Playability scores of top-selling strings

Indy Tennis

Semi-Pro
2007 String Survey
Playability scores
(Published January 2007)

Company String Gauge Score
Babolat VS + natural gut 17 9.79
Babolat VS + natural gut 16 9.67
Babolat VS Team Thermogut 17 9.67
Wilson Natural 16 9.50
Babolat VS Touch Thermogut 16 9.48
Babolat Tonic+ Thermo Ball Feel 15L 9.44
Wilson NXT 17 9.04
Tecnifibre NRG2 SPL 18 9.00
Gamma TNT 18 8.96
Gamma Professional 17 8.93
Gamma Professional 16 8.90
Tecnifibre NRG2 SPL 17 8.90
Gamma Live Wire XP 17 8.83
Wilson NXT Tour 17 8.75
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 16 8.71
Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 8.60
Wilson NXT Tour 18 18 8.56
Wilson NXT 16 8.50
Gamma Live Wire 17 8.47
Wilson NXT Tour 16 8.43
Gamma TNT 17 8.39
Gamma Live Wire XP 16 8.36
Babolat Xcel Premium 17 8.35
Tecnifibre NRG2 SPL 16 8.34
Prince Premier w/ Softflex 17 8.27
Gamma Live Wire 16 8.20
Wilson NXT OS 16 8.19
Prince Premier w/ Softflex 16 8.08
Babolat Xcel Premium 16 8.07
HEAD Protector 16 8.06
Tecnifibre 515 SPL 16 8.06
Wilson NXT Max 16 8.00
Wilson Reaction 17 8.00
Luxilon Big Banger TIMO 17 7.94
Wilson Sensation 17 7.92
HEAD FXP 17 7.91
Babolat Attraction Power 17 7.87
Prince Sweet Perfection 16 7.86
Gamma TNT 16 7.81
Wilson Reaction 16 7.71
Gamma Prodigy 16 7.65
Wilson Sensation 16 7.63
Prince Lightning XX 17 7.61
Prince Syn Gut w/Duraflex 17 7.59
Babolat Attraction 16 7.56
Prince Lightning Power 16 7.52
HEAD FiberGEL 16 7.50
HEAD RIP Perfect Power 16 7.50
Gamma Syn Gut 17 7.44
HEAD FiberGEL Power 16 7.42
Gamma Zo Power 16L 7.38
Prince Topspin Plus 16 7.36
HEAD FXP 16 7.33
Prince Lightning XX 16 7.23
Luxilon Big Banger ALU Rough 16L 7.23
Wilson Synthetic Gut Extreme 17 7.18
Wilson Enduro Pro 17 7.17
Gosen OG Sheep Micro 16 7.16
Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 16 7.10
HEAD IntelliTour 16 7.10
HEAD IntelliString 16L 7.10
Prince Syn Gut w/Duraflex 16 6.96
HEAD Synthetic Gut 16 6.94
Babolat Super Fine Play 16 6.92
Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L 6.90
Prince Syn Gut Original 16 6.84
Gamma Syn Gut w/Wearguard 16 6.81
Gamma Marathon 16 6.79
Wilson Stamina 17 6.74
HEAD RIP Control 16 6.68
Gamma Syn Gut 16 6.66
Prince Syn Gut w/Duraflex 15L 6.63
Wilson Synthetic Gut Extreme 16 6.62
Babolat Conquest 16 6.61
HEAD Synthetic Gut PPS 16 6.60
Prince TopSpin w/Duraflex 15L 6.60
Babolat Pro Hurricane 17 6.58
Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 6.51
Wilson Stamina 16 6.44
Wilson Enduro Pro 16 6.42
HEAD RIP Perfect Control 16 6.26
Prince Tour 16 6.24
Prince Polygut 16 6.11
Gamma Zo Life 16 6.05
Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 6.01
Gamma Marathon 15L 5.85
Prince Tournament Nylon 15L 5.76
Babolat Ballistic Polymono 16 5.65
Wilson Hyperlast 15 5.65
Prince ProBlend w/Duraflex 16 5.19
Gamma Infinity 15L 4.63
 

fgs

Hall of Fame
there is something weird about these scores. i have played both the wilson nxt and the nxt tour and in my opinion, the plain nxt simply can't score better on playability than the nxt tour. same goes for the wilson reaction and the wilson sensation - you have much more feel with the sensation than with the reaction, which gave me a slight pain in both wrist and elbow after some 2 hrs., so again, in my opinion, the reaction can never have a higher playability rating than the sensation.
 

goober

Legend
there is something weird about these scores. i have played both the wilson nxt and the nxt tour and in my opinion, the plain nxt simply can't score better on playability than the nxt tour. same goes for the wilson reaction and the wilson sensation - you have much more feel with the sensation than with the reaction, which gave me a slight pain in both wrist and elbow after some 2 hrs., so again, in my opinion, the reaction can never have a higher playability rating than the sensation.

Well I guess it is a survey and playability is not really a definable quality that will differ from person to person. I found Wilson reaction much more playable than the sensation and I never got elbow pains with it and I have a history of tennis elbow. I am surprised that Wilson NXT was the highest rated nongut string though.
 

TonyB

Hall of Fame
Of course, that doesn't take into account power, control, stringability, spin, or comfort.

I wouldn't judge a string strictly based solely on one characteristic.
 

Valjean

Hall of Fame
This is a commercial poll; it is designed for people who sell string. It's not assumed that every respondent has access to every string, or rates them by anything other than how a particular audience responds to a typically restricted and pre-determined inventory.
 
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