Babolat M7 Review - Wrapped some polyamides in your polyamides

Kenny022593

Professional
So I received a set of Babolat M7 from the local rep a couple of weeks ago and took it out for a playtest. When he gave it to me, he gave his sales pitch and when I equated it to other companies who have already done it, like Tecnifibre, he assured me that this was brand new and the best product I would try of its kind. This is the first string of its kind that I am trying.

As a point of reference, my usual string is Pro's Pro Hexaspin 1.25 strung at 56 lbs. Before that during my Spring season at RIT, I was using a hybrid of Gamma Moto 17 and Wilson Sensation 16 strung at 55 lbs.

Review in 5 words: Control, flat, stiff, low powered

Racquet: Tecnifibre T-Fight ATP 305
Tension: 56lb strung on an Alpha Axis Pro

Comfort: The first time I took this out for a hit it felt really stiff. I actually had some wrist pain which I don't normally get with a full poly set up strung at the same tension. As the strings wore in, they never really got to the point where they were mushy. The stiffness became a little bit more tolerable after the first hit, but it never became soft. It actually felt stiffer than my full poly set up.

Groundstrokes: The power level was very low with the M7. This wasn't a bad thing, though. The low power was the redeeming quality of this string. Since the power level as so low, the control was unreal. I felt like I could place the ball wherever and swing out on anything without much repercussion. The downside to this was that the string wasn't very forgiving. Sometimes I would hit a little outside of the sweetspot and my balls would land short. With that said, though, I think this string is a baseliner's dream. One thing that I feel like I should highlight is that the launch angle off of the string is very low. When I switched back to full Hexaspin, I felt like I was moonballing. It was the first time I experienced that so I thought it was cool.

Volleys: M7 was terribly average at the net. I thought that it would have more of a multi feel, but it was just very boardy. It felt like it had more pop at the net when compared to the baseline, though. Volleys went deep, but I wouldn't consider M7 to be a string for people who like to come to net.

Serves: Serving was a chore because of the low powered nature of M7. I felt like I had to put everything I had into my serve to come out with a penetrating serve. This might not be a problem for people who hit flat serves, but both my first and second serve are topspin/kick. It was very hard for me to get the extra oomph on my kick serve to make it effective. If I didn't place my serve perfectly I felt like I was on defense to start the point.

Durability: I hit 1.5 hours on Hard Court and 3.5 hours on dirt (Har-Tru). So 5 hours of match play in total. The outer coating of the string broke open in the sweetspot around the 3 hour mark, and at the 5 hour mark it looked like it would break in the next few points. So, I put it away and brought out my other racquet with Hexaspin in it. I'm not a string breaker, but to put it into perspective, if I was using full syn gut, it normally breaks around the 6 hour mark.

Playability: The string played pretty similar throughout the 5 hours I had it in my racquet. The last 15 minutes or so it started to soften up and launch balls, which is why I figured it was going to break soon. If you're not a string breaker or aren't able to fray the string within 3 hours, then it should play great for you over the course of it's life in your racquet.

Overall Comments: I'd give this string a 4/10. Would I recommend it to someone? Probably not. It's too expensive and misses the mark on blending multi comfort with poly control. I feel that it could suit some players, mainly the ones who hit flat and want a higher level of control, but I also feel that it would be too uncomfortable for many to use.
 

dekko1

Semi-Pro
I think M7 is a great string. Lots of comfort, good amount of control, not too soft and elastic.
If you are looking for an elastic string with loads of power, then don't get this. But I thought this was the best Babolat String to hybrid with RPM blast. I got great amounts of spin, great control and feel.
I have used Origin with Blast, but that was too much power, too elastic.

Every string is different, different characteristics, different materials,... so it also has to be strung at different tensions to really get the best out of it. Maybe try it again a few pounds loser.
 

Kenny022593

Professional
Kenny... 4 out of 10. wow... BTW.. are you done playing tennis at RIT?
Not every product is a winner! And yes, I still have one more year here. I am actually still in Rochester for the summer too. I just can't get enough of this place...

Also, I can't remember if it was you or not, but if I remember correctly... Are you still playing with those Dunlop 400's?

I think M7 is a great string. Lots of comfort, good amount of control, not too soft and elastic.
If you are looking for an elastic string with loads of power, then don't get this. But I thought this was the best Babolat String to hybrid with RPM blast. I got great amounts of spin, great control and feel.
I have used Origin with Blast, but that was too much power, too elastic.

Every string is different, different characteristics, different materials,... so it also has to be strung at different tensions to really get the best out of it. Maybe try it again a few pounds loser.
I thought it was strange that there was less power with the M7 than there was with my full poly set up. All in all it just really wasn't what I expected from what I've read and what the rep told me it was supposed to be. Like I said, though, even though it was a 4/10 for me I still think that it could be a good option for certain players. I absolutely hated TNT2 and Hawk Touch missed the mark with me, but those two strings seem to have pretty substantial followings.
 
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SteveI

Legend
Not every product is a winner! And yes, I still have one more year here. I am actually still in Rochester for the summer too. I just can't get enough of this place...

Also, I can't remember if it was you or not, but if I remember correctly... Are you still playing with those Dunlop 400's?



I thought it was strange that there was less power with the M7 than there was with my full poly set up. All in all it just really wasn't what I expected from what I've read and what the rep told me it was supposed to be. Like I said, though, even though it was a 4/10 for me I still think that it could be a good option for certain players. I absolutely hated TNT2 and Hawk Touch missed the mark with me, but those two strings seem to have pretty substantial followings.
Hi Kenny:

Yes... playing the M-Fil 400 and Bio 400s Modified.

BTW.. My #1 Girl from Lancaster is coming your way. Planning to play for the Ladies at RIT in the Fall..Winter..Spring etc. Great player and better person. She made the Section 6 Singles Tourney 3 years in a row and was my MVP/Captain for two years. ECIC All Star 3 years also. Last I heard she was playing. If you run into her.. take good care of her. Trained at Miller Tennis and knows Kevin Layer. Have a great day.. Thanks the great review. Not running out to get this string..:)

Regards,
SteveI
 
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