Tecnifibre HDMX 16 Playtest
Tension used for playtest:
Regular string setup & tension:
Yonex Poly Tour Pro at 50 lbs.
Racquet used for test:
Dunlop AG 200
Power/Control of test string:
This was a low powered multifilament string. I have not played with such a low powered multi in the past. I think this would make for a great transition string for those switching over to poly or switching from poly to a multifilament string.
Control was good for a multi as it was low powered. I am however used to poly strings and taking full cuts at the ball so I had to make adjustments with my swing. I was hitting the ball longer at first, but after playing for 15 minutes I adjusted.
Feel of test string:
It felt very comfortable to me. On clean hits it felt crisp and responsive.
Spin was not its forte. It isn't a polyester string so that was a given. There wasn't that snapback you would expect from a polyester string. But that said, with its coating there was some snapback and with exaggerated take back, I was still able to impart some spin on ball.
Good for a multifilament. I haven't seen a lot of fraying or notching and I am at the 6 hour mark. I am using 18x20 pattern and that definitely helps with string durability. I'm a solid 4.0 for reference.
The initial tension drop did not feel that much. Off the stringer and from first hit till initial two hours the stringbed played very consistent. I felt the power increase after the two hours probably because of more tension drop and coating wearing off. At the 6 hour mark and the playability has stayed consistent.
I think I made the right decision to not string it too tight. This string is not very powerful for a multi. If I restring it again, I will string at same tension. Maybe a couple pounds tighter if I hybrid it with a poly string, just for more control.
List any additional thoughts
Here are a couple of thoughts:
- Really liked the color. It is a refreshing change from the monotonous black and whites of strings.
- From a playability perspective I would definitely recommend this string to those looking to transition to polyester strings from multifilament or natural gut. And for those poly users looking for more comfortable option that still is a bit low powered like a poly.
Great quality. Lasted long enough for multiple use. I sweat a lot and it had great sweat absorption. Better than leading Wilson Pro and Yonex Super Grap IMO. No dislikes in this playtest.
Would you consider using regularly?
Yes. I liked it a lot and I will definitely consider switching to it.
Finally, a great big thank you to Tennis Warehouse @TW Staff for this playtest opportunity. Truly appreciated.