching from the side of the court during his matches.

That surprised us as we see a lot of kids using it.
 

SteveI

Legend
My son plays with the Blade CV 16x19 with Lux 4G. He loves the control and insists on using 4G. I don't like the string/setup as I worry about arm health. We thought maybe Hyper G would be an alternative so convinced him to try it. We were really surprised how quickly the string lost it's sharp edges and tension and with that control was out the window. I could see the string going away just watching from the side of the court during his matches.

That surprised us as we see a lot of kids using it.
Not a big fan of 4g
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Not a big fan of 4g
I try to keep one of my racquets in my son's bag but every once in a while I forget and grab one of his to hit with him. That usually lasts about 3 shots. It is way too stiff/dead for me. I haven't tried it at a lower tension but with so many strings out there that are more suitable to my game I just don't see the need in trying it.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Not a big fan of 4g
-you havent found the right tension that works for you yet!! (with this string, on your racquet)
-this was a happy surprise to me, the second time i tried it
-btw for me, i strung this 4-5 lbs less than my normal polys
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
Diadem Solstice Power: so much hype, so unremarkable.
I used Solstice Power as my go-to string for a couple of years. It was in a 110 square inch, 16x19 racquet and I used the 1.35 thickness. So when I switched to my SW104, I tried the 1.20 and it felt totally different.

The 1.35 was fairly plush, with great grab on the ball that only moderately changed when the string wore smooth. It ended up lasting about 12 hours before breaking, and the moderate amount of tension loss didn't affect ball trajectory much. The 1.20 was harsh and when I strung it looser, was too springy and then with the tension loss became uncontrollable. It's almost like they were two different strings.
 

SteveI

Legend
-you havent found the right tension that works for you yet!! (with this string, on your racquet)
-this was a happy surprise to me, the second time i tried it
-btw for me, i strung this 4-5 lbs less than my normal polys
Glad it works for you. Very popular string. I have to work to hard to win points with 4G... plus the price is a bit out there foe m game.
 
Solinco Hyper-G 1.20. I have tried it twice since a friend at the club let me hit with his Volkl racket strung with it. It felt fantastic in the Volkl and just mediocre in Diadem Elevate and Wilson blade 18x20. I just couldn't control depth with this string. I have one more set but intend to hybrid it with ghostwire and velocity in the crosses.
Grapplesnake Tour Sniper 1.25. I tried it in the Diadem Elevate, it felt like barb wire, made my whole arm hurt in less than 45 min, cut it out.
 

LOBALOT

Professional
Thanks.... WE have to get back to "Talk Tennis"...
Man I am going crazy! We need to get back out and play!

This second I was just looking at a great group shot a friend texted me of a lot of our group on the court after a lesson with a coach who is a friend of ours. We are all holding a beer toasting the camera.
 

taydbear7

Semi-Pro
Solinco Hyper-G 1.20. I have tried it twice since a friend at the club let me hit with his Volkl racket strung with it. It felt fantastic in the Volkl and just mediocre in Diadem Elevate and Wilson blade 18x20. I just couldn't control depth with this string. I have one more set but intend to hybrid it with ghostwire and velocity in the crosses.
Grapplesnake Tour Sniper 1.25. I tried it in the Diadem Elevate, it felt like barb wire, made my whole arm hurt in less than 45 min, cut it out.
I have a Diadem Elevate stick and have played with two strings so far and haven't liked either one. The two strings are Dunlop Black Widow and Yonex Poly Tour Pro.
 

Dansan

Rookie
Hyper G for me. I was sort of enamored with it at first when it got hyped. It felt good in certain frames at certain tension....but when it dies (and it dies fast), it's like plastic trash. I can't really say it's any worse than most other sharp textured poly strings I've played with, they all seem to do the same thing on me. But boy that green color started to bother me
 
I have a Diadem Elevate stick and have played with two strings so far and haven't liked either one. The two strings are Dunlop Black Widow and Yonex Poly Tour Pro.
I have tried many strings in the Elevate. Best in that stick were Tonic/alu rough, Tonic/ghostwire, full bed durafluxx 1.18, full bed alu power rough, oehms black pearl rough/ghostwire, diadem solstice power/ ghostwire and full bed velocity.
 

TennisManiac

Hall of Fame
Hyper G

There has been so much hype in regards to this string for like 4 years now. When I tried it in my PS97 and then again in a Blade 98 I was very disappointed. It lost it's profile in about an hour and felt mushy and lifeless from the start. Imo, Tour Bite is much better.
 

speedysteve

Legend
Ashaway Monogut ZX!
Full bed horrible for me[emoji33]
As a cross a bit better..

I'm going too try it again though come the tennis season..[emoji462]
 

Rui Lopes

Rookie
Weiss Cannon Rock N Power was the worst I ever had in my racquet
Tourna Big Hitter Blue was not good either
Diadem Solistice Power 1.20 was a disappointment too

Well, I think I just have no luck with blue strings :)
If you wan´t blue , go for Yonex Poly Tour Spin...
 

SteveI

Legend
Ashaway Monogut ZX!
Full bed horrible for me[emoji33]
As a cross a bit better..

I'm going too try it again though come the tennis season..[emoji462]

Really nice ride... but hard to work with on the stringer and the price is up there.
 

McLovin

Legend
Refreshing to see others chiming in about Hyper G. I, too, fell for the 'hype' in Hyper G and bought a reel before even demoing it. Played with it for ~ 10 minutes and realized I hated it.

Luckily I string for a bunch of 3.0-3.5 ladies who care more about the color of the string than how it plays, so I was able to get my $ back on the reel (granted, it took me about 3 years...).
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
Refreshing to see others chiming in about Hyper G. I, too, fell for the 'hype' in Hyper G and bought a reel before even demoing it. Played with it for ~ 10 minutes and realized I hated it.

Luckily I string for a bunch of 3.0-3.5 ladies who care more about the color of the string than how it plays, so I was able to get my $ back on the reel (granted, it took me about 3 years...).
-if you want that color!?, wilson revolve-SPIN is a very good alternative; 5 sided instead of 4, good durability, but feels better IMO/IME
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Refreshing to see others chiming in about Hyper G. I, too, fell for the 'hype' in Hyper G and bought a reel before even demoing it. Played with it for ~ 10 minutes and realized I hated it.

Luckily I string for a bunch of 3.0-3.5 ladies who care more about the color of the string than how it plays, so I was able to get my $ back on the reel (granted, it took me about 3 years...).
I'm not a fan of Hyper G either. Never understood the hype around it.
 
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