Best Shaped Poly: Appox: $80 per reel?

SteveI

Legend
Hello Guys and Gals:

Give me your favorite Shaped Poly approx.: $80.00 / reel. 17G or 17L 18G... lets hear what you think. I enjoy the MSV Focus Hex 17l in Black.. think it is great price performer.

Thanks all...
 

anubis

Hall of Fame
Hello Guys and Gals:

Give me your favorite Shaped Poly approx.: $80.00 / reel. 17G or 17L 18G... lets hear what you think. I enjoy the MSV Focus Hex 17l in Black.. think it is great price performer.

Thanks all...

At that price point, Tourna Big Hitter Blue Rough 17, or Big Hitter Black 17.
 

frank52

Semi-Pro
As of today Tennis Warehouse has Volkl Cyclone Pink 16, 17 and 18 gauge reels on sale for $70. Regular price is $120.

Cyclone is a shaped poly string that is a favorite of mine.
 

kimguroo

Legend
MSV focus hex is my main string. Tried other strings but always came back to MSV. Glad I got two reels for $45 each a month ago from US distributor (G&G).
Probably I am okay for two years ^_^
Cyclone might be good but not my choice. I bought one pink reel for $50, when it was sale from TW a while ago.
 

sansaephanh

Professional
Darn I just bought a reel of bhbr, didnt know cyclone pink was 70. Great string, but i pref the slightly sharper feel of BHBR17 anyways.

Don't count out the Topspin reels, very similar to tourna
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
As of today Tennis Warehouse has Volkl Cyclone Pink 16, 17 and 18 gauge reels on sale for $70. Regular price is $120.

Cyclone is a shaped poly string that is a favorite of mine.
Awesome deal, even tho it is pink.
Cyclone 18 is one of the very best polys in that gauge, I've tried dozens and dozens in that gauge.
 

mrc

Rookie
Does anybody else feel like Cyclone loses playability and drops tension pretty quickly? I pay to have strings put in at about 18$ per racquet. I am more sensitive to longer play than I am cost of the string. When I have used Cyclone in the past I always felt like it was great for a few hours then I needed to restring..Thoughts? Lately, I have been stringing Sonic Pro Edge 1.30 and getting 12-15 hours of great play. Volkl V-Pro is lasting about 10 hours.
 

Chico

Banned
As of today Tennis Warehouse has Volkl Cyclone Pink 16, 17 and 18 gauge reels on sale for $70. Regular price is $120.

Cyclone is a shaped poly string that is a favorite of mine.
There is no way I am putting pink strings in my racquets. Even if it is best string, which this is not, and free. Some lines should not be crossed.
 
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tlm

G.O.A.T.
The new Y-Tex strings are priced pretty low and are much better than the ones listed above. I am using the square x strings and they perform really well at a $100 a spool.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
Does anybody else feel like Cyclone loses playability and drops tension pretty quickly? I pay to have strings put in at about 18$ per racquet. I am more sensitive to longer play than I am cost of the string. When I have used Cyclone in the past I always felt like it was great for a few hours then I needed to restring..Thoughts? Lately, I have been stringing Sonic Pro Edge 1.30 and getting 12-15 hours of great play. Volkl V-Pro is lasting about 10 hours.
I agree with your sentiments about Cyclone. It does lose its playability rather quickly and the two colors react different after it has done so. To me the black becomes a soft, plusher, mushier feel and it doesn't give you the same spin. The yellow on the other hand becomes stiffer, more boardy, and less forgiving. It also loses its spin potential.
 
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LeeD

Bionic Poster
Never a good idea to shop only by price.
For a touch more, STBite17 lasts longer than most polys and play great at slightly lower tensions.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
Nothing good at 80 bucks a reel. Yes it'll be cheap, but you'll have to restring often. Open up the wallet and increase your budget a bit more and you can find better alternatives.
 

rafazx10

Rookie
I use to play with the Big Hitter blue rough and loved it, due to some review u bought a reel of Volkl Cyclone (yellow), and I enjoyed the Big Hitter much more.
Cyclone is lasting a lot longer for me tough.
 

SteveI

Legend
And yet another vote for BHBR 17. Bought three reels and have settled down.
Skraggle:

Great to hear from you. I might get a reel of the BHBR 17G. I am a long time user of Tourna strings. I see you are using the AG 100... I have a 4D version and love that frame. Just hard for me to win matches with it. I find playing defense is an issue with that frame but it one great attacking frame to be sure. Thanks for reminder on the BHBR 17. The BHB is also a great string for the money as is the Silver. Happy Hitting man..
 

sansaephanh

Professional
I highly recommend trying a set of bhbr 17g first though. I remember a good deal of people thinking it felt too "plasticky."

I actually am also a huge fan of black magic 17 as well. It honestly felt like multi when it was fresh. The feel is fantastic. The only reason I don't buy it is because most of my currency is TW giftcards lol.

Edit: Oops you said shaped poly, oh well my recommendation stands.
 
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sbaniak

Rookie
I really like the Cyclone black 17... But have been loving Discho Iontec Hexa. It's a more subtly shaped poly compared to some but does the trick nicely.
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
Hello Guys and Gals:

Give me your favorite Shaped Poly approx.: $80.00 / reel. 17G or 17L 18G... lets hear what you think. I enjoy the MSV Focus Hex 17l in Black.. think it is great price performer.

