Great review. Your comments about forehand vs backhand almost exactly matched my experience with the string. Just bought and strung a pack of 18G at a higher tension than my playtest and eager to see if it reigns the power in a little.The strings are too powerful off the gate and it took me an hour of hitting to get used to. However the good news is that I was able to get the similar results without having to stress too much. In my estimation, I only needed 60-70% of energy to get the same power as Ultracable or Alu Power or Alpha. I wasn’t expecting much spin from the strings as I am used to rough and shaped polys and the spin level of these strings is average.
The biggest benefit I had was on my backhand, my weaker stroke. The power level of strings made my backhand shots a bit deeper and very effective. Forehand shots needed some tweaking for me and I wasn’t able to go big confidently—largely due to my stroke mechanics not necessarily the strings. Normally I would flag this as a disadvantage but I appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to expend too much energy in 100 degree summer and still be effective. I also didn’t have to worry about putting the ball in play back when on defense or on the run.