Tennis Giant strings?

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
This is probably aimed at Canadians more than anyone else. A local tennis store in Montreal is selling house brand string under their name, Tennis Giant. It's a square-shaped poly that is made in Germany.

I'm no expert on string manufacturers world-wide, but are there any string manufacturers in Germany apart from Signum Pro? Pro's Pro maybe? I'm wondering if this is a rebranded string that's already on the market.

The string is pretty cheap, so I may give a go. I'm just looking for any info at all.

Thanks,
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Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
-I'm not in Canada, but here are my 2cents!!
-not uncommon these days "rebranding"
-i personally don't mind, as long as i like price/performance of the string
I like cheap strings, so it's definitely my bag.

Kirschbaum and IsoSpeed/Head.
They don't seem to have square strings in their catalogs. The only ones I've found that are square (on TW) are Ytex and Volkl. The Ytex in particular seems similar. Do you know where those are made? I wasn't able to find that info (at least not quickly).

I would be surprised it if were a unique product, but apart from the Ytex I haven't seen anything similar. It seems unlikely that a brand new string requiring new tooling and new formula would sell for so cheap, but you never know. I guess I'll grab a roll and report back.
 

N-serve

New User
I like cheap strings, so it's definitely my bag.


They don't seem to have square strings in their catalogs. The only ones I've found that are square (on TW) are Ytex and Volkl. The Ytex in particular seems similar. Do you know where those are made? I wasn't able to find that info (at least not quickly).

I would be surprised it if were a unique product, but apart from the Ytex I haven't seen anything similar. It seems unlikely that a brand new string requiring new tooling and new formula would sell for so cheap, but you never know. I guess I'll grab a roll and report back.
Ytex strings are made in Germany
 

croissant92

New User
Probably not a lot of extra info, but I'm subscribed to the tennis giant mailing list and got an email this week advertising their new string. It says designed in Canada for what its worth. Curious to see how it plays, as it goes for only 99$ CAD a reel.
"We're proud to introduce our latest project, an innovative and cost-efficient tennis string geared towards the everyday tennis player looking for a comfortable and durable string that also gives off just the right amount of power. Designed in Canada. Made in Germany."
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
Grapplesnake is also made in Germany as well as Weiss cannon if I'm not mistaken
Cube or cube extra-sharp seem to be similar apart from color, although they look to be marketed as control strings as opposed to "comfort" strings.

maybe re-branded Ultra Cable? Its square isn't it?
Weiss Cannon would be my guess as well. Which colour is it?

weiss cannon
The Tennis Giant string is white/whiteish, not yellow. WC is 17 gauge vs 16L for the TG, but that may have to do with how a square string is measured. It may be the same but a different color and marketed slightly differently for the gauge difference.
On some level, it's a bit odd that Weiss Cannon produces non-white string. I wonder if they originally produced a specifically white string and that's where the name comes from.

Anywho, currently my suspicions lie Ytex Square-X:
They're both 16L (or at least marketed as 16L)
They're both copoly + polyolefin
They both white-whiteish (though it's hard to compare colors online)
They're both square (though Ytex says "squared" technically)
They're both made in Germany

The TG string says it has a thermofoil cooling process, which isn't mentioned for Ytex, but the Ytex does seem to have some sort of coating.

Anyway, there's only one way to know if I'll like it, and that's by trying it out.
 

esgee48

Legend
A great majority of Name brand string/manufacturers do all their R&D in small labs so they can produce and test for the characteristics of the strings they want. They all start from the same catalog of commercially available pellets, which are available by the ton. When they are ready to introduce a 'new' string to the masses, they will contract with a string factory and have it produced under a Non Disclosure Agreement. The factory has all the machines to melt, mix, extrude and post process the strings by the mile(s). That's why many strings say Designed at vs Made in. The dies and spinnerets are mainly the same. What is proprietary is the mix and a lot of the post processing. Strings may look the same, but their chemical composition is slightly different.
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
A great majority of Name brand string/manufacturers do all their R&D in small labs so they can produce and test for the characteristics of the strings they want. They all start from the same catalog of commercially available pellets, which are available by the ton. When they are ready to introduce a 'new' string to the masses, they will contract with a string factory and have it produced under a Non Disclosure Agreement. The factory has all the machines to melt, mix, extrude and post process the strings by the mile(s). That's why many strings say Designed at vs Made in. The dies and spinnerets are mainly the same. What is proprietary is the mix and a lot of the post processing. Strings may look the same, but their chemical composition is slightly different.
Thanks, that was really informative.
 

Pmasterfunk

Hall of Fame
So I bought a reel a while ago and finally had a chance to try it out yesterday.

It plays fine, I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I wasn't super impressed, but I'm not going to thrash it until I get a few more sessions in. I also recently changed racquets, so my baseline "feeling" isn't quite the same as it has been for the past few years, but anyway here are my first impressions.

I usually string my racquets at 37/42 lbs, with Golden Set Power Cord 17g or a similar soft poly. I did the same tension for the TG string, and it felt a bit stiffer than what I remember the Power Cord feeling when new (though I haven't strung PC in a while). If I hadn't read that it was squarish, I would not have noticed. I didn't see a big difference in spin from PC, to be honest, though I'm not a heavy spin player, so YMMV.

I'm going to keep playing with it to see how it feels once it has softened up a bit, but I will probably string a bit lower next time.
 
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