Thanks all...
MSV Focus Hex 1.23 has a good price/ quality ratio IMO. Not the most amazing string in any department, but it performs well and lasts a reasonable amount of time and is well priced
 

SteveI

Legend
MSV Focus Hex 1.23 has a good price/ quality ratio IMO. Not the most amazing string in any department, but it performs well and lasts a reasonable amount of time and is well priced
Hi Roland... that was my 1st (MSV Focus Hex.. but the 1.18) . Are you rocking the Dunlop F3.0 Tour? Sorry to say with all the holidays and weather issues here.. I have not been out again with mine..
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
Hi Roland... that was my 1st (MSV Focus Hex.. but the 1.18) . Are you rocking the Dunlop F3.0 Tour? Sorry to say with all the holidays and weather issues here.. I have not been out again with mine..
I'm really enjoying the F3.0 Tour at the moment, so much so I've another one coming. I've tried the Hex 1.18 in that frame and found it played just a little lively for me. The 1.23 is a bit less lively/more crisp and also lasts a bit longer I found.
 

SteveI

Legend
I'm really enjoying the F3.0 Tour at the moment, so much so I've another one coming. I've tried the Hex 1.18 in that frame and found it played just a little lively for me. The 1.23 is a bit less lively/more crisp and also lasts a bit longer I found.
Funny to say that any Dunlop 300 Tour plays too lively. Most of them are underpowered. This frame has some nice pop. I found that I was getting too much power at times with the Wilson Syn Gut Extreme 16G at mid tension. Can't wait to try to it with a nice poly or poly hybrid.
 

Roland G

Hall of Fame
I've got some Black5edge to try in mine next. I've used it in other sticks and it's quite low powered so could be nice in the F3.0 Tour. I would say it's a fairly powerful stick, not quite PD territory but a nice blend of control/power
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
I found B5E to be a crisper version of RPM and Black Cyclone, with its stiffness in between the 2 strings. I found the power level of B5E to be similar to RPM, which is a tad less than Cyclone. If you like a plusher stiff feel then go with the RPM, if you like a crisper medium stiff feel then go with B5E.

In comparison to Focus Hex, I found B5E to be extremely similar. Low powered, crisp feeling strings, slightly above average spin potential. However, Focus Hex is stiffer than B5E. I'd call B5E a little tiny less stiffer version of Focus Hex.
 
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llodra_fan

Professional
You could consider getting strings from europe as many manufacturers are from EU and a few particular strings seems to be sold at much cheaper. Some of the strings are actually much cheaper in TWE than TW e.g. signum pro, weiss cannon etc.

I could suggest a string that almost nobody uses here but proved to be one of my favourite strings - Signum Pro Plasma HEXtreme 16L pure. It can generate wicked spin, medium pop and extremely good tension maintenance. Only non pure orange version is available in TW for $149 a reel but you can get the pure from UK for around 80$ (50 quids at stringers world)
 

skraggle

Professional
Skraggle:

Great to hear from you. I might get a reel of the BHBR 17G. I am a long time user of Tourna strings. I see you are using the AG 100... I have a 4D version and love that frame. Just hard for me to win matches with it. I find playing defense is an issue with that frame but it one great attacking frame to be sure. Thanks for reminder on the BHBR 17. The BHB is also a great string for the money as is the Silver. Happy Hitting man..
Always great interacting with a TT legend like yourself. Just did a six-month stint of stringing at a friend's shop part-time, and he has most of the Tourna strings. As soon as I tried BHBR 17, I knew I had found my new string. Soft but not mushy, just the right amount of power and spin, and the best control I have ever experienced.

I play mostly doubles these days, and the AG100 is ideal for that. Best volleys ever, great on serves and a slice and dice dream. If I do play singles, out comes my #1 favorite of all time: the M-Fil 200 18x20. If my reaction volleys were good enough with the M-Fil, I would use it for dubs as well.

If you do grab the BHBR, please let me know what you think...
 

SteveI

Legend
Always great interacting with a TT legend like yourself. Just did a six-month stint of stringing at a friend's shop part-time, and he has most of the Tourna strings. As soon as I tried BHBR 17, I knew I had found my new string. Soft but not mushy, just the right amount of power and spin, and the best control I have ever experienced.

I play mostly doubles these days, and the AG100 is ideal for that. Best volleys ever, great on serves and a slice and dice dream. If I do play singles, out comes my #1 favorite of all time: the M-Fil 200 18x20. If my reaction volleys were good enough with the M-Fil, I would use it for dubs as well.

If you do grab the BHBR, please let me know what you think...
Hi Buddy...

I have played the BHBR 17G put did not really give it a long playtest. I also have modified my strokes since then so I would love to try it now... I have been a long time user of Big Hitter Silver 17G and that is a very nice price performer. Tourna did change the string a while back and made it thinner and softer.. less crisp to be sure. The 16G is really the old 17G... and the 17G is a brand new offering since I used up my reels. Great to see you are doing some stringing. Been doing it close to 20 years now and love to try new set-ups. If you are playing serious tennis (USTA/Tourney/College) one needs to stay very consistent with equipment. That is not true with me as I spend most of my time coaching, teaching and playing fun doubles. I do string for some very serious players and try to keep ahead of their needs.

BTW do you play the AG100 stock? I use the 4D version stock... I have no need to increase weight or SW as I almost never play anyone vs that sort of heat these days. I have a few strong HS players and push me around a bit..modern/big strokes but in general that frame is solid enough to have fun with. Still using modified, Dunlop 400 serious frames when I am in match play. The 400 series has always been a great platform series.. gets very little talk here. Using the Old mil 400 and the newer Bio 400 both modified. The newer Bio f3.0 is a real sleeper... you might what to pick one up... blast to play with. Check out the TW video and print reviews.. they do not lie. Happy hitting man!!!
 
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Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Well, I just bought a reel. It was a bit of a crap shoot, but I like Kirschbaum strings and it checked all the right boxes. Will update with review when I get the chance.
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
The new Y-Tex strings are priced pretty low and are much better than the ones listed above. I am using the square x strings and they perform really well at a $100 a spool.
Co-sign. Square X is doing everything right for me.
 
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