Tecnifibre Black Code 17g REVIEW

pabletion

Hall of Fame
Hey TTwers, I've been recently playtesting Tecnifibre strings, previously I posted my review for Red Code Wax 17g, which I loved, not is the time to post my thoughts on Black Code, which I've used on my regular stick, Babolat Pure Strike 16 x 19 (black & "lava"), and now using on a brand new Tecnifibre TFight 300 (Loving it, I'll review the racquet as well). I strung my Bab and TFight at 55 lbs.

Initial thoughs: I was expecting it to be similar to RPM Blast, which I've been using for about 2 yrs, looking for a RPM substitute for a better price and hopefully feel and comfort. I have read that Black Code is more comfortable and not as stiff.

-Spin: Great spin from both wings, I like to play with a lot of topspin with my semi western forehand and 2hbh, open up the court and look for angles, pushing my opponent with deep heavy balls to the corners. I felt I was getting this. The guy I played with, while I alternated with my Red Code Wax strung stick and the one with Black Code, definiley noticed the ball jumping up on him more. I too felt balls were dropping down even more. This string packs a whole lotta spin, the same if not more than RPM.

-Power: Good enough, its on the stiff side of polys, but its flexible enough; definitely a string for a player who swings big and brings their own power to the court. Compared to RPM, its about the same, maybe a bit more powerful too. I loved the power I got out of it while swinging aggresively at returns and a shorter ball that you have to put away.

-Control: GREAT control, with its pentagonal shape and stiffness, you feel like you can control the ball and bring it down from tough spots: high balls, and also low short balls that you need to carve to have them drop down quickly. I was comfortably hitting a hard, flatter ball deep, and also a higher, spinnier ball out wide.

-Comfort: Very good, much more comfortable than RPM, to me this is where Black Code has an edge. I started having some golfers elbow issues with RPM (inner elbow), and with Black Code I'm no longer having them, much more comfortable, but still feels firm enough.

-Feel: Good feel, definitely a string more suited to aggresive baseliners and not so much to "feel" players.

-Overall: A great, high quality string, to me, superior to RPM, similar on most aspects but takes the cake because of comfort. Great spin, good power, good feel. It is definitely a string that is worth testing if you are looking for a more comfortable string, both on your arms and budget, and still look for a premium shaped poly.

I could stick with this string, suits my game very much, although I have a soft spot for the Red Code Wax, which is softer, but definitely feeling it with the Black Code!

Cheers!
 

jackcrawford

Professional
Hey TTwers, I've been recently playtesting Tecnifibre strings, previously I posted my review for Red Code Wax 17g, which I loved, not is the time to post my thoughts on Black Code, which I've used on my regular stick, Babolat Pure Strike 16 x 19 (black & "lava"), and now using on a brand new Tecnifibre TFight 300 (Loving it, I'll review the racquet as well). I strung my Bab and TFight at 55 lbs.

Initial thoughs: I was expecting it to be similar to RPM Blast, which I've been using for about 2 yrs, looking for a RPM substitute for a better price and hopefully feel and comfort. I have read that Black Code is more comfortable and not as stiff.

-Spin: Great spin from both wings, I like to play with a lot of topspin with my semi western forehand and 2hbh, open up the court and look for angles, pushing my opponent with deep heavy balls to the corners. I felt I was getting this. The guy I played with, while I alternated with my Red Code Wax strung stick and the one with Black Code, definiley noticed the ball jumping up on him more. I too felt balls were dropping down even more. This string packs a whole lotta spin, the same if not more than RPM.

-Power: Good enough, its on the stiff side of polys, but its flexible enough; definitely a string for a player who swings big and brings their own power to the court. Compared to RPM, its about the same, maybe a bit more powerful too. I loved the power I got out of it while swinging aggresively at returns and a shorter ball that you have to put away.

-Control: GREAT control, with its pentagonal shape and stiffness, you feel like you can control the ball and bring it down from tough spots: high balls, and also low short balls that you need to carve to have them drop down quickly. I was comfortably hitting a hard, flatter ball deep, and also a higher, spinnier ball out wide.

-Comfort: Very good, much more comfortable than RPM, to me this is where Black Code has an edge. I started having some golfers elbow issues with RPM (inner elbow), and with Black Code I'm no longer having them, much more comfortable, but still feels firm enough.

-Feel: Good feel, definitely a string more suited to aggresive baseliners and not so much to "feel" players.

-Overall: A great, high quality string, to me, superior to RPM, similar on most aspects but takes the cake because of comfort. Great spin, good power, good feel. It is definitely a string that is worth testing if you are looking for a more comfortable string, both on your arms and budget, and still look for a premium shaped poly.

I could stick with this string, suits my game very much, although I have a soft spot for the Red Code Wax, which is softer, but definitely feeling it with the Black Code!

Cheers!
Ever tried the 18g? Philippoussis used it for a time (showing a good player can like such a thin guage) and I liked it even more than the 17.
 
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